Florida coach Jim Peterson, seamstress Dawn Imperatore's Olympic costumes dazzle

1:41 PM, Feb 9, 2014   |    comments
(From left) Coach Amanda Evora sits with skaters Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay along with fellow coach Jim Peterson during the senior pairs free skate of the U.S. Figure Skating Nationals at the CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
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ELLENTON, Florida (AP) - 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.

See Also: Ellenton skaters head to the Sochi Olympics

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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