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December 2004'Tis the Season
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.