2010 Adult Championships kick off this week
|Kathleen Powers shows off her costume at the 2009 U.S. Adult Champs. (Becca Staed)|
(04/12/2010) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - More than 400 athletes and 50 officials will descend on Bloomington, Minn., April 14-17 for the 2010 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships. The event, sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating and hosted by the Figure Skating Club of Bloomington, will take place at the Bloomington Ice Center. "We are thrilled to have the championships in Bloomington for the first time," said Lexi Rohner, chair of the U.S. Figure Skating Adult Skating Committee. "With the growing number of adult athletes participating, we look forward to excellent competition and a wonderful event." Championship events begin Friday with the championship compulsory dance and championship masters men's events. Competition concludes Saturday with the championship free dance, championship pairs and championship masters ladies. Icenetwork.com will provide on-demand video coverage of the event for Season Pass subscribers. The site will also feature live results, event recaps and photo galleries for subscribers and non-subscribers. Competitors in this annual event are divided into five age categories (21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60 and 61+) and two tracks (masters and adult). Events are held in singles, pairs, ice dancing and interpretive. Skaters qualify for the championship and championship gold events by placing in the top four at one of three sectional championships held earlier in the year. This year's championship events will feature defending U.S. masters ladies champion Amy Entwistle of Carrboro, N.C.; 2006 U.S. masters ladies champion and former Canadian junior silver medalist Natalie Shaby of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; reigning four-time U.S. masters men's champion and former Team USA member Larry Holliday of Chicago, Ill.; and reigning two-time championship adult pairs team Judy Sargent and Craig Joeright of Troy and Royal Oak, Mich., respectively. Joeright was the 2000 U.S. pairs bronze medalist with partner and now wife Larisa Joeright. Minnesota is no stranger to hosting major figure skating events. Last month, the 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships took place in Minneapolis, Minn., and the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships were held in Saint Paul, Minn. This year marks the first time the state has hosted the U.S. Adult Championships. Last year, the event took place in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more information about the 2010 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, please visit http://www.fscbloomington.org/an10/index.html or contact Brenda Baga, event chair, at email@example.com. For media credentials, please visit the event web site or contact Becca Staed Bishop, U.S. Figure Skating communications coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.