2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America to be Held in Detroit
(3/25/13) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of Joe Louis Arena in Detroit as the host venue for 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America. The international event is the first of six stops on the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Competition will take place Oct. 18-20.
"We look forward to returning to Detroit," David Raith, executive director, U.S. Figure Skating, said. "There is a great figure skating culture in the Detroit metro area and we are confident their enthusiasm for the sport of figure skating will extend to fans and supporters throughout Michigan and the Midwest."
Skate America, the premier annual international figure skating competition held in the United States since 1979, returns to Detroit for the fourth time (1995, '97, '98). The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit-Dearborn will be the official host hotel for the event. Hilton HHonors celebrates its third year as title sponsor of Skate America.
The event will feature three days of competition in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. The field of competitors will include 52 world-class athletes, some of whom will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Past Skate America titlists include five-time World champion and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan and Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Evan Lysacek. Meryl Davis and Charlie White (West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), two-time World ice dance champions (2011, '13) and 2010 Olympic silver medalists, have won three straight Skate America ice dance titles. They grew up in the area and train at the Arctic Figure Skating Club in nearby Canton, Mich.
"We are so excited that Detroit will host Skate America this fall," Davis and White said. "Over the years, Detroit has solidified itself as one of the top training cities in the world for figure skating. We are looking forward to hosting the international skating community in our hometown."
Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow, five-time U.S. and two-time Skate America ice dance champions, will serve as honorary chairs for Skate America. Punsalan coaches, while Swallow is the managing director at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
The complete list of athletes selected to compete at the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America will be announced June 1. The 2013 Skate America website, that will include event and All-Event ticket package information, will be live in early May.
Skate America will be the first of six events that make up the 2013 Grand Prix Series. Other stops include Skate Canada (St. John, New Brunswick), Cup of China (Beijing), NHK Trophy (Tokyo), Trophee Eric Bompard (Paris) and Rostelecom Cup (Moscow). Skaters earn points throughout the Grand Prix Series to qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final each December. The 2013 Grand Prix Final will be held Dec. 5-8, in Fukuoka, Japan.NBC will kick-off their season-long coverage of the ISU Grand Prix Series with two hours live at Skate America from 4-6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Oct. 20. Icenetwork.com will stream live coverage of the entire Grand Prix Series on a subscription basis. NBC will carry same-weekend coverage of the remaining Grand Prix events, while Universal Sports will broadcast live and delayed coverage throughout the Grand Prix season. Broadcast details will be announced at a later date.