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Dubuque Launches New Figure Skating Club

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DUBUQUE, Iowa — After years off the ice, Dubuque now has a competitive figure skating club.

That’s been the long time goal of a group of women, who first helped open the city’s Mystique Ice Arena.

In a packed arena, the roaring crowd reminds people The Mystique Ice Arena is the home of the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

But Elizabeth Davis wants to put a stop to that way of thinking.

Davis said, “They think the arena is some place for the Fighting Saints. And they don’t know it’s a place where anybody could come and you can figure skate. “

Davis is an ice skating instructor and former novice level competitive skater. When she first moved to Dubuque ten years ago she couldn’t believe there wasn’t a figure skating club.

“I called the 5 flags center and asked when the figure skaters practice and there was silence on the other end of the phone,” said Davis.

But now that’s changed since the city opened the Mystique Ice Arena in 2010. Dozens of figure skaters now spend hours each week sharpening their skill at the Arena.

“We are a year-round sport,” said Davis. “If you take off a week or two weeks you lose so much of your skill.”

Davis says immediately after this year’s Winter Olympics, her enrollment increased 300 percent.

“We were in a little bit of a panic for having enough skates and instructors for everybody, but we got there,” said Davis.

Figure skating in Dubuque is back by popular demand. And from Davis’s perspective, now is the time to put another spin on what the ice arena is for.

Dubuque club members have already started competing. They’ll face other clubs from cities like Cedar Rapids, Madison and Milwaukee.

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