Boston is home to the 2013 World Series Champions Red Soxs. But this week, they won’t be the only champions in Beantown. There will be national champions crowned on the ice.
The 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships gets underway on Sunday January 5. Not only will new national champions be named, but we will also learn who will represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in February.
Ryan Bradley won his first national title Sunday at the 2011 U.S. Championship in Greensboro, N.C. But the surprises of the afternoon were Richard Dornbush (225.56 points) and rookie Ross Miner (224.35), who out performed 2009 and 2010 U.S. Champion Jeremy Abbott to win the silver and bronze medals.
Alissa Czisny won the 2011 U.S. Championship in Greensboro, N.C., only a year after a poor showing at the national event left her considering retirement. It is the third major win of the season for Czisny, the 2009 U.S. Champion, following December’s Grand Prix Final victory and October’s Skate Canada.
Ryan Bradley just might end his career on top. After sitting out the Grand Prix season, and contemplating retirement from competitive skating, Bradley entered the 2011 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, N.C., because his fans begged him for just one more. Its turning out to be the national championship to remember for the 27 year old showman from St. Joseph, Mo.
Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek and three-time U.S. Champion Johnny Weir will be at the 2011 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, N.C., this week. But for the first time since 2003, when Michael Weiss still reigned supreme in the men’s event, neither Lysacek or Weir will be standing on the podium as both opted out of competing this season.
A trio of U.S. Ladies Champions showed their worth Thursday at the 2011 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, N.C. After the ladies short program, 2008 U.S. Champion Mirai Nagasu leads 2009 national champion Alissa Czisny and defending champion Rachael Flatt with only 1.03 points separating the three ladies.
Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin won the short program at the 2011 U.S. Championships on Thursday in Greensboro, N.C., beating out two sets of Olympians and an upstart pair featuring a two-time U.S. Champion. The Colorado Springs, Colo., based pair scored 64.30 points with a sultry performance to Astor Piazzolla’s “Tango Oblivion”.