Spokane Begins Countdown to 2007 State Farm U.S. Championships

Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession, with and his wife, Jane, speaks during the "One Year Out" celebration.

(1/31/06) - The local organizing committee for the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will take place at the Spokane Arena and the newly expanded Spokane Convention Center, Jan. 21-28, 2007, held a “One Year Out” celebration last week in Spokane, Wash.

Included in the celebration was the hanging of giant figure skating banners in the Atrium of River Park Square; unveiling of a countdown clock showing the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the start of the event; and cutting and serving of a giant cake with life-size figure skates and the event logo.

In addition, a special grant totaling $1,000 was presented to Chris Anders and Kalie Budvarson, a local novice pairs team. Anders and Budvarson qualified for the last two U.S. Championships.

Mayor Dennis Hession and his wife, Jane, made a surprise announcement during the celebration. After attending the 2006 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Louis, Mo., Hession and his wife were so inspired that they decided to become pairs skaters. They conducted their first training session Saturday, Jan. 21, at Riverfront Park's Ice Palace to the delight of a number of cheering fans.

For those interested in purchasing tickets to the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the All-Event Ticket Package and the Exhibition of Champions tickets are available. The All-Event Ticket Package is a book of tickets, one for every session of the competition, and includes a minimum of 13 individual tickets. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-866-USA-2007 or logging on to www.spokane2007.com.