US Speedskating Announces Partnership with icenetwork.com
(7/31/13) - US Speedskating, the most decorated Olympic winter sport in U.S. history, today announced a partnership with icenetwork.com to broadcast three critical speedskating competitions leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Icenetwork.com will stream live coverage of the U.S. Single Distance Championships for both short and long track, both World Cup qualifying events and the 2013 Essent ISU Long Track World Cup event to be held Nov. 15-17, in Salt Lake City. The first two events will be available free to all icenetwork.com registered users, while the Long Track World Cup event will be available to icenetwork.com Speedskating Season Pass subscribers.
Live & On-Demand (VOD) Broadcast on icenetwork.com (FREE):
- Aug. 22-25: 2013 U.S. Short Track Single Distance Championships - Salt Lake City
- Oct. 25-27: 2013 U.S. Long Track Single Distance Championships - Salt Lake City
Live & On-Demand (VOD) Broadcast on icenetwork.com (subscription):
- Nov. 15-17: 2013 Essent ISU Long Track World Cup Championships - Salt Lake City
Already the premiere destination for figure skating coverage online, icenetwork.com is positioned to become the most extensive online resource for speedskating fans leading up to the 2014 Olympic Games. Having acquired the U.S. media rights in January for the International Skating Union (ISU), which includes figure skating and speedskating events around the world, icenetwork.com will add extensive coverage of the sport of speedskating. Editorial coverage, including news, photo galleries, event results, athlete bios and more, will launch Aug. 22-25, 2013, in conjunction with icenetwork.com's streaming coverage of the U.S. Short Track Single Distance Championships.
"Icenetwork.com's audience of avid skating fans makes it the ideal platform for US Speedskating to effectively reach our audience and promote excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Olympic Games," said Mark Greenwald, executive director of US Speedskating. "Making speedskating events available to a wider audience is an important platform for us and is something we have worked hard to see come to fruition. It is a game changer in my opinion."
Prominent speedskating personalities will join the broadcasts as commentators, providing expert analysis and insight into the athletes' journeys to the 2014 Olympics. Details on the team of commentators, a full icenetwork.com speedskating broadcast schedule and subscription information for the Long Track World Cup will be announced at a later date.
"Icenetwork.com is excited to enter into this partnership with US Speedskating," Ramsey Baker, icenetwork.com general manager, said. "Although in the past icenetwork.com's focus has solely been on figure skating, we are honored to partner with a sport that has captured a record-breaking 85 Olympic medals. We hope speedskating enthusiasts around the world will enjoy what icenetwork.com will bring to their fan experience."