Archive | January, 2012

Official 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships Program

22 Jan

Click the cover below for a full digital version of the official 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships Event Program

2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day 1

22 Jan

Sunday, January 22nd – HP Pavilion – San Jose, Calif.

Useful Links

Twitter  #SJ2012  |   Official Event Program

Official Event Page   | Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

Purchase Official Event Photos

How to Follow the 2012 U.S. Championships

What to Expect From the SKATING magazine blog

The SKATING magazine blog was designed to give you the same great coverage and stories found in the official magazine of U.S. Figure Skating: SKATING magazine. For live events, the SKATING magazine blog will publish one blog each day as a go-to for information which will be updated throughout the day. Feel free to visit the blog and refresh the page as new updates will be posted when stories break. We hope you find that the SKATING magazine blog will enhance your time following this year’s U.S. Championships.

6:37 p.m. – Zhou Takes Novice Lead

Vincent Zhou’s interview following his event-best short program received high marks from the reporters covering the novice men’s competition on Sunday afternoon.

“The audience reaction was huge,” Zhou, 11, said. “I got the first partial standing ovation of my life, not that I’ve lived very long.”

Zhou, who is the 2011 intermediate champion, lives in Palo Alto, Calif., and is coached by Tammy Gambill in Riverside, Calif. He said his mom drives about 1,000 miles a week in support of his skating.

Zhou looks up to several skaters, including rinkmate and 2011 U.S. silver medalist Ricky Dornbush.

“When I go home, almost every night I watch his free skate from last year’s nationals,” Zhou said. “That gives me motivation.”

He also likes World champion Patrick Chan.

“Not because he got the big points (Chan scored 100 points for his short program this week at the Canadian Championships), but because he has a sunny personality, he’s always smiling.”

Zhou comes to the rink each day with a fun fact for Gambill.

“He used to come in when he was really young and tell me a joke before we would start training,” Gambill said. 

“I’ve run out of jokes,” Zhou said.

7:10 a.m.

Good morning from San Jose, Calif. and the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Every day we’ll post a blog similar to this one with useful links at the top as well as information from the competition and from behind-the-scenes at the 2012 U.S. Championships. In addition to the coverage, this afternoon we will post the official event program as a full digital version so those of you who cannot attend can take a look at exactly what is being sold here at the event.

Today’s Schedule (All times Pacific, Three hours behind Eastern)

10:00 a.m.                Novice Dance Pattern Dance (Session 1)

1:00 p.m.                   Novice Ladies Short Program (Session 1)

2:45 p.m.                   Novice Men Short Program (Session 2)

4:25 p.m.                   Novice Pairs Short Program (Session 2)

7:30 p.m.                   Junior Men Short Program (Session 3)

How to Follow the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

20 Jan

The 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will take place Jan. 22‒29 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The following is a comprehensive list of how to follow the event:

The 2012 U.S. Championships will have seven hours of live, high-definition coverage of senior-level events, including two in prime-time, on NBC. NBC will also air the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, from 2‒4 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Feb. 4. NBC’s broadcast team will consist of Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Scott Hamilton (analyst), Sandra Bezic (analyst), Tracy Wilson (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter).

NBC Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern, subject to change, check local listing)



Saturday, Jan. 28 LIVE free dance

4-6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28 LIVE Ladies free skate

9-11 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 29 LIVE Men’s and Pairs free skate

3-6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4 Smucker’s Skating Spectacular

2-4 p.m.
In addition to NBC’s coverage, live and on-demand coverage of the competition will be available to Season Pass subscribers on The announce team, led by Mike Mancuso, features former Olympic, World and U.S. medalists. Returning to the broadcast booth are Tonia Kwiatkowski, a three-time U.S. medalist, and Peter Carruthers, the 1984 Olympic silver medalist. Joining the broadcast team in San Jose are Sarah Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion, Kim Navarro, a two-time U.S. ice dance medalist and Johnny Weir, a three-time U.S. champion who recently announced his intent to return to competitive figure skating. For a detailed schedule, click here.

In addition to the subscriber-based coverage on there are an unprecedented number of new and different ways to use to follow the U.S. Championships. In addition to live results, news stories and photo galleries and athlete bios, will also provide a live look behind-the-scenes at the U.S. Championships and a way to interact with the skaters during the competition.

During senior-level competition, once selected skaters receive their marks and go through the Mixed Zone; they will enter the #TweetSeat which will provide viewers with the opportunity to interact with their favorite competitors. Fans will be able to tweet questions via Twitter using the hashtag #TweetSeat and hosts Sarah Hughes or Kim Navarro will ask your questions live. The TweetSeat video feed will be free on

AT&T Ice Desk Live
Ice Desk Live will allow fans to hear insights, reactions and commentary from’s assortment of talent covering the Championships. Hosted by Peter Carruthers, this fast-paced live show will include immediate reactions following competition, previews of what is about to come and questions from fans watching at home. Weir, Hughes, Navarro and Kwiatkowski will all participate in the AT&T Ice Desk Live.

Live Press Conferences
Pull up a chair and settle in for live press conferences, free on, from the 2012 U.S. Championships. During senior-level competition, the top three finishers in each discipline in the short program and short dance, as well as the top three overall finishers will participate in a press conference roughly 10 minutes after the conclusion of each competition.

In addition to the competitor press conferences, Michelle Kwan, the lone member of the 2012 Hall of Fame Class, will have a press conference on Friday, Jan. 27 beginning at 9:15 p.m. ET, which will also be available for free on

Social Media

When something happens, and the fans of U.S. Figure Skating need to know about it, social media will provide the answer. Throughout the U.S. Championships, be sure to check the U.S. Figure Skating Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the Twitter page for breaking news and to join the discussion.

SKATING magazine blog

Launched shortly before 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America, the SKATING magazine blog is the official home of SKATING magazine on the Internet. SKATING magazine blog will keep a live blog throughout each day of the U.S. Championships and provide updates, insight and useful links for everything going on in San Jose. SKATING magazine blog will also post a full digital copy of the official event program from the 2012 U.S. Championships. Visit and join the more than 40,000 people who have already become readers of SKATING magazine blog.

National Skating Month Events

15 Jan

National Skating Month is at its mid-point, have you been to an event yet?

Click here for an entire list of events for National Skating Month.

Click here to see a great event at in Bloomington, Minn. taking place on Jan. 16th.

Click here to see a great event in Clayton, N.Y.

Click here for more information on Downtown Ice in San Jose, Calif. including U.S. Figure Skating SkateFests on Jan. 21 and Jan. 29.

Click here for even more from National Skating Month!

Who is Your Inspiration?

12 Jan

Since January is National Skating Month, we asked our skaters who inspires them? Find out who inspires Adam Rippon, Alissa Czisny, Ashley Cain and Joshua Reagan. Who inspires you? Post in the comment section on here, Facebook or send us a message @USFigureSkating on Twitter!

U.S. Olympians Skate Against Breast Cancer in New York’s Bryant Park

11 Jan

By Lynn Rutherford

Spring-like weather, with temperatures hovering around 60 degrees, added to the festive atmosphere on Jan. 7, when New York’s Citi Pond at Bryant Park hosted “The Skate Against Breast Cancer,” presented by Iced Pink Inc., a 501 (c) (3) public charity promoting breast cancer awareness.

The event, hosted by 1968 and 1972 U.S. Olympian JoJo Starbuck, who won three U.S. pair titles with partner Ken Shelley, and 2002 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel, drew a cast of Olympians including 2006 world champion and 2007 U.S. champion Kimmie Meissner; 2007 U.S. silver medalist Emily Hughes; four-time U.S. ice dance silver medalists Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov; 1995 U.S. champion and world bronze medalist Nicole Bobek; and newly formed pair of Eve Chalom, two-time U.S. ice dance silver medalist and Jonathan Hunt, the 2003 world junior pair medalist.

2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes joined the co-hosts on ice to speak about her family’s fight against breast cancer and introduce sister Emily, and the finale featured dozens of young skaters from the New York area.

For Nancy Sherman, who founded Iced Pink with fellow skating mom and breast cancer survivor Bari Cenname, it was a dream fulfilled.

“It’s wonderful all of these Olympians are here today and they’re volunteering their time, and 30 children are going to be skating in the show,” Sherman, a Long Island attorney whose 10-year-old daughter, Illana, competed in the pre-juvenile ranks this season, said.

“This is what I envisioned: to have Olympic skaters and other world skaters volunteer, skate and be a positive influence on all of these young, aspiring skaters, so that they can also skate in shows and make people aware of the causes and symptoms of breast cancer.”

Many of the show’s performers have been personally touched by the disease. Emily and Sarah’s mother, Amy Beth, is a breast cancer survivor, as was Starbuck’s mother. Gregory lost her mother, Dale, to another form of cancer. After her 15-year-old friend, Kati, died of the disease, Meissner began working with the Cool Kids Campaign to improve the quality of life for children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Sherman, who was diagnosed in 2001, is determined to fight the disease with education and information.

“My youngest daughter [Illana] is an avid figure skater and after spending so much time at the rink on a daily basis, it occurred to me I should create an organization in which young figure skaters would be able to increase breast cancer awareness,” she said.  “So I asked [Cenname], another breast cancer survivor and mother, if she was interested, and she agreed. We enlisted Shannon [Leigh] Lenihan, who is an excellent choreographer and coach who we know from the Great Neck Parkwood Rink, and she was thrilled to help. “

The show, free to hundreds of spectators who gathered in the park, offered an entertaining and diverse group of programs.

Illana Sherman and Brooke Cenname dedicated their programs to their breast cancer survivor mothers. Another young competitor, 2010 juvenile ladies’ champion Dalia Rivkin, performed a stellar routine to music from The Matrix.

Emily Hughes, a recent Harvard graduate who is moving back to the New York area after accepting a job with Deloitte, performed to Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson’s lyrical “Winter Song.” Bobek took the ice for the fast-paced disco anthem “I Will Survive.” Gregory and Petukhov offered up an elegantly dramatic program to “Time to Say Goodbye,” while Chalom and Hunt charmed the crowd with “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” choreographed by Ice Theatre of New York’s Doug Webster. Meissner closed the show with Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” highlighted by a huge double Axel.

For Goebel, an analytic consultant with Nielson whose professional life rules out training for performances, it was a chance to aide an important cause while reconnecting with old friends.

“I get asked to do shows and things like this every so often and my office schedule doesn’t really allow me to skate at all, so if I can do this kind of thing and still help out, I’m more than happy to do it,” Goebel, who graduated from Columbia University in May 2010 with a mathematics degree, said. “I got to come and see all my former peers and it’s for a great cause, plus its fun to sort of get back to my roots and skating family.”

Citi Pond donated an hour of ice time.  Although the event was free to the public, raffle tickets and VIP seating were sold, and Iced Pink Inc. will donate net profits from the event to the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program at Adelphi University in Garden City, Long Island.  The toll-free breast cancer hotline answers almost 4,000 calls each year. For more information, please visit Learn more about Iced Pink Inc. on its Facebook page,

To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.

Pre-Event Conference Calls: Davis & White and Czisny

10 Jan

Today, reigning U.S. Champions Meryl Davis & Charlie White and Alissa Czisny took questions from members of the media in advance of the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. from Jan. 22-29.

On social media before the call, we asked fans to submit questions with the anticipation of asking two on each call, however, due to time constraints, we only had time to ask one each. Thanks to everyone who asked a question and we wanted to let you know that there will be a great opportunity to ask questions while we are in San Jose as we attempt to make this the most interactive U.S. Championships on record for our fans who follow the sport online.

Charlie White – ” I think we feel very comfortable with the elements and the musicality and the outward expression of the program, we really just want to improve, and we feel we really have improved upon, communicating with each other during the program and showing that side”

Meryl Davis added ” After the Grand Prix Final we took a look at the program and wanted to make sure we were enhancing the tenderness and emotion in relation to one another.”

Many of the great questions we received for Alissa Czisny were about how she copes mentally with the sport, here is her response to the many who asked this question.

Alissa Czisny – “I think in the past I didn’t know how to do that (cope), but now after last year making all the changes, I feel like all I can do is train my best and go out in the competition and do my best. The results, ultimately, are not in my hands, but I can control how I skate on the ice and how I prepare to skate my best”

Czisny also mentioned that despite the injury she picked up during the Grand Prix Final, she is 100% and ready to compete at the U.S. Championships.


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