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The Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club (EIFSC) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is proud to announce that we will be hosting the 2014 Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena October 19-22, 2013.

The Regional events mark the start of the 2014 competition year, which will culminate in the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia. An estimated 300 skaters coming to Cedar Rapids in October will be vying for the chance to qualify for sectionals, then the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Members of the U.S. Figure Skating Team (or Team USA) will be chosen from those who place at the U.S. Championships.

 The Upper Great Lakes Regional event is open to Juvenile-Senior level skaters in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Missouri (except for Kansas City and St. Joseph’s). In conjunction with this event, we are hosting the Upper Great Lakes Non-qualifying Competition for Pre-Preliminary through Open Juvenile figure skaters as well as Juvenile-Senior Test Track skaters.

 We are hoping to have in excess of 600 skaters here from Oct. 18-Oct. 22. Along with approximately 200 coaches, 600-800 spectators and about 50-55 officials!  This will mark the third time since its inception in 1998 that The EIFSC has been chosen to host the UGL regional championship. U.S. Figure Skating's selection of the EIFSC to host is a mark of confidence in the beautiful Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, the club, and the Cedar Rapids community as a whole.

 Hosting the Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships has many benefits. For example, skaters, coaches and families attending this competition in Cedar Rapids in 2007 spent $400,323 at local businesses.

As a club the EIFSC will receive a portion of the Regional competitors’ registration fees, percentages of profits from hotel rooms booked and vendors’ sales, plus all the profits from the non-qualifying event, which includes practice ice, and merchandise sales.

A few examples of club expenditures in the past year include: Repairing the on-ice harness, purchasing both a hand-held and an off-ice harness, buying club ice time, buying an iPad and a software upgrade for the Dartfish system, paying for skater scholarships, underwriting the expenses for the bi-annual ice show (the lights and stage rental alone cost $10,000), and paying for the U.S. Olympic medalist and coach Paul Wylie Clinic this past June.

 It also means important exposure for our club, both in our own community and in the skating community at large. It is a wonderful opportunity for our skaters and the people of Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities to see accomplished competitors and to know what goes into a high level event such as this.

 The competition will run from approximately 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day.

 Additional information is available by contacting:

Colleen Cassill (Competition committee media volunteer) Colleen@cassillmotors.com<mailto:Colleen@cassillmotors.com>

 


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