Spin to Win

Sam Chambers
Benjamin Shou ‘16 finished at the top of the 2012 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships this past December.
At the 2012 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships (Dec 10-14, 2011, East Lansing, MI), Benjamin Shou ‘16 posted a personal best score of 46.21 points in his Juvenile Boys free skate qualifying round, performed to music from Concierto de Aranjuez. Shou’s free skate opened with a double Axel followed by a double Lutz-double loop jump combination and concluded with two level 4 spins, the highest spin level in figure skating. The clean program placed him in 3rd and advanced him to the final round, where he finished 6th. Shou also received Special Achievement Awards (achieve +2 GOEs for spins) from the U.S. Figure Skating Association. His current national ranking is 6th.
The annual United States Junior Figure Skating Championships (JN’s) is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating. The competition, formerly known as the U.S. Junior Olympic Figure Skating Championships, is the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event for the first two levels of the U.S. Figure Skating competitive structure: juvenile and intermediate. It has served as a stepping stone for elite athletes who have enjoyed success at the senior level. Over 300 athletes competed at the 2012 JN’s in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. Singles skaters qualify for the U.S. Junior Championships by finishing in the top four at one of nine regional championships held throughout the country in October. Benjamin won the bronze medal in the Southwestern Regional Championships (8 states) in October in Grapevine, TX.
Ben has dedicated much of his life to figure skating starting at the age of 6. His weekly practice regimen has helped him garner numerous medals from state, regional, to national and international level competitions. A member of the Texas Gulf Coast Figure Skating Club, Ben is in his second trip to making the nationals.