2019 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships Take Place This Week in Salt Lake City
The 2019 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, hosted by
Salt Lake Figure Skating, will be held this week in Salt Lake City. Nearly 400
skaters between the ages of 21 and 80 will compete at the Salt Lake City Sports
Complex from April 3-6, 2019.
This year marks the 25th year of the event and the third
time being held in Salt Lake City. Seven athletes are set to compete at the
U.S. Adult Championships for the 25th year in a row and will become U.S. Figure
Skating’s first Adult Skating Platinum Lifetime Competitors. This recognition
is a part of the Lifetime Competitor Recognition Program which recognizes
competitive adult figure skaters who have successfully demonstrated longevity
in the sport.
Three additional awards will be presented at the event. The
Yvonne M. Dowlen Trophy will be presented to the oldest competitor at the
competition, and the Skate Forever Young Award will be presented to all
athletes competing at the U.S. Adult Championships who are 71 and older. Lastly,
the Adult Special Achievement Award will be given to adult athletes in
IJS-judged qualifying events to encourage and reward high-quality elements,
performances and skating.
Competitors at the U.S. Adult Championships are divided into
five age groups (21-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, 66+) and two tracks (masters and
adults). Events are held in singles, pairs and ice dance, and in dramatic and
light entertainment. Athletes qualify for championship events by placing in the
top four at one of three sectional championships held in March.
This year’s championships events feature three-time reigning
U.S. championship masters junior-senior ladies champion Regan Alsup and former
Team USA athlete Matthew Blackmer in championship masters pairs with partner
Carol Lynn Cooper.
Tickets start at $15 with a veteran and senior discount
available for those over 65 at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex box office.
All-event tickets can be purchased online here.
Children ages 6 and under are free.