I can't believe NBC didn't replay Angela Maxwell's free skate at the 2009 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. I mean, they replayed a whole bunch of other stuff from previous days and how could they not replay her free skate? It was amazing -- a total standout! Angela came in 13th in the short and seventh in the free - She finished eighth overall in her senior debut. (Last year she competed as a junior and won the silver medal and the previous year she competed as a novice and won the gold.) (photo at right, Angela at the Ice House in Hackensack, New Jersey)
Skating to Themes from Inuyasha in her free skate, Angela completed six triples and she has such spring and snap to her jumps which made her long program really exciting to watch. The judges awarded her 101.20 points for the program and oh, what could have been, if her short program marks had been a little higher. For you all icenetwork subscribers, do check out her short and long programs on icenetwork's video page.
But anyway, I asked Angela to sum up her experience from Nationals after she had returned home to New York (she recently relocated from Dallas). I've received a number of inquiries from folks in Japan who wanted to congratulate her on her performance. Angela's mother is Japanese and I think there is a lot of appreciation from the Japanese skating fans for great skaters, and it doesn't hurt that one of their own, so to speak, is doing so well. Here is what Angela wrote: