Laurie Chemsak, 17, is the first (and so far only) person ever to pass the Ice Skating Institute of America's "Level 10" test. The test, designed by the ISIA (a rink operators' association) 15 years ago, involves a difficult, four-minute exercise. The climax is a one-and-a-half-revolution jump, first in one direction, then in the other, followed by a double jump in the first direction—a feat even Olympic skaters would be hard pressed to execute. "Most skaters are right-or left-footed," notes her coach. "This test requires that you be equally adept with both." Roy Cofer, an Olympic judge, has observed of Laurie: "Her musical interpretation and freestyle are as good as Linda Fratianne's," referring to the U.S. and world champ—and early favorite for the Olympic gold medal in 1980. Laurie doesn't intend to make her move until 1984. The daughter of a Berkeley entomologist and a housewife, she began skating at the neighborhood rink when she was 6. "I just got addicted," she recalls. At 7 she won her first competition, a Pixie Derby. But, simultaneously, she kept developing other resources. A straight-A student at Berkeley High, Laurie is practically at Level 10 in SAT scores too, and she is now weighing scholarship offers from MIT and Bryn Mawr. Also making a pitch: West Point.
Bruce Stillman, at 21, is a sculptor already compared to Calder. Last August he beat out 40 other artists for a $12,-500 commission to create a major kinetic work for the St. Paul Civic Center. Stillman's eye-catching pendulum mobiles, some 16 feet high and often painted with brilliantly colored enamels, are owned by local Minnesota patrons like the Pillsbury family, not to mention exiled Iranian Empress Farah Diba. Corporations like General Mills and Northwestern National Bank have also purchased his hypnotic abstractions, and the nearby Mayo Clinic has 60 on its grounds. This year Stillman expects to net $50,000. Yet for such early affluence he is surprisingly easygoing and not welded to the studio he rents from the Thunderbird Steel Co. He sails, wind surfs and skis (on expert slopes). A Minneapolis native and the son of a business executive, Bruce began sculpting in his junior year at St. Louis Park High. His art teacher, Robert Anderson, recalls: "I simply lit the fuse and Stillman went off to create one concept after another. He has an affinity for motion, for things that rock and sway." By 19 the young artist had dropped out of Northern Illinois University and started his career. "My head was bursting with new ideas," he explains. "I had to get on with it."
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