U.S. Figure Skating Selected To Host 2007 Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs (Photo courtesy of Experience Colorado at Pikes Peak)

(4/19/06) - U.S. Figure Skating, in conjunction with the International Skating Union (ISU), announced today the selection of Colorado Springs, Colo., as the host city for the 2007 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. The competition will be hosted by U.S. Figure Skating and will take place Feb. 5-11, 2007, at the Colorado Springs World Arena and World Arena Ice Hall. This marks the second-straight year U.S. Figure Skating will host the event in Colorado Springs.

“U.S. Figure Skating is thrilled to bring this international event back to Colorado Springs,” U.S. Figure Skating President Ron Hershberger said. “The city proved to be an excellent host in 2006, and we are excited to welcome the world's top figure skaters back to the United States for this event. We thank the ISU for entrusting us with this wonderful event once again.”

Colorado Springs has been the host to numerous international figure skating events throughout the history of the sport. The city hosted the ISU Grand Prix Final in December of 2003. It has also been the backdrop to five World Championships, two World Junior Championships, three Skate Americas and six U.S. Championships. Capacity of the World Arena is approximately 7,500.

The Four Continents Championships is the equivalent of the European Championships for the world's top skaters in North America, Asia, Australia and Africa. More than 100 athletes from 12 countries are expected to compete in the event. At the 2006 event the U.S. Team won six of the 12 available medals: Katy Taylor won gold in ladies while Bebe Liang won bronze, Matt Savoie won bronze in men's, Rena Inoue & John Baldwin won gold in pairs, and Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto won gold in ice dancing while Morgan Matthews & Max Zavozin won silver.

The 2007 event marks the ninth year of the Four Continents Championships. Tickets for the event will go on sale in the fall of 2006.