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Meet Our Coaches

The Figure Skating Club of Bloomington features experienced, and accomplished professional coaches who will help your skater reach their full potential. All coaches are members of the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) and have coached state champions, as well as regional and national competitors.

Kelly Benzinger

Kelly has been coaching for more than 20 years. An accomplished choreographer, Kelly has coached State Champions, as well as Regional and Junior National competitors. She is PSA rated for Registered Moves and Certified Freestyle.

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Lorie Charbonneau

Lorie has coached State Champions, Regional and National competitors, and two National Champions. She is PSA Master-rated in Freeskating and a PSA Level V National Ranked Coach. Lorie is a Figure Skating Gold Medalist and turned professional in 1982.

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Chris Conte

Chris Conte has been coaching and choreographing since 1992. One of the first U.S. coaches to utilize Dartfish video analysis software; he is renowned as one of the foremost specialists in video analysis, feedback and jump development. He holds a PSA level five ranking (international coach) and is the Director of Technical Development at the new Go4Gold Skating Academy in Bloomington, MN.

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Rene Gelecinskyj

Rene has coached State Champions, as
well as Regional, Sectional and National competitors. She has coached skaters through U.S. Figure Skating Association Gold Tests,
and is a PSA Category A Coach. In addition, Rene is the Director of the Bloomington Ice Garden Skate School.

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Mary Lind Sebeck

Mary has coached State and Regional Champions, as well as Regional and National competitors. She is PSA-rated in Moves in the Field and Freestyle. Mary has been a Skate School instructor for more than 20 years and is the FSC of Bloomington Junior Club Coordinator.

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Kate Shurts

Kate is the 2009 Canadian Junior Champion, a 6 time Minnesota State Champion, a Junior Grand Prix silver medalist (Croatia Cup) and 6 time competitor, a World Junior competitor, and competed in the 2010 Olympic trials where she placed 7th. She represented Canada through her competitive international skating career. Kate has skated for 21 years, taught Learn to Skate for 9 years, and private lesson coached for 5 years. 

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Associate Coaches

Sheila Thelen

Sheila Thelen is the President and US & Canadian Patent Holder for Champion Cords, President & Designer of Champion Skating Harnesses, President of Champion Developmental Seminars & Creator of Champion Achievement Charms.   Senior Presenter & Award Winning Coach with & Master Rated Coach.


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Off-Ice Instructors

Lauren Walsted

Lauren Walstead has a Bachelors in Kinesiology from the University of Northwestern with an emphasis in health and wellness as well as pre-therapy and a Masters from the University of MN in sport and exercise performance. In addition
to general fitness training, Lauren is trained in Stott Mat and Reformer Pilates. She has been training skaters all over the Twin Cities since 2013. Lauren is also a former skater and member of the FSCB.

Lisa Zamarripa

Lisa Zamarripa  works in classes and individually. Her services include strength, flexibility, and core stability training. Lisa will assess each athlete according to their individual needs, to improve and balance their over-all athletic performance.

Guest Coaches

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