| Hamilton would go on to win the event again in 1981 and 1982, and ultimately a gold medal in the 1984 Sarajevo Games. Skate America has continued this tradition of producing Olympic champions.
Competing this year are some of the United States’ top athletes who are hoping to compete at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. They include:
Sasha Cohen – After 3 ½ years away from competition, the 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist returns to the ice in Lake Placid in her quest for Vancouver Gold.
** Update Sasha Cohen withdraws from Skate America
Rachel Flatt – The Colorado High School Senior and two-time reigning U.S. Silver medalist is being mentored by America’s Sweetheart and former Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill. Rachel is considered to be a medal contender.
Evan Lysacek – Evan capped last season by winning the 2009 World Title in Los Angeles. He has finished 2nd or 3rd in each of the last four Skate America events.
Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto – World Ice Dancing silver medalists and 2009 Cup of China gold medalists, this pair has won five gold medals and four bronze – the most in the event’s history.