Jan. 28, 2008 – Four of the top female figure skaters in the nation, the youngest collection of stars in the history of U.S. skating, waved from the top of the podium Saturday night at the U.S. national championships.
Gold medal winner Mirai Nagasu, who at 14 is the second-youngest U.S. “women’s” champion ever, along with a trio of ladies in waiting: 15-year-old Rachael Flatt, 16-year-old Ashley Wagner and 14-year-old Caroline Zhang.
Unfortunately, three of the four cannot go to the World Championships in March because of a minimum-age rule that is enforced at only one big competition this year, the same competition that is so essential to sending a young skater on her way to greatness. The Worlds.
Christine Brennan wonders why U.S. officials don’t leap to these young skaters’ defense. Read more.