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How to watch the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

4 Jan

The 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will take place Jan. 5‒12 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) and TD Garden in Boston. The following is a comprehensive listing of how to follow the event:

Television
The 2014 U.S. Championships will have eight hours of live, high-definition coverage of senior-level events on NBC. NBC will also air the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, from 4‒6 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Jan. 18. NBC’s broadcast team will consist of Tom Hammond and Terry Gannon (play-by-play), Scott Hamilton (analyst), Sandra Bezic (analyst), Tracy Wilson (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter). The broadcasts will also be shown on www.NBCOlympics.com.

NBC Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern, subject to change, check local listing)

Schedule

icenetwork.com
In addition to NBC’s coverage, live and on-demand coverage of the competition will be available to Season Pass subscribers on icenetwork. Each of the events not shown on NBC will be available live on icenetwork. The icenetwork announce team is led by  Mike Mancuso, who will be joined in the booth by 2006 Olympic silver medalist ice dancer Tanith Belbin, three-time U.S. champion Michael Weiss and 1996 U.S. silver medalist Tonia Kwiatkowski. Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes will also join the icenetwork team for backstage interviews and analysis. For a detailed schedule, click here.

In addition to the subscriber-based coverage on icenetwork there are a number of ways to use icenetwork to follow the U.S. Championships for FREE! In addition to live results, news stories, photo galleries and athlete bios, icenetwork will also provide a live look behind-the-scenes at the U.S. Championships and a way to interact with the skaters during the competition. To become a registered member, click here to sign up.

Social Scene
During senior-level competition, once selected skaters receive their marks and go through the Mixed Zone; they will enter the Social Scene, which will provide viewers with the opportunity to interact with their favorite competitors. Hosted by YouTube Star Michael Buckley, fans will be able to tweet questions using the hashtag #SocialScene. The video from the Social Scene feed will be free on icenetwork, all you need to do is sign up to become a registered user.

AT&T Ice Desk Live

Ice Desk Live will allow fans to hear insights, reactions and commentary from icenetwork’s assortment of talent covering the Championships. This fast-paced live show will include immediate reactions following competition, previews of what is about to come and questions from fans watching at home. Free to registered users.

“AT&T ICE Desk” Live Streaming Schedule

(All times are Eastern. Schedule is subject to change.)

Thursday, Jan. 9
• Prior to the ladies short program at approximately 7:20 p.m.
• Following the ladies short program at approximately 11:00 p.m. (tentative)

Friday, Jan. 10
• Following the short dance at approximately 4:30 p.m.
• Prior to the men’s short program at approximately 7:45 p.m.
• Following the men’s short program at approximately 11:20 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11
• Prior to the pairs free skate at approximately 2:30 p.m.
• Prior to the ladies free skate at approximately 6:45 p.m.
• Following the ladies free skate at approximately 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 12
• Prior to the men’s free skate at approximately 12:35 p.m.
• Following the men’s free skate at approximately 4:50 p.m.

Live Press Conferences

Pull up a chair and settle in for live press conferences, free on icenetwork to registered users, from the 2014 U.S. Championships. During senior-level competition, the top three finishers in each discipline in the short program and short dance, as well as the top three overall finishers will participate in a press conference roughly 10 minutes after the conclusion of each competition.

In addition to the competitor press conferences, icenetwork will cover the two press conferences on Jan. 12 where the 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Team will be announced.

These will take place at the following times:

Sunday, Jan. 12
Noon – Ladies, pairs, ice dance
7:10 p.m. – Men’s and Olympic Team Event

Social Media

When something happens, and the fans of U.S. Figure Skating need to know about it, social media will provide the answer. Throughout the U.S. Championships, be sure to check the U.S. Figure Skating Facebook , Twitter and Google+ pages for breaking news and to join the discussion. Use the event hashtag #Boston2014.

We Have Our Winners

11 Jun

Since the news that Boston will host the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, U.S. Figure Skating has been running contest for four pairs of tickets to the final skates at the competition at TD Garden.

Twitter winners:

Pairs free skate tickets: Jenny Procida

Men’s free skate tickets: @realdetective (We will contact you)

Facebook winners:

Ice dancing free dance tickets: Georgette McDowell Rogers

Ladies free skate tickets: Allie Marie won with 175 ‘Likes’ on her Haiku
Flying on fresh ice
Spinning and jumps in the air
With pretty white boots.

Congratulations to all the winners who will receive two tickets to each of theses sessions. Stay tuned for more contests and prizes and thanks for participating!

Facebook/Twitter Contest Updates

8 Jun

With the announcement that the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships would be held in Boston, two tickets were given away to each of the free skates in the four disciplines on Facebook and Twitter. The sets of tickets to the pairs free skate and the free dance have been claimed, but the tickets to the laides and men’s free skates are still up for grabs!

Facebook Contest for two tickets to the 2014 ladies free skate:

Objective: Write a Haiku and earn the most ‘Likes’ by Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

How to enter: Visit this Facebook status and write a Haiku.

How to win: Write an awesome Haiku and then promote it on Facebook and Twitter, asking your friends to ‘Like’ your poem. The most ‘Likes’ by Monday at 5 p.m. ET will win.

Twitter Contest for two tickets to the 2014 men’s free skate:

Objective: Get a Twitter celebrity to talk about U.S. Figure Skating.

How to enter: Go on Twitter and tweet at persons with a lot of Twitter followers, if they mention @USFigureSkating and #Boston2014 in a retweet or message, you could win.

Example tweet: Please RT this to help me win tickets to the 2014 Prudential @USFigureSkating Championships in Boston! #Boston2014

How to win: Tweet to people on Twitter with the most followers and hope they interact. If you get a response from someone with a high number of followers, please send an email to socialmedia@usfigureskating.org.

Standings:

@realdetective is in the lead getting a response from someone with 66, 793 followers

The race is still wide open!

U.S. Championship Winners – Boston Edition

8 Jun

Take a trip back through time with the SKATING magazine blog as we take a look at the past winners of the six U.S. Championships held in Boston in anticipation of the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships!

1922, 1926, 1931, 1941, 1962 and 2001

Win Tickets to the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships!

5 Jun

U.S. Figure Skating announced today that the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will be held at TD Garden in Boston. Although tickets for the event will not go on sale until later this summer, we are offering the opportunity to win two free tickets to the men’s free skate session!

The Contest

We want the world to know the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships are coming to Boston and we want as many people on Twitter to see the news! Through Monday at 5 p.m. ET, the person who can get the biggest single Twitter celebrity (account with the most followers) to send out a tweet on their behalf (retweets count) will win the tickets.

The message must contain the U.S. Figure Skating Twitter handle @USFigureSkating and the hashtag #Boston2014

Sample Tweet:

Please RT this to help me win tickets to the 2014 Prudential @USFigureSkating Championships in Boston! #Boston2014

So start tweeting people with lots of followers and you could win the tickets!

We’ll post standings daily, please let us know if we have missed your tweet!

Some good people to try and tweet:

Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) – 25.2 million followers

Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) – 22.8 million followers

Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) – 11.8 million followers

Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) – 11.6 million followers

*Disclaimer, since he is such a big skating fan and we wouldn’t want him to have to choose who to RT, Michael Buckley @buckhollywood will not count.

Boston Selected to Host 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

5 Jun

U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of Boston as the host city for the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 5-12, 2014. The 2014 U.S. Championships will serve as the final qualifying event prior to the selection of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team that will represent Team USA Feb. 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia, at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Competition and practice for the 2014 Championships will be held at TD Garden and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center respectively.

The 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships marks the seventh time the event has been held in Boston (1922, ’26, ’31, ’41, ’62, 2001) and is being hosted by the Skating Club of Boston (SC of Boston).

Boston’s rich skating history stems from the SC of Boston, one of U.S. Figure Skating’s seven founding clubs and the third oldest club in the United States, having been founded in 1912. Seven of the SC of Boston’s members have served as U.S. Figure Skating Presidents (Sherwin Badger, Charles Foster, Hugh Graham, Jr., Charles Rotch, Franklin Nelson, Winsor Weld and Benjamin T. Wright).

The club’s members also include two World and Olympic champions (Dick Button and Tenley Albright), two World Junior champions (Stephen Carriere and Jennifer Kirk), thirteen U.S. champions (Tenley Albright, Sherwin Badger, Dick Button, Suzanne Davis, Lorraine Hanlon Bradley Lord, Gretchen Merrill, Nathaniel Niles, Maribel Vinson Owen, Laurence Owen, Theresa Weld, Joan Tozzer, Roger Turner) and six World Figure Skating Hall of Fame members (Tenley Albright, Dick Button, Cecilia Colledge, Willie Frick, Bud Wilson and Benjamin T. Wright).

2001 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Michelle Kwan won her fourth-consecutive and fifth overall U.S. title. Kwan’s training mate, Timothy Goebel won the men’s championship after a free skate that included a quadruple Salchow-triple toe loop. Both Kwan and Goebel were coached by Frank Carroll at the time, making Carroll the second coach in U.S. history to have both the ladies and men’s champions as pupils (Richard Callaghan first accomplished this feat in 1997 with Tara Lipinski and Todd Eldredge.) Chatham, Mass., native, Todd Eldredge, claimed the men’s silver medal. Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev became the ice dancing champions for the third-consecutive time while Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman won their second-consecutive pairs title. Also in the pairs event, brother-sister duo Danielle and Steve Hartsell nearly withdrew after Steve hit his head on a fall in practice, requiring 12 stitches; however, they decided to compete, winning the short program and placing third overall. Meanwhile, future two-time U.S. champion (2009, ’11) Alissa Czisny placed second in the junior ladies event.

2001 U.S. Championships Medalists

Gold Silver Bronze
Ladies Michelle Kwan Sarah Hughes Angela Nikodinov
Men’s Timothy Goebel Todd Eldredge Matthew Savoie
Pairs Kyoko Ina & John Zimmerman Tiffany Scott & Philip Dulebohn Danielle Hartsell & Steve Hartsell
Ice Dancing Naomi Lang & Peter Tchernyshev Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto Jessica Joseph & Brandon Forsyth

1962 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Barbara Roles won the ladies competition after coming out of retirement following the 1961 plane crash that killed the entire U.S. World Team. SC of Boston’s Lorraine Hanlon took the silver medal. Hanlon had won the 1961 U.S. junior title and had been invited to travel with the 1961 U.S. World Team to participate in the World Figure Skating Championships exhibition; however, she declined the invitation due to school obligations. Like Hanlon, Monty Hoyt had also won the junior title in 1961, but won the men’s title in 1962 ahead of 12 year old Scott Allen. The pairs champions, Dorothyann Nelson and Pieter Kollen finished ahead of two brother-sister teams, Judianne Fotheringill and Jerry Fotheringill and Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph. Nelson and Kollen also placed second in the ice dancing competition just behind the newly formed team of Yvonne Littlefield and Peter Betts.

Also at the 1962 U.S. Championships, future U.S. men’s champions Thomas Litz and Tim Wood won the junior and novice men’s events. Peggy Fleming won the novice ladies silver medal.

1962 U.S. Championships Medalists

Gold Silver Bronze
Ladies Barbara Roles Lorraine Hanlon Victoria Fisher
Men’s Monty Hoyt Scott Allen David Edwards
Pairs Dorothyann Nelson & Pieter Kollen Judianne Fotheringill & Jerry Fotheringill Vivian Joseph & Ronald Joseph
Ice Dancing Yvonne Littlefield & Peter Betts Dorothyann Nelson & Pieter Kollen Lorna Dyer & King Cole

1941 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

In his second-straight win, Eugene Turner took the gold medal in the men’s event. He also became the pairs champion with Donna Atwood. Sandy MacDonald and Harold Hartshorne won their third-consecutive and final ice dancing championship. For Hartshorne, who had previously competed with Nettie Prantell, the victory marked his fifth-straight ice dancing title. Jane Vaughn became the ladies champion for the first time. Vaughn is also the older sister of Arthur Vaughn, who won the men’s silver at the 1941 Championships and became the men’s champion in 1943. Finishing just behind Vaughn was Gretchen Merrill, a SC of Boston skater who went on to win six-consecutive U.S. titles (1943-48).

In addition to her pairs success with Eugene Turner, Donna Atwood also won the junior ladies title.

 1941 U.S. Championships Medalists

Gold Silver Bronze
Ladies Jane Vaughn Gretchen Merrill Charlotte Walther
Men’s Eugene Turner Arthur Vaughn William Nagle
Pairs Donna Atwood & Eugene Turner Patricia Vaeth & Jack Might Joan Mitchell & Bobby Specht
Ice Dancing Sandy MacDonald & Harold Hartshorne Elizabeth Kennedy & Eugene Turner Edith Whetstone & A.L. Richards

1931 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

SC of Boston skaters dominated the 1931 Championships as Roger Turner and Maribel Vinson each won their fourth-consecutive titles in the ladies and men’s events. Vinson also won the pairs silver medal with fellow SC of Boston member, George Hill. Like Vinson, James Madden represented the Boston club in two events, men’s and pairs. He finished second in men’s and third in pairs with his sister, Grace Madden. Another Boston skater, Sherwin Badger, won his second-consecutive pairs title with Beatrix Loughran (Loughran represented the Skating Club of New York). In ice dancing, longtime SC of Boston members Theresa Weld Blanchard and Nathaniel Niles won the original dance while Edith Secord and Ferrier Martin won the Waltz. (Prior to 1936, the ice dancing event was held as two separate events).

Ice dancing champion Joseph Savage with Marjorie Parker (1936) and Edith Secord (1929-30) won the junior men’s crown.

1931 U.S. Championships Medalists

Gold Silver Bronze
Ladies Maribel Vinson Edith Secord Hulda Berger
Men’s Roger Turner James Madden George Hill
Pairs Beatrix Loughran

& Sherwin Badger

Maribel Vinson

& George Hill

Grace Madden

& James Madden

Ice Dancing Waltz: Edith Secord & Ferrier Martin Waltz: Clara Frothingham & Harold Hartshorne Waltz: -
Original Dance: Theresa Weld Blanchard & Nathaniel Niles Original Dance: Edith Secord & Ferrier Martin Original Dance: Clara Frothingham & George Hill

1926 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

SC of Boston’s Theresa Weld Blanchard and Nathaniel Niles won their eighth pairs championship. Niles also competed in the men’s event, placing second behind Chris Christenson. Beatrix Loughran won her second-consecutive championship. The winners of the ice dancing events were Sydney Goode and James Greene (Fourteen Step) and Rosalie Dunn and Joseph Savage (Waltz). (Prior to 1936, the ice dancing event was held as two separate events).

Roger Turner won the junior men’s crown. In addition to winning the ladies title, Beatrix Loughran also won the junior pairs event with Raymond Harvey.

1926 U.S. Championships Medalists

Gold Silver Bronze
Ladies Beatrix Loughran Theresa Weld Blanchard Maribel Vinson
Men’s Chris Christenson Nathaniel Niles Ferrier Martin
Pairs Theresa Weld Blanchard & Nathaniel Niles Sydney Goode & James Greene Grace Munstock & Joel Liberman
Ice Dancing Waltz: Rosalie Dunn & Joseph Savage Waltz: Sydney Goode & James Greene Waltz: Edna Gutterman & Frederick Gabel
Fourteen Step: Sydney Goode and James Greene Fourteen Step: Virginia Slattery & Ferrier Martin Fourteen Step: Edna Gutterman & Frederick Gabel

1922 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

SC of Boston skaters won four out of the five championship events. In singles, Sherwin Badger won his third-consecutive men’s title and Theresa Weld Blanchard won her third-consecutive ladies title. Weld Blanchard also won her fourth pairs and ice dancing (Fourteen Step) titles with Nathaniel Niles. Beatrix Loughran and Edward Howland won the Waltz with Weld Blanchard and Niles finishing just behind them in second. (Prior to 1936, the ice dancing event was held as two separate events).

1922 U.S. Championships Medalists

Gold Silver Bronze
Ladies Theresa Weld Blanchard Beatrix Loughran -
Men’s Sherwin Badger Nathaniel Niles -
Pairs Theresa Weld Blanchard & Nathaniel Niles Mrs. Edward Howland & Mr. Edward Howland Edith Rotch & Francis Munroe
Ice Dancing Waltz: Beatrix Loughran & Edward Howland Waltz: Theresa Weld Blanchard & Nathaniel Niles Waltz: Mrs. Henry Howe & Mr. Henry Howe
Fourteen Step: Theresa Weld Blanchard & Nathaniel Niles Fourteen Step: Mrs. Henry Howe & Mr. Henry Howe Fourteen Step: Ella Snelling & Sherwin Badger
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