ABC'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS: STATE FARM U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS, 1997 (TV)

Summary

A special presentation in which figure skaters compete for national titles and the opportunity to become a member of the United States World Figure Skating team. This program features the free skate of the pairs and ladies figure skating competition in Nashville, Tennessee, with commentators Dick Button, Terry Gannon, and Peggy Fleming. The program begins with a music video, featuring skaters Tara Lipinski, Nicole Bobek, Tanya Kwiatkowski, and Michelle Kwan, who lip synch to Suzy Bogguss's "Fire & Ice." Host Robin Roberts then introduces the commentators, who describe the pressure on U.S. pair champions and the abilities of the current competition leaders. Following is the prerecorded final segment of the free skate section of the pairs competition.

Highlights include the following performances: 1997 Junior World Champions Danielle Hartsell and Steve Hartsell skate to music from "West Side Story" and receive technical merit marks ranging from 5.0 to 5.6, and presentation marks from 5.1 to 5.5; three-time U.S. Silver medalists Kyoko Ina and Jason Dungjen skate to "Grand Canyon Suite" and receive technical marks ranging from 5.7 to 5.9, and presentation marks from 5.5 to 5.8; Stephanie Stiegler and John Zimmerman, who were fourth at the 1996 U.S. Championships, skate to "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and receive technical marks ranging from 5.4 to 5.7, and presentation marks from 5.6 to 5.8; Jenni Meno and Todd Sand, three-time U.S. pair champions, skate to Rachmaninoff's "Concerto No. 2, Third Movement" and receive technical marks ranging from 5.4 to 5.8, and presentation marks from 5.6 to 5.9; and 1996 U.S. Bronze medalists Shelby Lyons and Brian Wells skate to "Moldavian Suite" and receive technical marks ranging from 5.3 to 5.7, and presentation marks from 5.3 to 5.7. Next is a segment about Kyoko Ina and Jason Dungjen and their coach, Peter Burrows, who comment on the pair's performance ability and the results of the previous year's national championship; then, Jenni Meno and Todd Sand discuss the mistakes in their short program.

After the competition, Ina and Dundgjen, as well as Meno and Sand, assess their respective performances in the competition. Next is a segment on the differences in the personalities and training styles of Nicole Bobek and Tonya Kwiatkowski, as described by the two athletes. The three commentators then assess Michelle Kwan's position in the skating world. Following this is a live broadcast of the free skate section of one of the top two groups of the ladies' competition. Highlights include the following performances: 1996 Junior National Champion Shelby Lyons skates to "The Seasons" and receives technical merit marks ranging from 4.7 to 5.2, and presentation marks from 4.8 to 5.3; Alizah Allen skates to music from "Don Quixote" and receives technical marks ranging from 4.5 to 5.4, and presentation marks from 4.3 to 5.3; Karen Kwan skates to music from "Wanderer" and "Fantasia" and receives technical marks from 4.6 to 5.4, and presentation marks from 5.0 to 5.5; 1995 National Champion and 1995 Bronze World medalist Nicole Bobek skates to "Giselle" and receives technical marks ranging from 5.4 to 5.8 and presentation marks from 5.6 to 5.8; and 1994 Junior Bronze medalist Lisa Bell skates to "Cirque Du Soleil" and receives technical marks ranging from 4.8 to 5.2 and presentation marks from 4.6 to 5.2. Next is a prerecorded segment in which Michelle Kwan talks about pressure and the importance of her family.

Further highlights include: 1996 National Silver medalist Tonia Kwiatkowski, who is competing in her tenth U.S. Senior Championship, skates to "Hungarian Rhapsody" and receives technical merit marks ranging from 4.9 to 5.4, and presentation marks from 4.8 to 5.7; Angela Nikodinov skates to music from "Cinderella" and receives technical marks ranging from 5.5 to 5.8, and presentation marks from 5.4 to 5.8; Amber Corwin skates to music from "Samson and Delilah" and receives technical marks ranging from 5.3 to 5.6, and presentation marks from 5.1 to 5.6; 1996 National Champion and World Champion Michelle Kwan skates to "Taj Mahal" and receives technical marks ranging from 5.3 to 5.7, and presentation marks from 5.6 to 5.8; and 1996 National Bronze medalist Tara Lipinski skates to music from "Sense and Sensibility" and "Much Ado About Nothing" and receives technical marks ranging from 5.8 to 5.9, and presentation marks from 5.8 to 5.9. After the competition, Nicole Bobek talks about her extraordinary move to the podium, Lipinski comments on her victory and plans for the World Games, and Michelle Kwan comments on losing her title and learning to accept defeat. Includes commercials.

Details

  • NETWORK: ABC
  • DATE: February 15, 1997 Saturday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 2:52:13
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:47480
  • GENRE: Sports
  • SUBJECT HEADING: She Made It Collection (Robin Roberts)
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV series, 1961-
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CREDITS

    • Robin Roberts … Host
    • Dick Button … Commentator
    • Peggy Fleming … Commentator
    • Terry Gannon … Commentator
    • Alizah Allen … Performer
    • Lisa Bell … Performer
    • Nicole Bobek … Performer
    • Amber Corwin … Performer
    • Jason Dungjen … Performer
    • Danielle Hartsell … Performer
    • Steve Hartsell … Performer
    • Kyoko Ina … Performer
    • Karen Kwan … Performer
    • Michelle Kwan … Performer
    • Tanya Kwiatkowski … Performer
    • Tara Lipinski … Performer
    • Shelby Lyons … Performer
    • Jenni Meno … Performer
    • Angela Nikodinov … Performer
    • Todd Sand … Performer
    • Stephanie Stiegler … Performer
    • Brian Wells … Performer
    • John Zimmerman … Performer
    • Peter Burrows