January 2001

Remembering Our Future The USFSA Memorial Fund

The USFSA Memorial Fund celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. For the last four decades, American figure skaters have benefited from the legacy left by their fallen predecessors - the 1961 U.S. World Team. Out of so much grief and tragedy arose a memorial with lasting and tangible results. Some of the recipients of the Fund's money took the time to share how their quests for skating success have been boosted by the power of the Fund - proving that your gifts to the skaters yield dreams fulfilled.

When Derrick Delmore takes the ice at the U.S. Championships this month, he will have the support of countless people he probably doesn't even know. Tiffany Scott and Philip Dulebohn, in search of their first U.S. title, know that a legacy in the past helped pave the way for their future. Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev can look back at all their struggles to pay for equipment, ice time and coaching and know they had help while chasing their dreams. And Jennifer Kirk - young, exuberant and full of promise - will skate in Boston representing the dreams of a thousand young girls before her ... and a thousand young girls to come.

All of them have goals for this month's U.S. Championships, and all of them are on the verge of seeing their dreams come to fruition. What's more, all of them, like so many other skaters competing in Boston, are in some way indebted to the USFSA Memorial Fund for their continued success. ...

Read more about the USFSA Memorial Fund in SKATING magazine.

Also featured in this issue ...

Athletes and Artists
by Brad Seng

The tried and true controversy in figure skating is easily this: Are they athletes or artists? The truth is - they're both. Backed by some interesting studies from those in the figure skating sports medicine community, this article gives a brief overview of how figure skating athletes compare to other athletes.

Fearless in Seattle - Ice Time with Didi Marquez and Sean Murphy
by Andy Schell

Didi Marquez and Sean Murphy, both successful adult singles skaters, have met the challenges of pairs skating head on - from mastering side-by-side spins, jumps and overhead lifts, to dealing with the risks inherent in the sport.

Recipe for Success
by India Rayl

In 1999, Robin Wagner and Jocelyn Wilson faced the monumental task of creating the first Theater on Ice team on the West Coast. Through 16 months of hard work and patience, the new team of 18 girls persevered through challenges. But, when they took the ice at the International Theater on Ice competition last June, it proved to be worth the effort.