May 2007

3 and counting

Despite winning just one medal at the 2007 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan - a bronze by ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto - the United States left its mark with eight top-10 finishes.

Three ice dancing teams, two ladies, two men and one pairs team secured top-10 placements during competition, March 20-25, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Nearly 200 athletes from 46 countries competed, with $710,000 doled out in ISU prize money.

For Belbin and Agosto, it was their third straight World Championships from which they departed with a medal. In 2005 they captured a silver, and in 2006 the duo won a bronze. They are now just one medal shy of tying the U.S. record for most world medals won, a mark set by Judy Schwomeyer and James Sladky, who won four World medals from 1969-72.

Read all about the 2007 World Championships in the May issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Major breakthrough
by Kelly Hodge

In front of a packed audience of 13,623 mostly North American fans, the U.S. World Synchronized Skating Team made history, and, along with Canada, changed the balance of power in the synchronized skating world.

Two of a kind
by Troy Schwindt

About 30 coaches and sports science staff attended the U.S. Figure Skating National Pairs Camp and Tryouts March 29-April 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The faculty featured such notable names as U.S. pairs greats Kitty and Peter Carruthers, Jenni Meno and Todd Sand, Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen, Peter Oppegard and Ron Ludington.