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U.S. celebrates National Skating Month

All divisions of U.S. skating join forces in January

Scott Gomez, now of the New York Rangers, is one of the members of USA Hockey helping to celebrate January, the National Skating Month.
Scott Gomez, now of the New York Rangers, is one of the members of USA Hockey helping to celebrate January, the National Skating Month. (Getty Images)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(01/01/2008) - U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey and US Speedskating are joining forces to promote National Skating Month, taking place in January 2008. Olympians Kimmie Meissner (U.S. Figure Skating) and Scott Gomez (USA Hockey) and three-time Olympic medalist Chad Hedrick (US Speedskating) are encouraging those who have never tried ice skating to take advantage of the free lessons being offered by participating ice skating rinks.

"The great thing about National Skating Month is that families can go to any participating rink for free lessons and all sorts of other fun events," said Meissner, the reigning U.S. champion and 2006 world champion. "It's a sport and a pastime for people of all ages, and I encourage everyone to visit their local rinks to see how they can get involved in this wonderful sport."

The goal of National Skating Month is to increase awareness and participation in ice skating sports. National Skating Month allows U.S. Figure Skating member clubs and Basic Skills programs to reach out to new members in their community by offering the fundamentals of ice skating from professionally-trained instructors across the United States.

"I'm delighted and honored to represent speedskating for the National Skating Month celebration," Hedrick said. "National Skating Month is a great opportunity for families to have fun together as well as learn, and participate in lifetime ice sports."

During the month-long celebration, activities at participating rinks will include free skating, free lessons and clinics, exhibitions, skating demonstrations, hockey games, storytelling, parent education, equipment swaps, fundraising activities, DJ parties at the rink and local celebrity appearances. A complete listing of the National Skating Month events offered throughout the country will be available on U.S. Figure Skating Online at www.usfigureskating.org.

"I'm excited to be part of National Skating Month," said Gomez, a current member of the New York Rangers. "It's a great program that seeks to give people of all ages a chance to learn to skate."