January 22, 2001 |
The moment the last triple salchow was landed and the last quadruple loop was looped at this week's U.S. figure skating championships, preparations intensified for next year's competition, to be held at Staples Center and the Sports Arena Jan. 6-13. Although a year seems ample time to get ready, preliminary planning has long been underway for the first U.S. championships in Los Angeles since 1954 and first in Southern California since San Diego hosted the event in 1981.
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February 28, 1999 |
Most people have heard horror stories of children barely out of diapers being pushed onto the ice by overbearing coaches and desperate parents seeking Olympic gold. Julie Gidlow once fit that stereotype, rising to skate at dawn, practicing her camel spins and double lutzes while classmates did the "moonwalk" at school dances. So at the ripe old age of 18 (practically elderly in the professional skating world), Gidlow quit the rink. "I went to college," she said.
March 20, 1996 |
In an intriguing prospect for figure skating fans but the U.S. Figure Skating Assn.'s worst nightmare, Tonya Harding is considering avenues that would allow her to return to competition. She was handed a lifetime ban from USFSA events in 1994 for her role in the cover-up of an attack on Nancy Kerrigan, but sources said Tuesday that she is preparing to apply next month for reinstatement.
January 22, 1996 |
When 25 members of the U.S. Figure Skating Assn.'s international committee met after the women's championship Saturday night at the San Jose Arena, the discussion was about whether 1995 national champion and world bronze-medalist Nicole Bobek should be granted an injury waiver into this year's world championships. But that was not the issue. If it had been, based on recent precedents involving national champions, the decision would have been a slam dunk for Bobek.
March 11, 1994 |
The U.S. Figure Skating Assn. said Thursday that it will not pursue legal action that would prevent Tonya Harding from competing in the March 20-27 World Championships in Chiba, Japan. Responding to a decision by a federal judge Wednesday in Portland, Ore., which granted Harding a temporary restraining order preventing immediate action against her, the association said in a statement that it is "deeply concerned with the court's ruling and its impact on the USFSA's ability to govern the sport .
March 10, 1994 |
Flushed with success from a victory in the courtroom Wednesday, figure skater Tonya Harding predicted that her next one will come on the ice. "Cool. Cool," Harding said upon learning that she apparently will be allowed to represent the United States in the March 20-27 World Championships in Chiba, Japan. "I'm going to win this time." Harding was eighth in the recent Winter Olympics, but she might not even have been there if her lawyers had not reached a settlement with the U.S.