February 2004

Scott Hamilton, New Life, Old Love

You might think that 20 years after winning an Olympic gold medal you'd finally get a break. Your days of endless training and freetting over competitions would be behind you. The pressure of performing in front of live audiences would be over. There would be no worries over endorsements and TV contracts. It would be your time to relax.

That may be the scenario for some Olympic gold medalists - but it's not what you'd choose if you happen to be Scott Hamilton.

These days - 20 years after his golden moment in Sarajevo - Hamilton is busier than ever. He's producing Stars on Ice and plans to skate in about 20 of the tour's shows around the nation. He's performing in network TV shows and Christmas specials, coordinating benefits for his cancer research foundation and, oh yeah, last fall he became a new dad, too.

"I feel like one of those plush toys that a German shepherd and a chihuahua are fighting over," said Hamilton in a telephone interview during a rare rehearsal break for Smucker's Stars on Ice in Simsbury, Conn.

Story by Amy Rosewater. Read more about Scott Hamilton in the February issue.

Also featured in this issue ...

2004 U.S. Junior Championships
by Amy Lidster, Jenny Driscoll and Brenna Walsh

As the year 2003 was drawing to a close so was the skating season for the juvenile and intermediate athletes in U.S. Figure Skating. Their season ended in early December as they competed at the 2004 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships. The event took place Dec. 2-6, 2003, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

International Figure Skating Challenge
by Alyson Lobert

For Evgeny Plushenko, the International Figure Skating Challenge Dec. 5, 2003, in Auburn Hills, Mich., was business as usual; for Sasha Cohen, it was not. Plushenko won the event, his fifth consecutive victory in the 2003-04 season, while Cohen saw her winning streak stop at four. Michelle Kwan came through to win the ladies event with a new coach at her side.

ISU Olay Grand Prix Final
by Amy G. Partain

Despite some upsets and surprises at the 2003-04 ISU Olay Grand Prix Final, all American competitors came away with a medal. Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto won bronze, Sasha Cohen collected the silver, and Michael Weiss won bronze. The major upset was in men's, where Canada's Emanuel Sandhu, a last-minute entry, won the gold over reigning World champion Evgeny Plushenko.

Getting Ready for San Diego
by Bryan Keller

Preparations are underway for the 2004 U.S. Synchronized Team Skating Championships, which will be held in San Diego, Calif., March 4-7. The city has hosted the vent twice before - in 1995 and 1998. San Diego has much to offer from fun attractions to history to natural wonders.