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Greensboro, N.C., Selected to Host 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
|The Greensboro skyline|
Photo courtesy of the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
(2/25/09) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of Greensboro, N.C., as the host city for the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 22-30, 2011. The event, held annually since 1914, is the nation's most prestigious figure skating event. Over the course of a week 12 national champions will be crowned in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing on the senior, junior and novice levels.
“This is the first time the U.S. Championships have taken place in North Carolina,” said U.S. Figure Skating executive director David Raith. “We're very excited about the opportunity to bring this event to the fans of figure skating in Greensboro and throughout the state.”
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue welcomed the selection.
“North Carolina will be a fantastic location for the 2011 U.S. Championships,” Perdue said. “We have a proven track record of (hosting) successful major events, and we have great facilities and wonderful volunteers.”
Paul Wylie, the 1992 Olympic silver medalist and five-time U.S. medalist who resides in Charlotte and coaches at the Carolinas Figure Skating Club, sees North Carolina's selection as a defining moment for the state.
“The state of North Carolina has never hosted the U.S. Figure Skating Championships,” Wylie said. “We have been growing in terms of new ice facilities and having more participants in the sport. With figure skating's premier event coming to the state in less than two years, I expect the growth in figure skating in North Carolina to be tremendous.”
The nine-day event is expected to attract approximately 1,500 figure skaters, coaches and officials. Recent U.S. Championships have been held in Spokane, Wash. (2007); Saint Paul, Minn. (2008); and Cleveland, Ohio (2009); and next year's event will once again be held in Spokane.
Tickets for the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 9. Ticket purchases at that time will consist of reservations for All-Event Packages that provide premium seating to every session of the 2011 U.S. Championships. Details will be available at www.NorthCarolina2011.com.