The 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships
took place from January 22, 2012 through January 29, 2012 in San Jose, California. There was much excitement, tears, new champions, and comebacks. This article lists some of the event's highlights.
Comment From Figure Skating Legend Scott Hamilton Before the Championships:
"Getting ready for US Nationals next week. I have a feeling that this Nationals is going to be one of the MOST exciting in a long time. So many great athletes, stories and so much history to be made."
Everything Scott Hamilton predicted came true. The 2012 Figure Skating Championships truly was one of the most exciting events ever.
The highlight of the entire competition may have been Jeremy Abbott winning
the championship men's title for the third time. Fans also enjoyed seeing Caydee Denney and John Coughlin
skate a program that some fans have said was one of the most beautiful pair skating performances in history.
Some Junior and Novice Highlights:
Nathan Chen won his third consecutive national title when he became the 2012 U.S. Junior Men's Champion of the United States. In 2010 and 2011, Chen won the U.S. Novice's men's title. He amazed the crowd as he landed triple jump after triple jump with ease.
Chelsea Liu and Devin Perini became the 2012 U.S. Novice Pair Skating Champions. Their age and height difference made it possible for them to do spectacular combination lifts. Liu also charmed the audience with her beautiful smile.
The novice dance event was won by Holly Moore and Daniel Klaber. Their spectacular free dance performance pulled them into the top spot.
Local skaters, Vincent Zhou and Karen Chen, both from the San Francisco Bay area, won the novice men's and novice ladies titles.
A New U.S. Ladies Champion:
The senior ladies event began with Agnes Zawadzki winning the short program. Alissa Czisny
, the 2011 and 2009 U.S. ladies champion, was in second. Ashley Wagner
became the 2012 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating Champion when she pulled from third place after the short program into first place.
Michelle Kwan Honored:
Ice skating legend, Michelle Kwan
was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in a special on-ice ceremony. Sadly, the ceremony was not aired on icenetwork
or on network television, but the live audience that attended in San Jose did get to enjoy a meaningful presentation.
Ice Dancing Highlights:
It was expected that 2011 World Figure Skating Champions and 2010 Olympic Silver Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White
would win another U.S. ice dancing title, and as expected, they did win. The silver went to 2011 World Ice Dancing Bronze Medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani
. They were also expected to be right at the top. Everyone wondered who would win the bronze and pewter medals. Those spots went to Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue and Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmit. The top three teams qualified for the 2012 United States World Figure Skating Team.
Dalilah Sappenfield's Pairs Reigned In Juniors:
Three pair skating teams, Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, Britney Simpson and Mattjew Blackmer, and Kyle Duarte and Colin Grafton, all who train under Dalilah Sappenfield
and Laureano Ibarra at the Colorado Springs World Arena
in Colorado Springs, Colorado, won the gold, silver, and bronze medals in the junior pairs event.
Temporary Junior Pair Skating Score Error:
During the junior pairs short program event, it was first thought that Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer had won the short program
, but that was incorrect. The wrong score had been entered in the computer by accident for one of their moves. Once the error was corrected, it was announced that Haven Denney and Branson Frazier were the short program winners. Simpson and Blackmer were in third after the short program.