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Skate America 2009 is part of the Figure Skating Grand Prix competition of the 2009–2010 figure skating season. It is the fifth event of six in the series, a senior-level international invitational competition series. Skaters will earn points towards qualifying for the 2009–2010 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

The figure skating grand prix events are important for figure skaters since for most countries they are part of the selection process for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Skate America

When Skate America returns to Lake Placid from November 12-15th, the popular skating event will not only be celebrating its 30th anniversary but also its return to the place where it all began.

The initial Skate America in 1979, which was then called Norton Skate/Flaming Leaves Festival, marked the first time that an American company had undertaken exclusive sponsorship of a U.S. figure skating competition. This first-of-its-kind competition was held in Lake Placid as a test event for the 1980 Olympic Games and was the first international use of the new 1980 arena. That year saw a young Scott Hamilton win the men’s event, to be crowned as the very first “Skate America” Champion.

Hamilton would go on to win the event again in 1981 and 1982, and ultimately a gold medal in the 1984 Sarajevo Games. Skate America has continued this tradition of producing Olympic champions.

Competing this year are some of the United States’ top athletes who are hoping to compete at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. They include:

Sasha Cohen – After 3 ½ years away from competition, the 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist returns to the ice in Lake Placid in her quest for Vancouver Gold.

** Update Sasha Cohen withdraws from Skate America

Rachel Flatt – The Colorado High School Senior and two-time reigning U.S. Silver medalist is being mentored by America’s Sweetheart and former Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill. Rachel is considered to be a medal contender.

Evan Lysacek – Evan capped last season by winning the 2009 World Title in Los Angeles. He has finished 2nd or 3rd in each of the last four Skate America events.

Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto – World Ice Dancing silver medalists and 2009 Cup of China gold medalists, this pair has won five gold medals and four bronze – the most in the event’s history.

Thursday, November 12
  Official Practice
 Friday, November 13
  Session 1 3 p.m. Compulsory Dance
  Session 2 7 p.m. Pairs Short Program, Men's Short Program
 Saturday, November 14
  Session 3 2 p.m. Original Dance, Pairs Free Skate
  Session 4 7 p.m. Ladies Short, Men's Free Skate
 Sunday, November 15
  Session 5 2 p.m. Free Dance, Ladies Free Skate
  Session 6 7:30 p.m. Exhibition of Champions
Ladies Men Pairs Dance
Elena Glebova EST
Susanna Poukio FIN
Elene Gedevanishvili GEO
Sarah Hecken GER
Julia Sebestyen HUN
Fumie Suguri JPN
Yu-Na Kim KOR
Joshi Helgesson SWE
Tugba Karademir TUR
Sasha Cohen USA
Rachael Flatt USA
Alexa Gilles USA
Kevin Reynolds CAN
Shawn Sawyer CAN
Jialiang Wu CHN
Tomas Verner CZE
Florent Amodio FRA
Takahito Mura JPN
Yasuharu Nanri JPN
Andrei Lutai RUS
Adrian Schultheiss SWE
Ryan Bradley USA
Evan Lysavek USA
Brandon Mroz USA
Meagan Duhamel / Craig Buntin CAN
Xue Shen /
Hongbo Zhao
Dan Zhang /
Hao Zhang
Stacey Kemp /
David King
Tatiana Volosozhar / Stanislav Morozov UKR
Keauna McLauchlin / Rockne Brubaker USA
Brooke Castile /
Ben Okolski

Caitlin Mallory / Kristian Rand EST
Zoe Blanc /
Pierre-Loup Bouquet
Isabelle Delobel / Olivier Schoenfelder FRA
Alexandra Zaretski / Roman Zaretsk ISR
Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte ITA
Kristina Gorshkova / Vitali Butikov RUS
Jana Khokhlova / Sergei Novitski RUS
Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto USA
Madison Chock / Greg Zuerlein USA

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