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As the years go by, the face of adult skating continues to develop. Veteran adult competitors continue to hone their skills, returning year after year for the camaraderie and the competition. At the same time, skaters new to adult competition take a chance every year, widening the landscape of adult skating and coloring it with varied personalities.
Nowhere was that more evident than in the qualifying events at the 11th annual U.S. Adult Championships in Dallas.
Four of the five qualifying event winners were first-time competitors at the event. The winner of the championship masters ladies is a former medalwinner in the junior ranks of the Canadian national championships. The championship masters men winner competed once in the U.S. Collegiate Championships but did not make it out of regionals in three tries as a youth skater. The championship gold men's winner finds time to practice while working on the police force, and the championship gold ladies winner never competed on the regional level.
The lure of competition continues to entice adult skaters, but as always it is friendship and encouragement that makes the event stand out from any other.
Read all about the 2006 U.S. Adult Championships in the June/July issue of SKATING.
Also featured in this issue ...
by Michelle Wojdyla
With a roster that boasted the best in the world, the 2005-2006 Olympic season came to a close April 11 at the Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating International Showcase in Greenville, S.C.
Sixteen skaters gave the crowd of nearly 6,000 at the BI-LO Center a night of exhibition skating they won't soon forget. Ten Olympic medals and 34 World Championship medals highlighted the accomplishments of the cast, who each skated two exhibitions in this non-judged celebration of excellence.
At the 2005 State Farm U.S. Championships, Hyatt, competing in the novice division, sat in fifth place after skating a near-flawless short program, one whose only mistake was a popped Lutz. Instead of getting down on herself, Hyatt, like she always does, accentuated the positive.
"I didn't care if I got a medal or not because I was having so much fun and enjoying the whole experience," she said.
Of course, the silver medal she earned after going out and winning the free skate made the experience a whole lot more enjoyable.