Figure skating pair featured at Bemidji Fantasy on Ice show
Peter Biver and Rita Fehr, a figure skating pair who competed at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January in San Jose, Calif., will perform in Bemidji this weekend.
The duo is the featured guest skaters at the Bemidji Figure Skating Club's Fantasy on Ice: Skating into Love show at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday in the Sanford Center.
Tickets are available at the door or from figure skaters and cost $7 for adults, $4 for K-12 students and free for children ages 5 and younger.
Biver, 35, originally from Rice Lake, Wis., is a three-time U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist. In addition to skating with his partner, Fehr, he coaches at the St. Paul Figure Skating Club and at the St. Croix Valley Recreational Center in Stillwater, Minn.
Biver was trained by several Olympians, including Elena Valova, the 1984 Olympic champion in pairs with her partner Oleg Vasiliev, as well as Olympians Karen Courtland-Kelly and Andrew Naylor. He also skated with Holiday on Ice, the world's largest touring live-entertainment production.
Biver said he first became interested in skating when he watched the 1988 Olympics and saw figure skaters perform jumps.
"Instantly I knew I wanted to do it and knew I could do it," he said. "It is such a rush and is exhilarating. There's a lot of excitement to it and keeps me going. I really have fun with it."
He has been to Bemidji on three occasions to assist the Bemidji Figure Skating Club with teaching lessons and seminars.
His advice to novice skaters is to keep a positive attitude.
"Always bring your smile to the ice," he said. "It can be a frustrating and challenging sport, particularly with the falls you take when you get more advanced.
Fehr, 15, originally from Chippewa Falls, Wis., is a U.S. Figure Skating senior gold medalist skater in moves and freestyle. She began skating when she was 6. At 10, Fehr began working with Biver, and won her first competition at the age of 11 in Roseville, Minn.
Fehr said she has never been to Bemidji before, but is looking forward to the show.
She said she first became interested in figure skating when she was 5.
Her advice to novice skates is to work hard and have fun.
Biver and Fehr said audience members this weekend can expect to see a few moves they showcased at the U.S. Nationals event, possibly including a throw triple salchow.
"Hopefully, if all goes according to he plan, we may even do a headbanger," Biver said, "which is really exciting."
A headbanger, or bounce spin, is performed by the male swinging the female around with both of her feet off the ice, supported only by the male's grip on her ankle. In this move, the female's head can come dangerously close to skimming the ice.
More information about Biver and Fehr can be found online at www.facebook.com/fehrbiver.