Fla. coach, seamstress' Olympic costumes dazzle

ELLENTON, Fla. - The talents of a Florida figure skating coach and a seamstress are on display for the world at the Sochi Olympics.

Seamstress Dawn Imperatore and coach Jim Peterson designed and constructed 12 costumes that will be worn by three skating pairs who train at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex in southwest Florida.

Peterson coaches U.S. skaters Nathan Bartholomay and Felicia Zhang and David King and Stacey Kemp of Great Britain. Imperatore also created costumes for Canadian's Rudi Swiegers and Paige Lawrence.

The Herald-Tribune reports Peterson selects the music, choreographs routines and also helps Imperatore with costume design.

He recently sat in a small sewing room above the ice rink for hours, meticulously securing 1,440 crystals to the costume with a toothpick and glue.


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