POUGHKEEPSIE — We are so excited to share with the community that starting March 19, Gilberto Viadana has become a part of the Mid-Hudson Civic Center Inc. family as the new Skating Director. Born and raised in Milano, Italy, Viadana became a three-time Italian National Champion and competed multiple times in the Junior World Championships, European and World Senior Championships, in addition to the 1992 and 1998 Winter Olympic Games.
After his competitive career, he started coaching in Milano and his choice proved a wise one. His students reached the National Championships in the Novice, Junior and Senior levels, as well as the European and World Championships and the Olympic Games in 2002. In 2004, he was contacted by the Olympic Regional Developmental Authority with the offer to be a part of the local coaching staff in Lake Placid. The collaboration went so well, he then became the Director of the Olympic Center Skating School, a program dedicated to skaters at the competitive level.
Viadana will be implementing many new initiatives and programs at MHCC Inc. that will make the organization stronger. MHCC Inc. has a long history of figure skating, but there has never been a director that has the resume of an Olympic and World competitor and coach. We are thrilled to bring Viadana into our family and be able to provide this level of talent and skill to the skaters in our community. Being an Olympic year and with January and February being National Skating Month, we have seen a large jump in enrollment. Our long term goal is to make MHCC Inc. the place to send your child to learn the fundamentals of skating, for pure enjoyment, recreation or to become a decorated competitive athlete, and also to just fall in love with the sport.
MHCC Inc. President, Danielle Anderson states, “Gilberto Viadana is the exact addition to MHCC Inc. we have been searching for over the past year. His extensive background in figure skating aligns with our mission to make positive changes in our communities surrounding our arenas. With his passion and knowledge of the sport, I’m looking forward to see how far our programs will progress and see how far our athletes will go with his expert guidance!”