Olympic champions and their children to perform together on the ice at Boardwalk Hall Nov. 3
UPDATE: 11/1/2012: This show has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
Ever since Atlantic City lost its professional minor league ice hockey team, the hardworking executives at Boardwalk Hall have looked for ways to utilize the beautiful skating rink that is part of the restoration of the historic building.
Beyond college and minor league hockey, Boardwalk Hall has hosted professional ice skating shows the past two seasons. Caesars Tribute II: Celebrating the Ladies of Ice Skating was presented last year, following 2010’s Caesars Salute to the Golden Age of American Skating.
This year’s event offers a family twist on the skating show. Musselman’s Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute Presented by Caesars features special musical guest and the four-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Jewel (see interview with Jewel online at acweekly.com).
The family-themed ice skating show will be hosted by skating champions (and parents) Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss, and will also feature six-time U.S. National Champion and World champion Todd Eldredge, World ice dancing champion Shae-Lynn Bourne, two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan, Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Wylie, three-time U.S. pair champions and world medalists Jenni Meno and Todd Sand, World pair champion Isabelle Brasseur and two-time U.S. pair champion Rocky Marval, five-time Italian champion and Olympian Silvia Fontana and her husband, John Zimmerman, a three-time U.S. pairs champion and Olympian.
All of the skaters are parents, and both children and parents will be featured in the show. The combination of stellar skating and beautiful music will bring the magic of parenthood to life on the ice.
Nancy Kerrigan must like these shows, because she has appeared in the two previous events and will be back again this year. She also takes time to do something for the Atlantic City community each time she is in town. Last year, she met with school children, signed autographs, and handed out 200 complimentary tickets to Saturday’s show to students at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in A.C.
This year she was to do the same at the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club to speak to them about achieving goals and hard work for a successful career, but the event was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.
Jewel (see interview) will not be skating. The native of Alaska does know how to skate but hasn’t done it for a long time. However, she seemed like a good choice as musical guest, because as a new mother herself (son Kase is 15 months old), she decided to write a children’s book, “That’s What I’d Do,” and has made two children’s albums “Lullaby” and “The Merry Goes Round.”
The show will be broadcast nationally on NBC on Nov. 18 from 4-6pm as part of the Pandora NBC Skating Series.
Family Skating Tribute with Jewel
Where: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30pm
How Much: $35.50-$141.95
'The joy of where I am at now is that it’s not about the demands of competition that you have to do five triples in the program, or 20,000 spins. I skate now because I love to and for the audience. It’s a totally free, different kind of skating. I’m out there enjoying the music and feeling the crowd. I’ve never been more excited.'
There’s a certain hold that figure skaters have on the American conscious — especially female skaters. Come the Winter Olympics, the country seems to rally around the top female U.S. figure skater and accept them into their hearts. Even the most macho, truck-driving guys watch and feel the pain of every slip or a fall and the excitement of every successful triple salchow.
The evening was packed with skating talent, some who were there to be interviewed by Mary Carillo for the NBC broadcast that will take place Christmas day, others to show that they still can skate with grace and power.
It’s one thing to see so many former, recent and current ice skating champions listed in a press release for the Caesars Tribute to the Golden Age of American Skating. It is quite another to see all these champions sitting together in one room.
Headlining the show is the reigning Olympic 2010 gold medalist Evan Lysacek, joined by 2006 Olympic silver medalist and three-time World Champion, Sasha Cohen, as well as Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Scott Hamilton, Peggy Fleming, Sarah Hughes, Michael Weiss and doubles champions Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner.
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