If you're looking for something fun and different to do this summer, this exciting, family-friendly annual competition features skaters of all ages from around the country who have participated in regional qualifying competitions and earned the opportunity to vie for a national title. Among this year's participants are athletes just returning from the Pan American Games, being held July 8 - 14. National medalists in the elite figure skating divisions in Albuquerque qualify to become a member of the United States World Team, and will represent the United States at the upcoming World Figure Skating Championships in Cali, Colombia, September 15 - 17, 2015.
Rink Hockey competition events will run from July 11 through July 17. With wide participation in the U.S. and abroad, rink hockey provides all of the typical hockey action and excitement without the chill of an ice arena.
Indoor Speed Skating competition commences July 11 and runs through July 18. Similar to short track ice speed skating, roller sports indoor speed skating uses a 100-meter oval track for individual, and 2-person and 4-person relay events. Age groups determine distances and divisions.
Figure Skating competition begins July 19 and runs through August 1. Combining athletic skills and grace, and artistically interpreted to accompanying music, skaters compete as individuals, teams, or groups, and are judged on content, technical proficiency, and artistry. Those familiar with ice figure skating will recognize many of the events including individual (singles) and pairs free skating, set pattern dance and free dance, and school figures. Additional events include show, precision team, creative solo, and quartet.
Additional details regarding this sports competition and other Albuquerque events associated with it will be announced in a subsequent press release.