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U.S. Adult Championships starts April 21 in Michigan

On-demand video coverage will be available for Season Pass subscribers

Judy Sargent and Craig Joeright blew past the competition in the championship pairs event.
Judy Sargent and Craig Joeright blew past the competition in the championship pairs event. (U.S. Figure Skating)

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(04/09/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - More than 400 athletes and 50 officials will descend on Grand Rapids, Mich., from April 21-25 for the 2009 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships. The event, sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating and hosted by the Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club (GGRFSC), will take place at the Patterson Ice Center.

Icenetwork.com will provide on-demand video coverage of the event for Season Pass subscribers in the continental United States and U.S. territories. The site will also feature near-live results, event recaps and photo galleries for subscribers and non-subscribers.

Competitors in this annual event are divided into five age categories (21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60 and 61+) and two tracks (masters and adult). Events are held in singles, pairs, ice dancing and interpretive. Skaters qualify for the championship and championship gold events by placing in the top four at one of three sectional championships held earlier in the year.

The U.S. Adult Championships were held in nearby Ann Arbor, Mich., three times previously (1999, 2002, 2003), and Grand Rapids partnered with the Detroit Metro Council to host the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in 2006.

For more information about the 2009 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, visit www.ggrfsc.org/an09 or contact Denise Hendershot, GGRFSC president and event co-chair, at dshendershot@gmail.com or Melissa Garland, event co-chair, at melissag915@scbglobal.net. For media credentials, please visit the event Web site or contact Becca Staed, U.S. Figure Skating communications coordinator, at rstaed@usfigureskating.org.

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 comprised of more than 763 member clubs and Basic Skills Programs representing approximately 179,000 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.