Juvenile, intermediate skaters take aim on Omaha(7/16/12) - Juvenile and intermediate skaters will follow the same path as their novice, junior and senior counterparts this season as they attempt to qualify for the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb., Jan. 19-27.
With the abolishment of the U.S. Junior Championships as a stand-alone event, the national championships for juvenile and intermediate athletes will now be incorporated into the U.S. Championships annually starting in 2013.
Like the novice, junior and senior ranks, juvenile and intermediate singles skaters will compete at one of nine regional championships. The top four singles skaters in each event at the regional championships will advance to their respective sectional championships. The top four from each event, including pairs and dance, will then advance from the sectional events to the U.S. Championships.
Juvenile and intermediate events are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. They will practice at the Omaha Convention Center.
The new structure will be closely monitored and evaluated for two seasons, and any additional changes, improvements or tweaks will be considered for the 2015 competitive season.