Local ice dancers clinch gold at Pacific Coast championships
Two local ice dancers Joylyn Yang, 14, from Mukilteo, and Jean-Luc Baker, 17, from Edmonds, skated to win first place by more than 21 points, in the Junior Ice Dance section of the Pacific Coast Sectional Championships, in Los Angeles, last week.
Yang and Baker, both students at Kamiak High School, are former 2007 U.S. National Juvenile (under 16) champions, 2008 U.S. National Intermediate (under 18) champions, and 2010 National Novice bronze medalists.
The couple will now move on to the U.S. National Championships to be held in Greensboro, N.C. in January.
They are the only dance team who train in Washington to qualify to move on to the U.S Championships.
The couple recently returned from their first international assignment as part of “Team USA” in Karuizawa, Japan, where they gained the highest footwork score in the free-dance section.
As a result of the high technical score, they were asked by the International Committee Management Subcommittee to leave two weeks later for their second international assignment in Ostrava, Czech Republic.Joylyn and Jean-Luc are coached at the Olympicview Arena in Mountlake Terrace and Comcast Arena Everett by Sharon Jones Baker (Jean-Luc’s mother) a former U.K. World Team Member and Olympian (Calgary 1988) and Steve Baker (Jean-Luc’s father) a former U.K. World Team Member.