Philadelphia to host 2009 U.S. Collegiate Champs
U.S. Figure Skating announces site for event to be held in summer
|New U.S. champion Alissa Czisny started her season with a win at the 2008 Collegiate Champs. (Mitchell Shipwash)|
The competition is held every August and is the only figure skating event in the country open solely to high-level, full-time college students. Events are held in four categories: junior ladies, junior men, senior ladies and senior men. To qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Championships, a skater must be a current U.S. Figure Skating member and high school graduate who is enrolled full-time in a college or university degree program, entering as a first-year student in September or graduating in May 2009.
More than 60 skaters competed in last year's event, which took place at the Apex Ice Center in Arvada, Colo. In the senior ladies division, gold went to Alissa Czisny of Bowling Green State University, while Jason Wong of Emmanuel College captured the senior men's title. Lindsay Roman, who represented the University of Iowa, won gold in junior ladies.
Former champions of the U.S. Collegiate Championships include 1994 Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan, 2007 U.S. men's silver medalist Ryan Bradley and Czisny, who just won the 2009 U.S. ladies title.
About U.S. Figure Skating
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States, as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 1,425 member clubs and Basic Skills programs representing approximately 184,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States, including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.