April 2010

Destination reached!

With the eyes of the world on Vancouver for three weeks in February, U.S. Figure Skating delivered the most complete performance of any figure skating federation at the 21st Olympic Winter Games. A gold medal by Evan Lysacek in men's and a silver medal in ice dancing by Meryl Davis and Charlie White helped separate the United States from the rest on the sport's biggest stage.

"The performances that we saw at the Olympic Winter Games were the result of our athletes being well prepared," said Mitch Moyer, director of athlete high performance at U.S. Figure Skating. "I congratulate the athletes and coaches on bringing their 'A' game to the biggest competition of the season."

The United States enjoyed the best average finish among countries with entries in all four disciplines: USA - 6.7; Russia - 8.3; Canada - 9.1; Italy - 13.8; Germany - 15.6.

"Our athletes made all of us proud to be members of U.S. Figure Skating," U.S. Figure Skating President Patricia St. Peter said.

Read a recap of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in the April issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Worldly performances
by Becca Staed Bishop

The Haydenettes will represent the United States at the World Synchronized Skating Championships, April 9-10 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Joining them will be 2010 U.S. silver medalist Crystallettes.

Balancing act

The "final product" is what most skaters focus on when it comes to their training regimen. And that's a mistake, according to Dawn Lorring, PT, M.Ed., MSPT, CSCS, a senior physical therapist at Cleveland Clinic.