Friday, April 4, 2008

14th U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships coming to Lake Placid April 9

LAKE PLACID — The 14th annual U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships will be held April 9 to 12 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.

More than 800 adult skaters are expected to compete at the historic Lake Placid Olympic Arena throughout the four-day event. The Skating Club of Lake Placid and the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) will host the event for the fifth time since 1996.

Icenetwork.com, U.S. Figure Skating and MLB Advanced Media’s partnership will provide on-demand video coverage of the event for “Season Pass” subscribers. The site will also feature near-live results, event recaps and photo galleries for subscribers and non-subscribers.

Competitors are divided into five age categories (21-28, 29-35, 36-45, 46-55 and 56+), and two tracks (masters and adult). Events are held in singles, pairs, ice dancing and interpretive. Feature categories include championship masters ladies and men; championship gold ladies and men; championship pairs; and championship ice dancing. Competitors qualifed for these six events through their placements at their respective sectional championships, held March 8 and 9.

The U.S. Adult Championships debuted in 1995 to offer an opportunity to skaters ages 25 and older to compete at the highest level among their peers.

Organizers of the 1995 event in Wilmington, Del., expected 100 competitors, but 421 signed up and competed in 626 starts (competitors often take part in more than one event). By 2000, more than 1,000 starts highlighted the U.S. Adult Championships.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous SusanAtLifeskate said...

I hope you will also check out some stories I put together for Lifeskate.com on the 2008 Adult Nationals:
http://www.lifeskate.com/skate/adult_nationals/index.html

I will also have a nice piece on ice dancing that will be ready in a few weeks!

June 25, 2008 at 2:21 PM  

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