December 2001

A Night To Remember: A Skating Tribute

America's brightest skating stars - both past and present - joined together in a celebration of the legacy of the 1961 U.S. World Team. The stellar cast also paid tribute to those lost in the tragedies of Sept. 11.

It was a night to remember; an affair of the heart; a testament to the healing of souls and the rebuilding of hope. It was also most likely the largest gathering ever of U.S. figure skating champions, past and present.

Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, Kitty and Peter Carruthers, Kristi Yamaguchi, Paul Wylie, Nancy Kerrigan, Rosalynn Sumners, Caryn Kadavy, Linda Fratianne. Together they shared the ice with current U.S. champions and Olympic hopefuls including Michelle Kwan, Todd Eldredge, Timothy Goebel, Michael Weiss, Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman and Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev.

The occasion was "ABC Sports Presents A Skating Tribute: The Legacy of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team" - a once-in-a-lifetime display of U.S. figure skating talent held Oct. 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ...

Read more about A Skating Tribute in SKATING magazine.

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Competition: Smart Ones Skate America
by Laura Fawcett

Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman captured their first Skate America medal in a top-notch pairs competition at Smart Ones Skate America. Meanwhile, Timothy Goebel and Michelle Kwan both successfully defended their titles.

Profile: Handra & Sinek - Reaching for an Olympic Dream
by Alicia Clott

Beata Handra and Charles Sinek have finished fourth at the U.S. Championships the last three years. The two skaters are attacking this season with fervor, hoping to catch a spot on the Olympic Team and realize their dreams.

Profile: Sarah Hughes Puts It in Perspective
by Amy Rosewater

U.S. silver medalist Sarah Hughes is in the midst of what could be the most important season of her career. But after Sept. 11, she has learned to distinguish what's really important in life.

Profile: Artistry a New Strength for Tim Goebel
by Laura Fawcett

U.S. champion Timothy Goebel continues to improve and mature as a skater. With his easy victory at Smart Ones Skate America, he started off a season that could end with an Olympic medal.

Profile: Matt Savoie Is Moving in the Right Direction
by Laura Fawcett

The reigning U.S. bronze medalist knows the attention is focused on other skaters in the quest to make the Olympic Team. Still he's preparing for a season in which anything can happen.