Nashville, Tenn. (October 29, 2016) - U.S. Figure Skating has announced its host cities for the 2018 qualifying and synchronized qualifying seasons. Among the various stops is Ford Ice Center, which will host the Eastern Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships from Oct. 18 - 22, 2017.
"It feels great to win this event," Olympic Gold Medalist and Principal of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy based at Ford Ice Center Scott Hamilton said. "I won Juveniles, Intermediates, Novice and Juniors at Eastern Great Lakes Regional Competitions. I'm excited for Nashville to host the first qualifying competition of the 2018 Olympic season!"
This is the first-year Ford Ice Center has been involved with U.S. Figure Skating and to be chosen as a stop on the Championship schedule is an honor.
"This is an exciting event for Ford Ice Center as we are able to show off our facility to the rest of the region," General Manager at Ford Ice Center Danny Butler said.
"To have won the bid for this event after being open only two years proves that the Scott Hamilton Skate Academy and Scott Hamilton Skating Club are world class organizations. The partnership we have is one of a kind, and we are truly honored to be working with him on this event."
According to the U.S. Figure Skating website, the top four skaters in both the men's and women's events at each of the nine regional championships will qualify for one of three sectional championships. From there, the top four finishers at each level in each discipline at the sectional championships will earn a berth to the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Dec. 29, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018, in San Jose, California; the sectional championships are the only qualifying phase for pairs and ice dance. The top four finishers at the synchronized sectional championships will earn a berth to the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, the location and dates for which will be announced at a later time.
About Ford Ice Center:
Ford Ice Center is a component of a public-private partnership between the Nashville Predators and Metro that will help continue the growth of hockey and skating in Middle Tennessee. Home to Nashville Predators youth and adult hockey initiatives and the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy, Ford Ice Center is a springboard for creating new fans, ensuring more and more kids have the opportunity to get on the ice at an early age and contributes to economic development in Southeastern Davidson County. For more information, visit FordIceCenter.com.