The best skaters in the world will soon descend upon Omaha, Nebraska for the 2013 United States Figure Skating Championships.
According to Steven Pivovar of the Omaha World Herald, this will be the first year the the juvenile and intermediate groups will be held during the U.S. Championships.
Those two groups won't be taking up the headlines, though. Four events—senior men's and ladies' singles, pairs and ice dancing—will help determine who are the best skaters America has to offer.
Three-time winner Jeremy Abbott will be looking to repeat as champion in men's singles. But it won't be an easy task because of a very deep field.
Armin Mahbanoozadeh, one of the more promising young American skaters, will be looking to get the podium this year. Evan Lysacek will also be making his return to the U.S. Championships after missing time because of injury.
Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.
When: Jan. 20-27
Watch: Live Stream at IceNetwork.com; Senior Pairs Free Skate and Senior Free Dance at 2:25 p.m. ET on NBC; Ladies' Free Skate, Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC; Men's Free Skate at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC
|Ladies' Singles Contenders||2012 Finish|
|Men's Singles Contenders||2012 Finish|
|Ice Dancing Top Contenders||2012 Finish|
|Meryl Davis/Charlie White||1st|
|Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani||2nd|
|Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue||3rd|
|Lynn Kriengkrairut/Logan Giulietti-Schmitt||4th|
|Madison Chock/Evan Bates||5th|
|Pairs Top Contenders||2012 Finish|
|Gretchen Donlan/Andrew Speroff||4th|
|Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir||5th|
|Felicia Zhang/Nathan Bartholomay||8th|
|Tiffany Vise/Don Baldwin||9th|
|Alexa Scimeca/Christopher Knierim||10th|
EVENT FINALS (via IceNetwork.com)
12:00 p.m.—Senior pairs free skate (early groups)
1:05 p.m.—Senior free dance (early groups)
2:25 p.m.—Senior pairs free skate
4:15 p.m.—Senior free dance
6:45 p.m.—Senior ladies free skate (early groups)
8:00 p.m. - Senior ladies free skate (late groups)
1:15 p.m.—Senior men's free skate (early groups)
3:00 p.m.—Senior men's free skate (late groups)