See the Best at their Best In Ottawa at the Sears Figure Skating Open
||October 17, 2001|
TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - Four time World Champion, Kurt Browning,
three-time World Champion and two-time Olympic Silver Medallist, Elvis
Stojko, two-time Olympic Silver Medalist and World Champion, Brian
Orser. Three generations of Canada's best male figure skaters will
compete at the 2001 Sears Figure Skating Open in Ottawa November 30
and December 1.
"This event is one we look forward to every year -- after all the
travelling in all the cities around the world, it's just great to come
home, and to be out there with your peers," says Browning. "It kind of
humbles you to be performing in front of fellow Canadians, and at the
same time you feel a great sense of pride in being part of what brings
Canadian culture to the world."
The Canadian men will also have to fend off challenges from 1996
World Champion Todd Eldredge and nine-time British Champion Steven
Set to take place on Friday, November 30 and Saturday December 1,
at Ottawa Civic Centre, the event also features four-time Canadian
Champion Jennifer Robinson, 1998 Sears Figure Skating Open Champion
Nicole Bobek and three-time World Silver Medallist and five-time
European Champion Surya Bonaly.
The pairs competition will prove to be equally exciting as Ina &
Zimmerman (U.S.) and Kazakova and Dmitriev (Russia) vie for the
Championship title. Additional Canadian and International skaters will
be named to the event in the coming weeks.
The two-day event will host some of the world's best amateur and
professional skaters going head to head for more than $400,000 in
prize money. The event will be divided into two sessions starting
with the technical programs on Friday and the interpretive programs on
Saturday. The competition begins at 7:00 p.m. both evenings.
"We are delighted to once again be a sponsor of this great event",
said Mark Cohen, Chairman and CEO, Sears Canada. "We are so very proud
for our fourth year in a row, to be associated with such a wonderfully
graceful sport and highly respected athletes."
"It brings us great pleasure to offer figure skating fans, many of
which are Sears customers, added value for two evenings full of
exciting entertainment for the whole family."
Formerly known as the Canadian Professional Figure Skating
Championship, this will be the 8th year of the event, and is the only
"Open" figure skating competition held in Canada.
The rules and judging will be under the auspices of the
International Skating Union (ISU), the international governing body
for figure skating. The Sears Figure Skating Open is sanctioned by
The event is proud of its association with Sears Canada and Walt
Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 20 and can be purchased by
telephone through Ticketmaster at 1-613-755-1111 or via the Internet
at www.ticketmaster.ca. Ticket prices range from $25 to $45. Two-day
packages and Sears Value Paks are also available.