Marshalls Challenge To Be Broadcast Live With Audience Voting

Evan Lysacek
Photo by Michelle Harvath

(11/1/05) - U.S. Figure Skating is pleased to announce today the details of the exciting and innovative Dec. 11 Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge (formerly the Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Showcase) taking place in Boston, Mass., at Agganis Arena at Boston University. The event will change gears this Olympic year to feature skaters performing exhibition programs during a live television broadcast on ABC from 1-3 p.m. EST. The live television audience and fans in the arena will vote for their favorite performances, ultimately determining the winners.

Skating at Agganis Arena at Boston University will be a star-studded field of ladies and men's singles. Scheduled to participate in the ladies field are five-time World and nine-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan, two-time World silver medalist Sasha Cohen, 2005 Skate Canada champion Alissa Czisny and 2005 World Junior bronze medalist Emily Hughes. The men's field is scheduled to include two-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel, World bronze medalist Evan Lysacek and two-time Olympian Michael Weiss. Athletes are subject to change, and additional athletes may be added at a future date.

The challenge and live ABC broadcast will begin with each skater performing one exhibition. Fans can call a 1-900 number to vote for their favorite performance. The two ladies and two men receiving the most call-in votes will then skate a second exhibition program on live TV, resulting, again, in a final call-in vote.

Tickets for the Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge go on sale at 12 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 7, and can be purchased at Agganis Arena at Boston University Ticket Office located at 925 Commonwealth Avenue (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.),, by calling Ticketmaster at 617.931.2000 or online at Ticket prices are $50, $75 and $150. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or larger by calling 617.358.7000.

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