** Skate America **
Here's a "wiki" link to Skate America, a wonderful competition that has featured a treasure trove of great champions.
I was looking at my videotape (yes, it's that old!) of the 1989 Skate America competition. The late Christopher Bowman won the men's title, defeating Kurt Browning. Tonya Harding skated very well and won the title over Jill Trenary. Kristi Yamaguchi and Rudi Galindo finished second and showed so much promise as a pairs team.
Hopefully, all of the skaters will be at their best at this year's Skate America, and they will be satisfied with their performances.
Good luck to all!!
Last edited by silverpond; 09-01-2011 at 06:30 PM.
OK...so is anyone planning to attend this year's Skate America? Has anyone out there attended Skate America in person? If so, won't you share your thoughts with us?
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I have been to two Skate Americas. The best was 2002 in Spokane (my home town )
Some of my memories...
My favorite in mens was Vakhtang Murvanidze. The judges only gave him 7th. Boooooo! What is this, a conspiracy? (Well, there was that botched triple Axel, but still.) The winner was a newcomer that no one had ever heard of before. Some French guy named Bree-ahn Zhou-bear.
Ann Patrice McDonough won the practices. She stayed on the ice long after everyone else had finished, doing complete run-throughs of her LP to Madame Butterfly She practiced two different endings, with and without stabbing herself. (She went with "without" in the performance.) She got second in the free and second overall.
I got to have a nice chat with the only girl in town prettier than Jenny Kirk -- Jenny Kirk's older sister.
Favorite ice dancers: Watanabe and Kido. They finished 8th out of 9. Booooo!
Kristi Yamaguchi was there giving autographs, from 12:00 noon to 12:30. I got there at 12:31. Everyone laughed at me when I said, where's Kristi?. I guess it is well-known in skating circles that when Kristi says 12:30, she means 12:30.
Olympic champion Sarah Hughes was promoted as the headliner, but she had to withdraw. The USFSA had to make Michelle Kwan "an offer she couldn't refuse" (to quote Michelle's agent, Shep Goldberg) to step in and save the show. Michelle said, "I feel like Michael Corleone in the Godfather. Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in."
Last edited by Mathman; 09-02-2011 at 05:37 PM.
Cool! Thanks for the memories, Mathman!!
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Thanks, Mathman. SA 2002 is the event that got me hooked on Competition.....only time I got to see MK win anything, too!
Chris in Spokane, headed for SA, Nats and 4 Conts
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