March 2005

2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Entering the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Ore., Jan. 9-16, everyone expected history would be made. Michelle Kwan was going for her ninth U.S. title, a number that would tie the record held by Maribel Vinson Owen, who captured her ninth title 68 years earlier in 1937. And by the end of the week history had indeed been made, in ways both expected and surprising.

Read all about the 2005 State Farm U.S. Championships in the March issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

U.S. Championships - Junior
by Michelle Wojdyla and Amy Partain

Focus and nerves play a big role in any competition. And when the event is the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships having focus and overcoming nerves can make all the difference. The ability of the the top junior skaters to focus under pressure helped each achieve their goals.

2005 European Figure Skating Championships
by Sal Zanca

Thoughts of the Olympics were ever present at the 2005 European Championships, which were held at the recently completed Palavela in Torino, Italy. For the fifth time since 1997 the Russians won the titles in all four disciplines, and Irina Slutskaya and Evgeny Plushenko remained unbeaten for the season.