Sunday, January 17, 2010

Canadian skater on the ice for United States

Canadian skater Aaron VanCleave and Ameena Sheikh during the Senior Pairs Free Skate program on Jan. 16, 2010 at the US National Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Washington. Sue Frause photo.
I just returned from the two opening days of the 2010 US Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Washington. What a show! Scheduled to run for ten days through Jan. 24, 2010, the sporting event determines who will be on the 2010 US Olympic Figure Skating Team to go to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

I had tickets for the Senior Men Short Program following the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, Jan. 14. In the end, it was Jeremy Abbott, Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir placing 1-2-3.

I only caught the first half of the Senior Pairs competition the following day, which to my surprise included a Canadian skater. Now with the Detroit Skating Club, Aaron VanCleave hails from Comox on Vancouver Island. He and his partner Ameena Sheikh skated to selections from the film Somewhere in Time.

Although the music was lush, their program fell way short. In the end, they came in 14th out of 16, with Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett skating to victory.