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2013 U.S. ADULT FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS


CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD LADIES By Barb Reichert Katrina Bohn (Bay Country FSC) was born


to jump. As a young girl, she trained in Colorado with top athletes and coaches. A family move to Tennessee derailed her training, but it couldn’t take away her passion. Now as an adult, she’s right back at it. In one of the closest competitions of the


2013 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, Bohn’s consistency put her on top. Just 1.38 points separated the medalists, led by Bohn’s 36.31 points. Silver medalist Elizabeth Finn (Sycamore ISC) earned 35.72 points, followed by Jennifer Schmidt (DuPage FSC) with 35.33 points. Even pewter medalist Rochelle Revor (In- diana World Skating Academy FSC), who posted the highest program component score, was with- in striking distance with 34.93 points.


Bohn had the whole package, right down to the costume she made by hand. Te elegant blue dress featured a beaded necklace and white sleeves. Skating to “Once Upon a December” from


Anastasia, Bohn earned strong scores in execu- tion, choreography and interpretation. “I had the skate of my life out there,” Bohn


said. “When I finished the program, I thought ‘Tis is a dream.’ I really just skated the way I always envisioned myself skating. It’s very excit- ing.”


To add to her delight, husband Cody Bohn was able to slip away from his duties with the Air Force to watch his wife skate. “Tis is the first time he’s actually been able to make it to one of my competitions,” Bohn said. “Tis is really special.” Finn, who was the 2012 silver medalist,


skated a strong program to Elizabeth Taylor in London.


“I was in contention, but I made enough mistakes that kept me from being on top,” Finn said. “It was the same last year, where I made a few mistakes and lost by less than a point. But you know, it’s my second second, and I’m happy for it.”


Schmidt, who skated to Swan Lake, said the biggest surprise was simply qualifying for the event.


“I’m just happy that I was able to go out


there and skate and land my jumps,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting to come, so I’m really happy to have come here and skated well.” Revor celebrated her pewter medal with


gusto. “It’s the second-best score that I’ve ever


had,” she said. “I’m really thrilled I got one of the two Axels. I’ll take it!


“Championship gold is always a really good


(l-r) Elizabeth Finn, Katrina Bohn, Rochelle Revor, Jennifer Schmidt


Katrina Bohn


group. We have so many competitors across all three sections that to even qualify for nationals is such a huge honor.”


CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD MEN By Barb Reichert


To Tam Bui (Individual Member), skating is life. Tat may sound clichéd, but in Bui’s case, it’s not hyperbole. Bui, an independent and self-trained skat-


er, defeated a strong field of 12 to earn the title. His speed, energy and jumping ability quickly set him apart, earning the gold with 36.88 points. Ken Ho (Pittsburgh FSC), whose impres-


sive hydroblade added to a strong and entertain- ing program, earned the silver with 33.75 points. Te bronze went to Brian Kim (Escondido FSC) with a score of 33.04. Diego Heminway (All Year FSC) garnered the pewter with a score of 32.30.


(l-r) Ken Ho, Tam Bui, Diego Heminway, Brian Kim Bui, a photographer and artist who de-


signs his own costumes, said he taught himself how to skate using YouTube videos and training during $4 public skate sessions. He opened his Pirates of the Caribbean program with an Axel-toe loop-double Salchow combination, sending the crowd into wild applause. His spins were tight and crisp, whipping his long bangs across his face.


“I felt good,” Bui said, “but I really felt like I had to fight for everything.” Fighting has become part of Bui’s makeup.


He has fought a lifetime of being bullied and the demons that come with that. “People constantly picked on me for being


Tam Bui


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