Fourth Annual U.S. Figure Skating 'Champs Camp' Set for Aug. 26-29

Meryl Davis and Mark Ladwig will return for 2010 Champs Camp.
(8/25/10) Thirty-nine athletes and their coaches will gather in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 26-29 for U.S. Figure Skating's fourth annual Champs Camp. The performance-based camp, which includes training sessions, seminars, and promotional video and photo shoots, will take place at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) and Colorado Springs World Arena.

A couple changes to this year's camp are the dates and criteria for attendance. Previously, the camp had been held in late spring or early summer and was made up of all the athletes on the A and B funding envelopes. This year, the camp consists entirely of skaters who are scheduled to compete in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, which kicks off with the NHK Trophy in Nagoya, Japan, on Oct. 22.

"By moving the camp to the end of August, the skaters will have time to prepare their programs for the international officials and make the necessary adjustments, if needed, prior to the Grand Prix Series," said Mitch Moyer, U.S. Figure Skating senior director of athlete high performance.

After arriving and going through photo and video shoots, athletes will gather Thursday night for a keynote address delivered by Alan Ashley, USOC managing director of sport performance. U.S. Figure Skating will then deliver a presentation about RISE, the cinematic feature that will celebrate American figure skating while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Feb. 15, 1961, plane crash in which all the members of the U.S. World Figure Skating Team perished.

Athletes will perform their short programs and free skates (ice dancing - short and free dances) in a simulated competition environment Friday and Saturday at the World Arena. A panel of specialists will meet with each competitor to offer technical feedback on the programs.

While the event is closed to the public, will provide coverage of Champs Camp, including photos, videos and blogs, throughout the event.

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