The U.S. Determine Skating Championships will return to the Greensboro Coliseum in 2020

Now the city will be the first to host the event three times in 10 years since Colorado Springs held five of the first eight after World War II.

“It feels unprecedented,” said Paul Wylie. “When I competed in the 1980s and 1990s, Nationals switched between the three sections: Pacific Coast, Midwest and East Coast. No city would get citizens that often. “

Ice Dancing silver medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani ice skate during the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships free dance at Greensboro Coliseum.

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Wylie, who won a silver medal in the 1992 Olympics, has lived near Charlotte for 13 years and trains on an ice rink on the Indian Trail. He’s a third time a member of the organizing committee and has seen figure skating grow in the southeast.

“We broke that barrier,” said Wylie. “Having the championship here in 2011 was a big wake up (for US figure skating). Because Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, Raleigh and Durham all have very lively skating clubs and large skating communities. The sport is growing very well in this part of the country. “

2019 Nationals will be in Detroit at Little Caesar’s Arena, and Greensboro will reach the second year of the cycle before the 2022 Beijing Olympics. That could mean a stronger field of high-level Olympic competitors.

“Things are starting to warm up,” said Wylie. “There is definitely a fight for the position that is currently taking place. Every year matters, but if you want to take a year off competition – like Ashley Wagner did in 2011 – this year you will take after the Olympics. If you are serious about trying to get back to the Olympics, you will be here for this competition in 2020. “

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