February 2009

'Pigs fly, again'

When the 2008 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series began in October, few expected Jeremy Abbott would qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, let alone win the competition. But in a season of unexpected finishes, that's what happened, and Abbott is still shaking his head.

"I wanted to come in and do my best and I certainly know any given day there is a chance of winning, but I did not think it was going to happen," Abbott said. "There are so many amazing skaters and to be on the top of that list is such an amazing feeling."

In victory, Abbott set two records for U.S. men at international competitions (free skate and overall), and became the first U.S. man to win the Grand Prix Final in the event's 14-year history.

Read all about Jeremy Abbott's breakthrough season in the February issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Winning ways
The United States continued its dominance of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, winning six of 12 medals, including two golds at the competition Dec. 10-14 in Goyang City, Republic of Korea.

Breaking barriers
by Lois Elfman

These five skaters represent milestones in figure skating among African-Americans - from the first to win a U.S. title to the most recent Olympian.