Colorado Springs, Colo. (April 8, 2008) – More than 600 adult skaters from around the country will compete April 9-12 in the 14th annual U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships at the historic Lake Placid Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. This year marks the fifth time since 1996 that the Skating Club of Lake Placid and the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) have hosted the event.
Competition begins Wednesday, April 9 with the bronze and silver events. The championship masters and gold events start Friday, April 11 at the Herb Brooks Arena and conclude Saturday, April 12.
Icenetwork.com will provide on-demand video coverage of the2008 U.S. Adult Championships for “Season Pass” subscribers. The site will also feature near-live results, event recaps and photo galleries for subscribers and nonsubscribers.
Competitors are divided into five age categories (21-28, 29-35, 36-45, 46-55 and 56+) and two tracks (masters and adult). Events are held in singles, pairs, ice dancing and interpretive. Competitors qualified for the championship and championship gold events by placing in the top four at their respective sectional championships.
Event schedules are located under the “Adult Championships” tab on the Skating Club of Lake Placid’s web site, www.lakeplacidskating.com/newsite.
Amy Entwistle (Central Carolina FSC) is the highest-finishing returning skater in the championship masters ladies division, having earned the silver medal at the 2007 event in Bensenville, Ill. She will compete against a talented field that includes 2006 U.S. masters ladies champion Natalie Shaby (All Year FSC).
The championships masters men’s gold and silver medalists from 2007 are both returning for this year’s competition. Davin Grindstaff (Georgia FSC) and Larry Holliday (Windy City FSC) finished first and second, respectively, at last year’s event. Holliday is the first adult skater to land a successful triple jump – a Salchow at the 2004 U.S. Adult Championships.