Campus & Community

Lighting up the ice

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Two-time Olympic medalist and the evening’s co-host Nancy Kerrigan pauses before skating to Shakira’s ‘Objection Tango.’

Two co-hosts Paul Wylie ’91 and Nancy Kerrigan, the 33rd “An Evening With Champions” was a homecoming of sorts: Both performed in the show several times before becoming Olympic medalists. Kerrigan enjoyed being back and contributing. Wylie, who has hosted the show for many years, said, “What is wonderful is to see the new crop of skaters every year.”

Eliot House organizes the ice skating show to benefit the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Skaters appearing this year included Olympic pair skaters Tiffany Scott and Philip Dulebohn and Olympic ice dancers Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbuhk.

2001 World Professional Bronze Medalist Lucinda Ruh shows her ability to consider things from different perspectives.

One of the event’s future stars was Christian Mott, a 13-year-old who performed in the show for the first time. He was awed by performing with top skaters: “It’s amazing. I was watching these people at the Olympics and now they’re here.”

Christine Smith, whose daughter was in the show with other skaters from the Skating Club of Boston, has come to the show for 15 years. Of the performers and people who put the show together, she enthused, “They’re all amazing. They work so hard to do these things.”

2001 U.S. Junior Champion Parker Pennington, 18, casts a shadow on the ice as he lands one of his jumps.