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National Sports Center will host Upper Great Lakes Figure Skating Competition, October 4-8

10/03/2017, 3:00pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Event is the first step in qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championship

Blaine, Minn. (October 3, 2017) – The Schwan Super Rink at the National Sports Center will host the prestigious Upper Great Lakes Figure Skating Championship October 4-8. The event is the first step for skaters to qualify to compete in the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championship in San Jose, December 29, 2017-January 7, 2018.

Nearly 800 skaters from the Upper Great Lakes Region will compete, representing 67 skating clubs.

Here is the qualification progression to earn a spot in the U.S. Championships:

  • Regional competitions (9), held October 4-22. Upper Great Lakes is one of those nine events.
  • Sectional competitions (3), held November 15-19. The Midwestern Sectional will be held at the Bloomington Ice Garden in Bloomington, Minn.
  • Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championship, December 29, 2017-January 7, 2018 in San Jose, Calif.
     

Two disciplines (ladies and men) will compete in five levels -- juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior. The top four skaters in each discipline qualify for the Midwestern sectional championships.The pairs and ice dance disciplines begin the qualifying season at sectionals.

The top four finishers at the sectional championships earn a berth to the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships set for Dec. 29, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018, in San Jose, California. The 2018 U.S. Championships are the final qualifying event before U.S. Figure Skating selects the 2018 Olympic Figure Skating Team. U.S. Figure Skating will also announce the 2018 World, World Junior and Four Continents teams at the conclusion of the event.

Here is the competition schedule (competition will take place on rinks 1-4 each day).

Wednesday, October 4: 8:45 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

Thursday, October 5: 7:15 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, October 6: 7 a.m.-9:05 p.m.

Saturday, October 7: 7:55 a.m.-8:35 p.m.

Sunday, October 8: 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Here are the 67 clubs represented at the Upper Great Lake Figure Skating Competition, at the Schwan Super Rink.

  • All Year Figure Skating Club, Ontario, Calif.
  • Ames Figure Skating Club, Ames, Iowa
  • Black Hills Figure Skating Club, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Braemar-City of Lakes Figure Skating Club, Edina, Minn.
  • Breezy Point Figure Skating Club, Breezy Point, Minn.
  • Burnsville-Minnesota Valley Figure Skating Club, Burnsville, Minn.
  • Capital Classics Figure Skating Club, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Cedar Valley Figure Skating Club, Waterloo, Iowa
  • Central Illinois Figure Skating Club, Bloomington, Ill.
  • Central Iowa Figure Skating Club, Urbandale, Iowa
  • Chaska Figure Skating Club, Chaska, Minn.
  • Chicago Figure Skating Club, Chicago, Ill.
  • Creve Coeur Figure Skating Club, Creve Coeur, Mo.
  • Cutting Edge Figure Skating Club, Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
  • Dakotah Figure Skating Club, Prior Lake, Minn.
  • Des Moines Figure Skating Club, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Duluth Figure Skating Club, Duluth, Minn.
  • DuPage Figure Skating Club, Park Ridge, Ill.
  • Eagan Ice Crystal Figure Skating Club, Eagan, Minn.
  • Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Eau Claire Figure Skating Club, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club, Eden Prairie, Minn.
  • Elk River Figure Skating Club, Elk River, Minn.
  • Figure Skating Club of Bloomington, Bloomington, Minn.
  • Figure Skating Club of Madison, Madison, Wis.
  • Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Figure Skating Club of the Quad-Cities, Davenport, Iowa
  • Glenwood Figure Skating Club, Flossmoor, Ill.
  • Greater Green Bay Figure Skating Club, Green Bay, Wisc.
  • Greater Milwaukee Figure Skating Club, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Heart of Illinois Skating Club, Peoria, Ill.
  • Heritage Figure Skating Club, Lakeville, Minn.
  • Illinois Valley Figure Skating Club, Pekin, Ill.
  • Jordan Valley Figure Skating Club, Springfield, Mo.
  • Kettle Moraine Figure Skating Club, West Bend, Wis.
  • Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club, Minnetonka, Minn.
  • Lakeland Figure Skating Club, Waterford, Mich.
  • Magic City Figure Skating Club, Minot, N.D.
  • Marshfield Silver Laces Figure Skating Club, Marshfield, Wis.
  • New Prague Figure Skating Club, New Prague, Minn.
  • New Ulm Figure Skating Club, New Ulm, Minn.
  • Northern Blades National Sports Center Figure Skating Club, Blaine, Minn.
  • Northern Ice Skating Club, Lisle, Ill.
  • Northwoods Figure Skating Club, Spooner, Wis.
  • Rochester Figure Skating Club, Rochester, Minn.
  • Rockford Skating Club, Rockford, Ill.
  • Roseville Figure Skating Club, Roseville, Minn.
  • Shattuck-St. Mary’s Faribault, Minn.
  • Skokie Valley Skating Club, Chicago, Ill.
  • Southern Wisconsin Figure Skating Club, McFarland, Wis.
  • Southport Skating Club, Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
  • Springfield Figure Skating Club, Springfield, Ill.
  • St. Louis Skating Club, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Saint Paul Figure Skating Club, Saint Paul, Minn.
  • St. Peters Figure Skating Association, St. Peters, Mo.
  • Starlight Ice Dance Club, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • The Skating Club of New York, New York, N.Y.
  • Thief River Falls Skating Club, Thief River Falls, Minn.
  • Three Rivers Figure Skating Club, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Maple Grove, Minn.
  • Timberline Figure Skating Club, Wausau, Wis.
  • Tri-State Toe Picks Figure Skating Club, Onalaska, Wis.
  • Valley Figure Skating Club, Appleton, Wis.
  • Wagon Wheel Figure Skating Club, Crystal Lake, Ill.
  • Windy City Figure Skating Club, Chicago, Ill.
  • Wisconsin Figure Skating Club, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Wisconsin Rapids Figure Skating Club, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • Woodbury Figure Skating Club, Woodbury, Minn.

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