December 2009

Getting noticed

In a U.S. ice dance field crowded with talent, skaters will do just about anything to make themselves stand out.

Everyone's working hard, pouring over judges' details and finding ways to maximize levels of difficulty and earn extra points. Besides hard work, it comes down to choices: finding the music and style that inspires greater speed, better flow, stronger emotion.

For U.S. silver medalists Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates, that means skating one program to music from the Dixie Chicks and another to an Italian aria.

"We don't want to be typecast," Samuelson, 19, said. "We want to be versatile and show off different sides."

Read all about Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates in the December issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Family ties
by Jocelyn Jane Cox

Siblings have always competed in ice dancing and pairs, but rarely have there been so many brother-sister duos experiencing so much success.

Heart of the matter
by Lois Elfman

Charles Butler and his former ice dancing partner, Jessica Joseph, kicked open a door through which numerous skaters have since glided.