U.S. Figure Skating has announced that 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America will be held on October 19-21 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington (Seattle).
All-Event Tickets (Public tickets will go on sale May 5th at 1 p.m. ET)
*Single session tickets will be available at a later date*
The list of athlete entries for the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, including Skate America, will be announced on May 21, 2012.
Thursday, Oct. 18: Official Practice 11 a.m. (All times Pacific)
Friday, Oct. 19: Pairs short, Men’s short 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Ladies short, Short dance 12:30 p.m., Men’s free, Pairs free 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21: Free dance, Ladies free 11:45 a.m., Skating Spectacular (exhibition) 6 p.m.
Skate America on TV
NBC Sports will broadcast coverage of the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series throughout the fall, including a live afternoon broadcast from 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America.
NBC’s broadcast from ShoWare Center is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. (ET) on Oct. 21. (subject to change)
Live and on-demand streaming of the event will also be available with details to be released later this summer.
About Skate America
Skate America is an Olympic-style international figure skating competition held since 1979 that will feature three days of competition featuring 52 world-class figure skaters in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing. Skate America is one of the six events that makes up the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Skate America champions include five-time World champion and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan and Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Evan Lysacek.
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating
The Grand Prix Series, now in its 18th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final Dec. 6-9, in Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Athletes will compete for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series. Skate America was accepted into the Grand Prix Series in 1995, when the series was developed.
2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America
Last year, 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America took place from Oct. 21-23 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The event featured future 2012 World champions Carolina Kostner and Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy. Team USA earned two of the four gold medals as 2012 U.S. silver medalist Alissa Czisny claimed the ladies crown by .13 points ahead of Kostner and 2012 World silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned ice dancing gold by nearly 22 points. The top U.S. male was Richard Dornbush who finished in fourth place behind Michal Brezina and the top U.S. pair was Caydee Denney and John Coughlin who finished in fourth behind Savchenko and Szolkowy.