US Figure Skating Championships Schedule
Skaters have been preparing practically their whole lives for the moments
in January when they have the opportunity to prove they are the best at Nationals. This is the time when friends, family,
and lovers of ice skating gather together to cheer on their favorite skaters and share in the triumph, joy, and tears of this
one of a kind event. The events at the US Figure Skating Championships help decide who will move on to compete at the World
Championships, The World Junior Championships, the Four Continents Championships, and/or the highly coveted spot in the Winter
Olympics. Emotions always run high at these events, not only for the competitors but also for those passionately cheering
on their favorite skaters. This is the big show at home for some of the best skaters in the world and they never disappoint.
Upon entering the building at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts for a US Figure Skating Championships
Event you will know that you have found your way into something special. The energy, excitement, and even nervousness in the
air is palpable and makes for an intense competition unlike any other. Athletes and their families have come from all over
the United States to be a part of the competition and hopefully use it as a stepping stone to international events. Simply
put, US Figure Skating Championships is the stuff dreams are made of and there is no way to fully appreciate the level of
competition, athleticism, and desire put on at these events. Finally, the best senior, junior, and novice skaters in the United
States are about to be named and you are there to bear witness. However, this year is much more than just any other Nationals
competition. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of US Figure Skating Championships and the whole event will, in addition to
crowning the best skaters in the country, be a celebration of US figure skating and the sport as a whole.
Regardless of which of the three levels the athletes are competing in, they have been working tirelessly for
years to make their way to Nationals. Some have competed at all levels of the competition and are determined to put on their
best show yet in front of the thousands present at TD Center while others have finally made it to the US Figure Skating Championships
and are looking to prove that they belong on ice skating's biggest stage. After spending so much time in the rink, waking
up early, practicing late, and devoting all of their free time to training and perfecting their craft these athletes are more
than ready to put on an excellent show as they are continually trying to put on the perfect display and one up the other skaters.
Before even making it to Nationals, skaters had to qualify for one of the nine Regionals and then place highly enough at Regional
competition to qualify for one of the three Sectionals in which they could potentially earn a spot at Nationals. It is not
a task easily accomplished and the skaters at Nationals are not some of the best at their sport but some of the most dedicated
athletes to be found in any sport in the world.
US Figure Skating Championships History
Each year the
US Figure Skating Championship is held in a different city and this year it hits Beantown for the first time since 2001 when
skating legend Michelle Kwan brought home the ladies' gold. Who knows if this year's winner will be the next Olympic legend?
The proud tradition of US Figure Skating Championships dates back to 1914 when Theresa Weld and Norman Scott brought home
the big prizes. This year at TD Center marks the 100th anniversary of the contest so you can expect a celebration of figure
skating like the United States has never seen before. Some of the biggest names in figure skating have taken part in Nationals
including Tara Lipinski, Tonya Harding, Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan, and many others. You don't have to travel outside
of the United States to see the Olympic stars of the future, just buy tickets to the US Figure Skating Championships today.
US Figure Skating Championships Trivia
Michelle Kwan currently holds the record for most gold medals at Nationals
with nine. She also finished silver in 1994, a competition which is on record as not having a gold medalist after the committee
voted to strip Tonya Harding of the gold medal she was initially awarded. They decided to leave gold vacant for that year
rather than move the other medalists up a spot, otherwise Michelle Kwan could have been awarded ten golds. While the 100th
US Figure Skating Championships will be held in Boston, Massachusetts at TD Center, the first competition in 1914 was held
not too far away in New Haven, Connecticut.