What a privilege it was to attend the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships as a member of the media with Figure Skaters Online. One of my top moments (of which there were many!) was watching Ting Cui, ladies 5th place finisher, deliver an incredible free skate after a tough short program. I caught up with her in the mixed zone after her performance and wrote a story about her for FSO:
Ting Cui rides momentum of stellar Nationals free skate to late-season assignments
Ting Cui is going to have a busy second half of the season. She’ll be competing at the Four Continents Championships and attending ’s 2019 World Junior Team Camp, plus she’s the first alternate for the senior World Championships team.
Such an outcome seemed all but impossible on Thursday, Jan.24, when she fell twice and failed to complete a combination in the women’s short program at the U.S. Championships. She was in 12th place heading into the long program.
But she climbed up to fifth place with a near-flawless free skate that earned a standing ovation from the crowd at the Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit.
Read the rest of the story—including how this performance will help her throughout the rest of the season and her connection to 2006 World Champion Kimmie Meissner—on Figure Skater’s Online!
And some bonus links:
- My Figure Skaters Online coverage of the ladies event at the 2019 U.S. Championships, including Alysa Liu’s historic triple axels!
- Our “Motor City Moments” round up of mixed zone interviews.