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2010 AT&T U.S. Championships schedule released

Senior men will skate on Day 1 of the competition

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(09/15/2009) - SPOKANE, Wash. --- The official event schedule for the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will transform the Spokane Arena into the nation's liveliest and most exciting sporting venue in exactly four months, was released today. The hopes and dreams of America's best skaters will hinge on their performance at the event as they vie for a U.S. title and the ultimate prize -- selection to the U.S. figure skating team that will compete 18 days later in Vancouver.

"It's only fitting that the people who helped make the 2007 U.S. Championships the amazing success that it was and have purchased their same seats to see the 2010 U.S. Championships are rewarded with the opportunity to see the senior men's competition the very first day," said Toby Steward, president of Star USA and chairman of the 2010 U.S. Championships. "We'd like to thank Larry Kriwanek, our chief referee, for his tireless work in creating a schedule that accommodated the unique needs of the athletes during this Olympic year."

With the 2010 Olympic Winter Games beginning in Vancouver just 18 days after the completion of the 2010 U.S. Championships, the U.S. Championships event schedule has been adjusted to provide approximately a four-week training period from the end of each senior-level event to the start of the same event in the Olympic schedule. Therefore, all the senior events will take place over two weekends, with senior-level men's and pairs the first weekend, and senior-level ladies and ice dancing the second weekend.

2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships Schedule

Friday, Jan. 15
Junior men's short program
Championship pairs short program
Championship men's short program

Saturday, Jan. 16
Championship pairs free skate (Live on NBC)
Junior pairs short program

Sunday, Jan. 17
Championship men's free skate (Live on NBC)
Novice men's short program
Novice pairs short program
Junior men's free skate

Monday, Jan. 18
Novice ladies short program
Novice pairs free skate
Novice men's free skate
Junior pairs free skate

Tuesday, Jan. 19
Novice compulsory dance
Novice ladies free skate
Junior compulsory dance

Wednesday, Jan. 20
Novice free dance
Junior ladies short program
Junior original dance

Thursday, Jan. 21
Championship compulsory dance
Junior free dance
Championship ladies short program

Friday, Jan. 22
Junior ladies free skate
Championship original dance

Saturday, Jan. 23
Championship free dance (Live on NBC)
Championship ladies free skate (Live on NBC)

Sunday, Jan. 27
Smucker's Skating Spectacular

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held annually since 1914, is the nation's most prestigious figure skating event. The 2010 competition will take place Jan. 14-24 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane and be nationally televised live on NBC and webcast on icenetwork.com. Over the course of nine days, the event will crown 12 national champions in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing on the senior, junior and novice levels. The 2010 U.S. Championships are the final event before the selection of the figure skating team that will compete for the United States 18 days later in Vancouver.

Tickets for the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships are currently on sale and are available by calling 888.SK8.2010, visiting the Spokane Arena box office, or online at www.spokane2010.com.

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 comprised of more than 700 member clubs, collegiate clubs, and school-affiliated clubs and more than 900 registered Basic Skills skating schools representing approximately 170,000 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.