March 2004

U.S. Team Ready to Score at World Championships

Disbelief. Joy. Agony. Elation. These were the emotions of the 2004 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The stories of these emotions were told on the faces of the competitors.

We saw the joy of Michelle Kwan as seven 6.0s were posted for presentation after her free skate.

The story was told in the relief displayed on the face of Johnny Weir after he skated a clean free skate to win the title and become the youngest men's champion in more than 10 years.

Then there was the disbelief on the face of two-time U.S. champion Timothy Goebel after missing three jumps in his short program.

It showed in the bittersweet mix of emotions of John Baldwin and Rena Inoue who made mistakes in their free skate but won the pairs competition.

Like Greek drama, there were conflicting emotions side by side in ice dancing. Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto winning their first U.S. title, were elated.

In contrast, Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev were upset as the five-time defending champions had to withdraw just before their original dance.

Story by Sal Zanca. Read more about the 2004 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in the March issue.

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Championships Behind the Scenes
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by Laurie Nealin

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by Marla Mangeot Brown

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