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Evening of Championship Skating, An
Evening of Championship Skating 2000, An
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Series showcasing exhibition skating by top U.S. amateur skaters and professionals. Series release date: 1975

Program Description

One of public television’s all-time favorites, WGBH’s An Evening of Championship Skating, now in its third decade, returns this month with yet another dazzling exhibition by figure skating’s finest. Taped at Harvard University’s Bright Arena, the annual event (to benefit cancer research) boasts an impressive roster of amateur and professional talent slated to hit the ice, including Newton’s own Jennifer Kirk, 1999 World Junior Champion, and Naomi Lars and Peter Tchernysher, 1999 and 2000 US National Champions. Harvard alumnus (and no slouch himself on the ice) Paul Wylie returns as master of ceremonies, his 17th year on the show. Performance highlights include: • Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev, 1999, 2000, and 2001 US Ice Dance Champions, who marry the American and Russian traditions of ice dancing in a breathtaking mixture of elegant choreography; • 1999 World Junior Champion Jennifer shows us the moves, jumps and spins that landed her in fourth place at the 2001 US Nationals; • 1994 Olympic Gold Medalist and 1999 World Professional Champion Alexei Urmanov interprets the music from "The Prince of Egypt;" • 1999 and 2000 World Professional Champions Elena Leonova and Andrei Khvalko bring down the house with their graceful showmanship performing to Ravel’s Bolero; and • 1998 Olympic Silver Medalists and World Champions Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze combine strength and passion in an innovative artistic performance. Other featured skaters: • Danielle and Steven Harsell , 1999 US Pairs Champions; • Radka Kovarikova and Rene Novotny, 1995 and 1997 World Professional Pair Champions; • Lucinda Ruh, 1996 Swiss National Champion—and world’s best spinner; • Viacheslave Zagorudnyuk, 1997 European Bronze Medalist, five-time Ukranian champion, and World Bronze Medalist; • Tatiana Navka and Ronan Kostomarov, 2000 Russian Ice Dance Silver medalists; • Takeshi Honda, 1997 Japanese champion; • Scott Davis, 1994 Olympian and 2-time US National Champion; and • Ludmila and Oleg Protopopov, 2-time Olympic Gold medalists, 4-time World Champions, and one of the earliest inductees into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, in their 12th consecutive appearance.



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