March 2001

Simply Beautiful
The 2001 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Seven days ... hundreds of competitors - it all added up to the biggest event of the season - the 2001 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Michelle Kwan is simply the best in the business. Her magical performance in the short program rivaled some of sport's greatest moments - not just skating, mind you, but all of sports.

Kwan, however, wasn't the only champion with her back against the wall at the FleetCenter, Jan. 14-21. Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman held off the inspiring challenge of Danielle and Steve Hartsell to win their second straight title. Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev racked up their third straight U.S. title in convincing fashion, with breathtakingly innovative programs.

And then there were the men. Facing by far the most pressure in the event, three of America's best squared off for two spots in the World Championships. In the end, Timothy Goebel accepted a crown he has seemed destined to wear since he hit his first quadruple jump. ...

Read more about the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in SKATING magazine.

Also featured in this issue ...

Once & Future Champions - 2001 U.S. Championships - junior
by Marge Reynolds

Cristobal; Pennington; Blinder and Allen; Manon and Klus. Recognize those names? You will. These are the names of the 2001 U.S. junior champions - and be prepared because they might be ready to take on the best of the best next year.

Maestros of Matthews - 2001 U.S. Championships - novice
by Elizabeth Leamy

Northeastern University's Matthews Arena was the site of the very exciting novice competition at the U.S. Championships. After the two-day event, one thing was very clear - the U.S. continues to have great depth in every discipline, and these skaters have nowhere to go but up.

In Synch - A Positive Team Impact
by Susan Schilling

Synchronized skating team managers work long hours on a volunteer basis. Why do they do it? A few managers share their thoughts on why they are in for the long haul.