So the reason why the USFSA has been slow on announcing what city will host the 2010 U.S. Nationals...major format change for Nationals!
The current week-long event will now be stretched to nine days and take place over two weekends. The Championship schedule will look a lot like the schedule skaters have at the Olympics. In non-Olympic years, the event will revert back to it's normal week-long schedule.
All of this is to capitalize on the extra cash that can be obtained from extra attention the event gets in Olympic years. It also gives NBC extra time to push the Olympics which at this point would only be a month away. I can also report that six cities (one we know is Detroit) are bidding on the event and the USFSA will decide at it's May meeting were the event will be. This is tentaively the Championship Event's schedule for 2010:
Jan. 15: pairs short program (afternoon) and men short program (night).
Jan. 16: pairs free skate final (afternoon).
Jan. 17, men free skate final (afternoon).
Jan. 20, dance compulsories (night).
Jan. 21, women's short program (night).
Jan. 22, original dance (night).
Jan. 23, dance free skate (afternoon), women free skate (night).