June/July 2001

Swedish Surprise
World Synchronized Skating Championships

Sweden's Team Surprise captured gold for the second straight year at the World Synchronized Team Skating Championships, held April 4-7 in Helsinki, Finland. Amidst increasing difficulty and better technique, the Haydenettes held their own for the United States, finishing fifth behind four synchro powerhouses. Miami University, making its World Championship debut, finished ninth.

The glamour of the "first" World Synchronized Skating Championships is well in the past. There are no more firsts necessarily, except perhaps for the U.S. teams. For America, the most important firsts are still ahead - first medal, first World title.

Two U.S. teams - the Haydenettes (USA 1) and Miami University (USA 2), traveled halfway around the world to Helsinki, Finland, in an attempt to capture those lofty goals. Miami was making its first trip to the World Championships, although the team competed in the ISU's World Challenge Cup, a precursor to the World Championships. At the last Challenge Cup, Miami finished sixth, and coach Vicki Korn and her team were hoping to step it up a notch this year. ...

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

Also featured in this issue ...

U.S. Adult Championships
by Michele Cooper

Over 600 skaters converged in Marlboro, Mass., for the seventh U.S. Adult Championships. As the level of adult skating increases, so does the competition - but always the camaraderie remains.

Profile: Laura Handy
by Michele Cooper

Laura Handy went through her own healing process following the tragic 1999 accident that left her partner, Paul Binnebose, in a coma. In time, she found a source for inner strength and is now working her way back toward skating - and life - success.