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Tickets for one-night RISE event on sale now

Lauer to host broadcast live from Times Square

Matt Lauer of NBC News TODAY Show hosts one-night U.S. Figure Skating event broadcast live from Best Buy Theater in Times Square to nearly 500 theaters.
Matt Lauer of NBC News TODAY Show hosts one-night U.S. Figure Skating event broadcast live from Best Buy Theater in Times Square to nearly 500 theaters. (courtesy NBC News)


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By U.S. Figure Skating
(11/15/2010) - Colorado Springs, Colo. --- U.S. Figure Skating and NCM Fathom today announced tickets are available for RISE, a special one-night Fathom Event celebrating American figure skating and commemorating the 50th anniversary and legacy of the 1961 U.S. World Team tragedy. The event will be broadcast live from the Best Buy Theater in New York City's Times Square to nearly 500 movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT/8 p.m. PT (tape delayed).

Hosted by Matt Lauer of NBC's "The Today Show," the live event will include uniquely choreographed figure skating performances, interviews with American figure skating legends, the premiere of the cinematic feature RISE and more. Evan Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist, and the RISE storytellers are among those scheduled to participate in the event.

Tickets to the event are available at participating theater box offices and online at For a complete list of theater locations and ticket prices, visit the website (theaters and participants may be subject to change).

"It will be an historic and emotional night for U.S. Figure Skating," said Patricia St. Peter, president of U.S. Figure Skating. "Our sport will be showcased like never before as we honor the 1961 World Team and celebrate the joy that figure skating has brought to millions of Americans through the years."

Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Michelle Kwan serve as storytellers in RISE. The five legendary skaters provide the narrative for the cinematic feature by relating the interwoven stories of some of the biggest names and moments in the history of the sport to those on the 1961 U.S. World Team who lost their lives in the crash of Sabena Airlines Flight 548 on its way to the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

"An historic Times Square venue, a host of Matt Lauer's stature and the presence of so many figure skating luminaries will make this event a momentous night for the U.S. Figure Skating family," said David Raith, executive director of U.S. Figure Skating.

RISE will appear in nearly 500 theaters, including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark USA Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Georgia Theatre Co., Goodrich Quality Theatres, Hollywood Theaters, Rave Motion Pictures, R/C Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as The Beacon Cinema (Pittsfield, Mass.), Carolina Theatre (Asheville, N.C.), Palace Cinema 9 (South Burlington, Vt.) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, Pa.), through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network-North America's largest cinema broadcast network.

"U.S. Figure Skating fans of all ages will not want to miss the opportunity to honor and celebrate the lives of those lost in this tragic accident 50 years ago," said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. "RISE brings together skating legends and superstars for one night in an evening of skating and remembrance live from New York for fans in local movie theaters across the country."

Proceeds from RISE and the Feb. 17, 2011, event will be used to further the mission of U.S. Figure Skating's Memorial Fund, which was established Feb. 23, 1961, as a living tribute to those that lost their lives in the crash. The Memorial Fund awards approximately $300,000 annually in grants and scholarships to skaters, recognizing excellence both on and off the ice.

More details about RISE and the Feb. 17, 2011, event can be found at