Future Stars Shine At U.S. Junior Championships in Jamestown

U.S. Junior Championships Results

(11/30/04) — More than 350 U.S. figure skaters will take the ice in Jamestown, N.Y., this weekend for the 2005 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships. This annual event crowns the U.S. champions in ladies, men's, pairs and dance in the first two levels of the U.S. Figure Skating competitive qualifying structure: juvenile and intermediate. The remaining three levels — novice, junior and senior — will compete at the 2005 State Farm U.S. Championships in Portland, Ore., Jan. 9-16.

Skaters qualified for the U.S. Junior Championships by finishing in the top four at one of nine regional championships. All four 2004 U.S. juvenile champions will compete for gold on the intermediate level this year.

The 2005 U.S. Junior Championships will be held at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena. The facility has two NHL size ice surfaces. Allen Park Ice Arena will be used for unofficial practices.

The competition, formerly known as the U.S. Junior Olympic Figure Skating Championships, has served as a stepping stone for many elite athletes to success on the senior level. Past champions of the event include 1999 U.S. pairs champions Danielle and Steve Hartsell, and three-time World Junior silver medalist Evan Lysacek

The initial rounds will take place Wednesday and Thursday Dec. 1-2, while competition will conclude with the final rounds Friday and Saturday Dec. 3-4.

Tickets are available at the four area Jamestown McDonald's or at the Skating Academy office located in the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena or at the door on the day of the events. Prices range from $30 for an all-event pass to $8 for initial round single-day tickets and $12 for final round single-day tickets.

Medals will be presented to competitors finishing first, second, third and fourth in the “championship final rounds” on ice Saturday evening following the final events.