Inspiration from the 2011 U.S. Pairs Champions, Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin

The 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships just concluded last weekend. U.S. Nationals is the yearly competition that the top novice-senior skaters in the nation qualify for by placing in the top 4 in their regions and sections. Usually there are between 12 to 15 skaters or teams in each event.

In senior pairs, the team of Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin won the event. Caitlin and John skate at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, where I used to train. Caitlin arrived after I moved, but I knew John for many years. John was always a nice guy.

I was happy to see Caitlin and John finally succeed in winning this title. Caitlin and John’s victory was extra special because their long program was dedicated to John’s mother who passed away last year.

In the YouTube video of Caitlin and John’s U.S. Nationals free skate, you can really see them feeling the music to bring out John’s emotions. Also, watch how Caitlin and John maintain great speed and flow throughout the transitions and various elements they perform. They wove all the aspects together to create one of the most memorable pairs programs ever at U.S. Nationals.

February 3, 2011