March 2002

2002 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships

SKATING has the inside scoop on what happened at the State Farm U.S. Championships - find out the story on the senior, junior and novice levels.

The pressure of an Olympic year is well documented. Every move is analyzed, every competition dissected. Nobody knew that better than America's top skaters.

It goes without saying that Michelle Kwan has been burdened by the most scrutiny this year - from her early lackluster performances to parting with coach Frank Carroll. She has been challenged not just from outside the U.S., but within as well, as evidenced by Sarah Hughes' win at Skate Canada. ...

Todd Eldredge also felt the pressure. Pursued by questions about his lack of a quad and his age, the five-time U.S. champion was out to secure a spot on his third Olympic Team. ...

In pairs, Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman had already proven this year that they were the cream of the crop in the U.S. with a trip to the GP Final. Their string of stellar performances had given them new respect in the world, and they hoped to continue that string in Los Angeles.

Three-time U.S. dance champions Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev struggled with an injury that kept them out of action most of this season. Although they were still favorites to win their fourth straight title, the big question mark was who would join them on the Olympic Team. ...

Read more about the 2002 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and see some of the best photos from the event in SKATING magazine.

Also featured in this issue ...

In Synch: Skating on Both Fronts
by Laura Fawcett

2002 U.S. novice bronze medalist Lisa Dannemiller of Ann Arbor, Mich., is one of the most successful singles skaters who also competes on a synchronized skating team.

Competition: U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships
by Jenny Driscoll and Laura Fawcett

The U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships page the way for future success. But for these young athletes, the joy of just competing in their first national competition is worth everything. The U.S. champions in the juvenile and intermediate categories were crowned in Bensenville, Ill., last December.

Photos: Backstage Pass
by Paul and Michelle Harvath and Jenny Driscoll
SKATING takes you backstage at the U.S. Championships with behind-the-scenes photos of before, during and after the event.