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Glory on the ice

Skaters thrill crowd at Hagerstown's Winterfest

Skaters thrill crowd at Hagerstown's Winterfest

December 24, 2006|by CANDICE BOSELY

HAGERSTOWN - Sometimes they wavered, wobbled or fell, but for the most part, those who took part in Winterfest skated their way to thunderous applause and a few moments of glory on the ice.

The annual event at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex featured solo and group performances, with those on the ice skating to Christmas music.

Christine Godfray, 20, had a large smile during her entire routine, when her braids trailed behind her as she carved out the ice.

Afterward, as Godfray donned a jacket, she said she has been skating for about 15 years.

"It's the creativity that I can use," she said of what keeps her interest in skating. "I love it so much. I can express myself. It's just so fun, performing for people."

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Godfray, of Middletown, Md., said that the Hagerstown ice rink has been her skating "home" since she moved to Maryland and when she is not a student at Boston University.

She has competed in two national skating championships, and hopes to return for a third time.

Still, Godfray said she and her friends keep saying they're going to hang up their blades. That, apparently, is easier said than done.

"Somehow, we always come back for more," she said.

In the stands at the ice rink, several people in the audience were filming the show, including Stanley Snouffer.

Snouffer's granddaughter, 13-year-old Sarah Snouffer, performed in a group skate to the song "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year" from the popular Christmas special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Sarah's interest in ice skating was piqued when she saw the movie "Ice Princess," her grandfather said.

Since then, he has watched her evolve from a girl who wouldn't let go of the walls while shuffling along the ice to a confident skater.

"It's something that she can do that has really built her self-confidence up," said Snouffer, 66.

Her next task might just be getting her grandfather to join her; he has never ice skated.

"I would like to try it. But I'm too old to get out there. I might break something," Snouffer said.

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