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Play it again, Spokane: the sooner, the better

Yamaguchi 060My final, final thoughts on the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships:

Barb Beddor rolled her eyes

That happened Saturday, when I told her Spokane should be in a regular rotation as the host city for nationals.

"What can I bribe you with not to write that?" Beddor said, laughing.

Sorry, Barb.  Your event management company -- Star USA, run by Beddor and her husband, Toby Steward -- and the staff of the Spokane Arena and the good people of this attractive, little big city (population 202,000) did such a brilliant job with the event for the second time in four years that I think nationals should return at least once every six years.  (Truth be told, I would rather it be once every four years.)

If I were giving a grade of execution for the 2010 nationals, as judges do with skaters, it would be the maximum plus-3.

Although attendance for senior championship competition was down from the 2007 nationals by about 1,000 per session, Spokane set another overall meet attendance record, 158,170, beating the 2007 mark by nearly 4,000.  That earlier record is 25,000 more than for any other nationals.

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