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San Jose selected to host 2018 U.S. Championships

Competition to serve as final qualifying event before 2018 Olympic Games
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SAP Arena will serve as the main competition venue for the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. -Julie Belanger, 111th Aerial Photo Squadron

San Jose, California, will host the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, U.S. Figure Skating announced Monday. The 2018 U.S. Championships, which will take place Dec. 29, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018, will serve as the final qualifying event before the selection and announcment of the skaters who will represent Team USA at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Competition and practice at the 2018 U.S. Championships will be held at SAP Center and Sharks Ice at San Jose. Senior competition will be Jan. 4-7, while juvenile-through-junior athletes will compete Dec. 30-Jan. 4.

"U.S. Figure Skating is excited to return to San Jose for the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships," U.S. Figure Skating President Sam Auxier said. "The Bay Area is steeped in figure skating tradition, with some of the sport's legends calling the area home. I'm confident that with their support, and that of the community, the excitement of the 2018 U.S. Championships will create a dynamic environment, especially for those competing to earn a spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team."

The 2018 event marks the 12th time the U.S. championships will be held in California, and the third time they will take place in San Jose (1996, 2012).

Skating greats Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming, Rudy Galindo and Kristi Yamaguchi -- all of whom are from Northern California -- will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 2018 U.S. Championships.

"Our region has a strong history of producing some of America's top skaters and a legacy of competitive excellence," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said. "I am personally honored and excited to share San Jose with the nation in hosting this prestigious event."

Icenetwork will livestream the 2018 U.S. Championships for Season Pass subscribers.