U.S. Adult Championships On Tap This Week in Kansas
|Adult competitor Becca Guthrie warms up before practice at the U.S. Adult Championships|
Photo by Jennifer Simon
(4/12/05) — Overland Park, Kansas, welcomes approximately 500 adult figure skaters this week for the 11th annual U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships taking place April 13-17. Sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating, the event is being hosted by the Silver Blades FSC of Greater Kansas City at the Pepsi Ice Midwest Arena.
The U.S. Adult Championships debuted in 1995 to offer an opportunity for all ages and levels of skaters to compete at the highest level among their peers. The organizers of the 1995 event in Wilmington, Del., expected 100 competitors, but 421 signed up and competed in 626 starts (competitors often take part in more than one event). By 2000 more than 1,000 starts highlighted the event.
Competitors in the U.S. Adult Championships are divided into four age categories (25-35, 36-45, 46-55 and 56+). Within the age categories they also compete in one of two tracks: adult (with levels of gold, silver and bronze) and masters (with levels of senior, junior and novice). Skaters who have passed their intermediate test or higher must compete in masters; all other skaters compete in the adult track. Events are held in singles, pairs, ice dancing and interpretive.
U.S. Figure Skating Online will have results, backstage photos and news all this week.