Participating in the USARS National Championships is an experience to which all competitive skaters aspire. It represents many hours of hard work and dedication just to qualify at the regional level to compete. Skaters at the National Championships represent the best skaters in each competitive region. The most elite skaters, who compete in the Junior World Class and World Class events, may qualify to represent the United States and skate at the World Championships.
The National Championships are held over the course of two weeks. The location for the National Championships changes each year. The 2020 Artistic Championships will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 9 - 22. This is the closest, geographically, that Nationals has ever been to us! We're excited to have an easy 3.5 hour drive to get to Nationals this year!
While most local meets have relatively small numbers of entries for each event, Nationals is quite different. Events may have 40 or more competitors, so an elimination and final round is skated. The number of participants in the final round is determined by the number of skaters in the elimination round, but it is roughly one fourth of the field. In dance and figures, the final round dances or figures are different than those skated in the elimination round, so that means skaters must prepare 4-6 dances or figures for each event they skate - and many skaters will participate in more than one event. Medalists are chosen from the final round of each event, with the first place winner being the National Champion.
Our 2013 Nationals Competitors and Coaches
The style may change from year to year, but the goal for National Championships skaters is always the same: to bring home a medal.