Skate America is getting so close. I'm so excited...I could just spit!
Rena Inoue and John Baldwin will be amongst the competitors at the event and have set their sights on the top of the podium. It won't be easy for the two time U.S. National Champs to get there.
Three teams will provide an affective barrier to Inoue and Baldwin's ascent including the reigning National Champions McLaughlin and Brubaker. Also competing in Everett are the reigning World Champions Savchenko and Szolkowy. Russian upstarts Mukhortova and Trankov will also vie for the top spot.
Rena and John will also compete at the NHK Trophy in Tokyo, Japan. Rena is originally from Japan and had to give up her Japanese citizenship to become an American citizen and compete for the U.S. at the 2006 Olympic Games where she became the first to land a Throw Triple Axel (see video below) in International competition.
This summer, NHK T.V. followed Rena and John around and chronicled her transition from Japan to America which will air during the NHK Trophy. Also, as many of you know, John proposed to Rena in front of a packed audience at XCel Energy Center in St. Paul during the 2008 U.S. National's...and she accepted!
I'm looking forward to getting this season underway and wish Rena and John all the luck in the world!