2016 Broadmoor Open
June 19 - 26, 2016
Basic Skills Competition
Skate the State Funtastics Series Competition
June 19, 2016
Hosted by The Broadmoor SC, Inc.
Sanctioned by: U.S. Figure Skating & Skate Canada
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Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge
to be held June 26th
Groundbreaking Jumps Challenge to Feature Top U.S. Skaters
at Broadmoor Open in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO – May 22, 2015 – A new, fast-paced competition for figure skaters which highlights the challenges of jumps in figure skating will debut at Broadmoor Skating Club’s 2015 Broadmoor Open. The Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge is a groundbreaking event that will feature many of the top skaters in the United States who will compete for cash prizes totaling $30,000. Over 20 skaters will compete on June 26th at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO in an event sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating.
The event will feature the highest-level jumps in competitive figure skating. It requires skaters to progress each round through increasingly difficult jumps, including quadruple jumps, triple axels, and jump combinations. In addition, it will utilize a unique scoring system that will grade skaters’ jumping ability with an increased Grade of Execution scale.
The most exciting event for the audience may be a back flip competition by skaters which is being sponsored by Michael Weiss, Olympian, three-time US champion, and first to land a back flip with a full twist in professional competition. Skaters are also encouraged to include back flip variations for better scoring opportunities.
“Skaters in the U.S. are among the best in the world and an event like the Freezer Aerial Skating Challenge encourages our skaters to take more risks and develop to the highest of their potential,” said Team USA and Olympic Coach Tom Zakrajsek. “Further, jumping is one of the most challenging and exciting of all the figure skating elements. Many times at major competitions around the world, the six-minute warm up for the freeskating provides some of the greatest thrills for the audience so creating an event which focuses on this aspect makes sense. We hope this will be the first of many future jumps challenges.”
Participants who have registered to compete in the event include Team USA skaters:
- Max Aaron: 2014 U.S. bronze medalist; 2013 U.S. champion; 2011 U.S. junior champion
- Mariah Bell: 2013 U.S. junior silver medalist; 2011 U.S. novice bronze medalist
- Jason Brown: 2015 U.S. champion; 2014 Olympic bronze medalist (Team); 2014 U.S. silver medalist
- Emily Chan: 2015 U.S. novice champion
- Karen Chen: 2014 U.S. bronze medalist; 2012 U.S. novice champion
- Nathan Chen: 2014 World Junior bronze medalist; 2012, 2014 U.S. junior champion
- Richard Dornbush; 2011 U.S. silver medalist; 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final champion
- Polina Edmunds: 2015 Four Continents champion; 2014 Olympian; 2014 U.S. silver medalist
- Amber Glenn: 2014 U.S. junior champion; 2012 U.S. novice silver medalist
- Courtney Hicks: 2013 U.S. pewter medalist; 2011 U.S. junior champion
- Jordan Moeller: 2014 U.S. junior silver medalist; 2011 U.S. novice silver medalist
- Mirai Nagasu: 2014 U.S. bronze medalist; 2008 U.S. champion; 2010 Olympian
- TJ Nyman: 2015 US intermediate champion
- Bradie Tennell: 2015 U.S. junior champion
Additional Team USA members competing include National Junior medalists Aleksei Krasnozhon, Vivan Le, and Olivia Serafini.
Over 30 skaters from across the United States and around the world will also compete in the qualifying event. The contingent of international skaters includes 2014 Olympians Liam Firus, 2014 Canadian national bronze medalist, and Brendan Kerry, 2012 Australian national champion as well as French skater Alexander Zahradnicek and Selena Zhao, 2015 Canadian junior champion. U.S. competitors and medalists include Chase Belmontes, Anna Grace Davidson, Tessa Hong (2014 U.S. intermediate champion), Anastasia Kortjohn, Jimmy Ma, Kaitlyn Nguyen, Paige Rydberg, Ashley Shin, Eric Stinehart, Philip Warren and Luke West
Amongst these and other participants, Broadmoor Open figure skating competitors can earn the right to compete in the Aerial Figure Skating Challenge by placing in the top three at the Senior level or winning the Junior level. This preceding competition will take place on June 25th.
Location. Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.
Dates and times. Qualifying Event is scheduled to be held on June 25, 2015 beginning at 8:00 p.m. The Final Event is scheduled to be held on June 26, 2015 beginning at 4:40 p.m.
Prizes. The top three ladies and men will earn prize money during the Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge: $7,500 for first, $5,000 for second and $2,500 for third. The Broadmoor Open Jump Event first place winners in junior ladies/men, and senior ladies/men each will each receive $500. As an extra bonus, fans will be treated to a backflip competition, with the winner walking away with $1,000.
Judges. Olympian and three-time U.S. champion Michael Weiss, Olympian and 2010 U.S. champion Rachael Flatt, and Olympian, 2006 World Champion and 2007 U.S. champion Kimmie Meissner.
This inaugural event is open to all and will be free to the public. More information can be found at broadmoorskatingclub.com and a special facebook event page will be set up.
About Broadmoor Skating Club
The Broadmoor Skating Club (BSC) began in 1938 as the Pikes Peak Figure Skating Club at the Broadmoor Ice Palace and became the Broadmoor Skating Club in 1948. Since its founding over 75 years ago, BSC members have earned over 150 United States medals, over 35 World medals and nine Olympic medals. BSC has hosted six U.S. National Championships, five World Championships, and three Junior World Championships. Since moving to its current location in 1998, the World Arena has hosted six International Championships, three Nationals Synchronized Skating Championships, the World Synchronized Skating Championships and the Grand Prix Finals. The Broadmoor Skating Club is a member of the United States Figure Skating Association and is one of the largest and most prestigious figure skating clubs in the United States.
Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge Sponsors
The event is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating and made possible by patrons Freezer Integration Consulting, Skate Great Enterprises, CoachTomZ.com, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, The Broadmoor Skating Club, Grassroots to Champions Inc., Brian Boitano, Michael Weiss, Champion Cords and Champion Harnesses, and iCoachSkating.com. MK Blades is the latest patron to announce support for the Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge.
Nikki Frick, public relations and social media manager, Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge