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U.S. Figure Skating announces encore of "RISE"

Cinematic feature to be shown in 361 theaters across the country

Scott Hamilton and his wife were on hand for the premiere of <i>RISE</i> on Thursday night.
Scott Hamilton and his wife were on hand for the premiere of RISE on Thursday night. (Lynn Rutherford)

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By U.S. Figure Skating
(02/18/2011) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Feb. 17 in-theater Fathom event RISE will be rebroadcast as an encore presentation Monday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. local time in select theaters, as announced on behalf of U.S. Figure Skating and NCM Fathom by Olympic champions Peggy Fleming, Scott Hamilton and Evan Lysacek during an appearance on yesterday's NBC News "TODAY Show."

Tickets are available at participating box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the website. (Theaters may be subject to change.)

The original RISE event, hosted by Matt Lauer, co-anchor of the NBC News "TODAY Show," was broadcast live from the Best Buy Theater in New York City's Times Square and was presented in more than 525 theaters in all 50 states. Many theaters around the country experienced sell-outs for the original showing. An encore screening of this event is scheduled in select theaters to meet the exceptionally high demand for tickets in markets across the country.

"Figure skating clubs across the country embraced this event," said David Raith, executive director of U.S. Figure Skating. "They came together to celebrate the legacy of the 1961 World Team, and their support of this film underscores how important that story still is to the figure skating community of today."

Commissioned by U.S. Figure Skating, and produced and directed by 16-time Emmy Award® winners Lookalike Productions, the cinematic feature RISE celebrates American figure skating while commemorating the 50th anniversary and legacy of the 1961 U.S. World Team tragedy. An inspirational story about the power of the human spirit, RISE takes audiences on a journey that honors a group of individuals who through their loss inspired the hopes, dreams and successes of some of the most iconic names in Olympic sports history.

Serving as storytellers in RISE are Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Michelle Kwan. Throughout the feature, these skating luminaries interweave the stories behind some of the biggest names and moments in the history of the sport with those of the 1961 U.S. World Team members who lost their lives in the crash of Sabena Airlines Flight 548 en route to the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

"RISE brought communities together in sold-out movie theaters nationwide to honor the memory of the 1961 team and celebrate the incredible triumph of the dream that is U.S. figure skating," said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. "On March 7, audiences will have another chance to experience RISE and hear from the biggest stars in U.S. Figure Skating, who have proudly carried that legacy into today."

RISE will encore in 361 select movie theaters through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network, North America's largest cinema broadcast network.

Proceeds from RISE will be used to further the mission of U.S. Figure Skating's Memorial Fund, which was established Feb. 23, 1961, as a living tribute to the 34 athletes, officials, judges, coaches and family members who lost their lives in the crash. The Memorial Fund awards approximately $300,000 annually in grants and scholarships to skaters in need, recognizing excellence both on and off the ice.

More details about RISE, including a list of theaters hosting an encore presentation, can be found at www.rise1961.com.