June/July 2002

Gold Medal "Finn"-ish
2002 World Synchronized Skating Championships

The 2002 World Synchronized Skating Championships had everything that one should expect. Held in Rouen, France, April 11-14, there was great skating, a full arena with an enthusiastic crowd, a fight for the gold medal that came right down to the end, and two American teams who were eager to take on the world.

U.S. champions the Haydenettes (USA 1) and U.S. silver medalist Miami University (USA 2) knew exactly what to expect. For the second consecutive year, these two teams comprised the U.S. World Synchronized Skating Team.

After a ninth-place finish last year, Miami University was well aware of the intense competition from Finland, Sweden and Canada, who year after year produce some of the strongest synchronized teams in the world. In the field of 24, Miami set its sight on a top-10 finish. Despite some minor errors in both the short and the free skate, they held onto their rank from last year, finishing ninth in both segments and bringing home the coveted top-10 finish.

The Haydenettes, meanwhile, have been sitting just below the podium for several years, but this year the team from Lexington, Mass., came closer than ever. They made the biggest jump in the competition, moving all the way up to fourth - their best placement ever and the highest placement ever for a U.S. team in the World Synchronized Skating Championships. ...

Read more about the 2002 World Synchronized Skating Championships and see some of the best photos from the event in SKATING magazine.

Also featured in this issue ...

Amy Marlowe - 2002 U.S. Adult Championships
by Michele Cooper, Shannon Keeler and Andy Schell

The competition at the U.S. Adult Championships, held this year in Ann Arbor, Mich., April 4-7, keeps getting better and better. While the competitors in the pairs events amazed onlookers, championship masters men's winner Larry Holliday took the event to a new level by landing the first-ever triple jump at the championships. At right is championship masters ladies gold medalist Amy Marlowe.

Profile: Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov
by Bob Schaller

Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov came out of nowhere - sort of - to win the bronze medal in ice dancing at the 2002 State Farm U.S. Championships. She's a former U.S. junior champion in dance, while he was a World Junior ice dancing medalist for Russia. They teamed up to form a partnership on and off the ice.

In Synch: Olympic Angelzz
by Catherine Miller

What was it like being an "ice crystal" or "grass" in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremonies? Nearly all the members of Utah's Ice Angelzz synchronized skating program, along with other skaters from the Cottonwood Heights FSC in Salt Lake City, Utah, had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find out.