August/September 2005

Making the Right Connection

The Connecticut pair, though Lucash is from Massachusetts originally, is a "couple" only on the ice, but they do have a bond off the ice - a deep friendship that is almost brother and sister-like.

"We're both alike in that we can laugh, make fun of each other and ourselves," Orscher explained. "It just makes it more enjoyable."

The pair's rise has been more steady than meteoric. In fact, they have made a long progression that has them currently atop the U.S. standings. They won the 2005 U.S. pairs title and contended for podium finishes in international competitions, including a third-place finish at the 2005 Four Continents Championships.

Yet they are as different as night and day.

And that their paths ever intersected is what's truly amazing.

Read all about Katie Orscher and Garrett Lucash in the August/September issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

U.S. Junior Men's Champion Jeremy Abbott
by Chi-Chi Zhang

When Jeremy Abbott was 7 years old, he took a tour of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was in awe of the resident athletes who lived and trained on the complex.

Adult Skaters Compete in First ISU Adult Competition
by Antonio Conte, M.D., M.B.A.

Adult skaters from the United States and 11 other countries made history in June when they participated in the first International Skating Union Adult Figure Skating Competition in Oberstdorf, Germany. This was the first time the ISU has sanctioned and sponsored an adult-only international competition.