Ashley Clark is a 2X USFS Gold medalist from Denver Colorado. She is proud to have spent the past 8 summers here in Sun Valley doing the renowned Summer Shows. As well as in Sun Valley, she has been starring in professional ice shows around the world for the past 14 years with Disney On Ice, Holiday On Ice, Willy Bietak's Productions on board Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and many more. Currently she is one of the only professional female figure skating soloists worldwide to perform a back flip on the ice. Ashley is also the current President of ProSkaters.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to help professional skating grow around the world. She most recently won the 2011 ProSkaters Virtual Skate Off. She has spent more than 26 years on the ice learning, teaching and inspiring others about skating. She plans on spending many more great years doing the same right here in the magnificent Sun Valley.
Elena Leonova teamed up with her now husband, Andrei Khvalko, in 1995 while touring Russian All Stars on ice. The Moscow native came to America in 1996 and skated in Disney's Pocahontas on Ice. She is a two-time (1986, 1987) World Junior Champion with former partner Gennadi Krasnitski. She and Khvalko competed at the World Professional Championships, winning it twice, in 1999 and 2000. They have two daughters and love to come to Sun Valley in the summers to skate in the Sun Valley Ice Shows where they always mesmerize the crowd.
Andrei Khvalkoteamed up with Elena Leonova in 1995, while touring in Russia, and married her in Reno in 1997. The powerhouse pair has toured with Disney on ice, Russian All Stars Ice Theater and participated in many shows and competitions, always wowing audience members with their speed and strength. Born in Samara, Russia, Khvalko now calls California home. He has been performing in the Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows for more than 10 years.
Natalia Zaitseva: Many girls dream of being a Disney princess, but Natalia Zaitseva has actually had the chance to play many of these beloved characters in Disney on Ice productions. Her roles have included Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Jasmine in Aladdin and even a lioness in The Lion King. In her down time between practices and performances as part of a popular pairs team at this summer's Sun Valley Ice Shows, Zaitseva teacher and practices Zumba and is a popular coach on Sun Valley's rinks.
Joel Dear started skating as soon as he could stand on the ice. He practiced on a lake near his home a few times each winter with his brothers but did not take an interest in competitive skating until he was 12 years old. And then, thanks to a fifth grade classmate who showed him some jumps and maneuvers on a frozen school playground. Dear enrolled in a local Learn to Skate program and, in time, became a professional ice dancer. Dear, with partner Meghan McCullough had a very successful debut season in 2002-2003, finishing second at the 2003 U. S. Nationals, winning the North American Challenge Skate in Huntsville, Alabama, and winning one gold and four silver medals at the 2002 Lake Placid Ice Dancing Championships. The dancers also won both the South Atlantic Regionals and Eastern Sectionals for the 2002-2003 season. They also had the opportunity of skating in the opening and closing ceremonies for the World Figure Skating Championships in Washington, D.C. Dear has been skating and teaching since. He has been a favorite at the Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows for many years. This season, his Riverdance solo is a crowd favorite.
A native of Salt Lake City, Eddie Gornik is a six-time national figure skating competitor. Eddie's lyrical and exceptional skating skills earned him leading roles in many skating productions. He was a member of the professional cast of the 2002 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. And for more than five years, he played the starring role of Woody in the Disney on Ice production, Toy Story. Currently, Eddie lives in Salt Lake City and is an accomplished hairstylist to the stars. During the summer, lucky bystanders are often rewaded with a glimpse of Eddie performing his magic on the ice at iconic Sun Valley Resort.
Stephanee has been teaching skaters as a primary and supplementary coach for World, Olympic, National, Sectional, Regional and Jr. National competitors since 1979. She is a USFS Gold Medalist, U.S. Open Professional Champion, a principal skater in more than 20 professional ice skating productions, 22 years as a soloist in the Sun Valley Ice Show and has had 25 years of experience in Dance, Choreography and Directing. She was honored to be on the Choreography Team for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Stephanee has worked with World, Olympic and Professional Champions such as Elizabeth Manley, Oksana Grischuk/Evegeny Platov, Craig Heath and has choreographed many pieces for 8x British Champion, Steven Cousins. (Including his 1998 Olympic long and short programs.)
When Navarro began skating at the age of three because her mom taught skating, it was the beginning of a career no one could have anticipated. She and her ice dance partner Brent Bommentre are two-time U.S. bronze medalists, bronze medalists at the 2008 Four Continents Championships and acclaimed show skaters around the world. Kim is the middle of five children who managed not only to excel on the ice; she also graduated cum laude from Columbia University in May 2004 with a major in English and a minor in dance. In addition to wowing crowds in shows, including this summer’s Sun Valley On Ice, Kim coaches aspiring skaters, writes and loves extreme sports including inline skating and skateboarding.
Bommentre began skating at age six because "my grandmother made me." With current ice dance partner Kim Navarro, Bommentre won bronze in the 2008 Four Continents Championships is a two-time U.S. bronze medalist. In addition to skating, he enjoys rock climbing, cycling and cooking and is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. He almost quit skating when he was 12 and his legions of fans are thrilled that he didn’t. This summer, he and Navarro were featured performers in Sun Valley on Ice and they have performed in shows all over the world.