Special events planned surrounding the U.S. Figure Skating Championships coming to the Greensboro Coliseum
2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek to perform at 2011 SMUCKER’S Skating Spectacular
-Olympic champion will also film exhibition for cinematic feature RISE –
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Jan. 6, 2011) – U.S. Figure Skating announced
today that 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek will participate in the
Smucker’s Skating Spectacular held on the final Sunday of the 2011 AT&T
U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the Greensboro Coliseum in
Greensboro, N.C. The Spectacular will be taped on Sunday, Jan. 30 for
broadcast on NBC Saturday, Feb. 5 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. ET.
Following the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, ticketholders will be
invited to remain in the arena for the taping of two uniquely
choreographed performances that will be broadcast as part of the U.S.
Figure Skating event RISE, on February 17. Randy Gardner, 1979 World
pairs champion and choreographer on the television show “Skating with
Celebrities,” will choreograph both special skating pieces for RISE,
including the exhibition by Lysacek.
As an official spokesperson for RISE, Lysacek will be in Greensboro
during the Championships to promote the February 17 event by skating in
the Spectacular and filming his RISE exhibition performance.
A special one-night Fathom event that will celebrate American figure
skating while commemorating the 50th anniversary and legacy of the 1961
U.S. World Team tragedy, RISE will be broadcast live from the Best Buy
Theater in New York City’s Times Square to more than 500 movie theaters
nationwide on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT/6 p.m.
MT/8 p.m. PT (tape delayed). Hosted by Matt Lauer, co-anchor of the NBC
News “TODAY Show,” the event will include Lysacek’s taped performance,
interviews with American figure skating legends, the nationwide premiere
of RISE and more.
Tickets for the Feb. 17 event are available at participating theater box
offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com
The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held annually since 1914, is the
nation’s most prestigious figure skating event and one of the most
televised and most-watched annual sporting events in the country. The
2011 event will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, where all
three major components of the event-competition, practice and
FanFest-will be featured under one roof.
All-Event, Weekend, Matinee and Evening ticket packages, as well as
single-session tickets for the 2011 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating
Championships are on sale. To purchase tickets, visit
– About U.S. Figure Skating –
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of
figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States
Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure
Skating is made up of 743 member, collegiate and school-affiliated clubs
and more than 990 Basic Skills programs representing approximately
176,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of
the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes,
officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the
rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.
– About RISE –
Commissioned by U.S. Figure Skating, the cinematic feature RISE will
celebrate American figure skating while commemorating the 50th
anniversary and legacy of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team that
perished in a plane crash on its way to the World Championships in
Prague, Czechoslovakia. Produced and directed by 16-time Emmy Award
winners Lookalike Productions, RISE will tell the compelling stories
around the sports’ growth in popularity over the years and feature
various luminaries of American figure skating. Proceeds from RISE will
be used to further the mission of U.S. Figure Skating’s Memorial Fund,
which was established on Feb. 23, 1961, as a living legacy of those who
lost their lives. RISE will premiere in theaters nationwide on Feb. 17,
2011, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the tragedy.