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Quad debate sizzling before figure skating nationals

By: BRIAN GOMEZ
January 13, 2010
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photo - Broadmoor Skating Club member Brandon Mroz will attempt a quad toe loop at the U.S. Championships, which begin Friday in Spokane, Wash. Mroz needs a top-three finish to qualify for the Vancouver Games next month. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Broadmoor Skating Club member Brandon Mroz will attempt a quad toe loop at the U.S. Championships, which begin Friday in Spokane, Wash. Mroz needs a top-three finish to qualify for the Vancouver Games next month. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 

Johnny Weir isn’t buying the hype about the quad toe loop, an eye-popping, four-rotation jump that has turned figure skating upside down, with the possibility of high scores and a climb toward the podium as well as downgraded marks and a tumble into mediocrity.

“You don’t have to out-quad somebody,” he said. “You have to out-skate somebody.”

For most skaters eyeing Olympic berths, the quad will take a backseat to clean programs, flashy routines and crowd-pleasing vibes of energy at the U.S. Championships that begin Friday in Spokane, Wash.

Broadmoor Skating Club members Rachael Flatt and Alexe Gilles can punch their tickets to Vancouver with top-two finishes, and Broadmoor members Ryan Bradley and Brandon Mroz need top-three finishes. The U.S. has 10 Olympic quota spots – three men, three ice dancers, two women and two pairs.

Weir pointed to Evan Lysacek – his 2006 Olympic teammate won the world title last year without a quad because of a stress fracture in his left foot – as evidence “you have to have the whole package. If you can do a quad toe or a quad salchow, great. Good for you. Why can’t you spin? Why can’t you do clean edges in your footwork?”

Mroz sees value in the quad.

“That puts you in a different league,” he said. “It’s risky, but it’s full of rewards.”

Karate reform

Colorado Springs resident Tim Howell was named to a USA Karate board that’s chaired by John Dipasquale. The new board, in place after a restructuring mandated by the U.S. Olympic Committee, held its first meeting Sunday at the Olympic Training Center.

Figure skating programs

The Pioneer Fund contributed $630,000 to establish a trust that will support U.S. Figure Skating’s scholastic honors team. Paul and Francine Mozer launched a $25,000 matching gift incentive for U.S. Figure Skating’s collegiate skating program.

Etc.

Colorado Springs residents James Moontasri and Steven Ostrander are participating in a USA Taekwondo national team selection camp that runs through today at the OTC. It’s a qualifier for the Pan American Championships this year and the U.S. Open next month in Las Vegas. … The Pikes Peak Cup, a gymnastics competition, will be held Feb. 19-21 at the OTC. It’s a qualifier for the Nastia Liukin Cup in March in Worcester, Mass. … USA Volleyball will hold tryouts for its women’s national team Feb. 19-21 at the OTC. … The USA Wrestling junior world team trials are May 21-22 at the OTC. … OTC judo player Myles Porter will compete March 25-29 at the visually impaired world championships in Antalya, Turkey. … The Ultimate Players Association elected USA Swimming business development managing director Matt Farrell to its board.

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