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13th Annual “An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends” set for Saturday, Nov. 3

30 Oct

The number 13 has earned some negative connotations over the years, a reputation even 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton can admit.

“When I heard the number 13, I kind of got scared about it being unlucky,” Hamilton said. “In the history of figure skating, though, there have been 13 skaters from the United States to win the Olympic gold medal— so it’s kind of a nice number.”

So nice in fact, that it seems to be the underlying theme of Hamilton’s 13th annual show, “An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends,” at which all 13 U.S. Olympic champions are expected to attend, together in the same room, for the very first time.

The show’s proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute, where Hamilton won his own battle with testicular cancer in 1997, and Scott Hamilton’s CARES (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) Initiative, which Hamilton founded 13 years ago, in 1999.

At least thirteen U.S., World and Olympic medalists are expected to perform, including reigning U.S. champions Ashley Wagner and Jeremy Abbott, along with Alissa Czisny, Rockne Brubaker and Ryan Bradley. The evening will also feature a performance by five-time Grammy award winning artist Wynonna Judd, who has sold more than 10 million albums in her three decade career.

Hamilton’s CARES Initiative strives to further the war on cancer by empowering patients and their families via education and guidance, and support those affected by the disease through the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, which offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from mentors who have successfully made the journey from diagnosis to recovery.

The CARES Initiative also informs patients through Chemocare.com, a website is designed to provide the latest information and answers to questions about chemotherapy to patients and their families, caregivers and friends. In addition to patient support, the CARES Initiative’s vision is to promote and support world class research that might ultimately lead to a cure for cancer.

The show, held annually at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, is set to take place Sat. Nov. 3 at 5 p.m., followed by a gala benefit at Cleveland’s Renaissance Hotel ballroom. Tickets are available at theqarena.com and 1-800-332-2287 or 216-420-2200.

Tickets to the gala benefit dinner are available by calling Liz Lindecke, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic at 216- 445-0099.

For more information on The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative call the CARES hotline at 216-445-2573 or visit scottcares.org.

2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day 5

26 Jan

Thursday, January 26th – HP Pavilion – San Jose, Calif.

Useful Links

Twitter  #SJ2012  |   Official Event Program

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork.com Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

Purchase Official Event Photos (As they become available)

How to Follow the 2012 U.S. Championships

11:07 p.m. – Ladies and Pairs Highlight the First Day of Senior Competition

Agnes Zawadzki brought the fans at HP Pavilion to their feet with a first-place short program performance which earned 66.24 points at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Zawadzki earned 9.80 points for the triple toe-triple toe that opened her skate and received positive grades of execution throughout. Alissa Czisny, the 2011 U.S. champion, finished second with a score of 63.14 with Ashley Wagner, Caroline Zhang and Mirai Nagasu close behind. The ladies will perform their free skate on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.

In the senior pairs competition, Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker earned the top spot following the short program. Marley and Brubaker, competing in their second U.S. championships together, earned 65.80 points to lead reigning silver medalists Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig and Caydee Denney & John Coughlin heading into the free skate on Sunday.

On Friday at the 2012 U.S. Championships, reigning U.S. and World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Maia and Alex Shibutani highlight a strong field of ice dance competitors who will perform their short dance at beginning at 2:30 p.m. PT. At night, Jeremy Abbott, Richard Dornbush and Adam Rippon highlight a strong field of men who will take to the ice in their short program beginning at 7 p.m. PT.

For full event coverage, including results and staring orders, stories, photo galleries and more, please visit icenetwork.com.

1:38 p.m. – Junior ladies quotes

The performances of both Ashley Cain and Gracie Gold made the 2012 junior ladies a competition to remember. Click here to read their quotes from last night’s press conference.

12:33 p.m. -U.S. National Champion Figure Skater Rockne Brubaker Encourages Men to Start Something as a Big Brother

Emilie Perkins, Director of Marketing, Big Brother Big Sisters of Orange County

TUSTIN, CALIF., January 20, 2012 – Big Brother Rockne Brubaker of Aliso Viejo, a U.S. National Champion pairs skater, is encouraging other men to step up and volunteer as Big Brothers to over 100 young boys that are waiting for mentors in Orange County.  Brubaker, a resident of Aliso Viejo and 2008 & 2009 U.S. National Champion, 2010 Four Continents Silver Medalist and 2011 U.S. National Pewter Medalist, has been a Big Brother to nine year old Gavin since July of 2009.  He also served as a Big Brother while living in Colorado, before relocating to California.  Despite Brubaker’s busy training schedule and frequent travels to competitions, he makes time to take Gavin to the park and play soccer and video games.

“Being a Big Brother has been the coolest experience.  We play sports together and I’ve taught him to skate, his favorite part was falling and sliding on the ice.  Gavin has changed a lot over the last couple of years and I’m proud to be part of that.  I encourage more men to step up and become Big Brothers – it’s really easy to set  aside just a few hours a month to hang out with a boy like Gavin.”

More from Rockne and Gavin can be found in the March issue of SKATING magazine!

Wednesday Storylines

Golden Performance – Gracie Gold posts the highest score ever for a junior lady en route to the U.S. championship.

Sappenfield Sweep – Three teams under the guidance of Dalilah Sappenfield finish in order at the top in junior pairs.

Detroit Rock City – Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, who skate for Detroit SC, win junior dance gold.

Today’s Schedule (Pacific, three hours behind Eastern)

4:00 p.m.                   Championship Pairs Short Program (Session 13)

7:00 p.m.                   Opening Ceremonies (Session 14)

7:30 p.m.                   Championship Ladies Short Program (Session 14)

2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America – Thursday

20 Oct

Thursday, October 20th – Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, Calif.

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Stay tuned for a digital copy of the official 2011 Skate America program to be posted at 5 p.m. Pacific Time here on SKATING magazine blog. We will also have continued coverage of the early practices and the beginning of the competition.

5:09 p.m.

At the ladies practice, both Caroline Zhang and Alissa Czisny ran though their programs and looked strong. Czisny has garnered a lot of attention before the competition with the promise of a number of triple jumps. Joelle Forte will arrive in California tonight and did not participate in today’s practice.

3:54 p.m.

The pairs team of Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin are hoping to make the most of their sole Grand Prix Series assignment this weekend in Ontario. In their third year together, they admit to focusing more on their connection as a team and their presentation mark. The Arizona skaters, however, will unveil three new lifts and some revised footwork. Vise and Baldwin had the choice of driving five hours to Ontario from their home in Peoria, Ariz., or taking a one-hour flight. They chose the quick flight.

3:46 p.m.

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin completed a strong run through their practice today and both said they’re excited about their Grand Prix debut as a pair. In answering questions, Coughlin spoke confidently and was very loose, making jokes with the reporters on hand. He indicated that he and Denney’s ticket to improvement was simply more time together on the ice. The newly formed pair took bronze at the Nebelhorn Trophy.

2:13 p.m.

Meryl and Charlie answered questions for about 15 minutes following their practice session. The World ice dancing champs say they are pumped up to compete this weekend and kick off the Grand Prix season in California. The Michigan natives are the defending champions.

2:10 p.m.
We ran into two-time U.S. pairs champion Rockne Brubaker at rinkside and did a double-take. Rockne’s long hair is gone. He now sports a much shorter haircut, which he’ll debut this weekend at Skate America with partner Mary Beth Marley. We asked Charlie White what he thought of his good friend’s new hairstyle.  “It looks fantastic,” White said. “Everyone loves Rockne’s hair long but he looks suave, he looks clean-cut. I think it’s a little different approach for him but I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks on the ice.”

1:45 p.m.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White have just done a strong run-through of Die Fledermaus and are cooling down. They are joined in this practice session with fellow Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue as well as Isabella Cannuscio and Ian Lorello. We hope to grab a few comments once the practice session is over.

12:58 p.m.

The song “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard blasts during ice dance practice. Pictures and quotes after it occurs.

12:30 p.m.

The three U.S. men completed their practice skate, and of note, Douglas Razzano told reporters that he feels “great” and that things have been “a whirlwind” since he found out he was selected to appear at Skate America. Razzano, who noted he will be celebrating his birthday on Saturday, took second in the Finlandia Trophy with a stellar performance in the free skate.

12:07 p.m.

Greetings from the site of 2011 Skate America! The entire U.S. Figure Skating media relations staff has arrived and throughout our stay, we will be posting pictures and updates on the newly minted SKATING magazine blog.

Currently, Team USA members Richard Dornbush, Douglas Razzano and Armin Mahbanoozadeh are practicing. Photos will be up soon on icenetwork.com and when they are, we’ll post a link to the gallery.


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