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Rhea Schwartz is the true adult skater.  She started skating at age 30 in response to a friends’ dare. It soon became her passion.  In 1995, she founded the Adult Skating Program for US Figure Skating and served as its first chair for five years. During that time adult test and competition structures were instituted throughout the US. In 1995 she oversaw the first adult national competition in the US. In 2000 she was named “One of the 25 most influential People in Figure Skating” By International Figure Skating Magazine.

In 2004, ISU President, Ottavio Cinquanta, named Rhea the first Chair of the newly created ISU Adult Figure Skating Working Group. In 2005 the first ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition was held in Oberstdorf, Germany under the leadership of the Adult Working Group. In 2011, over 300 skaters from 25 countries competed in the 7th annual competition.

Rhea practiced law in Washington DC for 30 years and retired in 2001 to direct an academic institute at American University.  She retired again in 2006 to devote much of her time to figure skating, both as a competitor and administrator. She is an active member of several boards of directors and organizations including the National Board of the Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Board of Project Interchange,  and the International Women’s Forum.  In 2001 she received the Capital Award for Excellent Administrative Leadership from the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital.