US Figure Skating Championship 2013: Top Skaters to Watch in Omaha

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIJanuary 25, 2013

OMAHA, NE - JANUARY 24:  Ashley Wagner competes in the Ladies Short Program during the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at CenturyLink Center on January 24, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championship will take place this weekend in Omaha, and it's sure to showcase some of the best.

Despite lacking some depth compared to other nations, the U.S. still has some of the most exciting skaters to watch.

You can be sure they'll be pulling out all the stops this year.


Ashley Wagner

The undisputed top women's figure skater in the U.S.—and No. 3 overall in the world—Ashley Wagner is sure to steal the show this weekend in Omaha.

The 21-year-old is vying for her second U.S. Championship gold in a row. No one has had a repeat since Michelle Kwan's eight golds in a row from 1998 to 2005.

Wagner is unique in that she spins clockwise when skating, which is always interesting to see.

Her wide range of spins and jumps make her one of the most exciting skaters on the ice. If you're hoping to get a glance at the best of the best, here she is.


Agnes Zawadzki

With the world championships coming up in March, U.S. women's figure skating is in a tough spot. Wagner is the country's No. 1, but there's no solid No. 2.

The spot previously belonged to Alissa Czisny, but due to a setback in her recovery from a dislocated hip she has pulled out of the event.

One candidate who just happens to be competing in Omaha is Agnes Zawadzki.

The 18-year-old Zawadzki took the gold in the junior division in 2010 and has slowly crept her way into the senior circuit. She took the pewter in 2011 and bronze last year.

If you're hoping to get an inside look at the possible future of women's figure skating in the United States, keep an eye out for Zawadzki.


Jeremy Abbott

Just like Wagner, if you're looking to watch someone who dominates his event, tune in to see Jeremy Abbott for the men's side of things.

Abbott is a three-time winner in the men's single event, capturing his previous medals in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

He's currently ranked seventh in the world.

The 27-year-old has dealt with some injury issues, but he seems to have put them behind him. You can be sure he'll secure his position as the top men's competitor in Omaha.



Meryl Davis and Charlie White

Meryl Davis and Charlie White have dominated the ice dancing event in the United States.

The pair head to Omaha looking for their fifth straight U.S. Championship gold, which would make them just the fourth couple to achieve such a feat.

Davis and White swept away the competition last year, beating out second place by 13.0 points.

They are currently ranked No. 1 in the world in ice dancing, according to The chemistry and perfection these two master are a must-see.