Figure skating: Caitlin Hogan earns gold at Open

Caitlin Hogan has captured first-place medals at three events.
Caitlin Hogan has captured first-place medals at three events.

Trumbull’s Caitlin Hogan, age 11, earned a gold medal in the 17th annual Wollman Open in Central Park’s Trump Rink on Sunday, March 6.

The Wollman Open was hosted by the Skating Club of New York and is sanctioned by the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

Hogan, a 6th grader at Hillcrest Middle School, placed first after performing complex skills on the ice for her freestyle level under sunny skies and before a soaring skyline.

She selected and skated to instrumental music, composed by Alain Silvestri's "Feather" theme song from the Forrest Gump soundtrack.

Hogan is a member of Laurel Ridge Skating Club and is coached by Heather Carusone at The Rinks at Shelton.

She is also a member of the Starcatchers Synchronized Skating team and enjoys the camaraderie and sportsmanship with her fellow teammates.

Hogan has placed first at three competitions so far, including Yale, SONO Rinks and the Wollman Open. She has earned gold at Wollman two years in a row.

Last year, she skated in Central Park during a snowstorm.

Hogan began skating at age four.

Her mom Nancy Hogan said, “Caitlin is best described as a jumping bean on the ice. With her hard work and commitment to figure skating, she has become a confident, yet graceful figure skater. She skates roughly four days a week. We are very proud of her skating accomplishments.”