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Why Is the US National Figure Skating Championships Such a Prestigious Competition?

Why Is the US National Figure Skating Championships Such a Prestigious Competition?
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A Figure Skater Competes at "Nationals"“Making Nationals” may be the goal of every serious figure skater because the US Figure Skating Championships is considered the most prestigious and exciting competition of the US competitive figure skating season.

“Nationals” is also the competition that helps determine which skaters representing the USA will compete in the World Figure Skating Championships and the World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Participants competing at the Four Continents Championships and the Winter Olympics are also decided at “Nationals.”

Those who compete at “Nationals” compete in Championship (Senior), Junior, Novice, Intermediate, and Juvenile levels in ladies singles, men’s singles, pairs, and ice dancing.

Attending or participating at “Nationals’ is an experience that might not be able to be described in words.  The excitement is overwhelming since not only are all the very best figure skaters in the USA in one place, but history is made.  For those in the ice skating community, the week of the US Championships is like one big family reunion.  Figure skating celebrities from the past are in the stands cheering today’s up and coming figure skaters and Olympic hopefuls.  Ice skating officials, coaches, parents, competitors, and figure skating fans spend a week together that takes those who attend into almost another dimension.

If you can’t attend “Nationals” physically, icenetwork.com streams all the events and fans can stay up to date on all that is happening at US Figure Skating’s Competition Central webpage.  The best part of the 2017 US Championship events, the final round showing the top competitors, will be broadcast live on NBC on Saturday, January 21 and on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

I’m excited about watching the 2017 “Nationals!”  Are you?

Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

Further Reading:

Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com

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