Boston Selected to Host 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating
(6/5/12) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the
selection of Boston as the host city for the 2014
Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 5-12,
2014. The 2014 U.S. Championships will serve as the final
qualifying event prior to the selection of the U.S. Olympic
Figure Skating Team that will represent Team USA Feb. 7-23,
2014, in Sochi, Russia, at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Competition and practice for the 2014 Championships will be
held at TD Garden and the Boston Convention and Exhibition
The annual event, held since 1914, is the nation's most
prestigious figure skating event, with past winners
including Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton,
Evan Lysacek and Massachusetts natives Nancy Kerrigan
(Woburn, Mass.) and Todd Eldredge (Chatham, Mass.).
Champions will be crowned in 20 events: ladies, men's,
pairs and ice dancing at the senior, junior, novice,
intermediate and juvenile levels of the U.S. Figure Skating
The U.S. Championships return to Boston for the seventh
time in the event's history (2001, 1962, '41,
'31, '26, '22). The Boston area has hosted
numerous regional and sectional championships and, most
recently, the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.
The 2013 World Synchronized Skating Championships will take
place April 2-6, 2013, on the campus of Boston University.
"U.S. Figure Skating looks forward to returning to
Boston for the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating
Championships," U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director
David Raith said. "The area is steeped in figure
skating tradition. I'm confident that the
community's impressive skating history will extend to
the 2014 U.S. Championships."
The U.S. Championships annually attract more than 1,500
athletes, coaches and officials to the host community and
has generated $20 million to $25 million in economic impact
for recent host cities. The 2014 U.S. Olympic Team will be
announced following the Championship events.
U.S. Figure Skating and Prudential Financial recently
renewed an agreement at the organization's premier
Partner level of sponsorship. The new agreement, which
extends through the end of 2014, includes entitlement of
the 2014 U.S. Championships and the 2013 Prudential U.S.
Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb., Jan. 20-27,
2013. In addition, Prudential will be an associate sponsor
of 2013 and 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America, and will
receive additional marketing assets, commercial inventory
and grassroots activation throughout the term of the
U.S. Figure Skating is partnering locally with the Skating
Club of Boston to organize and conduct the event.
"The Skating Club of Boston is extremely pleased to
have been chosen to host U.S. Figure
Skating's premier event in its very special 100th
anniversary year," Club president Joe Blount said.
"As a founding member of U.S. Figure Skating, we
have a long and exciting history hosting the U.S.
Championships. Boston has always been home to
some of the country's most enthusiastic skating
fans, and with the support of the
Mayor's office, and our partners at TD Garden, the
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the Mass Sports
Partnership, the Club is promising a spectacular
event - both on and off the ice
- that will long be remembered by athletes,
officials and fans."
The event will be broadcast live on NBC Sports and online
at icenetwork.com. Recent U.S. Championships were held in
Spokane, Wash. (2010), Greensboro, N.C. (2011) and San
Jose, Calif. (2012). Tickets to the 2014 U.S. Championships
will be available later this summer.
In related news, U.S. Figure Skating announced the host
cities for the 2014 regional and sectional championships,
which will take place in the fall of 2013.
The top four skaters in the ladies and men's events at
each of the nine regional championships will qualify for
one of three sectional championships. The sectional
championships are the only qualifying phase for pairs and
ice dancing. The top four finishers at each level in each
discipline at the sectional championships will earn a berth
to the U.S. Championships.