• My Six Favorite Moments At The U.S. Championships

    Jimmy and Alex Short

    Well guys, we made it. The U.S. Championships has come to an end. What a week. We have four new senior champions, 15 new olympians, and some experiences that we will remember forever.

    I don’t know about you guys, but the experiences I made at this competition far outweigh any other competition I’ve ever been to. The U.S. Championships is a competition like no other. You could argue that it’s the biggest competition in the world, under the Olympics. It seems as though attendance at Worlds has diminished over the past couple of years. Hopefully Worlds in Boston in 2016 will be just what the competition needs!

    Back to last week…

    I was planning on writing a post every day while competing. Boy, did I underestimate how crazy that week would be. I had lots to do including practice, eating, supporting training mates, and oh yea, competing at my first senior national competition! Nonetheless, I was definitely taking mental notes on things that I wanted to write about. There were countless memorable moments, but I think I dwindled it down to my six favorite ones. I think some of them will surprise you.
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  • A Message To My Juvenile Pairs Buddy And All First Time Competitors

    Jimmy and Alex - NationalsAs you may know from my last post, I am a senior pairs skater, and Spiderman’s uncle once said, “with great power, comes great responsibility.” Those two things may seem unrelated, but let me explain.

    U.S. Figure Skating has a great program that they run every year at the U.S. Championships in the pair skating community that sets up senior/junior level skaters with juvenile “buddies.” This gives the juvenile skaters a chance to talk and hang out with someone who is more experienced competing at a high level. This also gives the senior level skaters an opportunity to pass on what they’ve learned over their many years in skating, something that I take very seriously.

    My “power” is to be competing at the U.S. Championships, but my responsibility is to make sure my juvenile pairs buddy feels just as comfortable and confident as I feel competing.

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  • The Social Athlete – An Inside Look At The U.S. Championships

    JimmyDance500pxHi, my name is Jimmy Morgan. I promise not to be this boring, but we need to get some general housekeeping things out of the way. I am a senior level pairs figure skater representing The Skating Club of Boston. I am also a full-time student at Boston University, majoring in public relations. I’m obsessed with Twitter, and all kinds of social media, for that matter. And, I love meeting and interacting with new people with the same interests.

    That wasn’t too painful, right? Now on to the good stuff!

    You are currently reading a little project I have started that aims to give people an inside view into the sport of figure skating, with the 2014 US Championships as our spotlight.

    I’ve learned a few things in my eleven years of skating – fourteen if you count my abysmal hockey career. Some of those things include how to properly safety pin your costume together for optimal safety, but also that figure skating can sometimes be seen as a very closed off sport.

    Who are these athletes we are watching tear up the ice and do amazing programs? What are they like off the ice? What do they do for fun? Are they just like me?

    What is it like to compete at a US Championships?

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