International ice skating competition gave glimpse of possible 2010 Olympic hopefulsBY CHUCK TUCK | JOURNAL REPORTER An International ice skating competition made its way to the Comcast Arena at the Everett Events Center last Friday through Sunday.
Known as Skate America, this competition series hosted over 60 choice skaters from more than 15 countries such as Japan, Russia, Germany, and Sweden.
The weekend competition included events like pairs skating, men’s free skate, and the ever exciting ladies free skate competition which was broadcast live on NBC last Sunday.
Not only were there international competitors, but fans traveled from far away states and countries as well to get a glimpse into who could very well be competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
There was some fierce competition during the pairs free skate, and especially between Germany’s team of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy and the U.S. team of Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubakder but in the end the overall victor in the pairs skating competition went to Germany’s Savchenko and Szolkowy with a total combined score of 180.77.
During Saturday night’s ladies short program, Korea’s Yu-Na Kim skated away with a decided margin with a score of 69.50 followed by Japan’s Miki Ando- 57.80, and Yukari Nakano scoring 57.46.
The U.S. team managed to score a 56.42 by Mirai Nagasu while team member’s Rachael Flatt scored a 54.9 and Kimmie Meissner’s performance earned her a 54.90.