Public transit is probably your best bet. This link above has more information.
That said, something to note:
According to the PR material from USFS here is the top 5 attended Skate America events (cumulative):
2008 Everett - 29,477 (big boost from Yuna Kim's presence at the event)
2002 Spokane - 28,644
2010 Portland - 23,362
2004 Pittsburgh - 17,906
2001 Colorado Springs - 17,312
Those kind of numbers must resonate with USFSA. Combined with the fact that Kent got a positive plug from Disson Skating for a great turnout at a show there in January, explains why they ultimately choose another West Coast city.
Also, since figure skating is so popular in Japan, the Seattle area is an ideal place because there are a lot of nonstop flights from Toyko to Seattle and Vancouver (about 3 hours north) and despite the terrible jet lag (as you cross the int'l dateline) -- the flights themselves are relatively short (12-13 hours). Perhaps they took that into account?
I think the USFSA is really underestimating this area because skating is quite popular in this part of the country and I think turn-out would be just awesome for anywhere north of Washington D.C.
It's been over 10 years since any east coasters could even poke Nationals with a 200-mile stick...
After reading that article it said that it was based in the pandora ice show. Again....not many televised skating cheesefest shows happen ok the east coast. And apparently there has to be a Hilton hotel nearby. The last Skate America in the east coast was in 2009 in Lake Placid. They hardly televise skating competitions on television anymore. I think that's one of the reasons they can't get people to attend!
My favorite is the University of Anchorage's mascot, the "Sea Wolf" (Tonichelle's school. ) This is a mythological creature of the Inuits which has the distinction of being the only figure besides the thunderbird that was used for totem poles by several different nations.
Sea Wolf (bottom) - Raven.
Ben Agosto was pictured with "Cool Bird," the mascot of the Seattle Thunderbirds who play at the Kent Showare Arena.
Edited to add:: No, I changed my mind. My favorite Pacific Northwest mascot is the Evergreen College geoducks ("gooey-ducks") in Olympia. If you have ever seen one...
Last edited by Mathman; 05-07-2012 at 06:31 AM.
That is so cool, Math. I never knew that.
What is terrible about it, Toni? I'm just curious. Is it lack of resources or course variety? Uncongenial fellow students? Ill-equipped professors?
About how many students attend?
Back to the sites on the West Coast, I do feel that the relative closeness of that area to Japan and Korea might help influence event planners in the future. This is a bit of a bummer for people like me, but it makes sense in terms of skating revenue and the continued health of the sport.