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Skaters Float in Holiday Parade

floatAlmost at the very front of the Greensboro Holiday Parade was the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships float.  The float depicted the perfect combination of figure skating and holiday themes with skating penguins in holiday attire featured in the float decorations.

Of course, the real eye catchers were the junior skaters from the local Summit Figure Skating Club. Thanks to the excellent organizational efforts of 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Ambassador Nicole Stalker, the float came together nicely and garnered some great "face time" for the U.S. Championships with the thousands of parade attendees.

 
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Kerrigan & Wylie Thrill Holiday Concert Goers

holiday-concertThe 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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kerrigan-wylie Outdoor Rink Tradition:
WFMY News2 Winterfest


Another great Greensboro tradition that got its start leading into the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships is the WFMY News2 Winterfest. The Winterfest features the Downtown Greensboro Ice Rink and an ice slide as well. Elijah Lovejoy of Renovo Productions came up with the idea for the seasonal outdoor rink located next to the Greenhill Center for the Arts, and he continues to oversee the rink daily.

Lovejoy enlisted the expertise of 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships official supplier Ice Rink Events to create the rink, and later secured the major sponsorship of another 2015 U.S. Championships sponsor, Diamond Media  & Marketing Partner, WFMY News2, to entitle the rink and related activities.

"We have just loved the entire concept of the rink and ice slide," said Larry Audas, general manager at WFMY News2. "It is a great draw for our downtown, and now that we are a major media partner of the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, our affiliation takes on added value!"

The Winterfest has been a big hit ever since it launched in 2010. So successful that Downtown Greensboro Inc., purchased the rink, said to be the largest outdoor rink in North Carolina, and has operated it since. Winterfest and the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships enjoy a strong bond and provide each other with much mutual support.

To underscore the relationship, the 2015 U.S. Championships hosted Olympians Nancy Kerrigan and Paul Wylie at Winterfest prior to their big performance at the Greensboro Symphony Holiday Concert. Winterfest participants and audience alike were thrilled to have two skating stars in their midst.

 
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