Where stars are born

This is where skaters become stars. Before they represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics, they make a name for themselves here.

The first U.S. Figure Skating Championships were in New Haven, Conn. in 1914 and they’ve been held nearly every year since. The week-long event has been in Ohio four times previously (Cincinnati once and Cleveland three times) before making its Columbus debut in January 2024 at Nationwide Arena.

They determine the national champions across several skating disciplines and who represents the U.S. in international competitions like the Winter Olympics, World Championships and Four Continents Championships.

Athletes qualify for the championships in a handful of ways — finish top five in the previous year’s senior competition, win a medal at the most recent World Championships or Winter Olympics or qualify for a Grand Prix Final.

Tune into the 2023 Championships on NBC and Peacock January 23–29. Plus, here are some of the top moments from the 2022 event. 

Notable Women’s Champions 

  • Peggy Fleming (5x)
  • Dorothy Hamill (3x)
  • Kristi Yamaguchi
  • Tara Lipinski
  • Michelle Kwan (9x)
  • Ashley Wagner (3x)
  • ​Gracie Gold (3x) 

Notable Men’s Champions 

  • Scott Hamilton (4x)
  • Brian Boitano (4x)
  • Todd Eldredge (6x)
  • Jeremy Abbot (4x)
  • Johnny Weir (3x)
  • Adam Rippon
  • ​Nathan Chen (6x) 

Skater lineup subject to change