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Chen given Best of January honors by USOC

A record-breaking performance at the

2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Champi- onships in Kansas City earned Nathan Chen Best of January honors for the United States Olympic Committee’s Team USA Awards pre- sented by Dow. As a monthly finalist, Chen, along with

January’s other honorees — tennis player Ser- ena Williams and the U.S. men’s national junior ice hockey team — is among a growing list of more than 40 athletes and teams that are eli- gible for Best of the Year honors in 2017. “Thanks everyone for voting for me this

month,” Chen (@nathanwchen) tweeted after the announcement. “Honored to be amongst these athletes!”

Chen landed a record seven quadruple

jumps — five in his free skate — to win the men’s event and set a new scoring record with 318.47 points. Each national governing body (NGB)

may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories and three from the team category to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB repre- sentatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan vot- ing via The five monthly men’s and women’s fi-

nalists and three team finalists automatically qualify for consideration for the 2017 Team USA Awards presented by Dow Best of the Year. Visit for a complete list of monthly finalists from the 2016–17 qualifica- tion period, which runs from October 2016– September 2017. The 2017 Best of the Year Awards will be held in December.

Farris announces return to competitive skating

Joshua Farris, the 2015 U.S. bronze med-

alist, announced in February his return to competitive skating. Farris, who won silver at the 2015 ISU Four Continents Championships, retired in July 2016 after a long battle with concussion recovery. “I wasn’t thinking about coming back to

competing, but I was just thinking about get- ting back to skating and doing shows and that kind of stuff. I thought about it a lot … proba- bly a little bit too much,” Farris said. Farris, who spent his time coaching while

away from competing, will resume train- ing with his former coaches in his previous stomping grounds at the Broadmoor World

6 MARCH 2017

tition for competitors and officials. Signs in stores and restaurants welcomed skaters, the Joslyn Art Museum had a special exhibition of 19th-century skating prints and newspapers, radio and television gave complete coverage. By Saturday night, 20,000 Omahans had wit- nessed the best figure skating in the country and were not disappointed by what they saw. Every class had both its stars and strength be- low the top.” 1942 United States Championships “DUE TO ADVERTISING and circulation

Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “I’m going to continue to work with

Christy Krall and Damon Allen,” Farris said. “They’ve helped me through a lot and I think they can continue to help me. Since I have be- come a coach, I have learned the frustrating things and stubborn things that I did as a skat- er. I think they can push me even further than what I was able to do before my concussion.” Farris is a two-time U.S. pewter medalist

(2013–14), the 2013 World Junior champion, and has won U.S. titles at the juvenile (2006), intermediate (2008) and novice (2009) levels.

commitments, it was impossible to delay the printing and mailing of this issue for the full story on the 1942 United States Champion- ships. The following results were telegraphed from Chicago and rushed into type at the last moment. The complete story, with marks and pictures, will appear in the April Issue, which will be mailed to you about April 8. Ladies’ Se- nior—won by Mrs. Jane Vaughn Sullivan, Phil- adelphia S. C. & H. S.; second, Gretchen Merrill, The S. C. of Boston; third, Phebe Tucker, The S. C. of New York; fourth, Ramona Allen, Oakland F. S. C.” To read these articles and more in their

entirety, visit the SKATING Magazine Ar- chive under the Members Only section of

Gold announces coaching change Gracie Gold announced in February that

This issue in SKATING history In May 2013, U.S. Figure Skating launched

the SKATING Magazine Archive, a fully search- able digital database that allows members and subscribers to access every story and photo published in the magazine since the inaugural December 1923 edition. Here’s a look at what was happening in

the March issue from 25, 50 and 75 years ago: 1992 U.S. Championships: New Champions

Crowned in Orlando’s Magic Kingdom “This was a championship of records. It

was the first time ever that four new champi- ons were named at a U.S. Championships in an Olympic year. Last year’s champions did not fare better than third place in any of the skating disciplines this year. Evidence of the direction the sport is taking was seen espe- cially in the singles events, where more triple jumps were performed than ever before, and the ratio of injuries to triples also became ap- parent.”

1967 United States Championships: Oma-

ha, Nebraska, January 18-21 “Superb Mid- western Hospitality” “Strong skating, perfect organization

and Omaha’s enthusiasm marked one of the most successful United States Championships in years. Two years of planning by the FSC of Omaha made the four-day competition, held in the modern, blue-and-turquoise Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum, an outstanding event in Nebraska’s centennial celebration. Omahans went out of their way to ease the arduous days of compe-

she will train in Canton, Michigan, under the direction of Marina Zoueva and Oleg Epstein. Gold parted ways with her previous coach, Frank Carroll, after the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. “I’ve known Oleg for a long time, and Ma-

rina Zoueva choreographed my 2014 Olympic free skate,” Gold said during a Facebook Live session on the NBC Olympics Facebook page. “I’m real excited to be training there with Maia and Alex Shibutani, who are great friends of mine, and Patrick Chan. I think it’s going to be super amazing.” Gold began working with Carroll in 2013;

she won two U.S. titles (2014, ‘16) while train- ing with him. Prior to working with Carroll, Gold trained in the Chicago area under the direction of Alex Ouriashev.

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