2013 U.S. Championships Wrap Up in Omaha

The 2013 U.S. ladies medalists take a moment to congratulate each other. (photo by Josh Ellis)
(1/27/13) - That's a wrap from Omaha! Max Aaron became the final champion as competition closed Sunday afternoon.

Aaron posted a huge free skate score of 175.87 points to help him to his first senior U.S. title. The skate featured a pair of quad Salchows and a duo of triple Axels. Ross Miner, who had won bronze at the last two U.S. championships, took silver, while 2012 U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott won bronze.

All three leaders in the ladies, pairs and ice dancing events maintained their lead to win gold medals. Meryl Davis and Charlie White matched history as they became fifth team to win five U.S. ice dancing titles. They have won each title dating back to 2009.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir took home their first U.S. title and were joined on the podium by silver medalists Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim and bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay.

Ashley Wagner became the first repeat ladies champion since Michelle Kwan the mid-2000s. She edged Gracie Gold, who moved up from ninth after the short program. Agnes Zawadzki won her second straight U.S. bronze medal.

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Also Sunday, juvenile and intermediate competition concluded. Congratulations to the 2013 U.S. intermediate ladies and men's champs Anna Grace Davidson and Andrew Torgashev. Caroline Green & Gordon Green won the juvenile dance division and Eliana Gropman & Ian Somerville took home the intermediate dance title.

Event Information
All novice, junior and senior competition will be held at CenturyLink Center Omaha with practices and juvenile and intermediate competition taking place at CenturyLink Center, the Omaha Convention Center and the Omaha Civic Arena.

More than 370 figure skaters will compete at the juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior and senior levels for 20 U.S. titles in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. Several members of the 2012 U.S. World Team are set to compete, including reigning U.S. champions Ashley Wagner (ladies), Jeremy Abbott (men's) and Meryl Davis & Charlie White (ice dancing). Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. pairs champions, will not compete in Omaha due to injury.

Official practice begins Saturday, Jan. 19, for all four novice disciplines and junior ladies and men's. Competition starts Sunday, Jan. 20, at 9:50 a.m. (CST) with the novice pattern dance.

NBC will provide eight hours of live, high-definition coverage of senior-level events, including three hours in primetime. In total, NBC will air 10 hours of skating, including the two-hour Smucker's Skating Spectacular, airing from 1-3 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Feb. 2. The U.S. Championships will be carried in more than 127 countries and be available to nearly 300 million homes worldwide.

NBC's broadcast team of Mike "Doc" Emrick and Steve Schlanger (play-by-play), Scott Hamilton (analyst), Sandra Bezic (analyst), Tracy Wilson (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter) will call the action in Omaha.

In addition to NBC's coverage, icenetwork.com will provide live and on-demand coverage to Season Pass subscribers. The icenetwork.com team, led by Mike Mancuso (play-by-play), features former Olympic, World and U.S. medalists. Returning to the broadcast booth are Tonia Kwiatkowski, a three-time U.S. medalist; Sarah Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion; and Tanith Belbin, a five-time U.S. ice dancing champion with Ben Agosto. Joining the icenetwork.com broadcast for the first time are two-time World bronze medalist Michael Weiss and 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley. Mancuso, Kwiatkowski, Belbin and Weiss will provide event commentary.

In addition to subscription video, icenetwork.com will offer extensive free coverage of the U.S. Championships, including video, live results, event recaps, blogs and photo galleries. Free video content will include interviews, press conferences, live technical analysis and coverage of practice sessions. Weiss, Belbin, Hughes and Bradley will host "AT&T Ice Desk Live" throughout the senior events, offering their insight and analysis on the competition, as well as conduct behind-the-scenes interviews. Icenetwork.com will provide a unique second-screen experience for fans throughout NBC's live coverage of the Championships Saturday and Sunday.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.2013uschampionships.com. To follow the event on Twitter, follow U.S. Figure Skating (@USFigureSkating) and use the hashtag #Omaha2013.

2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships
NBC Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern, subject to change, check local listing)

BROADCAST DATE

EVENT

TIME (ET)

Saturday, Jan. 26

LIVE pairs free skate and free dance

3-6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26

LIVE Ladies free skate

8-11 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 27

LIVE Men's free skate

3-5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Smucker's Skating Spectacular

1-3 p.m.

2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships
icenetwork.com Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern, subject to change, all events live unless noted)

BROADCAST DATE

EVENT

TIME (ET)

Sunday, Jan. 20

Novice pattern dance
Novice ladies short program
Novice men's short program
Novice pairs short program
Junior men's short program

10:45 a.m.
2 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
8:40 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 21

Novice free dance
Novice ladies free skate
Novice men's free skate
Novice pairs free skate
Junior ladies short program

10:15 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
3:20 p.m.
5:15 p.m.
9 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

Junior pairs short program
Junior short dance
Junior men's free skate

3 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Junior free dance
Junior pairs free skate
Junior ladies free skate

1 p.m.
3:40 p.m.
8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24

Senior pairs short program
Senior ladies short program

5 p.m.
8:35 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25

Juvenile pattern dance
Intermediate ladies short program
Intermediate men's short program
Juvenile pairs free skate
Intermediate pairs free skate
Intermediate pattern dance
Senior short dance
Senior men's short program

10 a.m.
12:15 p.m.
2:15 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
3 p.m.
8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Juvenile boys free skate
Juvenile girls free skate
Senior pairs free skate (early groups)
Senior free dance (early groups)
Senior pairs free skate (late groups)*
Senior free dance (late groups)*
Senior ladies free skate (early groups)
Senior ladies free skate (late groups)*

9:40 a.m.
11:10 a.m.
Noon
1:05 p.m.
On-demand On-demand
6:45 p.m.
On-demand

Sunday, Jan. 27

Intermediate men's free skate
Intermediate ladies free skate
Juvenile free dance
Intermediate free dance
Senior men's free skate (early groups)*
Senior men's free skate(late groups)*

10:30 a.m.
12:10 a.m.
1:50 p.m.
3:25 p.m.
On-demand
On-demand

*this portion of the event will be shown on your local NBC affiliate and be available on icenetwork.com on-demand

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