Strongsville, Ohio, to host 2010 U.S. Junior Champs
|2009 intermediate men's champ Emmanuel Savary at last year's event in Lake Placid, N.Y. (Becca Staed)|
(03/10/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Figure Skating has announced the selection of Strongsville, Ohio, as the site of the 2010 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships. The event, which will be hosted by the Greater Cleveland Council of Figure Skating Clubs, will take place Dec. 14-19, 2009, at the Hoover Arena operated by IceLand USA. The annual event crowns the U.S. champion in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing in the first two levels of the U.S. Figure Skating competitive structure: juvenile and intermediate. The remaining three levels -- novice, junior and senior -- will compete Jan. 14-24, 2009, at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash. Skaters qualify for the U.S. Junior Championships by finishing in the top four at one of nine regional championships held throughout the country in the fall. (Intermediate and juvenile pairs and ice dancing are held only at sectional championships). Past champions of the event include two-time world bronze medalist and two-time U.S. champion Evan Lysacek, and 2009 U.S. ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The U.S. Junior Championships were held in Strongsville once before, in 2007. The 2009 U.S. Championships took place in neighboring Cleveland, Ohio, which also hosted the event in 2000, 1964 and 1940.