Catching Up with Tiffany Langston
December 2017
 

In January, aussieSKATES will be sending our very own guest reporter to cover the 2018 United States Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, California.

We thought it would be fun to do a quick Q & A with Tiffany Langston, one of the co – hosts of Justin Laem’s YouTube Figure Skating Channel. Tiffany will be representing aussieSKATES, as well as Laem’s site, during the week – long event.


When and why did you first become interested in competitive skating?

My mom is a really big Brian Boitano fan. I remember watching the 1988 Olympics with her when I was three years old and seeing Brian win the gold medal. But I really started to become a fan myself after watching Paul Wylie win the silver in 1992.

Can you skate? 

I can. I've been taking lessons for a few years. I want to master my single loop and single lutz in 2018.

Who are your favourite skaters?


So many! Michelle Kwan, Mao Asada, Paul Wylie, Todd Eldredge, Adam Rippon, Ashley Wagner, Daisuke Takahashi, Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Yuzuru Hanyu, Mirai Nagasu, Jeff Buttle, Stephane Lambiel, and Kristi Yamaguchi.

Which skaters have you met in person?

I've met Paul Wylie, Adam Rippon, Jeremy Abbott, and Michael Weiss

What was the first event or competition you attended in person as a spectator?

My first show was Stars on Ice 1994. My first live competitive event was Worlds 2016 in Boston.

What has been your most exciting skating - related moment.

Being in the arena for Worlds 2016 was magic! There were so many great, lights-out performances, not only from medalists like Javier Fernandez, Duhamel & Radford, and the Shibutanis, but also Mirai Nagasu, Grant Hochstein, Adam Rippon, and Max Aaron. If I had to pick just one performance, I'd have give it to Ashley Wagner. The atmosphere during her long program was electric.

How did you become involved with Justin Laem’s YouTube channel?

I met Justin on Twitter and then in person at the 2016 World Championships. I've always enjoyed his videos, and when he asked if I wanted to join him for a recap, I didn't hesitate.

How much preparation goes into being a guest co-host? 

To prepare, I make sure to watch all of the performances. I try to watch live, or at least a full broadcast replay. If that's not available, I catch all of the performances on YouTube. I also review the protocols, especially if the scoring is crazy, and I'll sometimes rewatch specific performances, segments, or elements based on the protocols. 


2018 United States Figure Skating Championships
December 29, 2017 - January 7, 2018
San Jose, California

San Jose has twice hosted the United States Figure Skating Championships, in 1996 and 2012.

Ladies and men's singles, pairs, and dance couples will compete in juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior and senior divisions for podium placements and personal bests. Berths for the Olympic Winter Games, World Championships, Four Continents Championships, and Junior World Championships teams will also be determined.

aussieSKATES: Figure Skating DownUnder's aim is to also source and post as many of the top competitive performances from the event as possible on our Facebook Page.

With focus particularly on senior competition, look out for skaters in the following categories.

Senior Ladies Senior Men
   
Mariah Bell Max Aaron
2017 United States Championships - 3rd 2013 United States Championships - 1st
2017 World Championships - 12th 2016 World Championships - 7th
2016 ISU Grand Prix Series - Skate America - 2nd  
  Jason Brown
Karen Chen 2015 United States Championships - 1st
2017 United States Championships - 1st 2015 World Championships - 4th
2017 World Championships - 4th  
  Nathan Chen
Mirai Nagasu 2017 United States Championships - 1st
2017 United States Championships - 4th 2017 Four Continents Championships - 1st
2017 Four Continents Championships - 3rd 2017/18 GP Series Final - 1st
2016 World Championships - 10th  
  Adam Rippon
Bradie Tennell 2016 United States Championships - 1st
2017 United States Championships - 9th 2016 World Championships - 6th
2017 ISU Grand Prix Series - Skate America - 3rd  
  Vincent Zhou
Ashley Wagner 2017 United States Championships - 2nd
2017 United States Championships - 2nd 2017 Junior World Championships - 1st
2016 World Championships - 2nd  
   
Senior Pairs Senior Dance
   
Ashley Cain & Tim LeDuc Madison Chock & Evan Bates
2017 United States Championships - 3rd 2015 United States Championships - 1st
2017 Four Continents Championships - 9th 2016 World Championships - 3rd
  2015 World Championships - 2nd
Marissa Castelli & Mervin Tran  
2017 United States Championships - 2nd Kaitlyn Hawayek & Jean - Luc Baker
2016 Four Continents Championships - 6th 2014 Junior World Championships - 1st
   
Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue
2017 United States Championships - 1st 2017 United States Championships - 3rd
2015 World Championships - 12th 2014 Four Continents Championships - 1st
2013 Junior World Championships - 1st  
  Rachel Parsons & Michael Parsons
Tarah Kayne & Danny O'Shea 2017 Junior World Championships - 1st
2016 United States Championships - 1st 2016 Junior World Championships - 2nd
2016 World Championships - 13th  
2014 Four Continents Championships - 2nd Lorraine McNamara & Quinn Carpenter
  2016 Junior World Championships - 1st
Alexa Scimeca - Knierim & Chris Knierim 2015 Junior World Championships - 2nd
2015 United States Championships - 1st  
2017 World Championships - 10th Maia & Alex Shibutani
2016 Four Continents Championships - 2nd 2017 United States Championships - 1st
  2017 World Championships - 3rd
Deanna Stellato & Nathan Bartholomay 2016 World Championships - 2nd
2017 United States Championships - 4th 2011 World Championships - 3rd

Here are some quick reference links to check out:

 
Justin Laem's YouTube Channel
Justin Laem's & Tiffany Langston's recap of the 2017/18 Grand Prix Series Final
 
2018 United States Figure Skating Championships - Official Web Site
 
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