COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced that ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto as its Team of the Month for March 2009.
Five-time U.S. ice dancing champions Belbin and Agosto captured the World silver medal in their return to competition. The team had been sidelined since an injury to Agosto’s back forced their withdrawal from the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Competing in their ninth straight World Championships, Belbin and Agosto claimed their fourth World medal, and their second silver. Belbin and Agosto earned this same honor from the USOC in January and February 2006.
Belbin and Agosto have been selected to compete in the inaugural 2009 ISU World Team Trophy, taking place April 16-19 at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. The U.S. team will also include two-time U.S. silver medalist Rachael Flatt, U.S. bronze medalist Caroline Zhang, and U.S. pairs silver medalists Caydee Denny and Jeremy Barrett.
– U.S Figure Skating –
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 763 member clubs and Basic Skills Programs representing approximately 179,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.