Worlds Was in Los Angeles, USA:
No Media Accreditation for About.com at the World Figure Skating Championships:
Monday, March 23, 2009 - Practice Ice:
On Monday, March 23, the Schneider-Farris family spent the day at Staples Center seeing the best men, ladies, ice dancers, and pair skaters in the world practice.
Tuesday, 3/24/09 - Compulsory Dance, Opening Ceremonies, and Pairs Short Program:
Later that evening, the entire family enjoyed the Opening Ceremonies and the pairs short program event. The German pair skaters, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, dazzled the audience and won the pairs short program.
Famous People Wandering Around Worlds 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles:
- Morry Stillwell - Former U.S. Figure Skating President
- Brian Boitano - 1988 Olympic Champion
- Kathy Casey - World and Olympic Figure Skating Coach
- Michelle Kwan - Figure Skating Legend
- Kristi Yamaguchi - 1992 Olympic Champion
- Randy Gardner - World Pair Skating Champion and Figure Skating Legend
- Caroline Zhang - Junior World Figure Skating Champion
- Frank Carroll - Coach of Figure Skating Champions
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - Watching the Pairs Freeskate in a Private Suite:
Thursday, March 26, 2009 - Original Dance and Men's Freeskate:
In the evening, Jo Ann sat with friends, including 1986 World Figure Skating Champion, Debi Thomas. She cheered with the crowd as she saw Evan Lysacek of the U.S. skate to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," and land eight triple jumps. Lysacek won the world figure skating title.
More Famous Ice Skaters at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships:
Friday, March 27, 2009 - Ladies Short Program and Free Dance:
In the evening, the family gathered together once again to see the excitement of the free dance, the final phase of the ice dance event. The Russian ice dancers, Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, won the event. Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto of the US, finished close behind in second, and Canadian ice dancers, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir ended up in third. U.S. skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White finished in fourth, but were only four-hundredths of a point behind Virtue and Moir.
Saturday, March 28, 2009 - The Ladies Freeskate, The Premier Event:
The favorite to win was Korea's Kim Yu-Na, who was already in first place after the short program. Kim scored 207.71 points. Canada's Joannie Rochette placed 2nd overall, and Japan's Miki Ando came in 3rd. 2008 world figure skating champion, Mao Asada, landed a triple Axel and finished in 4th place. Everyone in the U.S. was delighted with Rachael Flatt's 5th place finish.
After the competition, Korean skating fans were lined up for hours to get a glimpse of World Champion Kim Yu-Na exit the arena.
Exhibition of Champions - Sunday, March 29, 2009:
After a week of seeing skating, skating, and more skating, you'd think the Schneider-Farris family would have had enough, but Jo Ann and her family and friends returned to Staples Center for more. The arena was again packed to capacity.
The audience got to see the best skaters from the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships perform. Some of cast included:
- Alissa Czisny - 2009 US Ladies Figure Skating Champion
- Brandon Mroz - 2009 US Men's Silver Medalist
- Rachael Flatt - 2009 US Ladies Silver Medalist, 5th Place 2009 World Figure Skating Championships
- Meryl Davis and Charlie White - 2009 US Ice Dance Champions, 4th Place 2009 World Figure Skating Championships
- Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett - 2009 US Pair Skating Silver Medalists
- Brian Joubert - 2007 World Champion, 2009 World Bronze Medalist
- Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto - 2009 World Ice Dance Silver Medalists
- Evan Lysacek - 2009 World Figure Skating Men's Champion
- Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - 2009 World Ice Dance Bronze Medalists
- Kim Yu-Na - 2009 World Figure Skating Ladies Champion
- Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin - 2009 Russian and World Ice Dance Champions
After Competition Thoughts and Reflections:
After the exhibition ended, the Schneider-Farris family took some time to buy souvenirs. Then, they went out to dinner in Los Angeles with some skating friends, including Kathie Fry, who linked up with Jo Ann at Worlds. (Kathie Fry was About.com's Guide to Inline Skating for over five years.)
It had been an exciting week. New champions were crowned in three of the four events. People who loved figure skating came together from all over the world. Ice skating fans began to look forward to the 2010 Winter Olympics.