Second Annual U.S. Figure Skating Champs Camp Gets Underway Friday

Ashley Wagner, Keauna McLaughlin and Stephen Carriere share a laugh at last year's Champs Camp.

(6/12/08) - All 34 of U.S. Figure Skating's A and B Envelope athletes and their coaches will gather at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 13-15 for U.S. Figure Skating's second annual Champs Camp.

The purpose of Champs Camp is to prepare elite U.S. athletes and coaches for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, assist with planning and setting goals, improve communication skills, implement programs to enhance training, clarify U.S. Figure Skating policies and procedures, give media training and highlight the organization's marketing efforts.

Champs Camp gets underway Friday with an assortment of photo and video shoots, followed by a dinner for members of the World Team and U.S. champions. Friday evening also features a keynote address by 1992 Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie.

Attendees will sit in on a number of seminars and lectures Saturday. The day concludes with a team-building activity.

Sunday morning consists of presentations on Athlete High Performance and the international judging system. The athletes then will get to show their lighter side as they perform "roasts" of coaches and officials.

Several attendees will remain in Colorado Springs beyond Monday for individual performance assessments.

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