Sites of 2015, '16 U.S. Championships announced
Greensboro, N.C., and Saint Paul, Minn., to host next two nationals
|Saint Paul provides the ideal backdrop for the U.S. championships. (courtesy of the City of Saint Paul)|
The 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro are slated for Jan. 18-25, 2015, at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The event was last held in Greensboro in 2011. The Greensboro Coliseum is undergoing major renovations that are expected to be completed in time for the championships. For more information, please visit www.2015uschampionships.com.
The 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Saint Paul will take place Jan. 16-24, 2016, at the Xcel Energy Center. The city of Saint Paul also hosted the 2008 U.S. Championships. Please visit www.2016uschampionships.com for information.
"U.S. Figure Skating is excited to return to two great host cities for the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Championships," U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director David Raith said. "U.S. Figure Skating and its athletes, fans and officials had positive experiences in both Greensboro and Saint Paul. As we begin a new Olympic quad leading up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, we are confident those experiences will be even better."
Champions will be crowned in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing at the senior, junior, novice, intermediate and juvenile levels of the U.S. Figure Skating competitive structure. The addition of the intermediate and juvenile levels to the U.S. championships, which will begin at the 2013 U.S. Championships, will add approximately 100 competitors to the event.
The U.S. championships, which serve as the final qualifying event for the U.S. World Figure Skating Team and the U.S. Olympic Team every four years, annually attract more than 1,600 athletes, coaches and officials to the host community, and has generated up to $30 million in economic impact for recent host cities.
Both events will be broadcast live on NBC and online at icenetwork.com.
The 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships are set for Jan. 20-27, 2013, in Omaha, Neb.