February 2005

Romance on Ice

Love is in in the air. And on the ice, so it seems. Just in time for Valentine's Day, we'll take a look at eight couples who met - and some who got married - on the ice. They are proof positive that Cupid works his magic to warm hearts - even in a cold skating rink.

Read all about skaters who have found more than just competition on the ice in the February issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

2004-05 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final
by Sal Zanca

Not once in the eight-year history of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating have all four Grand Prix Final winners gone on to win the World title in the same year. But with the new scoring system in use at both the Grand Prix Final and the World Figure Skating Championships, it would not be surprising to see Evgeny Plushenko, Irina Slutskaya, Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao, and Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov repeat as champions at both competitions.

2005 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships
by Michelle Wojdyla

Does figure skating create great kids, or are great kids drawn to the sport? Either way, the level of talent, sportsmanship, enthusiasm and class displayed by the young athletes at the 2005 U.S. Junior Championships in Jamestown, N.Y., was inspirational.

2004 Marshalls World Cup of Figure Skating
by Alyson Lobert

The Marshalls World Cup of Figure Skating featured seven of America's top skaters. But it was Russia's stars who shined the brightest under the glare of competition, with Russia's Irina Slutskaya and Evgeny Plushenko each taking first place.