October 2009

Providential pair

Though she could not have known it at the time, Caydee Denney's move back to her hometown of Wesley Chapel, Fla., from Colorado Springs, Colo., where she relocated in 2006 to take up singles training, would prove to be the 15-year-old's best decision in her young figure skating career.

Denney and partner Jeremy Barrett, 25, wafted into the spotlight when they edged two-time U.S. pairs champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker to win the short program at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.

Though the team sat a fragile 0.39 points ahead of McLaughlin and Brubaker after the short, Denney and Barrett's seemingly overnight success created a media frenzy and wowed the judges. After all, the pair had only begun training together seven months before the U.S. Championships.

Read all about Denney and Barrett's meteoric rise to stardom in the October issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Where it all began
by Troy Schwindt

This year's Skate America will serve as a test event of sorts for the upcoming 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Old college try

Gaining access to college students through the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program is a reliable way to grow your program.


Check out a photo gallery from 2009 National Showcase, which was held Aug. 13-15 in Colorado Springs, Colo. in Colorado.