June/July 2005

2005 World Synchronized Skating Championship

The Haydenettes took their 15 U.S. titles to Goteberg, Sweden, for the premier event of the synchronized skating season.

The competition was special in more ways than one. It was the first time the World Synchronized Championships were judged under the new system. But for the Haydenettes, the meaning of the event ran even deeper. It was a chance to say goodbye to a synchronized skating icon and the woman who led the team to those 15 titles - Lynn Benson.

On the ice, the Haydenettes and Miami University showed they have some of the most technically demanding programs in the world. It's only a matter of time before a U.S. team makes it onto the world podium.

Read all about the 2005 World Synchronized Skating Championships in the June/July issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Marshalls U.S. Skating Challenge
by Michelle Wojdyla

Michelle Kwan and Evan Lysacek won the ladies and men's competitions, respectively, at the season's final elite event in St. Petersburg, Fla. Lysacek was still riding high from the World bronze medal he won less than two weeks before, while Kwan bounced back from her fourth-place finish in Moscow.

Young International Competitions
by The Program Development Committee and YI Competitors

This past season 48 U.S. figure skaters had the opportunity to be a part of the Young International program. This program allowed the skaters to represent U.S. Figure Skating in Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Denmark in the categories of miniemen, novice, junior and senior level ISU events.