icenetwork.com to broadcast GP Series
Thirteen major international events to be shown on Web site
|icenetwork.com is now the home for U.S. broadband coverage of ISU figure skating events. (Michelle Harvath)|
The programming includes the entire Senior Grand Prix Series, beginning with Skate America and ending with the ISU Grand Prix Final. The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, the 2009 European Figure Skating Championships, the 2009 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the inaugural ISU World Team Trophy and the 2009 World Synchronized Skating Championships will also be shown on icenetwork.com.
"This unprecedented coverage of these prestigious ISU events illustrates the commitment of icenetwork.com to bring more skating coverage than ever before to fans of the sport around the country," said David Raith, executive director of U.S. Figure Skating.
With the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver next up on the Olympic calendar, this agreement represents a major breakthrough for icenetwork.com, which launched in the fall of 2006, as it will make more than 220 hours of major international figure skating competition available to fans throughout the United States. With the addition of this new programming, icenetwork.com will now carry more than 300 hours of live figure skating during the coming season.
"We formed icenetwork.com with the goal of creating opportunities, both for the fans and our skaters," Raith said. "With this new programming, we are able to give fans in the United States the opportunity to watch these great skating events like never before, while providing our top athletes the opportunity to showcase their incredible talent."
The complete event-streaming schedule for icenetwork.com will be announced at a later date, with initial plans to include airing several of the ISU events live and on demand. Coverage on icenetwork.com will also include competition video from U.S. Figure Skating's regional and sectional championships, on-demand and live coverage of the 2009 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships, live and on-demand coverage of the 2009 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and more than 80 hours of live coverage of the 2009 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland. In addition to the robust schedule of competition video, icenetwork.com will produce several exclusive features, including behind-the-scenes programs on the making of four Disson skating shows that will air on NBC.
The new programming will add to icenetwork.com's already extensive coverage of figure skating around the world. The site will continue to provide news, event schedules and results, athlete bios, photo galleries, athlete diaries, the icenetwork.com World Figure Skater Rankings and much more.
ISU event programming on icenetwork.com in the United States will include the following:
|Skate America||Oct. 24-26, 2008||Everett, Wash.|
|Skate Canada||Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2008||Ottawa, Canada|
|Cup of China||Nov. 6-9, 2008||Beijing, China|
|Trophée Eric Bompard||Nov. 14-16, 2008||Paris, France|
|Cup of Russia||Nov. 20-23, 2008||Moscow, Russia|
|NHK Trophy||Nov. 27-30, 2008||Tokyo, Japan|
|ISU Junior Grand Prix Final||Dec. 10-14, 2008||Seoul, South Korea|
|ISU Grand Prix Final||Dec. 10-14, 2008||Seoul, South Korea|
|European Championships||Jan. 19-25, 2009||Helsinki, Finland|
|Four Continents Championships||Feb. 2-8, 2009||Vancouver, Canada|
|World Junior Championships||Feb. 23-Mar. 1, 2009||Ostrava, Czech Republic|
|World Synchronized Skating Championships||Apr. 3-4, 2009||Zagreb, Croatia|
|ISU World Team Trophy||Apr. 16-19, 2009||Tokyo, Japan|
Ice Network, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Figure Skating, has the exclusive rights to U.S. Figure Skating's interactive media properties and is a partnership between U.S. Figure Skating and MLB Advanced Media. icenetwork.com is the premier destination for fans of ice skating, delivering exclusive live and on-demand coverage of domestic and international competitions, while offering fans the opportunity to interact with top athletes and stay updated with news and information from the world of ice skating year round. icenetwork.com is dedicated to providing year-round, in-depth coverage of all things ice skating to millions of fans around the world. icenetwork.com is committed to expanding the audience by delivering compelling programming that fans won't get a chance to see anyplace else, including exclusive back-stage interviews with top skaters, special programming featuring figure skating stars and additional video coverage from around the globe. Two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan provides expert analysis as part of the broadcast team that provides commentary for several icenetwork.com live broadcasts.
About U.S. Figure Skating
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States, as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 1,425 member clubs and Basic Skills programs representing approximately 184,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States, including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.