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Ice-dance.com covered the ice dance events at the 2009 U.S. National Championships from January 18-25, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Technical Information

Novice Events:  Both compulsory dances, the Paso Doble and Blues, are skated on the first day of competition (Monday, January 19). The next day, all skaters perform a free dance to music and rhythms of their own choosing. Highest combined point total wins.  

Junior Events:  Juniors perform only one compulsory dance, the Paso Doble, on Monday, January 19. The next day, the original dance is competed. This season’s rhythm is Rhythms and Dances of the 1920’s, 1930’s or 1940’s. The skaters are free to choose their own music and elements, as long as they fit within the ISU guidelines. The competition concludes on Thursday with the free dance, skated to music and rhythms of their own choosing. Highest combined point total wins.  
 
Senior Events: Seniors perform only one compulsory dance, the Yankee Polka, on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 21. The next day, they then compete the original dance. The skaters are free to choose their own music and elements, as long as they fit within the ISU guidelines of Rhythms and Dances of the 1920’s, 1930’s or 1940’s. After a day off, the competition concludes on Saturday with the free dance skated to music and rhythms of their own choosing. Highest combined point total wins.
Fun Facts

CLEVELAND 2000:
The following skaters competed at the U.S. National Championships in Cleveland in 2000:

  • Brent Bommentre (novice, 3rd with Kirsten Frisch)
  • Meryl Davis & Charlie White (novice, 6th)
  • Kimberly Navarro (junior, 10th with Robert Shmalo)
  • Chris Obzansky (junior, 6th)
  • Nick Traxler (junior, 8th with Katy Hill)
     

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LONGEST PARTNERSHIPS (COMPETITIVE SEASONS – INCLUDES 2008/09):

  1. Meryl Davis & Charlie White – 12 seasons
  2. Emily Samuelson & Evan Bates – 9 seasons
  3. Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell – 8 seasons
    Chloe Wolf & Rhys Ainsworth – 8 seasons
  4. Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani – 5 seasons
  5. Una Donegan & Andrew Korda – 4 seasons
    Charlotte Maxwell & Nick Traxler – 4 seasons

    Kim Navarro & Brent Bommentre – 4 seasons
    Jennifer Wester & Daniil Barantsev – 4 seasons

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HAVE PREVIOUSLY MEDALED AT NATIONALS (DOES NOT INCLUDE JUNIOR NATIONALS):

  • Sara Bailey and Kyle Herring
  • Anastasia Cannucio (with Dean Copely)
  • Isabella Cannuscio and Ian Lorello
  • Madison Chock & Greg Zuerlein
  • Dean Copely (with Anastasia Cannuscio)
  • Meryl Davis and Charlie White
  • Una Donegan and Andrew Korda
  • Piper Gilles (with Tim Mckernan)
  • Todd Gilles (with Trina Pratt)
  • Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell
  • Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt
  • Morgan Matthews (with Maxim Zavozin)
  • Tim Mckernan (with Piper Gilles)
  • Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre * (Bommentre also medalled at Nationals with Kirsten Frisch and Kendra Goodwin)
  • Chris Obzansky (with Lydia Manon and Kendra Goodwin)
  • Anastasia Olson and Jordan Cowan
  • Trina Pratt (with Todd Gilles)
  • Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates
  • Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
  • Jane Summersett (with Elliot Pennington)
  • Nick Traxler (with Kristyn Starr)
  • Shannon Wingle (with James Warren)
  • Chloe Wolf and Rhys Ainsworth

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SIBLINGS AT NATIONALS – There are 3 sets of sibling skaters competing at US Nationals in the ice dancing event:

  • Isabella Cannuscio (with Ian Lorello) and Anastasia Cannuscio (with Colin McManus); junior level
  • Ian Lorello (with Isabella Cannuscio) and Alexander Lorello (with Lauren Corry)
  • Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell; senior level
  • Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani; junior level

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MARRIED COUPLE – One senior ice dance teams is a married couple:

  • Jennifer Wester and Daniil Barantsev

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OLDEST NATIONALS COMPETITORS:

  • Senior:
    – Kim Navarro (April 1981)
    – Nick Traxler (May 1981)
  • Junior:
    – Chloe Wolf (November 1989)
    – Ashley Deavers (June 1985)
  • Novice
    – Grace Lee Sells (April 1990)
    – Adam Munday (June 1987)

     

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YOUNGEST NATIONALS COMPETITORS:

  • Senior:
    – Madison Hubbell (February 1991)
    – Evan Bates (February 1989)
  • Junior:
    – Maia Shibutani (July 1994)
    – Alex Shibutani (April 1991)
  • Novice
    – Joylyn Yang (December 1995)
    – Jean-Luc Baker (October 1993)
U.S. National Medalists (1997-2008)
2008
2008 US NATIONALS – SAINT PAUL, MN
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
2. Meryl Davis / Charlie White
3. Kim Navarro / Brent Bommentre
4. Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates
1. Madison Hubbell / Keiffer Hubbell
2. Piper Gilles / Tim McKernan
3. Madison Chock / Greg Zuerlein
4. Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani
1. Chloe Wolf / Rhys Ainsworth
2. Megan Evans / Nathan Truesdell
3. Una Donegan / Andrew Korda
4. Anastasia Olson / Jordan Cowan
2008 US JUNIOR NATIONALS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
INTERMEDIATE
JUVENILE
 
1. Joylyn Yang / Jean-Luc Baker
2. Susan Enright / Michael Bramante
3. Taylor Elliott / Zachary Elliott
4. Vanessa Wade / Erik Kaiser
1. Madeline Heritage / Nathanial Fast
2. Danvi Pham / Vu Pham
3. Danielle Gamelin / Alexander Gamelin
4. Lorraine McNamara / Quinn Carpenter
 
2007
2007 US NATIONALS – SPOKANE, WA
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
2. Melissa Gregory / Denis Petukhov
3. Meryl Davis / Charlie White
4. Kim Navarro / Brent Bommentre
1. Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates
2. Madison Hubbell / Keiffer Hubbell
3. Lynn Kriengkrairut / Logan Giulietti-Schmitt
4. Piper Gilles / Tim Mckernan
1. Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani
2. Sara Bailey / Kyle Herring
3. Anastasia Cannuscio / Dean Copely
4. Isabella Cannuscio / Ian Lorello
2007 US JUNIOR NATIONALS – CLEVELAND, OH
INTERMEDIATE
JUVENILE
 
1. Una Donegan / Andrew Korda
2. Kate McDermott / Colin McManus
3. Kassandra Hazard / Benjamin Nykiel
4. Lauren Ely / Travis Mager
1. Joylyn Yang / Jean-Luc Baker
2. Elicia Reynolds / Stephen Reynolds
3. Laura Perry / Joshua Leggett
4. MacKenzie Reid / Christian Erwin
 
2006
2006 US NATIONALS – ST. LOUIS, MO
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
2. Melissa Gregory / Denis Petukhov
3. Jamie Silverstein / Ryan O’Meara
4. Morgan Matthews / Maxim Zavozin
1. Meryl Davis / Charlie White
2. Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates
3. Jane Summersett / Elliot Pennington
4. Kaitlyn Weaver / Charles Clavey
1. Cathy Reed / Chris Reed
2. Madison Hubbell / Keiffer Hubbell
3. Samantha Tomarchio / Nicholas Sinchak
4. Michelle Pennington / Brad Coulter
2006 US JUNIOR NATIONALS – WESTMINSTER, CO
INTERMEDIATE
JUVENILE
 
1. Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani
2. Lili LaMar / Chase Brogan
3. Ilana Morse / Jackson Raney
4. Madison Chock / Kurt Lingenfelter
1. Kate McDermott / Colin McManus
2. Kirsten Seagers / Nicholas Taylor
3. Taylor Elliott / Zachary Elliott
4. Jordan Sisson / Eric Kaiser
 
2005
2005 US NATIONALS – PORTLAND, OR
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
2. Melissa Gregory / Denis Petukhov
3. Lydia Manon / Ryan O’Meara
4. Tiffany Stiegler / Sergei Magerovskiy
1. Trina Pratt / Todd Gilles
2. Caitlin Mallory / Brent Holdburg
3. Kimmerly Lauten / Augie Hill
4. Meghan McCullough / Joel Dear
1. Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates
2. Kaitlyn Weaver / Charles Clavey
3. Blake Rosenthal / Calvin Taylor
4. Pilar Bosley / John Corona
2005 US JUNIOR NATIONALS – JAMESTOWN, NY
INTERMEDIATE
JUVENILE
 
1. Piper Gilles / Tim McKernan
2. Rachel Tibbetts / Eric Reinhart
3. Anastasia Olson / Greg Zuerlein
4. Kristine Kretz / William Avila
1. Anastasia Cannuscio / Geoffrey Varraux
2. Maia Shibutani / Alex Shibutani
3. Stephanie Klimczak / Cooper Johnston
4. Sara Bailey / Chase Brogan
 
2004
2004 US NATIONALS – ATLANTA, GA
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
2. Melissa Gregory / Denis Petukhov
3. Loren Galler-Rabinowitz / David Mitchell
4. Kendra Goodwin / Brent Bommentre
1. Morgan Matthews / Max Zavozin
2. Meryl Davis / Charlie White
3. Trina Pratt / Todd Gilles
4. Kirsten Frisch / Augie Hill

1. Lauren Capehart / Stephen Chasman
2. Jane Summersett / Elliot Pennington
3. Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates
4. Elizabeth Palmer / Ryland Stucke

2004 US JUNIOR NATIONALS – SCOTTSDALE, AZ
INTERMEDIATE
JUVENILE
 
1. Madison Hubbell / Keiffer Hubbell
2. Charlotte Maxwell / Brad Coulter
3. Isabella Cannuscio / Kyle Herring
4. Thankful Cromartie / Kurt Lingenfelter
1. Ilana Morse / Jackson Raney
2. Kayla Hale / Dustin Frankel
3. Piper Gilles / Timothy McKernan
4. Anastasia Olson / Greg Zuerlein
 
2003
2003 US NATIONALS – DALLAS, TX
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Naomi Lang / Peter Tchernyshev
2. Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
3. Melissa Gregory / Denis Petukhov
4. Loren Galler-Rabinowitz / David Mitchell
1. Morgan Matthews / Max Zavozin
2. Kirsten Frisch / Brent Bommentre
3. Flo Steed / Augie Hill
4. Carly Donowick / Leo Ungar
1. Trina Pratt / Todd Gilles
2. Meghan McCullough / Joel Dear
3. Shannon Wingle / James Warren
4. Samantha Cepican / Phillip Lichtor
2003 US JUNIOR NATIONALS – LAKE PLACID, NY
INTERMEDIATE
JUVENILE
 
1. Blake Rosenthal / Calvin Taylor
2. Michaelee Scarincio / Justin Morrow
3. Michelle Pennington / Zachary Varraux
4. Isabella Tobias / Kurt Lingenfelter
1. Madison Hubbell / Keiffer Hubbell
2. Emily Blynn / Geoffrey Drayton
3. Lauren Wlazelek / Kyle Herring
4. Charlotte Maxwell / Brad Coulter
 
2002
2002 US NATIONALS – LOS ANGELES, CA
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Naomi Lang / Peter Tchernyshev
2. Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
3. Melissa Gregory / Denis Petukhov
4. Beata Handra / Charles Sinek
1. Loren Galler-Rabinowitz / David Mitchell
2. Melissa Ralph / Ryan O’Meara
3. Kendra Goodwin / Chris Obzansky
4. Kirsten Frisch / Brent Bommentre
1. Sarah Solomon / Benjamin Cohen
2. Meryl Davis / Charlie White
3. Morgan Matthews / Max Zavozin
4. Eleanor Langhans / Joseph Braasch
2002 US JUNIOR NATIONALS – BENSONVILLE, IL
INTERMEDIATE
JUVENILE
 
1. Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates
2. Kristen Mendoza / Joshue Lea
3. Mimi Whetstone / Nathan Miller
4. Fiona Donegan / Ian Comee
1. Shannon Wingle / Kurt Lingenfelter
2. Michelle Pennington / Zachary Varraux
3. Michaelee Scarincio / Justin Morrow
4. Katie Wyble / Chad Reinhold
 
2001
2001 US NATIONALS – BOSTON, MA
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Naomi Lang / Peter Tchernyshev
2. Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
3. Jessica Joseph / Brandon Forsyth
4. Beata Handra / Charles Sinek
1. Lydia Manon / Michael Klus
2. Kendra Goodwin / Chris Obzansky
3. Kakani Young / Ikaika Young
4. Melissa Ralph / Ryan O’Meara
1. Victoria Devins / Kevin O’Keefe
2. Tertia Cole / Leo Ungar
3. Sarah Solomon / Benjamin Cohen
4. Flo Steed / Augie Hill
2001 US JUNIOR NATIONALS – WESTMINSTER, CO
INTERMEDIATE
JUVENILE
 
1. Laura Rosenberg / Benjamin Westenberger
2. Ashley Elliott / Paul Hurych
3. Cori Stacy / Andrew McCrary
4. Mimi Whetstone / Nathan Miller
1. Megan Calhoun / Lucas Marquardt
2. Alexis Hauser / Charlie HIll
3. Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates
4. Fiona Donegan / Ian Comee
 
2000
2000 US NATIONALS – CLEVELAND, OH
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Naomi Lang / Peter Tchernyshev
2. Jamie Silverstein / Justin Pekarek
3. Debbie Koegel / Oleg Fediukov
4. Beata Handra / Charles Sinek
1. Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
2. Emilie Nussear / Brandon Forsyth
3. Jesica Valentine / Matthew Kossack
4. Lia Nitake / Ryan O’Meara
1. Loren Galler-Rabinowitz / David Mitchell
2. Shelley MacLeod / Nicholas Moorman
3. Kirsten Frisch / Brent Bommentre
4. Laura Smith / Andrew Smith
2000 US JUNIOR NATIONALS – AMHERST, NY
INTERMEDIATE
JUVENILE
 
1. Victoria Devins / Kevin O’Keefe
2. Trina Pratt / Robert Pratt
3. Eleanor Langhans / Joseph Braasch
4. Katy Green / Leo Ungar
1. Kristen Mendoza / Joshua Lea
2. Tertia Cole / Tom Richardson
3. Kimmerly Lauten / Jonathan Lauten
4. Adrienne Koob-Doddy / Robert Antonelli
 
1999
1999 US NATIONALS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Naomi Lang / Peter Tchernyshev
2. Eve Chalom / Mathew Gates
3. Debbie Koegel / Oleg Fediukov
4. Beata Handra / Charles Sinek
1. Jamie Silverstein / Justin Pekarek
2. Emilie Nussear / Brandon Forsyth
3. Crystal Beckerdite / Matthew Healy
4. Allison Newman / Michel Klus
1, Kakani Young / Ikaika Young
2. Lydia Manon / Chris Obzansky
3. Lia Nitake / Ryan O’Meara
4. Allison Sietchik / Ross Brown
1999 JUNIOR OLYMPICS – PITTSBURGH, PA
INTERMEDIATE
JUVENILE
 
1. Meryl Davis / Charlie White
2. Rebecca Frino / Jake Villanueva
3. Trina Pratt / Robert Pratt
4. Holly Nadeau / Aaron Wolff
1. Sara Klatt / Dominic Coccitti-Smith
2. Katy Green / Leo Ungar
3. Sarah Solomon / Benjamin Cohen
4. Mimi Whetstone / Nathan Miller
 
1998
1998 US NATIONALS – PHILADELPHIA, PA
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Elizabeth Punsalan / Jerod Swallow
2. Jessica Joseph / Charles Butler
3. Naomi Lang / Peter Tchernyshev
4. Eve Chalon / Mathew Gates
1. Melissa Gregory / James Shuford
2. Jamie Silverstein / Justin Pekarek
3. Crystal Beckerdite / Raphael Kelling
4. Cerise Henzes / Walter Lang
1. Penny Schnering / Timothy Jones
2. Wendy Mangiagli / Andre LeBlanc
3. Kendra Goodwin / Paul Goldner
4. Kristyn Starr / Nick Traxler
1998 JUNIOR OLYMPICS – PLANO, TX
INTERMEDIATE
JUVENILE
 
1. Lia Nitake / Ryan O’Meara
2. Brooks / Williams
3. Komer / Hill
4. Holly Nadeau / Aaron Wolff
1. Rebecca Frino / Jake Villanueva
2. Meryl Davis / Charlie White
3. Danielle Sandars / Andrew Smith
4. Katy Green / Leo Ungar
 
1997
1997 US NATIONALS – NASHVILLE, TN
SENIOR
JUNIOR
NOVICE
1. Elizabeth Punsalen / Jerod Swallow
2. Eve Chalom / Mathew Gates
3. Kate Robinson / Peter Breen
4. Amy Webster / Ron Kravette
1. Jessica Joseph / Charles Butler
2. Kerrie O’Donnell / Brandon Forsyth
3. Jamie Silverstein / Justin Pekarek
4. Melissa Gregory / James Shuford
1. Jesica Valentine / Matthew Kossack
2. Alison Newman / Joshua Abrahams
3. Katy Hill / Benjamin Agosto
4. Katherine Jorck / Matthew Healy
Special Features: Drew Beary

JANUARY 21ST

When my cousin SP Beary called me and asked if I’d like to show some skating fans around Cleveland, I said absolutely. I should probably start with introductions, my name is Drew Beary and I want to welcome you all to my hometown, Cleveland. I met up with my travel partner Casey at the Renaissance Hotel. It’s a beautiful hotel that’s connected to Tower City. Being a huge fan of the movie A Christmas Story, we couldn’t resist getting a picture of the infamous leg lamp. The hotel has a tv station that plays the movie over and over again. You can recognize the areas around the hotel in some of the parade scenes. Very cool.

After getting settled into the room, we explored a few more places inside the hotel. My friend Casey wanted to see the pool, which has an atrium design. In fact, her room overlooks the atrium. When you open the windows in the room, it kind of fools you because it feels more like Florida. There’s no heater in the room, only cold air blowers. Here are a few shots from the lobby, pool and with all the athletes walking around, we felt a need to work out a little bit.

We finally made it over to the Quicken, or “Q” as us locals like to call it. There are a few ways to get here from the Renaissance. You can hop on the shuttle at 30 or 60 minutes, you can cut through Tower City and take the walkway, or if you’re adventurous, you can walk a few blocks. We’ve had an opportunity to do all 3. I took my friends down through 4 th Street and showed them the Corner Alley and of course Flannery’s Pub. It’s been snowing lightly for the past few days, so the sidewalks are pretty slushy. The Q is a great setup though for both the competitors and fans. It has a real intimate feel to it.

Tomorrow, Casey and I are going to do some sightseeing, so we’ll be back with more pictures and our report then.

JANUARY 23RD

Well “wow”, that’s all I can say. Friday was sightseeing day and I’ve been to so many places with Casey. We went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but we weren’t allowed to bring our camera in. We took pictures of the outside, so here are some shots of me and Casey outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,

We walked around town when we were done and walking back to our hotel we stopped at some places like the Cleveland Brown Stadium located next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and checked out some of the guitar art found around the city,

Sorry about not posting a lot this week but it’s been pretty tight because Casey’s brother is a junior ice dancer so he competed a lot more days. I apologize for the delay but to my surprise my cousin lives in Spokane so he’s hopefully going to be blogging next year in Spokane. This is Drew Berry signing out saying Cleveland truly ROCKS. Thanks for visiting.