Fan Voting Details for Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge

Alissa Czisny
Photo by Paul Harvath

(12/1/05) - The Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge at Agganis Arena at Boston University is just over a week away, and fans all over the country are getting ready to take advantage of the first-ever live, interactive, fan-driven figure skating event. By calling or texting 1-900 numbers or connecting to the Internet during the Dec. 11 event, fans at home will be able to vote for their favorite exhibition performances among four top U.S. ladies and men's skaters, ultimately determining the winners.

Scheduled to participate in the event, taking place from 1-3 p.m. Eastern, are five-time World and nine-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan, two-time World silver medalist Sasha Cohen, 2005 Skate Canada champion Alissa Czisny and 2005 World Junior bronze medalist Emily Hughes. The men's field is scheduled to include two-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel, World bronze medalist Evan Lysacek and two-time Olympian Michael Weiss. Athletes are subject to change.

Voting during the event will take place by five different methods:

  • 1-900 dial-in calls (75 cents per call) numbers will be posted on air during the ABC broadcast
  • 1-900 text messages (75 cents per text) numbers will be posted on air during the ABC broadcast
  • Online voting at www.usfigureskating.org
  • In-arena voting for 2,000 select fans based on seating locations
  • Panel of experts (Dick Button, Peggy Fleming & Peter Carruthers)
The format for the event and live ABC broadcast will be as follows:

  • The men will skate in reverse order of placement at the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships
  • The top two men advancing will be announced
  • The ladies will skate in reverse order of placement at the 2005 U.S. Championships
  • The top two ladies advancing will be announced
  • Men's final (new exhibition programs performed)
  • Men's winner announced
  • Ladies final (new exhibition programs performed)
  • Ladies winner announced
Tickets for the Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge are now on sale and can be purchased at Agganis Arena at Boston University Ticket Office located at 925 Commonwealth Avenue (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.), www.agganisarena.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 617.931.2000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $50, $75 and $150. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or larger by calling 617.358.7000.