Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Councilwoman Jackie Gordon and Councilman Tom Donnelly recently welcomed three-time Olympic figure skater Surya Bonaly to The Rinx in Wyandanch to kick off the 2018 ice skating season. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory and Town of Babylon Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma were also in attendance.
Bonaly joined local skaters of all ages and offered advice on how to maneuver their way around the rink. Bonaly brought home a number of medals during her career representing France in international competition. In 1998, she brought the crowd to their feet at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan after landing a backflip on one blade, a stunt that has not been completed since. Today, Bonaly is a skating coach in Minnesota.
The Rinx in Wyandanch opened last year as part of an ongoing revitalization effort in the hamlet. Public skating is available seven days a week. The rink also offers ice skating lessons and parties. Visit the rink’s website at http://www.therinx.com/ for more information.