January 2005

Michelle Kwan - From Gifted Girl to Leading Lady

Over the span of her 19-year skating career, Michelle Kwan's photo has appeared on the cover of countless magazines: Newsweek, People and Sports Illustrated to name a few. She has been interviewed thousands of times by reporters from all over the globe. She's become a household name and such a recognizable face that it's hard to remember when she wasn't in our lives. Now Kwan has her sights set on Maribel Owen's record for U.S. titles. This month we take a look back at how Kwan got to this point ...

Read all about Michelle Kwan's history at the State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in the January issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series
by Tatiana Flade and Jean-Christophe Berlot

A review of the 2004 NHK Trophy, Cup of China, Trophee Eric Bompard and Cup of Russia. Find out how the world's top skaters competed in the four Grand Prix Series events leading up to the Grand Prix Final.

A Holliday to Remember
by Michele Cooper

Until 2002, no adult skater had ever landed a triple jump of any kind at the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships. Then along came Larry Holliday. At the 2002 U.S. Adult Championships, Holliday landed a clean triple Salchow-double toe combination and forever changed the way people view adult skaters.

Marshalls Skate Fests
by Lindsay DeWall

This fall, three cities hosted Marshalls Skate Fest events featuring World silver medalist Sasha Cohen. More than 1,500 skaters, family and friends flocked to the events for a chance to skate with one of the best.