Lindsay Gillikin, a Columbian High School freshman, and Morgan Boes, a Hopewell-Loudon freshman, are among nearly 100 figure skaters to appear in "Ice Classics 2012," the annual production of the Silver Blades Figure Skating Club.
At the start of the school year, Lindsay and her family moved to Tiffin from South Carolina. She started ice skating five years ago in South Carolina. Having a skating facility nearby was considered when her father, the Rev. Ken Gillikin, was invited to become pastor at First Lutheran church in Tiffin.
"When I was in fourth grade, I went to the Christmas show at our local rink. After seeing the older skaters, I really wanted to ice skate. The things they did were so neat and it looked like a lot of fun. So that's what got me started," Lindsay said.
Margaret Gillikin, Lindsay's mother, was glad Lindsay became friends with another local skater, Morgan Boes. The girls skate at the same skill level, and the two families have been sharing rides to and from practices.
In the fall, Silver Blades members traveled to Bowling Green for a clinic with Alissa Czisny, the 2009 and 2011 U.S. Ladies Champion figure skater.
"All my South Carolina friends were pretty jealous," Lindsay said.
Since January, the Silver Blades skaters have been working on their annual show. The routines in which Lindsay is to appear include "Heart of Rock and Roll," a large group number, "Get Out of This Town" by Carrie Underwood, "When You Can't Go Home" and the finale, which includes everyone. The skating numbers are based on destination songs. The theme is "The Road Home."
Spectators can purchase $5 tickets to watch the club's final dress rehearsal March 22 at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., Findlay.
The show is March 23-25 at The Cube.