May 2004

2004 World Figure Skating Championships

In a sport where the outcome is often predictable, the 2004 World Figure Skating Championships in Dortmund, Germany, were different. The word surprise was used often to describe the event.

After all, who could have predicted a ladies free skate in which the skater with the most 6.0s finished third? Or that a man who didn't compete at Worlds last year would win the bronze. It would have been impossible to imagine an incomparable Chinese pairs team falling in the short program, or a dance team that hadn't finished higher than fourth all year taking the bronze medal.

But it all happened in 2004 - the surprise finishes in Dortmund.

Story by Laura Fawcett. Read more about the 2004 World Figure Skating Championships in the May issue.

Also featured in this issue ...

2004 U.S. Synchronized Team Skating Championships
by Laura Fawcett

New champions and repeat champions. The 2004 U.S. Synchronized Team Skating Championships had it all. Some teams tasted victory last year. Others hadn't won in 10 years. And some won gold for the first time.

Showcase on Ice
by Melissa Bowman

The darkened arena beckons. Illuminated by the spotlight, the skater provokes laughter from the judges (yes, the judges!) and the audience. The skater portrays "Crazy" by Patsy Cline. That skater is Elizabeth Zammit, representing Lilac City FSC of Wasington. Zammit is the singles/duet champion of Showcase America 2003, hosted by the Lone Star FSC Dec. 6-7, 2002.

2004 World Junior Championships
by Sal Zanca

Since U.S. Figure Skating competitions have started developing and showcasing skaters in a full-time competition, the juniors on Team USA have been having the most success. At the World Junior Figure Skating Championships, held March 1-7 in The Hague, Netherlands, Team USA won silver and bronze medals in both the ladies and men's events, and won the bronze in ice dancing. Evan Lysacek learned that winning isn't everything and took home his third World Juniors silver medal.

2004 World Challenge Cup for Juniors
by Kelly Hodge

Exciting is the word that best describes the World Synchronized Skating Challenge Cup for Juniors, held March 12-14, in Milan, Italy. It was especially exciting for the U.S. Team as both teams representing the U.S. finished in the top 10.