The 2011 US Figure Skating Championship

The Greensboro Coliseum is the home to this year’s figure skating national championship competitions. And it’s a short 40 minute drive from our house, so we couldn’t miss it! They will do it over the course of about 20 sessions between Jan 25-30. And since Princess Gail has the hots for Evan Lysacek, we decided to buy tickets for the men’s short program. We were later disappointed to learn that he would not be competing this year. He’ll do a celebrity skate at the Sunday night Skating Spectacular. Missed him by “that much!” But we did have a ball! It is always fun to watch sporting events at this level. There’s excitement in the air. There are TV cameras and commentators. You might spot the occasional celebrity. And more than anything, you get to see athletes doing stuff I can only dream about doing.

We were seated right across from the NBC commentator platform. It was fun to see Scott Hamilton again.  Who doesn’t love Scott Hamilton!?  Here he is yucking it up with fellow sportscaster Sandra Bezic, while old Tom Hammond sits it out. Scott is from Bowling Green, Ohio, which is basically a suburb of Toledo, where I lived most of my life. So we take ownership of Scott. LOL

During “halftime,” just before the ice got zambonied, they did a tribute to the 1961 US skating team who were all tragically killed in a plane accident on their way to the World Championship that year. I don’t know if I ever knew that. If I did, the memory is poof! Gone! But I will never forget Peggy Fleming!! She gave the little tribute. I was 13 years old when she won her Olympic gold medal in 1968. By virtue of raging teenage hormones, her beauty and grace is forever etched in my hippocampus! Over the years, she has proven herself to be a true lady. Today at 62, she is no less beautiful in my mind. It was a special treat to see her!

We saw about 20 skaters do their short program. It was really fun! Though they were all amazing, the top two stood head and shoulders above the crowd. They were Ryan Bradley and Jeremy Abbott. It will be fun to see if either of them win the whole thing on Sunday. Here is a pic of Ryan, doing a very entertaining and enthusiastic routine to the tune “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.” He was all smiles throughout his fun skate, and he got a well-deserved standing ovation.All in all, it was a great date with Princess Gail and a great night of skating! 🙂

10 thoughts on “The 2011 US Figure Skating Championship”

  1. I love figure skating. I just love ice skating period. I always watched it on television when we had television, but I got to go once and watch it live in Portland, Oregon many years ago. It's much more fun watching it live. I'm glad you and Princess Gail had a terrific time.

    Have a great weekend. Big hug to you both. 🙂

    1. I think most people like figure skating, don't you? There's just something about it. It's definitely athletic, and competitive. But it's also art. It's theatrical. There's the beauty of the human body, moving gracefully. There's is a shared feeling of pride of these young people of our country, of the world. There is a sexiness, too. It's just plain fun! 🙂

    1. These kids have been working hard for years and years to get here, and then it all boils down to a few minutes in front of a world stage. It really is difficult!

  2. Wow I bet that was FUN! I would love to see Scott Hamilton… and all the amazing skaters LIVE… my daughter would get a kick out of that. It's like you got to go to the Olympics!

    1. You and your daughter both would have gotten a kick out of it! I wish we could have gone to more of the sessions. But it will be fun to see these skaters as they develop, and we'll get to see the best of them on TV at the next Olympics! That will be fun to know we have seen them live!

  3. Love figure skating. My favorite for sure of winter Olympics. So jealous. I don’t know how you have time to do any of these amazing things when you work 13-15 hours of each day. I’m going to go take a nap for you!!

    1. LOL. Kate, I have a dream job. I am an Internal Medicine hospitalist at a long term acute care hospital. I work long and stressful hours. Saving lives and death are both parts of my every work day. But you can’t do this kind of work EVERY day. My contract is for one week on and one week off, 50-50 time. In actuality, I work about 18 days a month. That gives me plenty of time to recover, and then to enjoy life! My kids are grown, so we have plenty of time to explore our new state. 🙂

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