Archive | August, 2014

Weiss Foundation’s Ice Champions LIVE! to celebrate 10th anniversary

29 Aug

The 10th anniversary Michael Weiss Foundation Ice Champions LIVE! will take place on Sunday, Sept. 14 at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md.

The event, which starts at 4 p.m. ET, brings some of the brightest stars of figure skating to the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area for a great cause — to support scholarships for Olympic figure skating hopefuls.

Tickets are on sale at www.MichaelWeiss.org for this fundraiser, sponsored by Smucker’s and Pandora.

Weiss, a three-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian, created this event a decade ago, each year bringing the most famous faces in figure skating to the Washington, D.C. region.

Some of the stars expected to participate are 2014 Sochi Olympic U.S. medalist Ashley Wagner, Olympic champion and TV star Brian Boitano, U.S. champions Mirai Nagasu, Alissa Czisny and Ryan Bradley, as well as Bel Air, Md., native Kimmie Meissner, former World and U.S. champion.

Also scheduled to perform are former U.S. medalists Adam Rippon, Richard Dornbush and Dan Hollander, as well as European medalists and Olympic ice dancers Sinead Kerr and John Kerr. Weiss’ daughter, Annie Mae, will sing.

Ice Champions LIVE! is like no other figure skating event, in large part due to the intimate setting of the venue. Weiss twists like a tornado in the air, landing in front of the on-ice seats. Each skater brings something different to the ice, providing an evening of chills and thrills, in a fun-filled atmosphere.

The Michael Weiss Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers scholarships to aspiring Olympians and is currently sponsoring 19 recipients. Knowing first-hand how much money it takes to get an athlete to the Olympics, Weiss gives young skaters this opportunity through his scholarships. He established the Michael Weiss Foundation as a way of giving back to the sport that his given him so much.

Limited on-ice seating is available. Ticket prices range from $30 to $50 with VIP opportunities, which include meeting and socializing with some of the biggest stars in skating.

In addition to the ice show, there will be a silent auction that features skaters’ personal memorabilia. This silent auction also has hundreds of items both from the world figure skating community as well as local artists, jewelers and restaurateurs.

The 10th anniversary Michael Weiss Foundation Ice Champions LIVE! will take place on Sunday, Sept. 14 at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md.

 Boitano - Photo by Andrea Chempinski

 

Kerrs - Photo by Andrea Chempinski

Michael Weiss presents "Ice Champions Live!"

Looking back on #ChampsCamp2014

27 Aug
Champs Camp

The athletes had some fun during the Saturday night group photo.

Another successful Champs Camp is in the books! The U.S. Figure Skating High Performance Department welcomed 40 athletes and their coaches to the Olympic Training Center and Colorado Springs World Arena for the five-day camp. As always, camp started with a keynote speech, this year delivered by Paralympic gold medal sled hockey player Andy Yohe. The trip to The Centennial State also included photos shoots, meetings, a presentation by celebrity makeup artist Robin Black, multiple practice sessions, team building and closed-door competition simulation that allowed athletes to receive feedback as they prepare for the upcoming season.

 

Some athletes have already competed in summer non-qualifying competitions, some debuted their programs in Colorado Springs and many, including Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, begin their 2014-15 campaign in just two weeks at the 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City.

 

“There is something so special about being among our sport’s top American athletes and preparing for the 2014 season and also for the next four years,” Scimeca said. “The skaters become united with one another and share excitement and determination for the new season. Champs Camp is a great way to ignite the fire within us to make our country proud on the international scene.”

 

Of the 40 athletes on hand, a quarter of them participated in their first Champs Camp. The rookies were the most excited, and probably the most tired. Angela Wang referred to her brain as fried on more than one occasion but still relished the opportunity to be invited to camp.

 

“The entire experience was so incredible,” Wang explained. “It was amazing to see how everything came together. I’ve learned so much in the past few days and hope to be back again next year!”

 

Check out this Facebook gallery for photos taken by U.S. Figure Skating staff and those shared by our athletes. Enjoy!

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