Posts Tagged ‘2005 US National Figure Skating Championships’

Orscher and Lucash win gold in Portland

Tonight was a first for US Figure Skating in what seemed to be an eternity. The pairs champions finally skated a title-worthy freeskate. Kathryn Orscher and Garrett Lucash skated a flawless technical performance in the finals of the Championship Pairs competition at the 2005 State Farm US Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Oregon.

Opening with a credible split triple twist followed by a triple toe loop to double toe loop…

Weir wins with perfect scores

Just two years ago, Johnny Weir withdrew after a freakish beginning to his free skate at the 2003 State Farm US Figure Skating Championships. Last year, Weir shocked the skating community by winning his first national title. This season, as the favorite, Weir struggled on the landings of his jumps in the short program, but came back to skate an emotional program to Raul di Blasio’s Otonal to capture…

Kwan ties 70-Year record

It was a night of great performances for the ladies at the 2005 State Farm US Championships, as Michelle Kwan and unknown Kimberly Meissner made their own history, both skating to music by Ravel for their free skate.

Michelle Kwan easily captured her record-tying ninth national title with a performance to Bolero that brought the house down. Though she only landed five triple jumps, Kwan easily defeated silver medalist Sasha…

Junior teams take center stage at US Nationals

Thursday afternoon belonged to the junior pairs and dancers at the 2005 State Farm US Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Oregon. In both events, the winners might have been competitive in the championship division.

In the Junior Pairs free skate, 14-year-old Mariel Miller and 18-year-old Rockne Brubaker claimed the gold medal in a performance that could have rivaled the top championship level teams. Julia Vlassov and Drew Meekins moved up…

Goebel mounts a comeback at US Nationals

Just two years ago, the men’s event at the State Farm US Figure Skating Championships was called a disappointment by most in the skating world. Last season, the general consensus was that the US men showed promise. This year, in Portland, Oregon, the US men have arrived and are showing promise of the legacy that figure skaters have created in the United States.

Leader after the short program, Olympic and…

Kwan mesmerizes Portland audience

The Michelle Kwan of yesteryear appeared in Portland tonight at the 2005 State Farm US Figure Skating Championships. Kwan, who has been skating the same program to different music for the past several years is a recent memory, but tonight, the queen of US Figure Skating dared to reinvent herself with another classy character-driven performance to Spartacus. The crowd in the Rose Garden had waited all night for this…

Abbott golden in Junior men’s competition

In landing five clean triple jumps, 19-year-old Jeremy Abbott clinched the Junior Men’s title at the 2005 State Farm US Figure Skating Championships on Thursday afternoon in Portland, Oregon. Abbott, who skated to a medley of music by the Safri Duo, earned scores of 5.0-5.4 for technical merit, and 5.1-5.5 for presentation. Craig Ratterree, third after the short program was second. Michael Peters placed second in the free skate,…

Belbin and Agosto take US National title

The final flight of competitors in the free dance at the 2005 State Farm US Figure Skating Championships kept the audience entertained and on the edge of their seats from the moment they took the ice for their warm-up at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto earned an unprecidented nine perfect scores for presentation for their program theycall “Gypsy Dance”. On the string of perfect…

Orscher and Lucash lead pairs at US Nationals

The Championship Pairs competition at the 2005 State Farm US National Championships began last tonight with little anticipation from media and fans alike. Last year’s competition crowned a champion decided not by inspiring programs, but rather by who could stand up on their blades the longest. With the short program complete for 2005, the same still could be said with only one couple skating without a glaring error. However,…

Belbin and Agosto almost perfect

Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, the reigning International Skating Union Grand Prix Final silver medalists stand in first place after the Original Dance portion of the Championship Dance competition at the 2005 State Farm US Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Oregon. “We had a really great time out there today,” lamented Belbin. “There’s just something about the Original Dance at Nationals” Something indeed. Belbin and Agosto received a string…