November 2009

Purpose driven

It was late in the summer of 2005 when Mroz's life changed forever. His brother and mother were critically injured in an automobile accident. The tragedy left 10-year-old Spencer paralyzed from the waist down, their mother Cindy with mental and physical challenges, and the entire family heartbroken but determined to reclaim their lives.

With Mroz holding his silver medal at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships, any sorrow from that poignant time dissolved in applause. Mroz had turned back the clock. There was only happiness.

"Standing on that podium, taking the silver - for me that was my gold medal," Mroz said.

Read all about how Mroz used tragedy as motivation in the November issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Opposites create on-ice magic
by Lynn Rutherford

The sophisticated Kim Navarro, a college graduate and former New York habitue, and the down-home, easygoing Brent Bommentre have chemistry all their own on the ice and a solid friendship off it.

Encore, encore!

With the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships returning to Spokane in just a couple months, fans are eagerly anticipating the show the host city will put on this time.

Navarro & Bommentre Photo Gallery
Check out a photo gallery of Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre from 2009 Champs Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Understanding the IJS
Download a detailed look at how the technical panel evaluates every element - jumps, spins, spiral sequences and step sequences - here.