February 2001

The Countdown Begins 2002 Olympic Winter Games

With the 2002 OIympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City just a year away, SKATING starts its countdown toward the first Winter Games to be held in the U.S. since 1980.

One year away ... just one year until the pageantry and spectacle of another Olympic Winter Games. Has it truly been three years since the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan? Most skating fans remember the triumphs of Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan as if they were yesterday, but indeed, the skating world is just 12 short months away from another magical time.

A year is still a long time in some circles, and the next few months will be important ones for both U.S. figure skating and the fans of the sport. SKATING wants to keep you up to date on the latest news from Salt Lake City, host of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games (Feb. 8-24), so check for periodic stories over the next 10 issues addressing the Olympics. This month, SKATING gives a brief overview of some important facts about the city, tickets, and U.S. skaters at the Olympics. ...

Read more about the Olympic countdown in SKATING magazine.

Also featured in this issue ...

Foreign Exchange
by Michele Cooper

As adult skating continues to grow, so does the proliferation of international competitions. But, finding a way to compare adult skating across the world has proven to be difficult as adults deal with equating ability levels and issues of parity.

On the Lookout for Syreeta Baker
by Michele Cooper

In the first of an occasional series about skaters who are climbing the ranks toward their dreams, this month's "On the Lookout" introduces New Jersey's Syreeta Baker, a hard-working 17-year-old who finished fourth among junior ladies at the South Atlantic Regional competition in the 1999-2000 season.

Athlete Programs: A High Performance Success
by Dave Schaefer

For Alexandra Tregre, success started after a 12th-place finish at the 2000 South Atlantic Regionals. With a point in the right direction, Tregre started an intense conditioning program off the ice that enhanced her power, strength and agility. Her gold medal at this year's regionals proved that high performance testing and subsequent hard work can steer athletes toward their goals.