It's time for U.S. Sectionals!
San Jose Mercury News article by Elliott Almond:
U.S. Figure Skating has moved its 2021 championships from San Jose to Las Vegas because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Poch, San Jose Sports Authority executive director, said Monday the move was inevitable because of local public health department guidelines.
“The only thing we could plan for were the guidelines in place today,” he said. “I can’t guess what the scenario will be in two months now.”
Organizers also held out hopes of having spectators. But concerns grew as the event drew closer.
“Forget about the fans,” Poch said. “Can we get all the competitors, and figure skating staff and the NBC crew” in the facility?
Poch said holding the championships was complicated by being indoors unlike the San Francisco 49ers and San Jose Earthquakes. The 49ers and Earthquakes have held home games this year without fans after getting county approval in late summer.
The move to Las Vegas also forced the cancelation of a new high-performance camp for about 200 young skaters at Solar4America Ice in San Jose.
American skating officials this year created the National Development Camp for juvenile, intermediate and novice athletes instead of having them compete at the U.S. championships.
Now San Jose is scheduled to play host to the championships a year after the Beijing Winter Games. Poch said he expects to have increased interest in 2023, particularly if Americans do well in Beijing.