February 2008

Swept away

Before age 20, ice dancer Jennifer Wester could speak Italian, German and English - the result of living and skating in Italy and Switzerland, and, at the time, a means of distracting the young woman from the pressures of competitive skating.

Shortly after returning to the U.S., Wester, now 22, teamed with Russian-born partner Daniil Baranstev, 25, following a 2003 tryout directed by Shae-Lynn Bourne and Nikoli Morozov. Already fluent in three languages, it seemed only natural for Wester to take on Russian for her new partner - particularly when it was in the name of love.

Read all about Jennifer Wester and Daniil Barantsev's on- and off-ice partnership, along with other tales of love found through skating, in the February issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Return engagement

Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto won the silver medal while Evan Lysacek secured the bronze at the 2007 Grand Prix Final, Dec. 13-16, in Torino, Italy.

Champ crowned

On New Year's Day, the American Girl Company introduced Mia, a skating-themed doll that is the new American Girl of the Year.