2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America

Dates: Oct. 21-23, 2011
Location: Ontario, Calif.

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Tickets

Single-session tickets for 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
All-event tickets for 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

All-Event Ticket Map (JPEG)

Single Session Ticket Prices & Schedule (subject to change)

DATE SESSION TIMEEVENTSGOLD TICKETSILVER TICKETFUTURE CHAMPIONS TICKET* (12 & under)
Friday, Oct. 21 1 7 p.m.Men's Short and Short Dance$35$25$15
Saturday, Oct. 22 2 11:45 a.m.Men's Free and Free Dance$40$30$15
Saturday, Oct. 22 3 7 p.m.Pairs Short and Ladies Short$35$25$15
Sunday, Oct. 23 4 1 p.m.Pairs Free and Ladies Free$40$30$15
Sunday, Oct. 23 5 7 p.m.Skating Spectacular (top four finishers in each discipline perform)$30$20$15

*Future Champions tickets are only applicable at the silver level in terms of seating selection. (i.e. An adult can buy two silver tickets and 2 Future Champions tickets, and get four together.)

Hotel

The official spectator hotel for 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America is:

Embassy Suites Ontario Airport
3663 East Guasti Road
Ontario, CA 91761

Rate: $114/night (includes breakfast and nightly manager's reception)

Visit the 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America reservation site to book your rooms.

COMPETITORS

The lineup of skaters scheduled to compete at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America is available for download here (PDF).

News


FAQ and Event Policies

Download and review the FAQ and Event Policies (PDF) for 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America.

Arena

2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America will be held at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The seating chart for all-event ticket packages can be viewed here (JPG).

Volunteers

Volunteer applications are being accepted for 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America. Please fill out the volunteer online application.

Schedule (subject to change)
Detailed Schedule (PDF)

Official Practice (Thurs.) - Music Rotation - Ladies (PDF)
Official Practice (Thurs.) - Music Rotation - Men's (PDF)
Official Practice (Thurs.) - Music Rotation - Pairs (PDF)
Official Practice (Thurs.) - Music Rotation - Ice Dancing (PDF)

Thursday, Oct. 20
11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Official practice (open to public)

Friday, Oct. 21
10:30 a.m.-4:35 p.m.: Official practice (open to public)
7 p.m. - Session 1: Men's short program, short dance (competition)

Saturday, Oct. 22
9-11:15 a.m.: Official practice (open to public)
11:45 a.m.-3 p.m. - Session 2: Men's free skate, free dance (competition) -- LIVE ON NBC
3-3:30 p.m.: Men's and dance awards
3:45-6 p.m.: Official practice (open to public)
7-10 p.m.: Pairs short program, ladies short program (competition)

Sunday, Oct. 23
8:30 a.m.-noon: Official practice (open to public)
1-4:40 p.m. - Session 4: Pairs free skate, ladies free skate (competition)
4:45 p.m.: Pairs and ladies awards
7-9 p.m. - Session 5: Skating Spectacular (exhibition)

Skate America

Skate America is an Olympic-style international figure skating event featuring three days of competition in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. The event, which is one of six annual events in the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Series, annually attracts approximately 60 world-class figure skaters. Past champions include five-time World champion Michelle Kwan and Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Evan Lysacek.

History
The goal for the 1979 Norton Skate was simple: for Lake Placid to host a major competition in preparation for the 1980 Olympics.

A few decades later, that small event has grown into a premier international competition that is part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

The Olympic Regional Development Authority created the Norton Skate as part of the city's Flaming Leaves Festival, which took place only four months before the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.

The Flaming Leaves Festival unveiled the new Olympic Village and ice arena, and the Norton Skate competition was the festival's highlight.

The competition returned to the Olympic Arena again in 1981, when the event was named Skate America.

From the beginning, Skate America was an invitational competition. Organizers invited top skaters from around the world to compete. This was significant because at the time, there were only a handful of international competitions in which skaters could compete.

In 1995 former U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director Jerry Lace and skating federation presidents from four participating countries - Canada, France, Germany and Japan - decided to make Skate America part of a "World Cup Championship-type" series. What became known as the Champions Series combined Skate America with four other international figure skating competitions as a unified, point-earning series.

In 1996 Russia joined the five skating federations, adding the Cup of Russia to the Champions Series. The ISU recognized the six events and formed a commission to assign skaters to each event. In 1998 the Champions Series became the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

From 2001-05, the event was known as Smart Ones Skate America. A new sponsor was found in 2009, when it was known as Cancer.Net Skate America.

Each year at the conclusion of the series, the athletes' points are totaled. The top six point-earners in ladies, men, pairs and ice dance are invited to compete at the ISU Grand Prix Final.

Traditionally, Skate America is the first competition of the series, which also includes Skate Canada, NHK Trophy, Cup of China, Trophee Eric Bompard and Rostelecom Cup (formerly Cup of Russia). In 2009, with the dates of the Grand Prix Series adjusted to accommodate the Olympic schedule, Skate America was the fifth event in the series, and in 2010 it was the fourth. In 2011, it returns to the first event in the series.

The competition has made stops in 18 different cities, including multiple times in Lake Placid (three); Portland, Maine (twice); Colorado Springs (three); and Detroit (three). Many of the great names in figure skating have competed in Skate America, including Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, Alexei Yagudin, Todd Eldredge, Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, and Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto.

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