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2012 Readers’ Choice Skater(s) of the Year Award (Michelle Kwan Trophy)

6 Jun

Every year SKATING magazine awards its Readers’ Choice Award chosen by fans and readers of SKATING magazine. It’s that time of year again and the voting has opened for the award, which is now named in honor of seven-time winner Michelle Kwan. Click below to vote and help name the 2012 Readers’ Choice Skater(s) of the year! Voting closes on July 15th and the winner will be announced in the August/September issue of SKATING, on the U.S. Figure Skating website and on icenetwork.com.


Eligible skaters include:

  • The top five senior skaters in each discipline at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships
  • Medalists at the 2012 World Championships, medalists at the 2012 World Junior Championships
  • The top five senior teams at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships
  • Medalists at the 2012 Synchronized Skating Junior World Challenge Cup
  • Medalists at the 2012 World Synchronized Skating Championships

Past Winners
2011 – Meryl Davis/Charlie White
2010 – Johnny Weir
2009 – Evan Lysacek
2008 – Johnny Weir
2007 – Miami University
2006 – Kimmie Meissner
2005 – Tanith Belbin/Ben Agosto
2004 – Sasha Cohen, Haydenettes (tie)
2003 – Michelle Kwan
2002 – Michelle Kwan
2001 – Michelle Kwan
2000 – Michael Weiss
1999 – Michelle Kwan
1998 – Michelle Kwan
1997 – Tara Lipinski
1996 – Michelle Kwan
1995 – Todd Eldredge
1994 – Michelle Kwan
1993 – Scott Davis
1992 – Paul Wylie
1991 – Tonya Harding
1990 – Jill Trenary
1989 – Kristi Yamaguchi

Most Popular of All-Time – 100k Edition

22 May

Unveiled in the days before Skate America last year, the purpose of the SKATING magazine blog was to provide the types of coverage and stories SKATING magazine has provided for 89 years. The SKATING magazine blog has now surpassed 100,000 hits, and we’d like to thank everyone who continues to read and share what they see here at skatingmagazineblog.com!

The Top Five Posts from SKATING magazine Blog (Based on views)

1. Official 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships Program

In the lead-up to the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the official event program was posted online and free to all fans in a digital format for the first time. The program includes stories, editorials and bios on all of the competitors at the 2012 U.S. Championships.

2. Michelle Kwan – Hall of Fame Class of 2012

The most decorated figure skater in American history, she’s also the most photogenic too. Michelle Kwan has been featured on more SKATING covers than anyone else. Take a trip back through time with her first seven SKATING covers. Kwan was also featured on an eighth cover when she was elected to the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

3. Canton Fun and Games in Quebec City

Thanks to a tweet from @AlexShibutani, this playful piece by Lynn Rutherford at the 2011 Grand Prix Final received a lot of attention. Relive the story behind the “Canton-ooga Choo Choo” with this blog entry.

4. The ISU Recognizes Brandon Mroz Quad Lutz

On Sept. 16, 2011, Brandon Mroz laded the first quad Lutz in competition in Colorado Springs, Colo. After more than a month, the ISU officially recognized and confirmed the feat. Click above to read the story and re-watch the history.

5. Four Minutes

How can your life change in just four minutes? The amazing first-person story, written by Gwen Abbott Asmussen, sister of U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, about her brother’s 2012 U.S. Championships free skate and everything that occurred on and off the ice.

January Issue – SKATING magazine

2 Feb

Click the cover below to read the digital version of the January SKATING magazine

2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day 7

28 Jan

Saturday, January 28th – HP Pavilion – San Jose, Calif.

Useful Links

Twitter  #SJ2012  |   Official Event Program

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork.com Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

Purchase Official Event Photos (As they become available)

How to Follow the 2012 U.S. Championships

11:04 a.m – The Boys Who Score

The Boys Who Score will again be in attendance today at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. If you’re not familiar, Billy, Dave and Enrico are big figure skating fans who take the IJS judging system into their own hands. They attend many events, calculate their own scores and post these score from their seats as the actual scores are announced.

Last night I ran into the guys at the Michelle Kwan Reception and they had, at the time, given the reception a solid 5.7 score, wisely using the old 6.0 system for Kwan. So if you’re in the arena, keep an eye out for The Boys Who Score, who have taken suggestions and are attempting to make their scores more visible to everyone in the arena than in the past.

To learn more about their story, visit their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

9:13 a.m. – Michelle Kwan

Last night, Michelle Kwan, the most decorated U.S. Figure Skating athlete, was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

In a beautiful room, with Michelle’s signature lit up on the walls, the scene was set for an amazing night for one of the most well-respected and accomplished people not just in the sport of figure skating, but in the world of sport as a whole. The evening was started with U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Chair of Electors, Dr. Lawrence Mondschein, speaking and saying his words about Kwan. He then introduced U.S. Figure Skating President Patricia St. Peter, who said Michelle is “the epitome of a champion on and off the ice.” St. Peter then went into a personal story about the 2005 U.S. Championships as a judge and why she pressed the 6.0 button after Kwan’s short program. St. Peter said, unlike anyone else, Michelle looked at you when she skated. Of the 6.0, St. Peter said, you only award if you don’t have to think about it, you just know. On that night, she knew.

After President St. Peter spoke, a list of Kwan’s career achievements were read aloud, drawing laughs from the crowd because it began to grow comical how many awards she had won over her dazzling career. A tribute video was then shown, depicting Michelle in every aspect of her public life. Clips of Michelle on the ice as well as in pop culture and media were shown with great applause and many times laughter when a clip of a funny commercial or segment of a TV show was shown.

After the video, Brian Boitano spoke about his and Michelle’s personal relationship. He spoke about her like she was a sister to him and that he thought to give her guidance many times, but that she didn’t need it, that Michelle was a natural. Boitano’s words were heart-felt and he recalled a story where the two were sitting alone together when Michelle told him that she wanted to be the President of the United States, which drew laughs and Michelle to point and jokingly scold him. Boitano continued his speech and then ended with, Vote Kwan for President.

After a video submitted by Condoleezza Rice, congratulating Michelle on her induction, Kwan was officially inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Kwan then took to the microphone and began by thanking the many people that have helped her throughout her career. She started with her family, then spent time to recognize many others individually. The largest cheers occurred when she thanked her many fans who have been with her throughout the years. Michelle said she always skated with her heart and that she is excited about starting a new life and that she would do everything in her new life the same way she skated, with her heart. After her speech, Michelle spent time greeting fans and taking pictures. There were 24 members of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame on hand who all took a picture with her on the stage.

Overall, the night was befitting of the champion Michelle Kwan was and will continue to be. There has been no one else like her in the sport. Thanks to the help of Mondschein, St. Peter, Boitano, everyone who attended and everyone who put on the event, the night was befitting of the honoree.

Friday’s Storylines

Awesome Abbott – Jeremy Abbott sets a new short program record to lead the men

Senior Men Press Conference Quotes

In Prime Position – Despite high marks from Maia and Alex Shibutani, Meryl Davis and Charlie White lead in dance after setting  a new short dance world record

Senior Dance Press Conference Quotes

Today’s Schedule (Pacific Time, three hours behind Eastern)

12:00 p. m.                Championship Dance Free Dance (Session 17)

                                CHAMPIONSHIP DANCE AWARDS

4:00 p.m.                  Championship Ladies Free Skate (Session 18)


8:30 p.m.                  Championship Pairs Free Skate- Early Groups 1 & 2 (Session 18)

10:00 p.m.                Memorial Fund Reception – Club Regent at The Fairmont – click here for more information

TV Schedule

Universal Sports

U.S. Figure Skating National Championships from San Jose, California – re-air NBC shows
Saturday, January 28th

Ladies Short and Free Dance  – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, January 28th
Ladies Free  – 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Monday, January 30th
Men’s and Pair Free  – 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

December Issue – SKATING magazine and Other Links

6 Jan

Each month we will post the past month’s edition of SKATING. Click on the cover to view the entire magazine.

Other links of note:

The 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships are almost here! For more information or for tickets: http://www.skatesanjose2012.com/

Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in American history, is the lone member of the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class. For tickets to the Hall of Fame Induction Reception in San Jose, Calif. click here: http://bit.ly/zulFL9

*Note Kwan will be recognized on-ice at on January 28th during the Championship Ladies Free Skate.

The ISU Four Continents Championships are coming to Colorado Springs and tickets start at just $9. For more information: http://www.2012fourcontinents.com/

SKATING Magazine Cover – January

4 Jan

Every month we will unveil the new cover for the upcoming issue of SKATING magazine. Here is the cover for the January issue:

This is the eighth solo cover for Michelle Kwan, the most of anyone in history. To see the other seven covers, click here.

Michelle Kwan – Day in Review

16 Dec

Yesterday, Michelle Kwan was named as the lone member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2012. In case you missed anything that happened yesterday, this blog post will serve as a destination to get you all caught up.

Useful Links

Official Press ReleaseKwan’s icenetwork Bio

Photo SlideshowSKATING magazine covers through the years

USA Today Story

Induction, Reception and On-Ice Recognition

Michelle Kwan will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during an event on Friday, January 27th. The event will run from 10 p.m. to midnight and will include the induction and a reception. Tickets to the event may be purchased by clicking here.

Kwan will be honored in an on-ice recognition as the newest member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 28th during the senior Ladies free skate competition.

Kwan Fan Contest

Michelle Kwan has won SKATING magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award a record seven times. In honor of her amazing fans, it’s time for you to get your say! Send an email to socialmedia@usfigureskating.org with your favorite Kwan memory, a picture of you and Michelle or what she has meant to you. We’ll pick the top five to be put up for a vote to win a signed 5×7 of Michelle. The submissions will be all complied into a Kwan tribute as well on the SKATING magazine blog. Submissions will be accepted through the end of the day on Monday.



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