Attention ice skating enthusiasts: The 2014 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships are coming to Boston Jan. 5-12. Hosted by the Skating Club of Boston, this event will bring some of the best ice skaters in the country together in the last qualifying competition before the selection of the 2014 US. Olympic Figure Skating Team, which will compete on Team USA in Sochi, Russia, this coming February.
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the championships, and Boston has served as host to this prestigious ice skating event six times in its history. Skaters will compete in several areas, including men’s and ladies’ singles, pairs, and ice dance, and will be divided into senior, junior, novice, intermediate, and juvenile levels. Featured skaters include Max Aaron, Gracie Gold, ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani (pictured above), and Brookline native Yasmin Siraj, among many others.
All of the senior-level events (and some junior-level events) will take place at the TD Garden. Other venues will include the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Skating Club of Boston.
One of the highlights of the championship is the 2014 Smucker’s Skating Spectacular (also commonly called the Exhibition of Champions), which happens on Sunday, Jan. 12. This exhibition will feature the winners from the championship competitions the week before performing creative programs without the stress of a panel of judges.
A full schedule of events can be found here. Here, you can also learn how to get tickets for individual events, as well as an “all-event ticket,” a package that includes 17 senior events and junior free skate events, as well as admission to practice sessions at the TD Garden, BCEC, and the Skating Club of Boston (this ticket does not include admission to the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular – you will need to buy a ticket to this event separately).
For more information about the 2014 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships, visit www.boston2014.com.
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