Linda Fratianne truly is skating royalty. A part of the “miraculous” 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York, Linda skated flawlessly and took home a silver medal. She is a four-time US National Champion (1977-1980), two-time World Champion (1977 & 1979), and, of course, the 1980 Olympic silver medalist. In 1993 Linda was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
She is the first woman to ever land two different triple jumps in competition. Her strong free skating technique complemented her elegant style, making her, in many people’s opinion, the best overall American skater of the period.
Her distinguished amateur career quickly morphed into a glamorous professional career. Linda performed around the world for ten years, starring in "Disney's World on Ice" productions. Beautiful, talented and beloved, she was most often cast as the heroine in Disney’s well-loved tales.
Linda has lived in the Wood River Valley for more than 20 years.
Craig Heath's smile shines as bright as the stars overhanging the Sun Valley Ice Show. A perennial favorite at the resort's summer ice shows, Heath is always certain to entertain and make the audience laugh, gasp and applaud.
He has been a professional ice skater for 19 years and is the current American Open Bronze Medalist; the 2001 American Open Professional Championships - Bronze Medalist; 2000 American Open Professional Championships - Silver Medalist and 1998 World Professional - Bronze Medalist.
Known for his incredible spinning ability, Craig has been awarded the perfect score of "10" in every pro competition that he has entered. Performing everywhere from Moscow to the Caribbean on a cruise ship, Craig entertains the audiences at an extremely high level. A consummate show performer, Heath is also a very in demand coach, offering private lessons as well as his "Jump to Win" and "Spin to Win" clinics to hundreds of aspiring skaters.
In addition, Craig is a choreographer. He was the Assistant Choreographer to Barry Lather for Feld Entertainment's production of Disney on Ice presents Jungle Adventures on Ice and he choreographed a routine for Elizabeth Manley (Olympic Silver Medalist) to Madonna's "Music." In order to give back to his profession, Craig has volunteered his time and energy for the last few years to the Professional Figure Skaters Cooperative where he serves as President.
After winning the inaugural Battle of the Blades last fall, Langely McNeal has retired her skates and moved onto the judging platform. The definition of a Ketchum girl, Langely was born and raised in Sun Valley. She grew up on the slopes of Baldy as a member of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation teams, for whom she won the $2000 grand prize last year. Later, she decided to graduate from gates to bombing down runs four abreast in the death-defying sport of Ski Cross and was a member of the 2007-2010 World Cup Ski Cross Team. A Community School and Whitman College graduate, after taking some time off from pro skiing and trying her hand at the corporate world, Langely is back and charging harder than ever. She reclaimed the spot of the #1 ranked US Ski Cross skier female after winning the national title this season, and placing as the top American on the Noram circuit. She will be moving to Colorado this fall to base out of Copper Mountain, where she will train full-time with the International Snowboarding Training Center. Langely will be the first skier ever accepted into the snowboard program, and thinks she can learn a lot from her one planking brothers. She will return to the World Cup circuit this season, and has her sights set on making the 2014 Winter Olympic team for Ski X.
Langely is very excited to be a part of the amazing production again this year and is extremely grateful to be on the other side of the judging table.