Elicia & Stephen Reynolds
Elicia and Stephen Reynolds were introduced to ice skating in November 1997. She was 6 and he was 4.
In 1998, Elicia was captivated as she watched 15 year old Tara Lipinski win the Olympic title at the Nagano games. That was it! She wanted to compete!
In the fall of 1999, the Reynolds family relocated from the east coast of Florida to the west coast of Florida for higher level coaching. The following year Stephen was selected to play the role of the adolescent Scott Hamilton in Scott’s farewell performance with Stars on Ice for an audience of 7,000. That experience ignited young Stephen’s desire to compete and perform on ice.
They also met the 1992 Olympic silver medalists, brother and sister ice dance team, Paul and Isabelle Duschesnay. Isabelle insisted the young Reynolds had all the ingredients for a successful ice dance team. In October 2002, Elicia and Stephen would prove her right by capturing the gold at the 2003 South Atlantic Non-Qualifying Regional Championships in York, Pennsylvania.
Their new found skating success was cut short due to a lack of financial resources. For the next three years they were unable to skate. During that time off ice, Stephen and Elicia placed their focus on their academic studies and continued developing their music ability (they both had been studying the violin for six years). Earning a position with the Venice Symphony in Venice, Florida, marked the start of their professional music careers, all the while keeping the dream of returning to the ice alive.
Joyfully, their dream became a reality. In 2005 they returned to the ice. After a year of intense training they earned silver at the 2007 Junior U.S. Championships.
Over the next few years, the pair struggled to find new means of income to support their skating lessons. They took themselves through the necessary testing from Intermediate level through Junior level in just six months. They choreographed their own short dance and free dance to prepare for the 2011-12 season.
The Reynolds then continued their resolve and passed the last eight tests required to qualify to compete at the senior level for 2012-13 season, all completed without a single skating lesson.
With only a few months before the 2013 Eastern Sectional Championships, the Reynolds were once again unable to afford a choreographer; thus, they choreographed their first senior short dance and free dance and taught themselves the Yankee Polka. A month before Sectionals, Uschi Keszler and Yovanny Durango assisted in polishing the Reynolds’ performances.
Elicia and Stephen Reynolds are an amazing pair, brother and sister and a very strong Ice Dance Team. They competed at the 2014 U.S. Championships placing 14th in their first year in the Championship Dance event. Their 2014 U.S. Championship performance video links are available on this site.
Elicia and Stephen both help Skates U.S. at many major Ice Competitions. They are both EXCELLENT with the knowledge of the EDEA Skates, Blades, and both are very good Skate Technicians. They thoroughly understand what Skaters need and want from their equipment, as they both use EDEA Skates on a daily basis.
Elicia and Stephen’s web site is: www.EliciaAndStephenReynolds.com
Videos of Elicia & Stephen:
Skating Friends – Elicia & Stephen