That lone bronze medal in 2007 had been the lowest U. And here is the outlook in the other three disciplines: MEN -- The story here will be whether the United States can hold onto a third spot for the 2012 worlds. The other two members of the team for Tokyo, world meet rookies Richard Dornbush and Ross Miner, could surprise if a) each feels as little pressure as he did as a podium longshot at nationals; and b) each skates an error-free program as he did at nationals. That's all the results -- and quality of skating -- from the U. It would be the fourth time in five years dating to 2007 that Team USA has won just one medal. The difference is the one medal this year could be special, since Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who earned the sole prize (silver) in 2010, have a shot at the first ice dance gold in U. If Davis and White can't beat the Canadians at Four Continents , it's unlikely they will do it at worlds a month later in Tokyo. The two months between now and worlds should give him a chance to build stamina lacking because he began serious training so late.Between them and consistent Jeremy Abbott, can the U.

Hindered by calf and hip injuries in the past year. Championships, 2008-2012: 4th, 3rd, 11th, 12th, 4th.

Has had some injury problems and was reprimanded and fined for not disclosing injury before 2011 World Championships.

Chinese-Canadian (born in Canada; parents from Hong Kong). Has posted six of the best scores ever, including the record of 280.98 at the 2011 Worlds.

skater to win Olympic gold since Brian Boitano in 1988.

Switched coaches and training bases, moving away from Frank Carroll, to cut down on commute and get a change of scenery.

– Caroline Zhang (USA): 2007 world junior champion, then 2nd the next two years.

Like Alissa Czisny, she spins clockwise, a relative rarity in figure skating.

– Alissa Czisny (USA): 2010 Grand Prix Final champion, the last significant win by a U.

Figure skating has one of the more interesting competition series, spreading out its best competitors over the course of a season and building toward a couple of big events with the big names. And yet the USA has somehow become a juggernaut in ice dancing, with Meryl Davis and Charlie White picking up the torch from Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto.

So the big names are frequently active (unlike swimming or gymnastics) but they’re not facing each other every week (unlike skiing World Cup circuits). men are indeed overdue at the World Championships — they haven’t medaled in the past three, tying the longest drought since the 70s — but Evan Lysacek is the reigning Olympic champion. The USA’s “A” team, which gets full funding, has one man, one woman, one pair and ice dancing duos. A decade of dominance ended suddenly at the 2012 Worlds.

6-9, Grand Prix Final, Sochi, Russia March 10-17, London, Ontario Qualifying For Grand Prix Final: A couple of skaters enter three of the six Grand Prix events, but most will enter two. The rest are selected by committee, based on recent performances in big events. 22, and you can get a discounted rate of .95 (down from .95). NBC also will have a lot of delayed coverage, including all the Grand Prix events, and the network will go live during the U. The folks at were kind enough to compile their schedule. – Mao Asada (Japan): Olympic silver medalist, two-time world champion (2008, 2010).