2012 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships to be Held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Colorado Springs (Photo courtesy of Experience Colorado at Pikes Peak)
(1/23/11) - U.S. Figure Skating, in conjunction with the International Skating Union (ISU), announced today the selection of Colorado Springs, Colo., as the host city for the 2012 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. The competition will be hosted by U.S. Figure Skating and will take place Feb. 6-12, 2012, at the Colorado Springs World Arena and World Arena Ice Hall.

"We look forward to welcoming the world's figure skaters back to the United States for this prestigious competition," said U.S. Figure Skating president Patricia St. Peter.

Colorado Springs has hosted numerous international figure skating events throughout the history of the sport, including both the 2006 and '07 editions of this event. The city most recently hosted 2010 World Synchronized Figure Skating Championships last March. It also has presented five World Championships, two World Junior Championships, three Skate Americas and six U.S. Championships.

The Four Continents Championships is the equivalent of the European Championships for the world's top skaters in North America, Asia, Australia and Africa. More than 100 athletes from 12 countries are expected to compete in the event. At the 2010 event in Jeonju City, Republic of Korea, the U.S. team won four of 12 available medals: Caroline Zhang captured bronze in ladies, Adam Rippon was the men's champion, pairs team Keauna McLaughlin & Rockne Brubaker won silver, and Madison Hubbell & Keiffer Hubbell skated to ice dancing bronze.

Additional information:
- Tickets will go on sale in the fall of 2011
- The 2012 event marks the 14th Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
- Three prior Four Continents Championships were held in the United States; Salt Lake City hosted the event in 2001 as a test event for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games

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