Salt Lake Figure Skating Contacts:
Nicole Moreno – email@example.com; Lexi Rohner – firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Figure Skating Contact:
Taylor Dean – email@example.com
U.S. ADULT FIGURE
Salt Lake City (Mar. 28, 2019) – The 25th annual U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships kick off in Salt Lake City April 3-6. Held annually since 1995, the U.S. Adult Championships are the most prestigious adult figure skating event in the United States. An official U.S. Figure Skating championship event, this year’s event is being hosted by Salt Lake Figure Skating at the Salt Lake Sports Complex.
“We are thrilled to have the Championships hosted in Salt Lake City for the third time,” said Lexi Rohner, U.S. Figure Skating’s National Vice Chair for adult skating competitions. “Living in the Salt Lake City area, I am happy to be involved with the local skating community at this level. With the ever-increasing number of adult athletes participating, we are looking forward to excellent competition and an outstanding event.”
The U.S. Adult Championships debuted in 1995 to offer an opportunity for all ages and levels of skaters to compete at the highest level among their peers. The 1995 organizers expected 100 competitors, but 421 signed up and competed in 626 starts (competitors often compete in more than one event). This year marks a milestone 25th year, thus far having been hosted in 14 locations with nearly 11,000 competitors, including 637 of them in Age Class 5 (age 66 and over), one seventime championship dance gold medalist team and two six-time singles championships gold medalists (men’s and ladies). Seven competitors have competed in all 25 events.
Opening Ceremonies will take place Wednesday, April 3rd, at 7:45 p.m. and will feature Olympic bronze medalist (team event) and four-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott as host. Two-time and reigning World Champion and Olympic bronze medalist (team event) Nathan Chen will also make an appearance on Saturday, April 6th, in support of adult competitors and his home club, Salt Lake Figure Skating.
The championship masters and championship gold events are the highlights of the competitive week. Athletes in these events qualify for the U.S. Adult Championships by placing in the top four at their respective sectional championships. At this level of adult skating, fans can expect to see a few triple jumps and a plethora of double jumps, including the double Axel, some executed by athletes over 55 years of age.
Previous champions and newcomers in both championship masters ladies’ and men’s events will compete for the 2019 titles. Participants range in age from 21 to those in their 70s and 80s. Many hold full-time jobs, some skated as children and many are competing for the first time. Their determination and love for the sport shines through during the four-day event.
– Salt Lake Figure Skating –
Salt Lake Figure Skating is a figure skating club located in Salt Lake City and based out of the Salt Lake City Sports Complex. The club is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with members from all along the Wasatch front area. Salt Lake Figure Skating supports figure skaters of all ages and levels and offers opportunities for exhibition, competition and testing to skaters. The club also hosts an ice show in addition to regional, sectional, national and international skating events.
– 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 585 member clubs representing nearly 180,000 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.