May 2001

2001 Champions of the World World Figure Skating Championships

Michelle Kwan won her fourth World title and defended her gold medal for the first time in her career. Meanwhile, Todd Eldredge and Timothy Goebel combined to give the U.S. three spots for the men at the 2002 Olympics.

High above Michelle Kwan's head at the General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada, where she won her fourth World title, were the flags of the participating countries.

Higher still above Todd Eldredge and Sarah Hughes, where they received their bronze medals, were the flags of the host, Canada, and the sport's governing body, the International Skating Union.

However, the most important thing hanging over their heads - and all the other winners and medalists -- was the flag that wasn't there - the one with five rings on it. ...

Read more about the World Figure Skating Championships in SKATING magazine.

Also featured in this issue ...

Peak Synchronicity - 2001 Chevrolet U.S. Synchronized Team Skating Championships
by Laura Fawcett

The Rocky Mountains and Colorado Springs hosted 2,000 competitors in the shadow of Pikes Peak for the 2001 Chevrolet U.S. Synchronized Team Skating Championships. The Haydenettes captured their 11th national title and earned a trip back to the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Joining the Haydenettes will be Miami University, who captured the silver wtih a dazzling display of unison.

On Your Marks: Dorothy and Oldi Alt
by Ron Dei Cas, MD

In the third of a series taking an inside look at judges, this month features Dorothy and Oldi Alt, who met on the ice and now share their love for each other and skating through judging.