Single-Session Tickets on Sale for 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America
(8/15/13) - Single-session tickets for 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America are now on sale. Skate America, the first of six stops on the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, will take place Oct. 18-20, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Team USA will be headlined by 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek, who will compete in his first Grand Prix event since 2009, and reigning World and Skate America ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
Tickets, starting at $20, will be available at www.2013skateamerica.com or the Joe Louis Arena box office (313.396.7907). Children's tickets (12 and under) are $10 with a paid adult ticket. Tickets are available to all five ticketed sessions, including the Smucker's Skating Spectacular, an exhibition following the competition.
Skate America will feature three days of competition in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dance. The field of competitors will include 52 world-class athletes, some of whom will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The international field features 2010 Olympic ladies silver medalist Mao Asada and men's bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, as well as 2013 World pairs champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia. The full event roster is available here.
Past Skate America titlists include five-time World champion and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan and Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Lysacek.
Other stops on the Grand Prix Series include Skate Canada (St. John, New Brunswick), Cup of China (Beijing), NHK Trophy (Tokyo), Trophee Eric Bompard (Paris) and Rostelecom Cup (Moscow). Skaters earn points throughout the Grand Prix Series to qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final each December. The 2013 Grand Prix Final will be held Dec. 5-8, in Fukuoka, Japan.
NBC will kick off its season-long coverage of the ISU Grand Prix Series with a live broadcast at Skate America from 4-6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Oct. 20. Icenetwork.com will stream live coverage of the entire Grand Prix Series on a subscription basis. NBC will carry same-weekend coverage of the remaining Grand Prix events, while Universal Sports will broadcast live and delayed coverage throughout the Grand Prix season. Broadcast details will be announced at a later date.
U.S. LINEUP FOR 2013 HILTON HHONORS SKATE AMERICA
2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America - Detroit - Oct. 18-20
Ladies: Samantha Cesario; Ashley Wagner; Caroline Zhang
Men's: Max Aaron; Evan Lysacek; Adam Rippon
Pairs: Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir; Caydee Denney and John Coughlin; Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay
Ice Dancing: Meryl Davis and Charlie White; Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani; TBA