Alumni Spotlight: Julie Nelson

Julie Nelson started skating at SDIA in 2006 and started in group classes. She pursued individual accomplishments in testing and competitions resulting in medals from many area competitions and earned US Figure Skating Golds for Move In The Field and Dance. Almost immediately after she started skating and in parallel with individual skating, she was drawn to synchronized skating.

For 10 years she competed with Shining Blades and Team del Sol. Many of these years resulted in Gold medals at area competitions and at the Pacific Coast Sectionals. In several competition seasons, she “double skated” on two different level teams during the same competition year. For the last two years, she has been competing with Miami University.

We are congratulating Julie at this time for becoming a TWO TIME U.S. Synchronized Skating Champion:
– 2019 US Synchronized Skating Champions (Collegiate) – Miami University Collegiate Varsity SST
– 2013 US Synchronized Skating Champions (Intermediate) – Team del Sol

Julie has also competed at the Senior level with both Team del Sol and Miami University representing Team USA at international competitions in Scotland, Sweden, and Germany. In 2016 with Team del Sol, an International Gold Medal was earned at the 2016 Trophy d’Ecosse in Dumfries, Scotland.

Julie holding the National Collegiate Championship Trophy
2019 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships – Plymouth, MI
Miami University Collegiate Varsity SST – Gold Medal
2019 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships – Plymouth, MI
Team del Sol (Team USA) – International Gold Medal
2016 Trophy d’Ecosse in Dumfries, Scotland
Team del Sol Intermediate – Gold Medal
2013 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, Plymouth, MI

We want to continue to recognize accomplishments of our SDFSC alumni after they have moved on in life. Please contact the club’s president or webmaster if you have details of an SDFSC alumni that you would like to share.

Sweep at Pacific Coast Synchronized Sectionals

Our SDFSC synchronized skaters had amazing trip to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the Pacific Coast Synchronized Sectionals.

Each of our competitive teams took the GOLD in their event:

Pre-Juvenile Shining Blades (Free Skating)
Open Juvenile Team del Sol (Free Skating)
Juvenile Team del Sol (Final)
Intermediate Team del Sol (Final)

Please congratulate all our skaters and encourage those teams going on to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships at the end of the month in Plymouth, MI.

International Competition Success

Katie and Nathan Luong represented SDFSC on their first assignment from U.S. Figure Skating at the 2018 North American Series in Milwaukee, WI on July 12, 2018.

Congratulations to Katie and Nathan for BRONZE medals in the Novice Pairs competition.

Skate Canada and U.S. Figure Skating will hold the 2018 North American Series for novice level athletes, in conjunction with Skate Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 11-15, 2018, Lake Placid Ice Dance Competition in Lake Placid, New York, July 24-27, 2018 and Skate Ontario Summer Skate in Toronto, Ontario, August 17-20, 2018.

Additional information available from Skate Ontario.

Happy New Year and Congratulations

We wish everyone the best in 2018, Happy New Year!

Our SDFSC Pairs competitors finished off 2017 at the US Figure Skating Championships with great results:

Juvenile Pair – Aiden Elswick and Ashley Stark – 9th in the nation.
Intermediate Pair – Katie and Nathan Luong – BRONZE Medal – 3rd in the nation!

Congratulations from all of SDFSC!!!

Success at the Pacific Coast Sectional Championships

We are happy to announce that both of our SDFSC Pair Teams brought home the Gold after competing at this year’s Pacific Coast Sectional Championships in Spokane, Washington.

Ashley Stark and Aiden Elswick had a spectacular performance in the Juvenile Pairs division, not only winning the Gold medal but, also winning 3 out of a possible 4 pins for Special Achievement.



Continuing in the same amazing style, Katie and Nathan Luong also took first place in the Intermediate Pairs division, beating the 2nd place team by almost 20 points and earning all 3 pins for Special Achievement.

That’s a Wow!!

The San Diego Figure Skating Club would like to congratulate all of you on a wonderful performance.


See Sectional result details at

This qualifies both pair teams representing SDFSC at the 2018 US Figure Skating Championships (Nationals) in San Jose, CA on Dec. 29-30, 2017.

Team del Sol Seniors at Nationals

Coming off a silver medal performance at the Trophy D’Ecosse in Scotland, Team del Sol Senior skated to a season’s best score at this year’s U.S. Synchronized Skating Nationals in Rockford, IL. After an on-ice injury, the team, skating 15 skaters, rallied to earn a 6th place finish in the short program with a score of 43.43. In the Freeskate, the team, at full strength, solidified their 6th place finish with a season’s best combined score of 131.57 which included positive GOEs for their creative intersection and ending creative element. This is an improvement over last year’s 7th place finish at Nationals. The Senior team would like to thank the club for their continuing support of synchronized skating.

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