City of St. Paul Declares April 21 as Eliot Halverson Day

Eliot Halverson
Photo by Michelle Harvath

(4/20/07) - St. Paul, Minn., native and reigning U.S. junior men's figure skating champion Eliot Halverson, 16, will receive a special honor this Saturday, April 21, at the St. Paul Figure Skating Club Ice Show at Richfield Ice Arena in Richfield, Minn.

April 21 will be proclaimed “Eliot Halverson Day” in the City of St. Paul by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. Deputy Mayor Ann Mulholland will formally deliver the proclamation following Halverson's performance in the ice show on Saturday evening at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Halverson has won back-to-back U.S. titles, earning gold at the novice level in 2006 and again at the junior level in 2007. In doing so he's followed in the footsteps of former St. Paul Figure Skating Club skater John Lettengarver, who accomplished the same feat in 1945 and 1946. Halverson has finished third or better in more than a dozen regional, national and international figure skating competitions. Last month, he finished 10th at the 2007 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Halverson next moves up to the top level – senior – to compete at the 2008 U.S Figure Skating Championships, which will be held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 20-27, 2008.

Halverson, a high school junior, maintains a straight-A grade point average while pursuing his figure skater career. The St. Paul-native, born in Bogotá, Columbia, practices at Pleasant Arena in St. Paul. In his free time, Halverson also shares his skating talents as a U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills instructor.