The Next Generation of Figure Skaters
What do Peggy Fleming, Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi all have in common? In addition to their Olympic gold medals, they all hail from the Bay Area. While not the natural climate one would consider a place for breeding world class figure skaters, there are some incredible skaters and coaches here – and it’s only getting better. This week, we have a real treat: the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, aka “nationals” are taking place in San Jose at the HP Pavilion. As a former competitive skater, I look forward each year to this event, whether in person or on TV. It’s our chance to see the best new skaters in the country. Among the competitors this year are fifteen young skaters who train in the Bay Area. Two local tweens have already claimed gold medals in their events.
Sarah Granger is a former competitive figure skater, adult recreational skater and skating mom. Find her skating tweets at @segsk8.