Kerrigan & Wylie Thrill Holiday Concert Goers
The Greensboro Symphony Holiday Concert was held on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex and was highly successful again this year. This annual tradition that features the Greensboro Symphony, skaters from Summit Figure Skating Club, and Santa Claus is a community favorite.
A crowd of over 10,000 applauded the Summit Skaters, who were well-choreographed by Summit coaches Lance Travis and Nicole Stalker. The Summit Skaters performed to three holiday favorites: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Wizards in Winter" and "Polar Express."
Adding another level of excitement to the evening were Olympic silver medalists Nancy Kerrigan and Paul Wylie. Kerrigan and Wylie combined on a beautiful program to "Miracle on 34th Street." The audience was thrilled to get a brief peek at the high level of performance they can expect when the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships are held on the same ice in January 2015.
"I'm delighted to be in Greensboro promoting the 2015 U.S. Championships," Kerrigan said. "It is always a joy to be able to skate with my great friend Paul Wylie."
Kerrigan, who lives in the greater Boston area, is also looking forward to the upcoming 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships which will be held in Boston in just a few weeks.
Paul Wylie, who is serving as honorary chairman of the 2015 U.S. Championships, said, "It was very encouraging to see the sizable crowd at the holiday concert. I am counting on each and every one of them to come out and support the U.S. Championships in 2015."
Participation by Kerrigan and Wylie in the concert would not have been possible without the approval and assistance of Lisa Crawford, executive director, and Sheila Cauthen, director of marketing & sales, of the Greensboro Symphony. Crawford and her leadership team and sponsors have been highly supportive of Greensboro's efforts to attract and host both the 2011 and 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and our Local Organizing Committee (LOC), North Carolina 2015, cannot thank them enough for all their outstanding efforts.
Editor's Note: In 2009, when Kerrigan and Wylie made their first-ever appearance at the Symphony Holiday Concert, Greensboro was hit that day with a major snowstorm that threw event logistics for a loop and limited attendance to only 2000 hearty souls who braved the "blizzard of '09!" Our LOC Chairman, Hill Carrow, vowed at the time that if he ever got the chance to let them enjoy the size crowd they deserve, he would do it---and this year's strong attendance and appreciative audience fit the bill perfectly.
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