Inoue & Baldwin Promote U.S. Championships in Portland

Inoue and Baldwin speak with reporter Corinna Allen of "AM Northwest" for the local ABC station's live TV segment.

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(9/28/04) - Reigning U.S. pairs champions Rena Inoue and John Baldwin spent a full day in Portland, Ore., Sept. 23, to promote the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will be held at the Rose Quarter, Jan. 9-16, in Portland.

While in Portland, the U.S. pairs champions began the day by signing autographs at a local McDonald's restaurant. Two local radio stations, KINK 102 FM and Mix 107.5 FM, were at the autograph signing giving away tickets to the 2005 U.S. Championships as well as other prizes. Inoue and Baldwin then headed to the Lloyd Center mall to tape a live six-minute TV segment with Corinna Allen on "AM Northwest," which aired on the local ABC station. Inoue demonstrated a spin and showed Allen how to skate backwards, then the team showcased their talent in a 3-minute exhibition to music.

Next, Inoue and Baldwin participated in a pairs skating clinic emceed by U.S. Figure Skating President Chuck Foster. They performed another three-minute exhibition while mall spectators, media and other skaters looked on. KATU (ABC), KGW (NBC) and KOIN (CBS) taped TV footage while they skated.

Five local pairs teams of varying levels were then called onto the ice to perform two pairs moves each. The five teams were: Kyler Fitch and Brittany Schwab of the Portland Ice Skating Club, Madison Star Gray and Justis Davidson from the Skating Club of Oregon, Madeline Heritage and Jeremy Frenz from the Skating Club of Oregon, Olivia Olsen and Casey Sullivan of the Eugene Ice Skating Club, and Heidi Henderson and Nathan Fast from the Skating Club of Oregon. Inoue and Baldwin gave the teams feedback after their performances.

The media interviewed Inoue and Baldwin following the clinic, and then the team headed to the Memorial Coliseum (the secondary venue for the 2005 U.S. Championships) to tape two public service announcements - one for the Ronald McDonald House and one for the U.S. Championships. While there, Inoue and Baldwin also took part in a photo shoot for a local magazine.

Individual event tickets for the 2005 U.S. Championships are now available to the public through the Portland 2005 web site: www.portland2005.com. The event will be nationally broadcast by ABC Sports and ESPN2 in January. Check our TV schedule for specific times and check your local listings.