1994 United States Figure Skating Championships

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1994 United States Figure Skating Championships
Type: National Championship
Date: January 4 – 8
Season: 1993–94
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Venue: Joe Louis Arena
Champions
Men's singles:
Scott Davis
Ladies' singles:
Tonya Harding DQ
Pair skating:
Jenni Meno / Todd Sand
Ice dancing:
Elizabeth Punsalan / Jerod Swallow
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The 1994 United States Figure Skating Championships was the United States Figure Skating Championships of the 1993–1994 figure skating season. They were the national championship to determine the national champions of the United States. They were held in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to determining the national champions, the event was used to determine the U.S. teams for the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships and the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Medals were awarded in four colors: gold (first), silver (second), bronze (third), and pewter (fourth) in four disciplines – men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing – across three levels: senior, junior, and novice.

The competition was notable for the return of previous Olympians Brian Boitano and Elaine Zayak, as well as the pre-competition attack on Nancy Kerrigan by associates of rival skater Tonya Harding. Harding subsequently was stripped of her ladies' championship title after authorities found that she had failed to prevent the assault.

Medalists[edit]

Senior medalists[edit]

Senior medalists
Event Gold Silver Bronze Pewter
Men Scott Davis Brian Boitano Aren Nielsen Todd Eldredge
Ladies No champion Michelle Kwan Nicole Bobek Elaine Zayak
Pairs Jenni Meno / Todd Sand Kyoko Ina / Jason Dungjen Karen Courtland / Todd Reynolds Natasha Kuchiki / Rocky Marval
Ice dancing Elizabeth Punsalan / Jerod Swallow Susan Wynne / Russ Witherby Amy Webster / Ron Kravette Wendy Millette / Jason Tebo

^† In June 1994, U.S. Figure Skating voted to no longer recognize Tonya Harding's 1994 win.[1] The gold medal position was left vacant; the other competitors did not move up one position.

Junior medalists[edit]

Junior medalists
Event Gold Silver Bronze Pewter
Men Jere Michael Jason Sylvia Johnnie Bevan Matthew Kessinger
Ladies Jennifer Karl Amanda Ward Lisa Bell Chrisha Gossard
Pairs Nicole Bateson Rock / Keith Tindall Cheryl Marker / Todd Price Sara Ward / J. Paul Binnebose Danielle Hartsell / Steve Hartsell
Ice dancing Laura Gayton / Oleg Fediukov Carissa Green / Gregory Maddalone Eve Chalom / Mathew Gates Nicole Dumonceaux / John Repucci

Novice medalists[edit]

Novice medalists
Event Gold Silver Bronze Pewter
Men Timothy Goebel Pete St. Germaine Peter Kongkasem Bert Cording
Ladies Cohen Duncan Tara Lipinski Jennifer Joh Melanie Price
Pairs Brie Teaboldt / John Zimmerman Gretel Reich / Stephen Bidon Sarah Booth / Matthew Buttrey Natalie Vlandis / Jered Guzman
Ice dancing Jessica Joseph / Charles Butler Jr. Natalie Wolenter / David Gratta Shannon Simon / Jason Simon Pamela Meininger / Keith Schonrock III

Senior-level results[edit]

Men[edit]

Rank Name SP FS
1 Scott Davis 2 1
2 Brian Boitano 1 2
3 Aren Nielsen 5 3
4 Todd Eldredge 3 4
5 Mark Mitchell 6 5
6 Shepherd Clark 4 6
7 Rudy Galindo 9 7
8 Michael Weiss 7 8
9 Damon Allen 8 9
10 Dan Hollander 11 10
11 Colin VanderVeen 10 11
12 Gig Siruno 12 12
13 John Baldwin Jr. 18 13
14 Paul Dulebohn 16 14
15 Mel Chapman 15 15
16 Glenn Armstrong 18 16
WD Steven Smith
WD Larry Holliday

Ladies[edit]

Rank Name SP FS
1 Tonya Harding 1 1
2 Michelle Kwan 3 2
3 Nicole Bobek 2 3
4 Elaine Zayak 4 4
5 Tonia Kwiatkowski 6 5
6 Michelle Cho 7 6
7 Lisa Ervin 5 8
8 Jessica Mills 8 7
9 Teresa Aiello 11 9
10 Amanda Farkas 10 10
11 Lisa Matras 13 11
12 Keri Anne Thomas 9 13
13 Denise Long 15 12
14 Lisa Talbot 16 14
15 Jennifer Verili 14 15
16 Patricia Mansfield 18 16
WD Jenna Pittman 12
WD Melissa Ann Nelson 17
WD Nancy Kerrigan
WD Tanya Street

Pairs[edit]

Rank Name SP FS
1 Jenni Meno / Todd Sand 1 1
2 Kyoko Ina / Jason Dungjen 2 2
3 Karen Courtland / Todd Reynolds 3 3
4 Natasha Kuchiki / Rocky Marval 4 4
5 Stephanie Stiegler / Lance Travis 7 5
6 Tristen Vega / Joel McKeever 6 6
7 Calla Urbanski / Joseph Mero 5 7
8 Jennifer Perez / John Frederiksen 8 8
9 Aimee Offner / Brad Cox 10 9
10 Sharon Carz / Troy Goldstein 12 10
11 Holly Benson / Steven Moore 11 11
12 Tracey Damigella / Doug Williams 14 12
13 Laura Murphy / Brian Wells 13 13
14 Robin Heckler / Jeff Tilley 9 15
15 Erin Moorad / Richard Gillam 16 14
WD Dawn Piepenbrink / Nick Castaneda 15

Ice dancing[edit]

Rank Name CD1 CD2 OD FD
1 Elizabeth Punsalan / Jerod Swallow 2 1 1 1
2 Susan Wynne / Russ Witherby 3 2
3 Amy Webster / Ron Kravette 4 3
4 Wendy Millette / Jason Tebo 5 5 6 4
5 Tamara Kuchiki / Neale Smull 5 5
6 Galit Chait / Maxim Sevostianov 7 6
7 Julia Bikbova / Robert Peal 8 8 8 7
8 Christina Fitzgerald / Mark Fitzgerald 9 9 9 8
9 Cheryl Demkowski / Sean Gates 10 9
10 Mica Darley / Michael Sklutovsky 11 10
11 Elizabeth Buhl / Augustine DiBella 12 12
12 Tiffani Tucker / Collin Vail Sullivan 13 13 13 11
13 Sian Matthews / Yovanny Durango 14 14 14 13
14 Melissa Boney / Gerald Miele 15 15 15 14
WD Renee Roca / Gorsha Sur 1 2 2

Junior-level results[edit]

Men[edit]

Rank Name SP FS
1 Jere Michael 1 1
2 Jason Sylvia 2 3
3 Johnnie Bevan 5 2
4 Matthew Kessinger 6 4
5 Eric Bohnstedt 4 5
6 Trifun Zivanovic 3 6
7 Derrick Delmore 8 7
8 Roman Fraden 7 8
9 Derek Stedingh 9 9
10 Jamie Loper 11 10
11 Eddie Gornik 12 11
12 Michael Edgren 10 13
13 Erik Rockwell 13 12
14 Michael Demetrius Orr 13 14

Ladies[edit]

Rank Name SP FS
1 Jennifer Karl
2 Amanda Ward 3
3 Lisa Bell 1
4 Crisha Gossard
5 Angela Nikodinov 2
6
7 Brittney McConn
8 Amber Corwin

Pairs[edit]

Rank Name SP FS
1 Nicole Bateson-Rock / Keith Tindall 1 1
2 Cheryl Marker / Todd Price 2 2
3 Sara Ward / J. Paul Binnebose 4 3
4 Danielle Hartsell / Steve Hartsell 3 4
5 Celina Taylor / Mel Chapman 5 5
6 Ari Blank / Jeb Gerth 8 6
7 Nicole Perry / David Delago 6 7
8 Anne Ramos / Benjamin Oberman 9 8
9 Lauren Weldon / Jim Peterson 7 9
10 Kristen Youlden / Fred Palascak 10 10
11 Melanie Lambert / Robert Van Uitert 11 11
12 Erin Fisher / Eddy Zeidler 15 12
13 Akemi Kawaguchi / Ron Brilliant 14 13
14 Allison Rochford / Robert Rochford 13 14
15 Breanne Heldman / Jeremiah Jackson 12 15

Ice dancing[edit]

Rank Name
1 Laura Gayton / Oleg Fediukov
2 Carissa Green / Gregory Maddalone
3 Eve Chalom / Mathew Gates
4 Nicole Dumonceaux / John Repucci

Reinstatement of professionals to amateur status[edit]

Amateurs who turned professional had been banned from returning to compete as amateurs. This ban was removed and Brian Boitano and Elaine Zayak sought to compete in order to go to the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Having retired from competitive skating after winning Olympic gold in 1988 and the 1988 World Championships, four time men's champion Brian Boitano announced a comeback and would compete to get a place on the 1994 Olympic team. This was highly controversial as he had skated professionally for many years and fought to get former professionals reinstated for amateur competitions. He placed second behind Scott Davis and made the Olympic team as the United States had 2 spots.[2]

Kerrigan/Harding controversy[3][edit]

The January 6, 1994 attack on 1993 champion and Ladies gold frontrunner Nancy Kerrigan preceded the event. The widely publicized attack took place during a practice session for the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. Tonya Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her bodyguard, Shawn Eckardt,[4] hired Shane Stant to strike Kerrigan on the knee, though Stant actually struck Kerrigan's thigh a few inches above the knee. Harding won the event, while Kerrigan's injury forced her withdrawal.

After Harding admitted to helping to cover up the attack, the USFSA and United States Olympic Committee initiated proceedings to remove her from the 1994 Olympic team, but Harding retained her place after threatening legal action.[5] She finished eighth, while Kerrigan, who recovered from her injuries, finished second.

Collision[edit]

During a warm-up, ice dancer Renée Roca was skating backward and collided with the team of Galit Chait and Maksim Sevostyanov, fracturing a bone in her left arm.[6] Two hours later, she returned from the hospital with her arm in a cast and decided to try to compete.[6] She and partner Gorsha Sur placed second in the rhumba, however, Roca was unable to secure a firm grip with her left hand,[6] and had to withdraw from the rest of the competition.

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