August/September 2003

Gaining Confidence

It was a sunny June day when Michael Weiss arrived at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md., from his home in McLean, a Washington, D.C., suburb.

He was relaxed wearing a short-sleeve button-down shirt, athletic shorts and flip flops. His dark hair now had orange-red highlights and was windblown having driven to practice in his new convertible with the top down.

"I have such a good life," he said.

Relax and Regroup

After a whirlwind 2002-2003 season in which Weiss left Audrey Weisiger, his coach of nearly 18 years, won his first ISU Grand Prix Series event after finishing fifth in the short program, and then claimed his first national title in three years, he had earned the right to relax a bit.

Unlike the previous summer, following his seventh-place finish at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games when Weiss contemplated quitting, this year he had no such thoughts. He just needed some time to unwind and re-energize himself for the season. On this particular day, his first day of training after nearly 10 days off the ice, the thought of retiring was the furthest thing from his mind.

"It was automatic this year," Weiss said of returning to training and competing in the Olympic-eligible circuit. "If everything goes as easily as it did last year, health-wise, I could see myself staying on for the Olympics in 2006. I feel great."

Read more about Michael Weiss in the August/September issue of SKATING.

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Mountain Cup
by Amy G. Partain

Who says skating is just for youngsters? Not anyone who attended the fifth "La Coupe de la Montagne" competition, or the Mountain Cup as it is known in English. The competition was held May 30-June 1 in Villard-de-Lans, France, and attracted the largest number of skaters in the competition's five-year history.

U.S. Junior Champions
by Janet Klein, Michael Watkins, Alicia Clott and Amy Rosewater

Find out a little bit more about the skaters who won the title of U.S. junior champion at the 2003 State Farm U.S. Championships: Erica Archambault in ladies, Dennis Phan in men, Amy Howerton and Steven Pottenger in pairs, and Morgan Matthews and Maxim Zavozin in dance.

Reading Hosts 2003 Smart Ones Skate America

The 2003-2004 major competition season kicks off with the 2003 Smart Ones Skate America competition in Reading, Pa., in October. Of course, the competition itself is one great reason to make a trip to Pennsylvania, but while you're there you'll want to check out the many other great attractions in the area.

Behind the Scenes at Governing Council
Photos by Laura Fawcett

Check out a photo montage of what went on behind the scenes at the 2003 Governing Council in Norfolk, Va., in May.

A New Vision
by U.S. Figure Skating President Chuck Foster

It was indeed a great honor to be elected the 27th president of U.S. Figure Skating, and I thank all of you for giving me the opportunity to serve the organization that has meant so much to me for my entire life. I come from a skating family. Both of my parents were recreational ice dancers. My sisters and I worked long and hard to become accomplished in the sport. Read more ...