Could you copy and paste this interview into this thread? I'm not allowed to read this through the link as there is something with the privacy laws (I don't understand exactly why because there are plenty sites from across the ocean that I can read). Thanks beforehand!
I think it's interesting that more skaters don't come from the PNW. There are skaters from Cal but, skating isn't nearly as popular as it is in Washington State. In Ca. I'd say that Hockey is more popular than figure skating. I know Michelle Kwan was from Torrance, and Sasha was from Westwood, and Karen Chen is from Freemont. That's 3 National Champions in the last 20 years from areas where they receive no show. I almost forgot Mirai, she is also from So, Ca. that's 4 National Champions.Does the KHQ reporter look something like Tanith Belbin?
Jean-Luc is the only world class athlete who calls Mukilteo, Washington (population 20,000) home.
That is a most interesting math question. PER CAPITA, where do the majority of skaters above the old Novice level come from in the US? Illinois! where me and Evan Lysechek come from! There is nothing else to do there!I think it's interesting that more skaters don't from the PNW. There are skaters from Cal but, skating isn't nearly as popular as it is in Washington State. In Ca. I'd say that Hockey is more popular than figure skating. I know Michelle Kwan was from Torrance, and Sasha was from Westwood, and Karen Chen is from Freemont. That's 3 National Champions in the last 20 years from areas where they receive no show.
Very true! And look at Bradie Tennell. Northern Illinois is a hotbed of skaters...FWIW, three of the twelve U.S. Junior Men who just competed at 2021 Nats have ties to PNW.
ETA (on Jan 24):I should have mentioned that qualifying for 2021 U.S. Nats had nothing to do with geography. Because of the pandemic, the 2020-21 season did not have any regionals/sectionals. Qualifying for Nats was based on nationwide placements in U.S. Championship Series (which had to be virtual).In other words, it was not inevitable that any particular area of the country would be represented in a Nats field.
My favorite is Sam Mindra, from Portland, Oregon.
2021 U.S. bronze medalist in Junior Men.
(BTW, Daisuke Murakami is one of his choreographers.)
Samuel Mindra (68) Men/Junior - 2020-21 SEASON NOTES SP Music: “Legends” by Sacred Spirit FS Music: “Pale Green Ghosts” by John Grant IJS PERSONAL BESTS Internationalusfigureskatingfanzone.com
Lucas Broussard -- "Hometown: Seattle; "Training Town: Shoreline, WA."
6th at 2021 Nats in Junior Men. (4th in FS.)
Winner of Junior Men in U.S. Championship Series (qualifying event for 2021 Nats).
Lucas Broussard (8) Men/Junior - CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENT U.S. juvenile champion (2019) 2020-21 SEASON NOTES SP Music: "Morpheus Cello Concerto III, No. 3 movement"usfigureskatingfanzone.com
Liam Kapeikis -- "Birthplace: Wenatchee, WA; Hometown: Blaine, WA" -- trains in British Columbia.
9th at 2021 Nats in Junior Men.
2020 U.S. bronze medalist in Junior Men.
10th at 2020 Youth Olympic Games.
Liam Kapeikis (47) June 28, 2004 - CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS U.S. junior bronze medalist (2020) U.S. intermediate bronze medalist (2018) U.S. juvenile pewter medalistusfigureskatingfanzone.com