December 2004

'Tis the Season

With the holidays fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to ask many of the top U.S. skaters to share some of their favorite seasonal memories. And share they did. Whether it's the Weiss clan gathering for a traditional pig pickin' in North Carolina, or a Matthews family dinner at the Walnut Room in Chicago, you'll enjoy reading about how your favorite athletes have enjoyed the holidays over the years...

Read all about U.S. skaters holiday experiences, favorites and traditions in the December issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

2004 Smart Ones Skate America
by Amy G. Partain

U.S. competitors had a great time in Pittsburgh, Pa., bringing home five medals at this year's Smart Ones Skate America event. Their accomplishments were nearly overshadowed though when Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin suffered a terrifying fall.

2004 Skate Canada
by Laurie Nealin

Skate Canada proved to be a gold and silver mine for the host country athletes, who swept the medals in the men's event, grabbed gold in the ladies and pocketed silver in ice dancing.

A Growth Experience
by Cheryl Elton

As a child, Scott Orvik struggled developmentally and socially and was later diagnosed with autism. Little did he or his parents know then that figure skating would ultimately be the driving force toward healing in his life, bringing him to where he is today.

Final Standings for the 2004 Future Champions Series

Now in its second year, the Future Champions Series rewards skaters at the juvenile, intermediate and novice levels and encourages them to stay in the sport. The 2004 series is now complete and the final standing are in.