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08/15/2013 Skate America single-session tickets on sale Friday
Single-session tickets for 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America, scheduled for Oct. 18-20 in Detroit, will go on sale at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 16.

08/06/2013 USFS extends partnership with Hilton HHonors
U.S. Figure Skating announced Tuesday that it has renewed its partnership with Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide's 10 distinct hotel brands, through June 2015.

07/10/2013 Pennington brings 'Skate Dance Dream' to Pittsburgh
Parker Pennington's Skate Dance Dream show is coming to Pittsburgh. The performance will take place July 27 at 7 p.m. at the Mount Lebanon Ice Center.

07/02/2013 U.S. Figure Skating, CoSport announce partnership
CoSport and U.S. Figure Skating announced Tuesday a collaborative commitment to help figure skating fans support Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

05/16/2013 Moeller heads list of 3A award recipients
U.S. Figure Skating announced Thursday the 2013 Athlete Alumni Ambassador (3A) award recipients. The 3A award is a scholarship program that recognizes skaters who have achieved figure skating excellence while actively volunteering.

04/30/2013 'Skate Dance Dream' rumbles into Cleveland
Parker Pennington Productions is proud to announce Skate Dance Dream Cleveland, which will be held Sunday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Serpentini Arena at Winterhurst in Lakewood, Ohio.

02/19/2013 Davis and White, Yamaguchi join Team Kellogg's
A mix of nine Olympic medalists and Sochi Games hopefuls, including Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, make up Team Kellogg's roster.

01/21/2013 U.S. Figure Skating announces partnership with Puffs
U.S. Figure Skating announced today it has reached an agreement with Puffs to become a partner-level sponsor, the organization's premier level of sponsorship.

10/29/2012 'Skate Dance Dream' heads to Clinton, N.Y.
Parker Pennington Productions is proud to announce Skate Dance Dream Clinton, the dance and figure skating show spectacular set for Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Clinton Arena.

09/24/2012 All-event tickets on sale for 2014 U.S. Championships
U.S. Figure Skating announced today that all-event ticket packages are now available for presale for the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

09/18/2012 U.S. champs single-session tickets on sale this week
Single-session tickets for the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will be available Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 9:00 a.m. ET and start at $13 per session.

06/25/2012 Yamaguchi set to launch activewear line
Olympic gold medalist and New York Times best-selling author Kristi Yamaguchi is set to launch her limited edition line of women's activewear, Tsu.ya, at select Lord & Taylor stores and via the retailer's website in September of this year.

02/16/2012 Two U.S. synchro teams to compete at Spring Cup
The Starlights, entering as a senior squad, and team Evolution, competing as juniors, will battle it out this weekend in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy.

01/23/2012 2013 U.S. nationals championship weekend tix on sale
U.S. Figure Skating and the Omaha Sports Commission announced today that championship weekend ticket packages are now on sale for the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

01/13/2012 Hughes sisters to headline Skatefest
Both Sarah Hughes and Emily Hughes will be on hand to teach world-class figure skating at Skatefest on Jan. 21 at Empire State Plaza ice rink.

12/19/2011 Four Continents single-session tickets on sale
Single-session tickets are now on sale for the 2012 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. The Championships are set for Feb. 9-12, 2012, at the Colorado Springs World Arena.

11/10/2011 Bobak, Beharry qualify for Junior Grand Prix Final
The Canadian pairs team of Katherine Bobak and Ian Beharry qualified for the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final to be held Dec. 8-11 in Quebec City.

10/31/2011 Musselman's, NBCF team up to fight breast cancer
Musselman's Apple Sauce and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF) today launched the "You're The Inspiration" campaign to support the fight against breast cancer.

10/20/2011 U.S. regional championships finish this week
The 2012 U.S. Figure Skating regional championships finish this weekend with the Southwestern, Central Pacific and South Atlantic regional figure skating championships.

10/20/2011 U.S. Figure Skating film "RISE" available on DVD
RISE on sale to the public Friday, Oct. 21.

10/19/2011 18 U.S. athletes to compete at Skate America
Eighteen U.S. athletes will compete at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America, Oct. 21-23 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.

10/17/2011 Canada sending six skaters to Skate America
The Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series begins this week in Ontario, Calif., with six Canadian skaters competing at Skate America.

10/11/2011 Skate Canada sends five to JGP Estonia
Five Canadian skaters will head to Tallinn, Estonia, for the seventh and final stop in the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

10/11/2011 Navarro, Courtnall second 'iced' pair on 'Battle'
Kim Navarro and Russ Courtnall skated for their survival Monday night on Battle of the Blades, but their performance fell short, and they are the second "iced" pair on the third season of this live competitive TV series.

10/04/2011 Virtue, Moir to compete at Finlandia Trophy
Canada is sending one ice dancing team to the 16th edition of the Finlandia Trophy, a senior international competition in Vantaa, Finalnd. The event is held Oct. 6-9, at the Valtti Arena.

10/03/2011 Canada sends six skaters to JGP Italy
Canada will be sending six skaters to the second-to-last ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series event of the season in Milan, Italy.

09/30/2011 Olympian Cody Hay moves from competitor to coach
The newly retired Cody Hay is returning to his western Canadian roots and plans to coach with former partner Anabelle Langlois at the Calalta Figure Skating Club in Calgary, Alberta.

09/23/2011 'Battle of the Blades' pairs ready for action
The cast of Battle of the Blades is gearing up for the first live performance show this Sunday, Sept. 25, at 8:00 p.m. on CBC Television.

09/21/2011 Windsor to host 2012 Skate Canada synchro nationals
Skate Canada announced today that Windsor, Ontario, will host the 2012 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships at the WFCU Centre from Feb. 23-25, 2012.

09/16/2011 'Caesars Tribute' returns to Atlantic City Dec. 3
"The Caesars Tribute II: A Salute to the Ladies of the Ice" will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Atlantic City's historic Boardwalk Hall.

09/12/2011 'Battle of the Blades' moves ahead with season
CBC's Battle of the Blades will go forward with its third season, premiering on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m., as planned.

09/12/2011 Eight Canadian skaters to compete at JGP Poland
Skate Canada is sending a total of five entries to the third ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series event of the season.

09/07/2011 Chan picks up three Guinness World Records
Patrick Chan collected three Guiness World Records.

09/07/2011 Pennington bringing tour to upstate New York
Parker Pennington is bringing some of his talented friends to Baldwinsville, N.Y., for a figure skating and dance show spectacular on Saturday, Oct. 1.

09/06/2011 U.S. Figure Skating, Disson announce partnership
U.S. Figure Skating announced today a promotional partnership with Disson Skating, a longtime producer of figure skating shows.

08/30/2011 Canada sends five skaters to JGP Latvia
Skate Canada will send five skaters to the first stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series in Riga, Latvia.

07/21/2011 U.S. Figure Skating announces broadcast schedule
NBC Sports, Universal Sports and U.S. Figure Skating announced today the broadcast schedule for the 2011 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

04/06/2011 Figure skating team event added to 2014 Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed the inclusion of six new events on the program of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. They are ski half-pipe (men and women), women's ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay.

04/06/2011 U.S. Figure Skating release on Olympic team event
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced the addition of a figure skating team event for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The figure skating team event is one of six overall new events added to the Games.

03/15/2011 Lysacek honored with Sullivan Award
Evan Lysacek has won the Sullivan Award.

03/07/2011 "One Step Closer" to be held April 9
On Sat., April 9, the second annual One Step Closer exhibition, presented by OMNIGAGE kicks off at 2:45 p.m. This is to benefit The AIDS Resource Foundation for Children.

03/07/2011 Encore of RISE to take place March 7
Due to the overwhelming success of the initial presentation, an encore of the U.S. Figure Skating cinematic feature RISE will show in more than 370 theatres across the country on Monday, March 7.

02/16/2011 U.S. Figure Skating announces synchro sites
U.S. Figure Skating has announced the sites of some of the 2012 and 2013 synchronized skating qualifying competitions, including Worcester, Mass., as the host of the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.

02/09/2011 U.S. Figure Skating to continue partnership with "Stars on Ice"
U.S. Figure Skating announced today it is continuing its promotional partnership with the Smucker's® Stars on Ice tour.

12/22/2010 "What's So Great about Figure Skating?" contest launches
Do you have a video camera and a love of figure skating? If so, you could win $100 through a contest that will help to inspire skaters around the world.

11/16/2010 Tune in to "Cold-EEZE Improv-Ice"
Read details about "Cold-EEZE Improv-Ice."

09/24/2010 Canada sends skaters to JGP Great Britain
A total of 12 skaters will compete for Canada at the fifth installment on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

09/22/2010 2010 Skate America tickets now on sale
U.S. Figure Skating announced today that individual session tickets for 2010 Skate America are now on sale.

09/22/2010 Nineteen U.S. athletes to compete in two events
The United States will send a team of eight skaters to the fourth event of the 2010 International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series this week in Karuizawa, Japan, while 11 U.S. skaters will travel to Oberstdorf, Germany, for the Nebelhorn Trophy.

08/19/2010 U.S. Figure Skating announces new partnerships
U.S. Figure Skating announced today two new sponsor supplier relationships.

08/03/2010 "Riverdance" joined by powerhouse cast of skaters
Prepare to be swept away by the sights and sounds of Riverdance on Ice.

06/28/2010 Obama taps Kwan for 2010 Council position
Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama joined kids from the Washington, D.C., area to launch the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and introduce the 2010 Council co-chairs and members.

07/14/2010 Seven to be inducted into the Skate Canada HOF
Skate Canada announced Wednesday that it will welcome seven new honoree's to the Skate Canada Hall of Fame.

06/24/2010 Rochette nominated for 2010 ESPY award
Joannie Rochette is up for the "Best Moment" award at the 2010 ESPYs.

07/13/2010 Buntin retires from competitive figure skating
Three-time Canadian champion Craig Buntin, 30, has retired.

06/23/2010 Davis to receive Women of Achievement Award
Meryl Davis will receive the Tri Delta Women of Achievement Award at the Tri Delta National Convention in Orlando.

06/24/2010 Lysacek could add an ESPY to his trophy case
Evan Lysacek has been nominated for a 2010 ESPY award.

07/07/2010 Weir's statement on taking off 2010-11 skating season
Three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir will sit out the 2010-11 competitive skating season.

06/24/2010 Hamilton has procedure to remove benign tumor
Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery to remove a brain benign tumor on Wednesday.

07/07/2010 Weir to sit out 2010-11 competitive skating season
Johnny Weir will take off the 2010-11 season to pursue other interests.

06/22/2010 McLaughlin, Brubaker announce end of partnership
Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker two-time (2008-09) U.S. champions and the 2007 world junior champions, announced today that they have decided to end their partnership after four years together.

06/22/2010 National, international TOI competitions to begin in Ohio
A record number of teams from around the country will descend on Hobart Arena in Troy, Ohio, this week for the third annual National Theatre on Ice Competition and the 15th International Theatre on Ice Competition.

06/21/2010 Hann-McCurdy, Coreno retire from competitive skating
After seven years of skating together ice dancers Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno have decided to take a new direction in their skating careers.

06/15/2010 ISU announces star-studded lineup for Skate Canada
A talented field of competitors has been announced for the 2010 Skate Canada International. The event will take place in Kingston, Ontario at the K-Rock Centre from October 28-31, 2010.

09/29/2010 Lineups announced for 2010 ISU Grand Prix Series
The International Skating Union (ISU) and U.S. Figure Skating announced Sunday the skater selections for the 2010 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which will begin Oct. 22-24 with the NHK Trophy in Nagoya, Japan.

06/10/2010 Belbin, Agosto retire from competitive skating
Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto have ended their fantastic competitive careers.

06/07/2010 Chan to have training stint in New Jersey
He is not changing venues, but three-time Canadian champion and two-time world silver medalist Patrick Chan is heading east for a brief training stint in New Jersey.

06/01/2010 Meissner to speak at ASCO Cancer Education event
The ASCO Cancer Foundation and U.S. Figure Skating are pleased to announce that Kimmie Meissner will be the guest speaker at Answers to Cancer.

05/27/2010 Dore officially inducted into Skate Canada Hall of Fame
On Friday, May 28, 2010, David Dore will be officially enter the Skate Canada Hall of Fame.

05/13/2010 Kwan addresses grads at Southern Vermont College
Michelle Kwan spoke to 2010 graduates of Southern Vermont College.

05/13/2010 Collegiate Championship Award Program announced
U.S. Figure Skating announced today the establishment of the Collegiate Championship Award Program to assist current, eligible collegiate figure skaters who compete at the U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships.

05/12/2010 Victoria, B.C., to host 2011 Canadian Championships
Skate Canada announced that Victoria, B.C., will be the host city for the 2011 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships and the 2011 BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals.

05/11/2010 Weir among judges for '2010 Miss USA Pageant'
Johnny Weir will serve as one of the judges at the "2010 Miss USA Pageant."

05/10/2010 U.S. Figure Skating announces Hershberger Award
U.S. Figure Skating announced today that immediate past president Ron Hershberger and his wife, Gayle, have established the Ron and Gayle Hershberger Award.

05/10/2010 BIRKS welcomes new brand ambassador Rochette
BIRKS is proud to announce that Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater and 2010 Olympic bronze medalist, will be the latest face of the brand.

05/06/2010 U.S. Skating selects the watsons to oversee "Rise"
U.S. Figure Skating announced today that the watsons, a New York based "creativity company" specializing in integrated brand development, will oversee the marketing of the first in-depth film project commissioned by U.S. Figure Skating.

05/04/2010 U.S. Figure Skating reveals film's title, release date
U.S. Figure Skating announced the title and release date for a film that will recount the tragic story of the 1961 U.S. world figure skating team.

04/29/2010 Kingston to host 2010 Skate Canada International
Skate Canada announced today that Kingston, Ontario will be the host city for the 2010 Skate Canada International.

04/28/2010 Samuelson, Bates announce coaching change
Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates have ended their professional relationship with Yuri Chesnichenko and Yaroslava Nechaeva.

04/22/2010 Rochette partners with U. of Ottawa Heart Institute
Olympic figure skating heroine Joannie Rochette is teaming with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) to help change the course of heart disease in women.

04/22/2010 Salt Lake City to host 2011 U.S. Junior Champs
U.S. Figure Skating has announced the selection of Salt Lake City, Utah, as the site of the 2011 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships.

04/22/2010 Nominees for annual coaching awards announced
U.S. Figure Skating and the Professional Skaters Association have announced the nominees for their annual coaching awards.

03/23/2010 U.S. Figure Skating partners with "Stars on Ice"
U.S. Figure Skating announced Tuesday a promotional partnership with the 2010 Smucker's "Stars on Ice" tour.

03/18/2010 Virtue, Moir headline Canada's entries at worlds
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will be part of a strong Canadian contingent taking the ice in Torino.

03/17/2010 U.S. Adult Championships to kick off next month
The 2010 U.S. Adult Championships will begin on April 14.

03/16/2010 "Evan Lysacek Day" declared in skater's hometown
Naperville, Ill., Evan Lysacek's hometown, will celebrate "Evan Lysacek Day" on March 26.

03/14/2010 Flatt, Weir among performers in "Ice Dreams"
Olympians Rachael Flatt and Johnny Weir are among those that will perform at "Ice Dreams."

03/13/2010 Murakami takes ladies gold in the Netherlands
Kanako Murakami is the 2010 world junior ladies champion.

03/13/2010 Ovcharova grabs lead in ladies short
Find out what happened at day four of the World Junior Championships.

03/09/2010 Weir withdraws from 2010 World Championships
Johnny Weir won't compete at the World Championships in Torino.

03/08/2010 U.S. sends 18 skaters to World Junior Championships
Eighteen of the United States' best junior skaters will compete March 8-14 at the 2010 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in The Hague, Netherlands.

03/08/2010 Canada sends strong team to junior worlds
Canada will send their most promising young talent to the World Junior Championships.

03/04/2010 Lysacek, Nagasu to be honored at Toyota Sports Center
The Toyota Sports Center will host a reception to honor its Olympic Figure Skating team members and celebrate their outstanding success at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

03/01/2010 2010 U.S. Synchro Championships kick off this week
The 2010 U.S. Synchro Championships will be held this week in Minneapolis.

03/01/2010 2010 Olympic Winter Games: By the numbers
The 2010 Olympics is broken down by the numbers.

02/28/2010 Lysacek, Belbin and Agosto to skip 2010 worlds
Evan Lysacek and Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto will not compete at the 2010 World Championships.

02/27/2010 U.S. skaters win two medals at 2010 Olympics
Evan Lysacek and dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White came away with medals at the 2010 Olympics.

02/11/2010 Two U.S. teams to compete at Spring Cup
Two U.S. synchro teams will compete in the upcoming Spring Cup.

02/11/2010 Czisny parts ways with long-time coach
Alissa Czisny has parted ways with Julianne (Julie) Berlin, her coach of more than 10 years.

02/10/2010 World Figure Skating HOF 2010 class announced
Nobuo Sato, a 10-time Japanese champion and World and Olympic coach, has been chosen for induction into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

02/04/2010 Minneapolis ready to host U.S. Synchro Champs
The 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships will take place March 3-6 at the Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

02/03/2010 40th Anniversary of Skating Show for Cancer Research
The 40th anniversary of An Evening with Champions has a new spring date of Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, 2010.

02/02/2010 U.S. Championships set new attendance record
The 2010 U.S. Championships set a new attendance record, surpassing the previous record set in 2007.

02/01/2010 PSA announces best performances at U.S. Champs
The Professional Skaters Association announced the winners of the Edi Award for Best Performances at the recent 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

02/01/2010 Rippon vaults into top 10 of latest world rankings
Adam Rippon landed at No. 10 in the latest ranking after his Four Continents win.

01/29/2010 Two U.S. synchro teams to compete in Prague Cup
The Crystallettes and Skyliners will compete in the Prague Cup 2010.

01/28/2010 "Silk Skate for the Heart" to air Jan. 31 on NBC
Many top skaters will perform live on a nationally televised special, Silk Skate for the Heart.

01/24/2010 U.S. Olympic ice dancing, ladies teams announced
U.S. Figure Skating announced Sunday its ladies and ice dancing nominations to the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, pending United States Olympic Committee (USOC) approval.

01/21/2010 Davis, White named USOC team of the month
Meryl Davis and Charlie White have been voted the December 2009 Team of the Month.

01/18/2010 U.S. Figure Skating names men's, pairs teams
Jeremy Abbott, Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir are U.S. Figure Skating's choices to head to the Olympics.

01/13/2010 U.S. Champs TV broadcasts to reach nearly 500 million homes
The best in the U.S. will take to the ice when NBC Sports and Universal Sports present live coverage of the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

01/12/2010 U.S. Figure Skating announces IJS educational initiative
U.S. Figure Skating today released its "IJS Handbook: Your Guide to the International Judging System," the final phase of a multi-faceted program to help educate fans about the IJS.

01/11/2010 U.S. Figure Skating announces new matching grant program
U.S. Figure Skating's Collegiate Skating Program will continue to grow thanks to the generous support of Sands Point, N.Y., residents Paul and Francine Mozer, who have established a matching gift incentive to benefit the program.

01/08/2010 Ninth annual National Skating Month boasts record participation
More than 350 U.S. Figure Skating member clubs, Basic Skills programs and STAR member rinks are celebrating the ninth annual National Skating Month.

01/07/2010 Pioneer Fund to support USFS Scholastic Honors Team
U.S. Figure Skating announced today that the Pioneer Fund will financially support U.S. Figure Skating's Scholastic Honors Team.

12/21/2009 Vote for the most Improv-ed skater
In the sports and music world, often the greatest moments in history are the least expected or prepared for.

12/21/2009 Yamaguchi to host "2010 Smucker's Stars on Ice" television special
Special about the history and production of "Stars on Ice."

12/17/2009 USFS announces Helen M. McLoraine Schlorship Program
U.S. Figure Skating and the Pioneer Fund announced today the establishment of the Helen M. McLoraine Figure Skating Scholarship Program.

12/16/2009 Spokane will host 12 U.S. Olympic champions
U.S. Figure Skating announced today that all 12 U.S. Olympic figure skating champions will attend the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash.

12/09/2009 U.S. Figure Skating announces 2011 film project
A documentary, with a planned release in 2011, will commemorate 1961 world team tragedy and celebrate American figure skating.

12/02/2009 Eight U.S. skaters qualify for Grand Prix Final
Eight U.S. skaters have earned coveted spots at the 2009 Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

11/24/2009 Gateway Playhouse is currently casting skaters for holiday show
Gateway Playhouse is currently casting skaters.

11/18/2009 Belbin, Agosto rise to No. 2 in the world in ice dance
Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto's win in Lake Placid helped them ascend to No. 2 in the world skater rankings.

11/10/2009 Davis, White strengthen hold on No. 1 ranking
Meryl Davis and Charlie White are on top of the world skater rankings in ice dancing for the second straight week.

11/10/2009 Grand Prix Series continues in Lake Placid
The Grand Prix Series makes its fifth stop this week in Lake Placid, N.Y., for the 2009 Cancer.Net Skate America.

11/03/2009 Lysacek rises to third in latest world rankings
With his silver medal at the Cup of China, Evan Lysacek moved up to No. 3 in the latest world skater rankings.

11/03/2009 Press invited to "Making Team USA: 100 Days to Vancouver"
The USOC and Hilton Worldwide will kick off the 100-day countdown to the Olympic Opening Ceremonies at Rockefeller Center.

11/02/2009 Hubbells make coaching change
Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell announced they have ended their professional relationship with coaches Yuri Chesnichenko and Yaroslava Nechaeva and will train with Pasquale Camerlengo.

10/28/2009 Leng to sit out remainder of 2009-10 season
A back problem will keep defending U.S. junior ladies champion DeeDee Leng out of competitions for the remainder of the season.

10/28/2009 Team USA sends 12 skaters to Cup of China
The Grand Prix Series continues at the Cup of China, where the U.S. will be represented by 12 skaters.

10/27/2009 Ice Challenge welcomes veterans, newcomers
Tomas Verner will be among the medal favorites in the men's competition in Austria.

10/27/2009 Davis, White top world ice dancing rankings
After taking gold at the Rostelecom Cup, Meryl Davis and Charlie White came in at No. 1 in this week's world skater rankings.

10/27/2009 Eleven U.S. athletes head to Ice Challenge
The U.S. will be well represented at the upcoming Ice Challenge in Austria.

10/21/2009 Grand Prix Series continues at Rostelecom Cup
The Grand Prix Series continues at the Rostelecom Cup, where eight U.S. skaters will take the ice this week.

10/20/2009 Destination Vancouver offers opportunity to become "Partners In Training"
U.S. Figure Skating is rolling out a second phase of the Destination Vancouver campaign with a public fundraising initiative inviting fans, sponsors, friends and supporters to become "Partners in Training." With a gift of $20.10 a month (total gift of $100.50) through February, you may become a "Partner in Training."

10/15/2009 Each 2010 Olympic medal a piece of original art
The medals in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics are each one-of-a-kind pieces of contemporary Aboriginal art.

10/12/2009 NBC Sports set to broadcast Grand Prix Series
U.S. Figure Skating and NBC have reached an agreement to broadcast the upcoming Grand Prix Series.

10/08/2009 Meissner withdraws from 2009 Grand Prix Series
Right knee pain will keep former world and U.S. champion Kimmie Meissner out of the 2009 Grand Prix Series.

10/07/2009 Six U.S. skaters to compete at Finlandia Trophy
Stephen Carriere and Becky Bereswill are among the U.S. skaters competing at the Finlandia Trophy.

09/29/2009 Fifth Junior Grand Prix event this week in Germany
Fourteen skaters from the United States will compete at the JGP Germany in Dresden.

09/25/2009 Basic Skills program and National Skating Month awarded major grant
U.S. Figure Skating announced today the organization's Basic Skills Program and National Skating Month campaign have received a $100,000 grant from the Robert V. Hauff & John F. Dreeland Foundation.

09/24/2009 Hamill, Hamilton to return to the ice
Scott Hamilton and Dorothy Hamill will headline the Kaleidoscope skating showcase to benefit cancer patients.

09/22/2009 U.S. ice dance teams announce coaching change
Piper Gilles and Zack Donohue, as well as Jane Summersett and Todd Gilles, will now be coached by Elizabeth Punsalan Swallow.

09/21/2009 U.S. athletes head to JGP Belarus, Nebelhorn
The United States will send a team of 10 skaters to the fourth event of the 2009 International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series this week in Minsk, Belarus, while six U.S. skaters will travel to Oberstdorf, Germany, for the Nebelhorn Trophy.

09/15/2009 Zhang back training with former coach Li
Caroline Zhang announced today she has ended her three-month professional relationship with new coach Charlene Wong and will return to Mingzhu Li.

09/15/2009 2010 AT&T U.S. Championships schedule released
The official event schedule for the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash., has been officially released.

09/15/2009 Kate Gosselin to appear at 9/11 charity show
Kate Gosselin, star of the hit TLC reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, will make an appearance at the eighth annual Stars, Stripes and Skates ICEtravaganza.

09/15/2009 Komperda's donation to help U.S. figure skaters
Joyce Komperda has made a generous gift to establish the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund for U.S. skaters in financial need.

09/10/2009 2010 synchro international assignments announced
At least 12 U.S. synchronized skating teams will compete in five different international competitions this season.

09/09/2009 Michael Weiss Foundation benefit to feature top skaters
Present and past figure skating stars will be a part of the Michael Weiss Foundation's "Ice Champions LIVE."

09/08/2009 International skaters ready for JGP Poland
Skaters from the U.S., Japan, Russia, Canada and Slovakia look to take home most of medals at this week's Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series event in Torun, Poland.

09/08/2009 United States sends 10 athletes to JGP Poland
The United States will send 10 athletes to compete at the third Grand Prix Series event, which takes place in Torun, Poland.

09/02/2009 U.S. Figure Skating launches 'Destination Vancouver'
U.S. Figure Skating announced "Destination Vancouver," a comprehensive marketing campaign leading up to the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

09/01/2009 International field looks strong for Lake Placid
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani are the favorites to come away with ice dancing gold in Lake Placid.

09/01/2009 Team USA sends 18 athletes to Lake Placid
U.S. junior champion Ross Miner will contend for men's gold at the JGP United States.

08/26/2009 Vancouver ready for 2010 Olympic Games
"Vancouver is ready for 2010", said the International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

08/19/2009 Michelle Kwan to co-host "Skate for the Heart"
Michelle Kwan will co-host the upcoming event Skate for the Heart, which will feature Jordin Sparks and numerous current skating champions.

08/18/2009 Worlds up for two "SportsTravel" honors
The 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships has been nominated for two of SportsTravel magazine's annual awards.

08/12/2009 City Council approves to keep USOC headquarters in Colorado Springs for 30 years
The Colorado Springs City Council voted to approve an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee that will provide a new headquarters building in downtown Colorado Springs, a National Governing Body building and fund $16 million in improvements at the Olympic Training Center.

08/10/2009 2010 Adult Sectionals details announced
U.S. Figure Skating announced today the dates and host cities for the 2010 adult sectional championships.

08/10/2009 U.S. team announced for JGP Poland
Team USA will send 14 skaters to Torun to compete with the world's best junior skaters in the JGP Poland in September.

08/06/2009 U.S. Developmental Team in action
Fifty-nine U.S. skaters will take part in three competitions over the next two weeks in Canada, as part of U.S. Figure Skating's Developmental International program.

07/29/2009 2009 U.S. Collegiate Champs start Thursday
The 2009 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships will take place July 30-Aug. 1 in Ardmore, Pa., featuring approximately 60 skaters from institutions all across the country.

07/29/2009 ITNY has free summer shows at World Ice Arena
This summer, the Ice Theatre of New York helps cool things down with free, Saturday evening performances at the World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

07/29/2009 All-event tickets for world synchros available Aug. 1
All-event group ticket packages for the 2010 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships go on sale Saturday, Aug. 1.

07/27/2009 U.S. team announced for JGP Hungary
U.S. Figure Skating announced Monday the skaters that will compete in the first event of the 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which takes place Aug. 26-30 in Budapest, Hungary.

07/13/2009 ITNY to honor Paul Wylie, Lar Lubovitch
The Ice Theatre of New York, the nation's premier ice dance company, will host its annual benefit gala on October 26, 2009, at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

07/10/2009 New music Web site for figure skating, a new website providing competitive sport music, has launched.

07/08/2009 Host cities announced for 2011 U.S. qualifying events
U.S. Figure Skating announced Wednesday the host cities for the 2011 regional and sectional championships, which will take place in the fall of 2010.

07/08/2009 Nunavut joins Vancouver 2010 Team
Nunavut's unique culture will be showcased to a global audience during the Games as part of a partnership agreement signed with the Vancouver Organizing Committee.

07/08/2009 The Michael Weiss Foundation presents "ICE CHAMPIONS LIVE!"
The Michael Weiss Foundation presents "ICE CHAMPIONS LIVE!"

06/25/2009 Fourth annual synchronized skating training festival in Delaware this weekend
More than 550 participants will descend on the University of Delaware in Newark, Del., June 25-28 for U.S. Figure Skating's Synchronized Skating Training Festival/

06/24/2009 Free ticket offer for 2011 U.S. Championships available until June 30
There's still time to take advantage of the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships' "Summer Sizzler" ticket promotion available through June 30.

06/24/2009 Stars, Stripes and Skates set for Sept. 26 in Danbury
On Saturday, Sept. 26, Olympic figure skaters and young local talent will partake in the 8th annual Stars, Stripes, and Skates ICEtravaganza, which honors the memory of Sept. 11, and benefits The Heritage Foundation of 9/11.

06/24/2009 DeGirolamo named Miami University head synchronized skating coach
Becoming just the second person to guide Miami University's synchronized skating program, Carla DeGirolamo has been named head coach, Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced today.

06/09/2009 Initial athletes announced for 2009 JGP
U.S. Figure Skating has announced the initial athlete selections for the 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

06/03/2009 2011 U.S. Championships "Summer Sizzler" promotion
All-Event Ticket Packages for the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., purchased between June 1 and June 30 will include a free ticket to the event's Skating Spectacular as part of the newly announced "Summer Sizzler" promotion.

05/30/2009 ISU announces 2009-10 Grand Prix assignments
Entries for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series for the 2009-10 season have been released. The 2009 Trophee Eric Bompard Cachemire will open the Series in France, October 15-18.

05/30/2009 U.S. lineup announced for 2009 ISU GP Series
The International Skating Union and U.S. Figure Skating announced the skater selections for the 2009 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which will begin in October.

05/28/2009 U.S. skater Mroz partners with StandUp For Kids
U.S. figure skater Brandon Mroz recently announced his partnership with StandUp For Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and street kids across the United States.

05/22/2009 2009 U.S. champion Abbott announces change
Jeremy Abbott, the 2009 U.S. champion and 2008 ISU Grand Prix Final champion, announced Friday he has ended his 10-year professional relationship with Tom Zakrajsek and will train with Yuka Sato.

05/22/2009 McLaughlin, Brubaker leave Sappenfield for Nicks
Reigning two-time U.S. pairs champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker announced that they will end their professional relationship with Dalilah Sappenfield and begin training with John Nicks.

05/21/2009 "Pop Star" to open in New York on June 11
The Johnny Weir feature film documentary, Pop Star on Ice, will have its New York premiere at NewFest on Thursday, June 11, the festival's closing night.

05/20/2009 2008 U.S. champ Nagasu changing coaches
Mirai Nagasu, the 2008 U.S. champion and a two-time world junior medalist, announced she has ended her three-year professional relationship with coach Charlene Wong and will train with Frank Carroll.

05/20/2009 VANOC meeting focuses on Games-time readiness
The board of directors for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games met Wednesday in Vancouver for its third meeting of 2009, talking about Games-time readiness, the Olympic Torch Relay and more.

05/20/2009 Workopolis, VANOC welcome 13 new volunteers
Workopolis and VANOC welcomed 13 new volunteers to the 2010 Winter Games team. Each candidate was selected to represent his or her home province or territory.

05/18/2009 Korn announces retirement from Miami University
Prestigious coach Vicki Korn announced her retirement from Miami University after 25 years.

05/15/2009 Meno, Sand to coach Inoue, Baldwin
Rena Inoue and John Baldwin announced a coaching change. They will begin training with three-time U.S. champions Jenni Meno and Todd Sand.

05/13/2009 U.S. announces 2009-10 Reserve Team envelope
U.S. Figure Skating announced today the individuals and teams that will compose the Reserve Team envelope for the 2009-10 season.

05/13/2009 Brubaker, Coughlin featured in "Mike & Myles Show"
U.S. pairs skaters Rockne Brubaker and John Coughlin were featured in the latest webisode of the USOC's "The Mike and Myles Show," which stars 2008 Olympian Mike Blatchford (track cycling) and Paralympian Myles Porter (Judo).

05/11/2009 Scholastic Honors Team application available
The application for the U.S. Figure Skating 2010 Scholastic Honors Team is now available.

05/11/2009 U.S. Figure Skating honors Hershbergers with fund
U.S. Figure Skating announced at the recently concluded Governing Council meeting in Buffalo, N.Y., that a permanent endowed fund has been set up in honor of outgoing president Ron Hershberger and his wife, Gayle.

05/08/2009 Cohen announces official return to competition
Sasha Cohen, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, three-time world medalist and six-time U.S. medalist, announced her intention to return to competitive figure skating.

05/07/2009 Additional tickets on sale for 2010 Olympics
CoSport, the exclusive authorized ticket agent and Official Sponsor of the United States Olympic Committee, announced that the next phase of individual ticket sales will commence on May 14.

04/28/2009 Team envelopes for 2009-10 announced for U.S.
U.S. Figure Skating announced today the individuals and teams that will compose the A, B and C team envelopes for the 2009-10 season.

04/20/2009 Belbin, Agosto to headline IceWorks "Ice Ages"
The IceWorks Skating Club, in conjunction with the IceWorks Skating Complex, is pleased to announce its 11th annual ice show.

04/18/2009 Stand Up for Life comes to New Jersey
Stand Up for Life, a show benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, is coming to The Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain in West Orange, N.J., on May 2.

04/18/2009 U.S. takes gold at inaugural Team Trophy
Mao Asada won the ladies event, and Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang topped the pairs on Saturday at the ISU World Team Trophy. The United States, though, hung on for gold at the inaugural, season-ending event.

04/17/2009 U.S. extends lead at World Team Trophy
The inaugural ISU World Team Trophy continued Friday in Tokyo with the the pairs short program, the free dance, and the Men's free skate.

04/16/2009 U.S. takes lead at ISU World Team Trophy
The inaugural ISU World Team Trophy opened Thursday in Tokyo, Japan, with the original dance and the ladies and men's short programs.

04/14/2009 2009-10 U.S. synchro envelopes announced
Less than two weeks after the 2009 World Synchronized Skating Championships, U.S. Figure Skating announced the international envelopes for U.S. synchro teams for the 2009-10 season.

04/09/2009 U.S. Adult Championships starts April 21 in Michigan
More than 400 athletes and 50 officials will descend on Grand Rapids, Mich., from April 21-25 for the 2009 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships.

04/13/2009 Rochette exclusive to appear in "HELLO! Canada"
World silver medalist Joannie Rochette, Canada's top female figure skater, will be featured in this week's issue of HELLO! Canada.

04/07/2009 Lysacek, Belbin and Agosto named USOC Athletes of the Month
Lysacek, Belbin and Agosto named USOC Athletes of the Month

04/06/2009 U.S. team announced for World Team Trophy
U.S. Figure Skating announced the eight athletes chosen to represent the United States at the inaugural ISU World Team Trophy. The group is led by world champion Evan Lysacek.

04/03/2009 ISU annouces 2008-09 World Standings Bonuses
Yu-Na Kim, Tomas Verner, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, and Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin all took top honors when the ISU announced the bonus recipients from the 2008-09 World Standings.

04/02/2009 Figure Skating in Harlem asks you to reach for the stars and give back to a great cause, on online charity auction site, is now offering fans a variety of figure skating related items and experiences from icons including Scott Hamilton, Tanith Belbin, JoJo Starbuck and Dick Button. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Figure Skating in Harlem.

04/01/2009 Lysacek to attend "Skating with the Stars"
A two-time national champion, Lysacek brought down the house in his hometown of Los Angeles as he captured his first world title last week.

03/31/2009 Belbin, Agosto aren't stopping anytime soon
Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, fresh off a silver-medal winning performance at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships last week in Los Angeles, are not about to sit on their laurels.

03/30/2009 Countries set for first ISU World Team Trophy
Following the world championships, the U.S., Canada, Japan, Russia, France and China are the six, top-ranked countries, according to the ISU, and they all qualified for the Team Trophy.

03/20/2009 World champs open in L.A. on March 24
A new record 216 skaters from 52 ISU member countries are headed to Los Angeles for the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, which will open on March 24.

03/20/2009 Ice Theatre of New York christens Queens arena
The Ice Theatre of New York joined several city officials in cutting the ribbon at the new World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, N.Y.

03/20/2009 U.S. Figure Skating announces team leaders for 2010
Lorrie Parker, Richard Dalley and Mitch Moyer were selected as the team leaders for the U.S. Olympic Team that will head to Vancouver in February 2010.

03/19/2009 Comcast to air select 2009 U.S. Figure Skating events
During March and April 2009, Comcast will broadcast two junior-level shows of the 2009 AT&T U.S. Championships and one program on the 2009 U.S. Synchro Championships.

03/18/2009 Fifteen U.S. skaters head to L.A. for worlds
Grand Prix Final champion Jeremy Abbott and three-time world medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto lead a group of 15 Americans into Los Angeles for the 2009 World Championships.

03/17/2009 Hamilton announces his return to the ice
1984 Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton announced on Tuesday on the Oprah Winfrey Show that he plans to return to the rink for the first time since being diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor in 2004.

03/12/2009 Two U.S. synchro teams to compete in Switzerland
Two U.S. synchronized skating teams will vie for the sport's top junior-level international prize March 12-14 at the 2009 World Synchronized Skating Challenge Cup for Juniors in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

03/11/2009 "Stars on Ice" crew to sign autographs in Cleveland
World and national figure skating champions in Cleveland next week to sign autographs and meet fans prior to Smucker's Stars on Ice show.

03/10/2009 Mary Louise Wright memorial gala set for March 21
On December 15, 2004, the figure skating world mourned the loss of one of its most influential members.

03/10/2009 Strongsville, Ohio, to host 2010 U.S. Junior Champs
U.S. Figure Skating has announced the selection of Strongsville, Ohio, as the site of the 2010 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships.

03/05/2009 Ticket package announced for 2011 U.S. Champs
All-Event Ticket Packages for the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., will go on sale Monday, March 9, at 10 a.m. ET. The event will be held Jan. 22-30, 2011.

02/26/2009 Rachael Flatt gets some golden insight
Two-time U.S. ladies silver medalist Rachael Flatt has had the most consistent international record among U.S. women over the past two seasons, and she's looking to take it up a notch.

02/23/2009 Sixteen U.S. skaters in Bulgaria for 2009 World Juniors
Sixteen of the United States' best junior skaters will compete Feb. 23-March 1 at the 2009 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

02/19/2009 U.S. Adult Championships name YWCA as "community cares" charity
The Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club, host of the 2009 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, has named the YWCA Domestic Crisis Center as its "Adult Skating Community Cares" charity.

02/18/2009 Weir to headline Fashion Week event
2006 Olympian and three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir has been confirmed as the headliner at the New York Fashion Week party, "Ice Skating and Cocktails."

02/18/2009 U.S. Synchro Champs starts in Maine in two weeks
The 2009 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships will take place March 3-7, at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine, hosted by the North Atlantic FSC.

02/17/2009 Skating with the Stars benefit set for April 6
Figure Skating in Harlem announced that the 2009 Skating with the Stars gala honoring skating legend Tai Babilonia and New York State's First Lady, Michelle Paige Paterson, will be April 6, 2009.

02/13/2009 Four U.S. teams head to Milan for Spring Cup
Four U.S. synchro teams -- Evolution, California Gold, the Skyliners and Team Braemar -- are in Milan, Italy, this week to compete in the junior and senior events at the Spring Cup.

02/05/2009 Four U.S. synchro teams head to French Cup
Four U.S. synchronized skating teams are competing this week at the 2009 French Cup in Rouen, France. At the senior level, the Haydenettes and Crystallettes will take to the ice.

02/05/2009 Philadelphia to host 2009 U.S. Collegiate Champs
U.S. Figure Skating has announced the selection of Philadelphia, as the site of the 2009 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships.

01/29/2009 Three U.S. teams to compete at the Prague Cup
The Miami University junior and senior synchronized skating teams are both headed to the Czech Republic for the Prague Cup. The Colonials will be the third U.S. team competing there.

01/26/2009 U.S. Figure Skating announces world teams
After his fifth-place finish at the U.S. Championships, Johnny Weir was not given one of the three U.S. spots for the world championships. Instead, Jeremy Abbott, Evan Lysacek and Brandon Mroz will head to L.A.

01/23/2009 Lake Placid chosen to host 2009 Skate America
U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of Lake Placid, N.Y., as the host city for 2009 Skate America. The international figure skating event is one of six stops on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Competition will take place Nov. 12-15, 2009, at the 1980 Arena.

01/19/2009 Meissner withdraws from U.S. Champs
Kimmie Meissner, the 2006 World champion and 2007 U.S. champion, has withdrawn from the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, because of an injury.

01/07/2009 Kwan appointed to President's Council on physical fitness
President Bush plans to appoint 18 people, including Olympians Michelle Kwan and Allyson Felix, to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports through May 3, 2010.

01/07/2009 Liukin joins cast of Progressive presents Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular
Nastia Liukin one of the shows highlights.

01/02/2009 Rippon announces coaching change
Adam Rippon, 2008 World Junior champion and 2008 U.S. junior champion, announced today he has ended his nearly two-year professional relationship with coach Nikoli Morozov. Rippon began training with Morozov in February, 2007.

12/22/2008 2010, 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Qualifying sites released
U.S. Figure Skating has announced the sites of the 2010 and 2011 synchronized skating qualifying competitions, including Minneapolis, Minn., as the host of the 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and Ontario, Calif., as the host of the 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.

12/16/2008 Flatt named January's reading superstar
Reading Is Fundamenta, the nation's oldest and largest children's and families' literacy organization, announced that Rachael Flatt was their January 2009 Reading Superstar.

12/16/2008 Applications being accepted for Martin Fund
The Tommy Martin Fund is now accepting applicants for the 2009 scholarship year. The fund, created in memory of Tommy Martin, helps figure skaters defray the cost of college.

12/02/2008 Six U.S. skaters qualify for GP Final
Six U.S. skaters have earned coveted spots at the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final to be held Dec. 10-14 in Goyang City, Republic of Korea. Johnny Weir and Jeremy Abbott will represent the United States in the men's event, while the ice dancing teams of Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto will also make the trip to Goyang City.

11/24/2008 U.S. Juniors to start in Lake Placid on Dec. 10
The 2009 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships will take place Dec. 10-13 in Lake Placid, N.Y. More than 300 skaters are expected to compete for national titles at the intermediate and juvenile level.

11/14/2008 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships weekend ticket packages on sale now
Weekend ticket packages for the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash., will go on sale Friday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. PST.

Five figure skating storylines at the halfway point of the Grand Prix season …

1. Nathan Chen can win gold, but which men will join him on the U.S. Olympic team?

The 18-year-old wunderkind has the second-highest score of all men among the first three of six Grand Prix events, trailing only world silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan (scroll for full standings). Chen should qualify for December’s six-man Grand Prix Final with a top-three finish at Skate America on Thanksgiving weekend.

Perhaps a bit surprisingly, there’s a great chance for another U.S. man to join Chen at the Grand Prix Final. That’s because Jason Brown and Max Aaron finished second and third, respectively, in their first of two Grand Prix starts.

The Olympic team of three men will be announced after the U.S. Championships in January. A selection committee will choose the skaters based not only on nationals results, but also performances from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

Qualifying for the Grand Prix Final, the biggest annual competition outside of worlds, would be a huge resume booster. So big that a skater could finish outside the top three at nationals and be put on the Olympic team on the merit of that sort of international accomplishment.

Brown or Aaron could make his first Grand Prix Final with another podium finish this week (Brown in Japan) and next (Aaron in France).

Brown, who made the 2014 Olympic team at age 19 and finished ninth in Sochi, struggled with injuries the last two seasons and has not cleanly landed a fully rotated quadruple jump in competition. He makes up for it with artistic marks, which helped him take bronze at nationals (one month after a stress fracture in his right fibula) and seventh at worlds last season.

Aaron was not favored to make the Olympic team coming into this season. He was ninth at last year’s nationals — after being top four each of the previous four years. But Aaron had a personal-best free skate at Cup of China on Saturday, landing three quads, and is now firmly in the Olympic discussion.

U.S. silver medalist Vincent Zhou, who won the world junior title in March, fell three times between two programs at his Grand Prix debut last week. He was still fourth and just 3.03 points behind Aaron.

Then there is Adam Rippon, who joined Chen at last year’s Grand Prix Final. Rippon was then unable to defend his title at nationals (broken foot). Rippon skates at his first Grand Prix in Japan this week, followed by Skate America two weeks later. He could make another Grand Prix Final with two podiums.

2. U.S. women still bunched

None of the top four U.S. women — vying for three Olympic spots — from last season distinguished themselves from the pack in their Grand Prix debuts.

U.S. bronze medalist Mariah Bell had the highest score of the group, good enough for sixth place at Rostelecom Cup and 15th overall so far this season. Ashley Wagner‘s bronze-medal effort at Skate Canada was actually 4.62 points shy of Bell’s total.

U.S. champion Karen Chen was seventh at Skate Canada, while Mirai Nagasu was ninth at Rostelecom Cup.

Russia and Japan each have four women who rank higher than the best American so far this season, which shows where the power lies in women’s skating.

Could any other Americans step up? Courtney Hicks, whose best nationals finish was fourth in 2013, nearly beat Wagner at Skate Canada in her only Grand Prix assignment.

Then there is Polina Edmunds, the 2014 Olympian who is slated for her first Grand Prix in two years next week in France. She will look to massively improve on a 13th-place finish in a lower-level event a month ago.

The highest-scoring U.S. woman this season has zero Grand Prix experience. That’s Bradie Tennell, who was fourth at a small event in Italy in September. Her Grand Prix debut at Skate America could shake things up.

3. For three U.S. couples, the dance resumes

There is little doubt who will fill the three U.S. Olympic spots in ice dance.

Maia Shibutani and Alex ShibutaniMadison Chock and Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue have been the top three couples at nationals, in some order, each of the last five years (excluding Sochi gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who are not active).

Only once in that span have Hubbell and Donohue beaten the Shibtuanis or Chock and Bates in any competition. Which makes their scores in three separate Grand Prix events this fall so interesting.

Hubbell and Donohue have the highest U.S. score (by .19 over the Shibutanis) after each couple’s opening Grand Prix.

For the remainder of the Grand Prix series, the three U.S. couples are again separated. Hubbell and Donohue go in Japan this week, followed by Chock and Bates in France next week and then the Shibutanis at Skate America.

They’re all in line to qualify for the Grand Prix Final, which would make a great nationals preview.

Meanwhile, the favorites for Olympic gold and silver remain French Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron and Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who traded world records the last two weeks in separate competitions.

4. Top U.S. pairs team set for Grand Prix return

Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Christopher Knierim remain the favorites for the one U.S. Olympic pairs spot heading into their first Grand Prix since 2015 this week.

Though the Knierims missed most of last season due to her life-threatening abdominal condition, they came back to place 10th at worlds.

The U.S. champions in their absence, Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, were 20th at worlds and opened their Grand Prix season with their worst result (seventh at Skate Canada) in seven career starts.

5. Canada loses its grip on team event

Pressure is on Patrick Chan to find his form, or Canada may be beaten by Russia again in the Olympic team event.

Chan, the world champion in 2011, 2012 and 2013 who took a year off after silver in Sochi, bombed in the Skate Canada free skate and then pulled out of this week’s Grand Prix in Japan.

Canada is strong in the other disciplines — world champions in ice dance, world silver and bronze medalists in the women’s event and the 2015 and 2016 World champions in pairs. But Chan has been its only reliable man in recent seasons.

This season, Chan ranks 20th in the world. Canada needs him.

Russia, meanwhile, may have finally found its successor to Yevgeny PlushenkoMikhail Kolyada was fourth at 2016 Worlds and then won Cup of China on Saturday.

Kolyada outscoring Chen in both programs of an Olympic team event could completely swing the standings in Russia’s favor.

Russia has the world’s best female skater in Yevgenia Medvedeva (plus the world junior champion), the world bronze medalists in pairs and a respectable ice dance couple in Yekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Soloviyev that should place no worse than fourth in the team event.

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Grand Prix Season Top Scores
1. Shoma Uno (JPN) — 301.10 (Skate Canada)
2. Nathan Chen (USA) — 293.79 (Rostelecom Cup)
3. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) — 290.77 (Rostelecom Cup)
4. Mikhail Kolyada (RUS) — 279.38 (Cup of China)
5. Mikhail Kolyada (RUS) — 271.06 (Rostelecom Cup)
6. Jin Boyang (CHN) — 264.48 (Cup of China)
7. Jason Brown (USA) — 261.14 (Skate Canada)
8. Max Aaron (USA) — 259.69 (Cup of China)
9. Vincent Zhou (USA) — 256.66 (Cup of China)
10. Misha Ge (UZB) — 255.33 (Rostelecom Cup)

1. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 231.21 (Rostelecom Cup)
2. Carolina Kostner (ITA) — 215.98 (Rostelecom Cup)
3. Alina Zagitova (RUS) — 213.88 (Cup of China)
4. Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN) — 212.91 (Skate Canada)
5. Wakaba Higuchi (JPN) — 212.52 (Cup of China)
6. Wakaba Higuchi (JPN) — 207.17 (Rostelecom Cup)
7. Yelena Radionova (RUS) — 206.82 (Cup of China)
8. Mai Mihara (JPN) — 206.07 (Cup of China)
9. Marin Honda (JPN) — 198.32 (Cup of China)
10. Gabrielle Daleman (CAN) — 196.83 (Cup of China)
15. Mariah Bell (USA) — 188.56 (Rostelecom Cup)
18. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 183.94 (Skate Canada)
19. Courtney Hicks (USA) — 182.57 (Skate Canada)
20. Mirai Nagasu (USA) — 178.25 (Rostelecom Cup)
24. Karen Chen (USA) — 170.40 (Skate Canada)

Ice Dance
1. Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) — 200.43 (Cup of China)
2. Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (CAN) — 199.86 (Skate Canada)
3. Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN) — 190.01 (Skate Canada)
4. Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) — 189.43 (Skate Canada)
5. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) — 189.24 (Rostelecom Cup)
6. Yekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviyev (RUS) — 184.74 (Rostelecom Cup)
7. Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) — 184.50 (Cup of China)

1. Sui Wenjing/Han Cong (CHN) — 231.07 (Cup of China)
2. Yevgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov (RUS) — 224.25 (Rostelecom Cup)
3. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (CAN) — 222.22 (Skate Canada)
4. Aliona Savchenko/Bruno Massot (GER) — 215.66 (Skate Canada)
5. Vanessa James/Morgan Cipres (FRA) — 214.37 (Skate Canada)
18. Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier (USA) — 172.95 (Skate Canada)