Nebraska Gets Men-Dazzled:
The Top Four: (Left to right) Silver Medalist Ross Miner, Gold Medalist Max Aaron, Bronze Medalist Jeremy Abbott and Pewter Medalist Joshua Farris pose on the winner's stand after the Men's Free Skate competition during the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the CenturyLink Center on January 27, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska
Last week and weekend (from January 19-January 27th), were the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships--or US Nationals of Figure Skating for short. They occurred at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Medals were awarded in the disciplines of Men's singles, Ladies singles, Pairs skating, and Ice Dancing at the senior, junior and novice levels. For the first time, the event was expanded to include juvenile and intermediate level competitions, previously held at a separate event.
The results are part of the criteria used for the 2013 World Junior Championships, 2013 Four Continents Championships and 2013 World Championships. In other words, these US Championships were like the "Miss USA" pageant selecting who gets to go to "Miss Universe". Leave it to me to find a away to put Figure Skating AND Beauty pageants in one BLOG posting!
Chroreographer Lori Nichol and three-time U.S. Champion Figure Skater Rudy Galindo get inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2013--2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, CenturyLink Center Omaha, Nebraska.
HERE back on my Skate America 2012 post. I LOVE this--he looks like a super hipster secret spy in this--Love the shoulder holster and fingerless gloves. He looks HOT.
Joshua Farris--Joshua got the Pewter Medal (they give out Pewters at the U.S. Nationals, kids). For his Long Program to "Piano Concerto no. 2 in C Minor, op. 18: Allegro Scherzando" by Van Cliburn. His costume was designed by Figure Skating Costume extraordinaire, Pat Pearsall (she also designed some of my favorite costumes worn by figure skater Agnes Zawadzki). I absolutely LOVED this. The top is magical, to say the least. It keeps the interest up top with the blaze of bright blue color and the silver crystal detail. It almost seemed like a Bird of Paradise was on his shoulders and neck--helping him with his skate.
HERE. I'm usually NOT a fan of the "Ross Dress For Less" belts a lot of these male skaters wear to cinch their pants, but here this is not just any belt, it looks "Costume-y" and something that goes with the theme and music. Both his costumes, by the way, were designed by Chase Tyler, The Work Room Productions.
Max Aaron realizing he just won the Gold. Congrats!
**Up Next: The Ladies Costume Recap of the U.S. Championships of Figure Skating!