Why Is the US National Figure Skating Championships Such a Prestigious Competition?
“Making Nationals” may be the goal of every serious figure skater because the US Figure Skating Championships is considered the most prestigious and exciting competition of the US competitive figure skating season.
“Nationals” is also the competition that helps determine which skaters representing the USA will compete in the World Figure Skating Championships and the World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Participants competing at the Four Continents Championships and the Winter Olympics are also decided at “Nationals.”
Those who compete at “Nationals” compete in Championship (Senior), Junior, Novice, Intermediate, and Juvenile levels in ladies singles, men’s singles, pairs, and ice dancing.
Attending or participating at “Nationals’ is an experience that might not be able to be described in words. The excitement is overwhelming since not only are all the very best figure skaters in the USA in one place, but history is made. For those in the ice skating community, the week of the US Championships is like one big family reunion. Figure skating celebrities from the past are in the stands cheering today’s up and coming figure skaters and Olympic hopefuls. Ice skating officials, coaches, parents, competitors, and figure skating fans spend a week together that takes those who attend into almost another dimension.
If you can’t attend “Nationals” physically, icenetwork.com streams all the events and fans can stay up to date on all that is happening at US Figure Skating’s Competition Central webpage. The best part of the 2017 US Championship events, the final round showing the top competitors, will be broadcast live on NBC on Saturday, January 21 and on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
I’m excited about watching the 2017 “Nationals!” Are you?