Born and raised in Alaska, Chrystal Reed Hamel has been a member of the Alaska Association of Figure Skaters (AAFS) since its foundation in 1990. She has coached group skating lessons since 1993 and private skating lessons since 1997. Her students have competed in many local and out-of-state competitions, including the Northwest Pacific Coast Regional Championships and the ISI World Recreational Team Championships. She specializes in choreography, jumps & spins, power, moves in the field, and off-ice training, including stretching, conditioning & dance. Her goal is to promote all aspects of skating in a fun and rewarding way. She is currently the AAFS Ice Show Chairperson and Learn to Skate USA Director for group classes.
As a skater, Chrystal competed and performed in shows for 13 years. She has skated at the highest level in U.S. Figure skating passing both gold level tests in Moves in the Field and Freeskate. She has represented Alaska at the Arctic Winter Games, the Northwest Pacific Coast Regional Championships, the Pacific Coast Sectional Championships, and the National Collegiate Championships. She was coached and mentored by Vladimir Kaprov. Chrystal graduated from DimondHigh School and has degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Outside of figure skating, Chrystal works as a psychometrist at a mental health clinic. She enjoys hockey and spending time with her husband and three children.