<strong>Hallmark Skating Showcase Features Three Olympic Champions</strong>
Oksana Baiul Joins Boitano and Gordeeva at Skating Spectacular in Colorado Springs
(April 14, 2003 - New York) - The addition of Olympic gold medallist and World champion, Oksana Baiul, brings to three the number of Olympic champions who will be sharing the ice in celebration of Mother's Day at the Hallmark Skating Showcase, at the Colorado Springs World Arena, Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Hallmark Cards, Inc., is sponsoring this one-time skating event.
Baiul, who is returning to the ice after a two-year hiatus, won the gold medal in women's figure skating for her lyrical performance at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. She will be joined by Olympic and World champion, Brian Boitano and two-time Olympic pair champion, Ekaterina Gordeeva.
Also skating in this special event, will be three-time U.S. National pair champions and World silver medalists, Jenni Meno and Todd Sand, two-time Olympic silver medalist and World champion Brian Orser and Four Continents and World Junior champion, Jennifer Kirk.
Recently added to the cast will be two-time European champion and Olympic medalist, "Jumpin'" Josef Sabovcik, European bronze medalist and Russian National silver medalist, Victoria Volchkova, Junior National champion, Parker Pennington, current Novice National champion, Colin Pennington and Junior National medalist, Danielle Kahle.
Lea Ann Miller, United States World and Olympic team member, is the director for the event. Brian Orser will serve as choreographer. A portion of the live performance will be televised on the CBS Network Saturday, May 3, between 2:00 and 3:00 pm EDT.
Tickets, which range in price between $19.50 and $39.50 (special VIP seating also available upon request) are currently on sale at the World Arena box office, all TicketsWest locations or by calling (866) 464-2626, or online at www.ticketswest.com. Senior, child, and military discounts are available. Group discounts are available by calling (719) 477-2100.
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