Strong International Field Confirmed for 2012 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

(2/2/12) - One of the strongest U.S. and international fields available will compete at the 2012 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships Feb. 9-12 at the Colorado Springs World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. Now in its 14th year, the event is sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU) and features skaters from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Following the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships last week in San Jose, Calif., the U.S. named its team, which includes three newly crowned U.S. champions. They will compete in a field that includes six Olympic and World medalists as 102 athletes from 17 countries are set to compete.

LADIES
Ashley Wagner won her first U.S. title Saturday in San Jose. She will compete at the Four Continents Championships for the first time since 2008. Joining her are Agnes Zawadzki, the 2012 U.S. bronze medalist, who lives and trains in Colorado Springs and attends Cheyenne Mountain High School, and Caroline Zhang. The international field is highlighted by 2010 Olympic silver medalist and World champion Mao Asada of Japan and 2012 Canadian silver medalist Cynthia Phaneuf.

MEN'S
Adam Rippon, the 2012 U.S. silver medalist, is also a previous Four Continents champion, claiming gold in 2010. The 2012 U.S. bronze medalist Ross Miner of Boston is the third entry for the U.S. The international field will be led by 2011 World champion Patrick Chan of Canada, who trains at the Colorado Springs World Arena Ice Hall. Another top competitor in the field is 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan. U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott was forced to withdraw from the event due to an injury and will be replaced by 2011 U.S. silver medalist Richard Dornbush.

PAIRS
Caydee Denney & John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. champions, teamed up in May and train in Colorado Springs. This competition marks their first major international championship. Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker look to improve upon an eighth-place finish at this event a year ago. Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig are 2010 Olympians and three-time U.S. medalists. Wenjing Sui & Cong Han of China are two-time World Junior champions. They competed at both the junior and senior levels this season and won six total medals. Newly minted Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford will compete for a medal.

ICE DANCING
Meryl Davis & Charlie White lead Team USA into Colorado Springs. Having won 10 consecutive gold medals, the duo are four-time reigning U.S. champions, 2011 World champions and 2010 Olympic silver medalists. They will defend their 2011 Four Continents title. Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani, who previously trained in Colorado Springs, return to the area and look for another Four Continents medal. The two-time U.S. silver medalists earned silver last year. Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue won bronze last week in San Jose after teaming up in the spring. Davis and White will be challenged for gold by Canada's Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, the 2010 Olympic champions. Virtue and Moir won the short dance at this event last year before Virtue was injured and the team was forced to withdraw shortly into their free dance.

Starting at $9 per event, tickets for 2012 Four Continents Championships are available online at www.2012fourcontinents.com or at the World Arena box office.

The event will air live on Universal Sports, while icenetwork.com will provide live and on-demand coverage of the Four Continents Championships to subscribers. For more information, please visit www.icenetwork.com.

2012 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
Universal Sports Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern, subject to change, check local listings)


BROADCAST DATE

EVENT

TIME (ET)

Thursday, Feb. 9

LIVE Men's short program

10 p.m.-midnight

Friday, Feb. 10

LIVE Ladies short program

5:30-7:30 p.m.

LIVE Men's free skate

11 p.m.-1 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11

LIVE Pairs short program

4-5 p.m.

LIVE Short dance

7-8 p.m.

LIVE Ladies free skate

11 p.m.-1 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12

LIVE Pairs free skate

3-4:30 p.m.

LIVE Free dance

5:30-7:30 p.m.

2012 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
icenetwork.com Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern, subject to change)


BROADCAST DATE

EVENT

TIME (ET)

Thursday, Feb. 9

LIVE Men's short program

8:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10

LIVE Ladies short program

3 p.m.

LIVE Men's free skate

9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11

LIVE Pairs short program

3 p.m.

LIVE Short dance

5:30 p.m.

LIVE Ladies free skate

9 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12

LIVE Pairs free skate

2 p.m.

LIVE Free dance

4:45 p.m.

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