U.S. Figure Skating Announces Inaugural Collegiate Ambassador Program

U.S. Figure Skating's Collegiate Skating Subcommittee announced the launch of the 2021 Collegiate Ambassador Program and the 22 athletes selected to be a part of the program. 

U.S. Figure Skating’s Collegiate Skating Subcommittee announced the launch of the 2021 Collegiate Ambassador Program. Twenty-two athletes were selected from a highly qualified pool of applicants to be a part of the program to support and promote collegiate skating in the United States. 

“We chose a diverse group of athletes from various institutions, skating backgrounds, current skating teams and walks of life that will be able to showcase what it means to be a collegiate skater,” said Scott Brody, Chair, Collegiate Skating Subcommittee. 

The athletes that will serve on the 2021 Collegiate Ambassador Program are: 

Pacific Coast (6)
•    Courtney Bessell - University of Colorado Colorado Springs (INT)
•    Evaline Jun - University of California Berkeley (INT)
•    Joon Soo Kim - University of California Los Angeles (INT)
•    Julie Nemerson - University of California Berkeley (INT)
•    Lauryn Parent - Utah State University (INT)
•    Alexandra Tien-Smith - University of California Berkeley (INT)

Midwest (8)
•    Elizabeth Allgaier - University of Notre Dame (SYS)
•    Kailyn Geter - University of Michigan (SYS)
•    Emily Krile - Miami University (SYS)
•    Amanda Rensch - Marquette University (INT)
•    Hailey Rosenberg - University of Michigan (SYS)
•    Meghna Shankar - University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (SYS)
•    Naomi Wong - Adrian College (INT/SYS)
•    Zakareya Yousef - Trine University (INT/SYS)

Eastern (8)
•    Elizabeth Klemm - Northeastern University (INT)
•    Angelina McNulty - Boston University (INT/SYS)
•    Marissa Sumathipala - Harvard University (INT)
•    Iris Zhao - New York University (INT)

•    Angela Bosher - Liberty University (INT)
•    Leah Krauskopf - University of Delaware (INT)
•    Dalia Rivkin - Pennsylvania State University (INT)
•    Samantha Steeman - University of Pennsylvania (INT)

In order to be considered, applicants were required to be a member of an open collegiate synchronized skating team, collegiate synchronized skating team (SYS) or intercollegiate figure skating team (INT). They should have skated on a collegiate skating team for at least one season, served in a leadership position and demonstrated an interest in participating in collegiate skating outside of an athlete role (i.e., coaching, trial judging, volunteering for team or club). 

The ambassadors will be serving as spokespeople for collegiate skating and volunteering as presenters and leaders at various collegiate skating events and contribute ideas and articles for social media, collegiate skating newsletter, SKATING magazine’s collegiate skating column and blog posts. 

To learn more about collegiate skating opportunities, visit www.usfigureskating.org/skate/skating-opportunities/collegiate-skating and follow U.S. Figure Skating – Collegiate Skating Committee on Facebook.