Greensboro, N.C., Selected to Host 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
(2/25/09) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of Greensboro, N.C., as the host city for the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 22-30, 2011. The event, held annually since 1914, is the nation's most prestigious figure skating event. Over the course of a week 12 national champions will be crowned in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing on the senior, junior and novice levels.
"This is the first time the U.S. Championships have taken place in North Carolina," said U.S. Figure Skating executive director David Raith. "We're very excited about the opportunity to bring this event to the fans of figure skating in Greensboro and throughout the state."
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue welcomed the selection.
"North Carolina will be a fantastic location for the 2011 U.S. Championships," Perdue said. "We have a proven track record of (hosting) successful major events, and we have great facilities and wonderful volunteers."
Paul Wylie, the 1992 Olympic silver medalist and five-time U.S. medalist who resides in Charlotte and coaches at the Carolinas Figure Skating Club, sees North Carolina's selection as a defining moment for the state.
"The state of North Carolina has never hosted the U.S. Figure Skating Championships," Wylie said. "We have been growing in terms of new ice facilities and having more participants in the sport. With figure skating's premier event coming to the state in less than two years, I expect the growth in figure skating in North Carolina to be tremendous."
The nine-day event is expected to attract approximately 1,500 figure skaters, coaches and officials. Recent U.S. Championships have been held in Spokane, Wash. (2007); Saint Paul, Minn. (2008); and Cleveland, Ohio (2009); and next year's event will once again be held in Spokane.
Tickets for the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 9. Ticket purchases at that time will consist of reservations for All-Event Packages that provide premium seating to every session of the 2011 U.S. Championships. Details will be available at www.NorthCarolina2011.com.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 2:09pm EST | Modified: Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 2:39pm
GSO to host 2011 skating championships
The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
Greensboro will host the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 2011.
Officials with U.S. Figure Skating and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex confirmed the Gate City’s selection at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Mayor Yvonne Johnson said the event, set for Jan. 22-30, 2011, will bring 1,500 skaters to Greensboro. She said the championships will also mean about 8,000 hotel room nights sold and bring about $30 million in total economic impact to the city.
NBC will air about 10 hours of coverage of the event nationally.
Greensboro beat out Kansas City to host the 2011 championships. Hill Carrow, CEO of Sports & Properties Inc., who served as chairman for the city’s bid committee, said Greensboro had competed for the 2010 event as well.
Carrow noted that 2011 will be the first time the championships come to a venue with a competition site, practice rink and fan celebration area all on the same property.
The week-long event will showcase 16 different ticketed events, with competitions for novices on up through skaters who will likely have competed in the 2010 Olympic games. Tickets will go on sale March 9.
More information is available at www.northcarolina2011.com
Saturday, January 22
- Official Practice sessions all day
Sunday, January 23
- Novice Compulsory Dance
- Novice Pairs Short Program
- Novice Ladies Short Program
- Novice Men’s Short Program
- Junior Ladies Short Program
Monday, January 24
- Novice Pairs Free Skate (Finals)
- Novice Free Dance (Finals)
- Novice Men’s Free Skate (Finals)
- Novice Ladies Free Skate (Finals)
- Junior Compulsory Dance
Tuesday, January 25
- Junior Original Dance
- Junior Ladies Free Skate (Finals)
Wednesday, January 26
- Junior Men’s Short Program
- Senior Compulsory Dance
- Senior Pairs Short Program
Thursday, January 27
- Junior Free Dance (Finals)
- Junior Pairs Short Program
- Senior Original Dance
- Senior Ladies Short Program
Friday, January 28
- Junior Pairs Free Skate (Finals)
- Junior Men’s Free Skate (Finals)
- Senior Men’s Short Program
Saturday, January 29
- Senior Pairs Free Skate (Finals)
- Senior Free Dance (Finals)
- Senior Ladies Free Skate (Finals)
Sunday, January 30
- Senior Men’s Free Skate (Finals)
- U.S. Championships Skating Spectacular