U.S. Champs begin this weekend in San Jose
Official practice starts Saturday, Jan. 21
|U.S. Championships commence on Sunday, Jan. 22 from San Jose, Calif. (courtesy U.S. Figure Skating )|
By U.S. Figure Skating
(01/19/2012) - Colorado Springs, Colo. - The 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will be held Jan. 22-29, in San Jose, Calif., at HP Pavilion at San Jose. All competition will be held at HP Pavilion with practices taking place at the competition arena and Sharks Ice at San Jose. More than 250 figure skaters will compete at the novice, junior and senior levels for 12 U.S. titles in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. Several members of the 2011 U.S. World Team are set to compete, including reigning U.S. champions Alissa Czisny (ladies) and Meryl Davis & Charlie White (ice dancing). Ryan Bradley, the 2011 U.S. men's champion, announced his retirement in May. Richard Dornbush and Ross Miner, the current U.S. silver and bronze medalists, respectively, will compete. Reigning pairs champion John Coughlin takes the ice with new partner Caydee Denney. He won last year's event with former partner Caitlin Yankowskas, while Denney is an Olympian with previous partner Jeremy Barrett. Official practice begins Saturday, Jan. 21, for all four novice disciplines and junior ladies and men's. Competition starts Sunday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. (PST) with the novice pattern dance. NBC will provide seven hours of live, high-definition coverage of senior-level events, including two hours in primetime. In total, NBC will air nine hours of skating, which includes the two-hour Smucker's Skating Spectacular, airing from 2-4 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Championships will be carried in more than 127 countries and be available to nearly 300 million homes worldwide. NBC's broadcast team of Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Scott Hamilton (analyst), Sandra Bezic (analyst), Tracy Wilson (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter) will call the action from HP Pavilion. In addition to NBC's coverage, live and on-demand broadcast coverage will be available to Season Pass subscribers on icenetwork.com. The icenetwork.com team, led by Mike Mancuso, features former Olympic, World and U.S. competitors. Returning to the broadcast booth are Tonia Kwiatkowski, a three-time U.S. medalist, and Peter Carruthers, the 1984 Olympic silver medalist. Joining the broadcast team in San Jose are Sarah Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion and Kim Navarro, a two-time U.S. medalist. Johnny Weir, an Olympic and World competitor who announced today his intent to return to competitive figure skating for the 2012-13 season, will also work on the announce team. Icenetwork.com will offer extensive free coverage of the U.S. Championships including live results, exclusive backstage interviews and features from press conferences and the mixed zone, and behind-the-scenes photos. Carruthers will host the AT&T Ice Desk Live before and after the men's short program and after the ladies and men's free skates. Kwiatkowski, Navarro, Weir, Hughes and other guests will make appearances at the Ice Desk to discuss various topics and give their perspective on the competition. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.skatesanjose2012.com. Click here for the icenetwork.com broadcast schedule.