The Empire State Winter Games made a stop in Rochester on Jan. 29 with the Torch Relay on it’s way to Lake Placid.
The Rochester Speed Skating Team passed the torch through the team at Genesee Valley Ice Rink as they prepared to send 12 skaters to compete in both long and short track racing with U.S. and Canadian skaters.
The Long Track racing took place on the Olympic Oval on Feb. 1-2, and short track racing on the 1932 Olympic Rink ran Feb. 2-3Saturday, February 2nd and 3rd. The RSST medaled in both events on Lake Placid.
Three Webster School students — Morgan Tara, age 11; Josh Tara, 9; and Cameron Tara, 6 — competed for the RRST. Each athlete beat some of their personal best times in the 777-meter, 500-meter and 333-meter distances. Josh received a silver and two bronze medals, and Cameron medaled twice for bronze. All three look forward to finishing the skating season and preparing for next year’s games.
The RSST has been in existence for many decades and is open for new skaters. The learn-to-skate program includes a pair of speed skates and 4 instructional lessons at Genesee Valley Ice Rink. The team meets three times a week for practice and travels to competitions in Buffalo, Syracuse, Saratoga, and Lake Placid to name a few.
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