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Throughout the course of the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Washington, a total of 154,893 tickets were sold, beating the previous record of 125,345 set in Los Angeles in 2002.
The level of talent and quality of skating at the event was as high as it has not been in years, with countless personal records set, difficult jump combinations achieved and new stars emerging.
“This U.S. Championships was one of the most successful in history in several respects,” U.S. Figure Skating President Ron Hershberger said. “Not only to set the attendance record but to smash the previous high proves that well-marketed figure skating events have limitless potential, and that the sport is vibrant and popular among fans of all ages. Beyond that, fans were treated to some of the best figure skating and most exciting competition in all four skating disciplines and at all levels: novice, junior and senior. Spokane has truly set the bar for the future of U.S. Figure Skating events.”
Kimmie Meissner landed a triple-triple combination in both her short program and her free skate on the way to winning her first U.S. title in a deeply talented pool of ladies, which included Emily Hughes and Alissa Czisny.
|1. Kimberly Meissner - 181.68 pts|
|2. Emily Hughes - 180.86 pts|
|3. Alissa Czisny - 177.74 pts|
|1. Mirai Nagasu - 155.46 pts|
|2. Caroline Zhang - 151.88 pts|
|3. Ashley Wagner - 145.86 pts|
Evan Lysacek made a career breakthrough in winning the men’s event, nailing a quad toe-triple toe combination before cleanly landing every element in his program to bring down the house at the Spokane Arena.
|1. Evan Lysacek - 248.88 pts|
|2. Ryan Bradley - 219.21 pts|
|3. Johnny Weir - 213.20 pts|
|1. Eliot Halverson - 187.79 pts|
|2. Brandon Mroz - 178.56 pts|
|3. Austin Kanallakan - 177.94 pts|
In pairs, two new faces emerged: those of new U.S. champions Brooke Castile & Ben Okolski. Their spectacular triple twists brought Spokane Arena to its feet and established them as the team to watch in the future.
|1. Brooke Castile / Benjamin Okolski - 178.40|
|2. Rena Inoue / John Baldwin - 178.15|
|3. Naomi Nari Nam / Themistocles Leftheris|
|1. Keauna McLaughlin / Rockne Brubaker - 162.23|
|2. Bianca Butler / Joseph Jacobsen - 146.83|
|3. Jessica Rose Paetsch / Jon Nuss - 143.27|
While ice dancers Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto won their fourth U.S. title, new talented U.S. ice dancing teams continue to gain notice.
|1. Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto - 202.88|
|2. Melissa Gregory / Denis Petukhov - 187.64|
|3. Meryl Davis / Charlie White - 184.11|
|1. Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates - 167.65|
|2. Madison Hubbell / Keiffer Hubbell - 167.48|
|3. Lynn Kriengkrairut / Logan Giulietti-Schmitt - 142.92|