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March Madness Without the Basketball

Elizabet Tursynbayeva, the first woman to land a quadruple jump in any ladies competition.
Photo By David W. Carmichael –

Personally, I’ve never really been much of a basketball fan. Not because I have anything against basketball I just never grew up watching it. So, when I hear the term March Madness I think of a lot of things other than basketball.

What I have grown up participating in, watching and loving is figure skating. March is a huge month in figure skating with major competitions happening almost every weekend.

Late January marked the US. Figure Skating Championship and March started out with U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, followed by the Junior World Figure Skating Championships, Junior World Synchronized Skating Championships, World Figure Skating Championships and will conclude with the World Synchronized Skating Championships.

So instead of being glued to the television screen and constantly checking spots center for the latest basketball highlights I spend the month of March constantly watching figure skating.

And this year’s competitions were something I would call madness, however, not in a bad way. This year’s competitions brought groundbreaking moments that shocked the world and even set some records.

To list a few:

  1. Alysa Liu was crowned the youngest ever U.S. ladies champion at only 13 years old
  2. Haydenettes won their 27th strait U.S. championship in synchronized skating
  3. The Skyliner’s became the first U.S. team to win back to back medals at the Junior World Synchronized Skating Championships
  4. Nathen Chen won back to back world championship, something that hasn’t been done by a U.S. man since Scott Hamilton in 1981-1984
  5. Elizabet Tursynbayeva of Kazakhstan became the first woman to land a quadruple jump in any senior ladies’ competition

So, next year when you get ready to make your brackets maybe place some bets on which skaters you think will do well because basketball isn’t the only sport that has a crazy month of March. Who knows, maybe you’ll get lucky, after all, many of these competitions take place around St. Patrick’s Day.

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