U.S. Figure Skating has announced the selection of Lake Placid as the host city for 2017 Skate America. Competition is scheduled for November 24-26, 2017, and will be held at the historic 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.
Lake Placid, which hosted the inaugural Skate America in 1979, has put on the event four times (1979, 1981-82, 2009). The state of New York has hosted Skate America six times. U.S. Figure Skating is expected to work with the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to plan the event.
Skate America, traditionally the first of six stops on the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, will be the sixth and final competition of the 2017 Grand Prix Series. Other stops on the Grand Prix Series include Skate Canada International, Rostelecom Cup, Trophée de France, Cup of China and NHK Trophy. Skaters earn points throughout the Grand Prix Series to qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final each December.
The event will feature three days of competition in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dance. The field of competitors will include 60 world-class athletes, including Olympic and World competitors and national champions.
Past Skate America titlists include five-time World champion and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan and Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Evan Lysacek and Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
2017 Skate America tickets will be on sale the week of December 15. More information can be found online.