It’s a relatively slow news week in figure skating, with a break between NHK Trophy and the series-ending Grand Prix Final. Here is the latest skating news roundup, including a few items that came out of U.S. Figure Skating yesterday and a recap of the state of a couple of big names who haven’t competed yet this season.
USFS Hall of Fame nominations
Last year, of the nine people who were nominated for the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012, only Michelle Kwan got voted in. This year, another nine nominees were announced by U.S. Figure Skating for the Class of 2013. Six of them were also nominated last year, including 1996 U.S. champion Rudy Galindo and famed choreographer Lori Nichol.
- Rudy Galindo – Outstanding competitor (men)
- Robert Specht – Outstanding competitor (men)
- Michael Weiss – Outstanding competitor (men)
- Lynn Benson – Outstanding Coach
- Thomas McGinnis – Outstanding Coach
- Alfred Beard – Outstanding Contributor (Non-Athletic)
- Franklin Nelson – Outstanding Contributor (Non-Athletic)
- Claire Waters Ferguson – Outstanding Contributor (Non-Athletic)
- Lori Nichol – Outstanding Contributor (Creative Impact)
Those who have been waiting for 2006 Olympic champ Evgeni Plushenko‘s season debut will have to wait a bit longer. After sitting out the Grand Prix, Plushenko was slated to compete at NRW Trophy next weekend. But he opted to skip the competition in favor of having more recovery time from the surgery he recently had. Don’t despair, 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim will still be there.
On the other side of the ocean, the man who beat Plushenko in 2010, Evan Lysacek, just had surgery for a sports hernia last week. Chances that he will be at Nationals, which begins in less than two months, are slim. It hasn’t been a great season for comebacks so far.
Greensboro, Saint Paul get Nationals
The hosts cities for the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships were announced. Greensboro, North Carolina, which hosted Nationals in 2011, will get another chance to host in 2015. The following year, Saint Paul, Minnesota will host the 2016 Nationals.
This season’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships will take place at the end of January in Omaha, Nebraska. Speaking of which ….
More competitions coming up!
The Grand Prix may be almost over, but there is still plenty of skating (and skating coverage) to come in the next few months. I will be previewing the Junior and Senior Grand Prix Finals in the next week and providing live coverage of the senior events starting next Friday. Also, national championships all over the world will be taking place in the next two months.
Here’s a glance at the big events that are happening from now to the end of the 2012-2013 figure skating season.
- December 2012
– Grand Prix Final
– National championships, including Japan and Russia
- January 2013
– National championships, including Canada and United States
– European Figure Skating Championships
- February 2013
– Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
- March 2013
– World Figure Skating Championships
- April 2013
– World Team Trophy
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