Belbin and Agosto Promote Smart Ones Skate America in Pittsburgh

Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto made a guest appearance on "Pittsburgh Today Live."

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(9/16/04) - Reigning Smart Ones Skate America champions Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto spent a full day in Pittsburgh Sept. 8 to promote this year's version of the Grand Prix event, which will be held at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Oct. 21-24.

Belbin and Agosto will compete at 2004 Smart Ones Skate America along with 16 other U.S. athletes and 50 international competitors. Skate America is the first of six events that make up the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

While in Pittsburgh, the U.S. ice dancing champions began the day with three straight live in-studio media interviews. The first two interviews were with radio stations 3WS and Lite Rock 92.9, while the third was a television spot on Pittsburgh Today Live (KDKA-TV). After a taped interview with Star 100.7, Belbin and Agosto took advantage of ice time at a local rink.

Later that evening, Belbin and Agosto were the star guest coaches at the Lite Rock 92.9 Skate Clinic at Robert Morris University Island Sports Center. Lite Rock had been promoting the skate clinic for a week, and station DJs were on site to emcee the event. Skaters of all ages were thrilled to spend time learning from Team USA's top dance team, and Belbin and Agosto later signed autographs and posed for pictures.

Tickets for Smart Ones Skate America are available through the Mellon Arena box office and web site www.mellonarena.com.The event will be nationally broadcast by ABC Sports and ESPN2 at the end of October. Check our TV schedule for specific times and check your local listings.