Where will you be in January 2017?

Gracie Gold performs in the women's free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. Gold won the women's title. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Gracie Gold performs in the women’s free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. Gold won the women’s title. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

On December 16, 2015 there was an announcement for an event coming to Kansas City.  An event that will bring 1,700 athletes, coaches, officials and media to our community.  An event that, along with national media coverage, will bring national attention to Kansas City.

After a 30 year hiatus, the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships are coming back to Kansas City!  From January 14-22, 2017, competition will be taking place across the city.  Sprint Center will host all junior and championship level events while juvenile, intermediate and novice events will take place at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri.  Kansas City previously hosted the event in 1985 where Brian Boitano won his first of four consecutive U.S. titles.

2016+Prudential+Figure+Skating+ChampionshipThe 2016 Championships took place in Saint Paul over the past weekend.  Lucky for me, the competition was broadcast live so I was able to tune in and watch the athletes compete.  As someone that has only laced up ice skates once her life, I’m always amazed at how effortless the skaters make this look.  While I watched Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, and Ashley Wagner compete in the ladies free skate, their triple-triples look so easy.  Seeing a 16-year-old Nathan Chen be the first man to ever land four clean quads in a free skate earning him the bronze medal was impressive.  And let’s not forget the pairs competition.  The synchronicity and precision it takes for two skaters to perform a routine in perfect unison is enough to take your breath away.

When January 2017 arrives, I know where I will be.  Won’t you join me at the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City?  To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit www.2017uschampionships.com.  I’ll see you rink side.


Molly Fiedler, Director of Marketing