October 2002

It's Not About the Medals Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto

Her parents are Canadian. And his father is from Puerto Rico. North and South.

And they met in the middle. It's a theme that runs deep in their relationship, both on and off the ice.

Tanith Belbin, 18, and Ben Agosto, 20, have formed an alliance unlikely not only for logistical reasons but for the direction they have plotted for their skating career. It's not Olympics or bust for this duo - just a steady climb, and wherever that leads them is fine with both.

They are in it "for the long haul," and with Belbin's U.S. citizenship potentially years and years off (as in after the 2006 Olympics), the pair is content to work its way up ice dancing's ladder, whether that includes the Olympics or not.

Belbin is asked in "every single interview" about her citizenship. Including this one.

"It might not happen before 2006," said Belbin, who will, if all goes well, have dual Canadian-American citizenship. "If it does, wonderful. But I have to stay realistic. We don't want to let ourselves down. We really want to focus on our skating. Going to the Olympic Games would be wonderful; I can only imagine what that would be like. But it's not the most important thing to us. The most important thing is to be the best skaters we can be."

Read more about Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, and see some fantastic photos of them in SKATING magazine.

Also featured in this issue ...

Theatre on Ice: Taking the Stage
by Jean-Christophe Berlot, photo by Daniel Castets

This relatively new discipline continues to grow both in Europe and the U.S. Writer Jean-Christophe Berlot traces the origins of Theatre on Ice and discusses its possible future. Also, learn about some of the teams who competed at this summer's International Theatre on Ice Competition in Laurel, Md.

Collegiate Profile: Rusty Fein
by Michael Watkins, photo by J. Barry Mittan

Rusty Fein of the University of Pennsylvania finished second at the National Collegiate Championships for the second straight year in August. He's been plagued by injuries over the last year but continues to combine hard-core training with his academic pursuits.

The Big D: A Look at the Host City for the 2003 State Farm U.S. Championships

Dallas is proud to host the 2003 U.S. Championships - the first time the event has been held in Texas. This article provides a rundown of the exciting things to do in the city if you head out to watch the great skating.

In Synch: Then and Now - A Look Back at the 1994 Juvenile Championship Team
by Deanna Willmarth

In 1994, the members of Team Elan had no idea what their futures would hold when they won the U.S. title at the juvenile level. Now 11 of the those skaters are competing for synchronized skating teams at the collegiate level.