Skyline grad Yina Moe-Lange skiing for Middlebury

January 24, 2012

Skyline High School graduate Yina Moe-Lange is competing for the Middlebury College ski team.

Middlebury, in Vermont, recently competed in a two-day meet that was hosted by Maine’s Bates College. Moe-Lange finished 30th in the slalom.

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‘Chicago’ offers smart social satire — and lessons for director

July 12, 2011

“Chicago” the stage musical is not so far off from Chicago the Midwestern metropolis.

Chicago is a synonym for corruption and scandal. “Chicago” revels in corruption and scandal.

Rianna Hidalgo, as Roxie Hart, and Taylor Niemeyer, as Velma Kelly, star in Village Theatre KIDSTAGE’s ‘Chicago.’ By Jean Johnson/Village Theatre

So, Chicago functions as a seamless setting as murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly pursue a disposable sort of fame afforded to celebrity criminals. Prohibition serves as the backdrop for the smart satire about celebrity and media manipulation.

The razzle-dazzle musical is the latest offering from KIDSTAGE, the long-running youth education program at Village Theatre. “Chicago” is managed from opening number to curtain call by student-actors in the program.

Director Jacob Moe-Lange, a Skyline High School graduate and University of California, Berkeley, student, debuts as director on the production.

“‘Chicago’ is not a subtle show. It is a very in-your-face show about a lot of things,” he said. “What I want the audience to walk away with is, I want them to have seen the show and recognize that what happens onstage is not isolated from what happens in their own lives.”

The musical named for the Windy City peddles camp and vamp in equal measures. Theatergoers can catch “Chicago” starting July 15.

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Sammamish skiers cruise to success

January 12, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2011

Sammamish alpine skier Brooke Wales took 25th overall in the downhill competition Wednesday in Altenmarkt Zauchensee, Austria.

Wales scored her first Europa Cup points (43.57) after finishing with a time of 1:8.80.

The time was less than two seconds behind the winner, Stefanie Moser, of Austria, who skied the course in 1:06.91. Wales skis for the United States team, and is a member of the Mission Ridge Ski Team.

Another Sammamish resident also experienced success on the slopes.

Yina Moe-Lange, who raced for Denmark in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, placed 18th overall in the slalom competition Tuesday at Snowbird, Utah.

Moe-Lange crossed the finish line in 1:38.82, less than five seconds behind winner Anne Cecilie Brusletto, of Norway.

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Sammamish downhill skier races in Whistler

March 2, 2010

Yina Moe-Lange looks toward 2014 Olympics

WHISTLER, British Columbia

Sammamish skier Yina Moe-Lange rests after completing the second race in the ladies’ giant slalom at the Whistler Creekside venue. By Andrea Collins

The cold rush of snow, blazing fast speeds and butterflies marked 16-year-old Yina Moe-Lange’s Olympic debut.

Moe-Lange, a Sammamish resident skiing for Denmark, put the pedal to the metal the second day of competition, shaving her time dramatically to place 47th out of 60 competitors in the second run of the ladies’ giant slalom Feb. 25.

“I was super nervous yesterday,” she said of the first race, held Feb. 24. “Everything was so different. There were more people there that wouldn’t normally be there at a race. The thought of knowing that was tough.

“I got the first start out of the way and skied today more like I’ve skied every other race in every other course.”

By the second day of competition, the butterflies floated away and what was left, for one of the youngest competitors in the games, was sheer athletic ability. Read more

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Off The Press

March 2, 2010

Chantelle Lusebrink (back) and Andrea Collins

With a competitor from Sammamish in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and it being only five hours from town, who could resist an opportunity to take a road trip to see the games in person?

With a little help and hospitality from a friend of mine, and her family from Issaquah, I got to go and experience the convergence of the world’s cultures onto one city — Whistler, British Columbia.

The games brought more cultures to the alpine town than ever seen there before.

In any given moment, you’d move between a group of people speaking Russian, to one speaking Korean, to one speaking German.

The stereotypes were also there, as they exist for a reason and with some truth, the boisterous Americans and the young Asian teens that idolized the anime look. The stereotypes were embraced and cherished as the differences that make up the world versus being put down.

Understandably, there were long security lines — but nothing beyond what we Americans experience at the airport — and Canadians had a hard time keeping up with the demand for the coveted Canadian maple leaf mittens. Only that nearly made for an international incident when people were told they could only purchase two pairs per person.

Smartly, Whistler officials kept much of the mountain open for tourists, so you could strap on your skis and get close enough to the starting gate to catch a glimpse of the action for the men’s slalom or women’s giant slalom, which to my knowledge doesn’t happen at all winter venues. Read more

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A view from Vancouver

February 16, 2010

Sammamish skier chases dream downhill to the Olympics

Yina Moe-Lange marches alongside fellow Danish athletes during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Feb. 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo contributed

The dream stretched back to childhood, when Yina Moe-Lange strapped on a pair of skis and took to the slopes. Through the years and countless downhill runs, she honed her skill with a singular goal in mind: competing in the Winter Olympics.

Moe-Lange, 16, assumed she might be too young to compete when the Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, and skiers competed in alpine events about four hours from Sammamish, where she and her family moved in 2005.

The premier skiers — like, say, Lindsey Vonn — reach peak ability in their 20s, so Moe-Lange trained with the 2014 Winter Olympics in mind. About a month ago, however, she received word from Denmark: Moe-Lange, a Danish citizen, had been selected to compete in the games, then just a few weeks distant.

The dream to compete in the Winter Olympics turned to reality ahead of schedule.

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Racing to the Olympics

January 26, 2010

Racing to the Olympics Yina Moe-Lange, a 16-year-old Sammamish resident and former Skyline High School student, will compete in alpine ski events for Denmark in the Winter Olympics, in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning Feb. 12. Moe-Lange will race in the giant slalom Feb. 24 and the slalom Feb. 26. ‘At 16, I am not yet a medal contender,’ she said. ‘But this is an extremely important step in the furthering of my ski racing career. Ever since my childhood, I have dreamt of going to the Olympics and this is an opportunity not to be missed.’ Moe-Lange ran cross-country in middle school and for the Skyline High School team. She has also been involved with the Issaquah Gliders for years, both as a runner and as a volunteer assistant coach. Photo contributed

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