August/September 2004

My Way

Forget about that disaster in Dallas. For Johnny Weir, that's all ancient history.

No longer does he think about the time he skidded into the wall during the free skate at the 2003 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships - a slip-up that cost him a spot at the World Championships and a mistake that bruised his ego and reputation. No longer does he worry about what others think of him and that day.

He's all but erased those thoughts.

All it took for him to forget about that nightmare was a year's worth of hard work and two stellar performances at the subsequent U.S. Championships in Atlanta, Ga.

Story by Amy Rosewater. Read more about Johnny Weir in the August/September issue of SKATING.

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2004 ISU Congress
by Sal Zanca

A new era will begin with the adoption of the new ISU judging system, which was approved at the 2004 ISU Congress held in Scheveningen, Netherlands, in June. U.S. Figure Skating will use the old 6.0 system for this season's qualifying competitions, and the first possibility for the new system to be widely used in the U.S. would be in the 2005-06 season.

2004 Mountain Cup
by Barbara Standke

Once again, a record number of adult skaters from around the world gathered in Villard-de-Lans, France, for the sixth Mountain Cup competition May 28-30. The competition drew 138 skaters from 12 countries, including 47 from France, 37 from the United States (10 skaters more than in 2003) and 21 from the United Kingdom.

A Unique City
by the Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau

While there will be plenty of great skating going on at Mellon Arena at the 2004 Smart Ones Skate America competition in Pittsburgh, Pa., a trip to Pittsburgh is the perfect opportunity to check out the many sites in the area. Skate America will be held Oct. 21-24, 2004, and will feature top skaters such as Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Michael Weiss and Brian Joubert of France.

2004 Sports Sciences and Medicine Workshop
by Nicole Stocker

The elite U.S. novice and junior skaters came together at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., June 10-13, for the fourth annual Sports Sciences and Medicine Workshop. This program is a follow-up evaluation of the skaters who were assessed during high performance testing at the 2004 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Read the entire article!

Hope in the Darkest of Days
by Jill Janik

One thing almost all college synchronized skating teams want is varsity status. Western Michigan University was already there, but when the team was faced with losing varsity status because of budget cuts late last year, the skaters pulled together and showed what it really means to be a team.