PASADENA — Staying cool during the summer was easy at Summer Skate Camp. Some even wore gloves it’s so cold.

  • Audrey Wu, 8, works on her spins during Summer Skate...

    Audrey Wu, 8, works on her spins during Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Ice skaters work on a performance during Summer Skate Camp...

    Ice skaters work on a performance during Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • A young ice skater gets ready to hit the ice...

    A young ice skater gets ready to hit the ice during Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Ice skaters work on conditioning before hitting the ice during...

    Ice skaters work on conditioning before hitting the ice during Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Ice skaters bring their workbooks to the ice during Summer...

    Ice skaters bring their workbooks to the ice during Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Ice skaters work on a performance during Summer Skate Camp...

    Ice skaters work on a performance during Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Coach Talia Marin, cofounder of Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena...

    Coach Talia Marin, cofounder of Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022 helps a camper through a jump. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Sarah Saravia, 9, works on jumps and spins during Summer...

    Sarah Saravia, 9, works on jumps and spins during Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Ice skaters head to a discussion on nutrition during Summer...

    Ice skaters head to a discussion on nutrition during Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Ice skaters build meals as they learn about the importance...

    Ice skaters build meals as they learn about the importance of proper nutrition during Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Gloria Delaney, 10, works on her one foot spins during...

    Gloria Delaney, 10, works on her one foot spins during Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Ice skaters approach coach Sunshine De La O, cofounder of...

    Ice skaters approach coach Sunshine De La O, cofounder of Summer Skate Camp at Pasadena Ice Skating Center on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The intensive one-week ice skating camp in late July at Pasadena Ice Skating Center was born to get students back into training after the city-owned rink was closed down during COVID.

Parents and students wanted to return to the ice, and coaches Sunshine De La O and Talia Marin opened Summer Skate Camp, now in its second year at the center.

During the camp, campers worked on power, edge work, spins, jumps, strengthening, conditioning and even nutrition.

The 40 campers, from age 7 to 21, also learned about choreography as they end the week with a performance of  “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Robbie Williams.

Their day began outside the Pasadena Convention Center, where they spread out over the concrete to warm their bodies with conditioning exercises.

They then dragged their suitcases filled with warm clothes, skates and protective crash pants and get busy lacing skates, some with help from parents. Over and over they practiced, each at their own level and with coaches to guide them.

The camp day ended with a health lesson, yoga and meditation.

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