November 2004

Rising Talent Provides New Depth to U.S. Skating

Kimmie Meissner has a vivid memory from the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final last December in Sweden. She was training during a practice session when she looked over and saw Japanese skater Miki Ando land a quadruple Salchow.

"Did you see that?" Meissner asked her coach, Pam Gregory.

Indeed, Gregory had. "She did like millions of them," Meissner said. "It was amazing. I was shocked."

Meissner had heard about the jumping ability of Ando and the other Japanese skaters. But seeing the quads right in front of her was different from hearing about them. ...

Story by Amy Rosewater. Read more about rising U.S. stars in the November issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic
by Laurie Nealin

Not only did the Campbell's Classic provide spectators with a preview of the season ahead, it proved an excellent testing ground for the new free skates that the world's elite will develop as the 2004-2005 season unfolds.

Raising the Curtain
by Brenna Walsh

With the grace of figure skating, the drama of theater and the excitement of dance, Theatre on Ice, a form of competitive figure skating, has it all. And this year all of the excitement and grace of international Theatre on Ice competitions came to the United States at the 2004 International Theatre on Ice Competition, which was held in Bourne, Mass., June 25-26.

Goin' to Kansas City
by Kristi Veitch

Skaters who compete at the 2005 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships next April in Kansas City are in for a surprise - there are actually two Kansas Cities, and they won't be skating in either one of them! The competition, scheduled for April 13-17, 2005, will take place at the 21/2-sheet Pepsi Ice Midwest Arena in Overland Park, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City, Mo.