January 2010

Twice as nice

The United States collected two gold medals at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final for the first time in the event's history, with wins by Evan Lysacek in the men's event and Meryl Davis and Charlie White in ice dancing.

Stratospheric rises in the world of ice dancing are rare, but Meryl Davis and Charlie White have shot like a rocket up the ranks. Since their sixth-place finish at the 2008 World Championships, the duo has finished off the podium at a major event just once - fourth place at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. This year, first-place finishes are the only things to see in their competitive history.

World champion Lysacek won his first Grand Prix Final gold medal in Tokyo and became the second consecutive American to capture a win in the men's event. Last year's champion Jeremy Abbott finished fourth this year, while teammate Johnny Weir won the bronze medal for a second straight year.

Read all about the Grand Prix Final in the January issue of SKATING.

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by B.L. Wylie

Every person who works hard learning, and then accomplishes a task, looks forward to celebrating that milestone.