February 2003

You CAN Be a Judge

U.S. Figure Skating is looking for new judges. Could you be one of them?

Have you ever watched a skating competition and felt that you could evaluate the performance as well as the experts? Or perhaps you don't skate as often as you once did but would like to remain active in the skating community?

USFSA judges are volunteers from diverse backgrounds who have one thing in common: a passion for the sport of figure skating. They donate their time to lifelong learning in order to continue a tradition of judging excellence. Their goal is the same: to evaluate fairly and intelligently without bias based upon education and experience. They are ordinary people making an extraordinary impact on the sport that is the center of their lives. You don't have to be an Olympic hopeful to be a judge.

Participation in figure skating has grown tremendously in the last decade, and it looks like this trend will continue. As a result, USFSA membership continues to swell. This means more skaters are taking tests and competing.

Since the population of judges has remained relatively the same, they are often stretched to their limits. Added to this is the concern that many of the judges are retiring. Currently more than 50 percent of tests are judged by at least one member of the panel who is more than 60 years of age.

Read more about becoming a judge in the February issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Rising to the Top
by Amy Rosewater

In honor of Black History Month, SKATING pays tribute to African-American skaters who have and are still contributing to the sport by participating as skaters, coaches, choreographers and judges.

On Golden Pond - U.S. Junior Championships
by Elizabeth Leamy and Michelle Wojdyla

The intermediate and juvenile showdowns at the 2003 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., Dec. 12-15, 2002, were competitions full of drama and excitement.

Crest Whitestrips International Figure Skating Challenge
by Marge Reynolds

The Crest Whitestrips International Figure Skating Challenge, held in Auburn Hills, Mich., on Dec. 13, brought together the top international competitors for the first time this season. The field included all of the 2002 Olympic medalists in singles, except Michelle Kwan, with six men and five ladies.

Takeoff: Lindsay Walczak
by Joanne-Theresa Vassallo

Meet Lindsay Walczak of the Wagon Wheel FSC, who recently placed 10th at the Midwestern Sectionals. She has a busy schedule that includes skating, school, ballet, jazz and tap dancing, as well as gymnastics!