What to Watch: 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships


Beauty, power and grace combine into one spectacular display of athleticism and competition as Kansas City hosts the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Jan. 14-22, 2017. 

Don't miss your chance to witness world-class athletes compete for gold as Kansas City welcomes this incredible event back to town for the first time in 30 years.



Kayne & O'Shea, Scimeca & Knierim, Castelli & Tran

Pairs figure skating combines the athleticism of singles skating with the precision of ice dance, mixed with the death-defying acrobatics of overhead lifts, twists and throws. The athletes’ movements are performed in unison to demonstrate exact timing between the partners in both the short program and the free skate. If you love a thrill, the pairs events are not to be missed!

Pairs short program: 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19
Pairs free skate (final groups): 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21


2015 Ladies Champion Ashley Wagner, 2016 Men's Champion, 2016 Ladies Champion Gracie Gold

Form, style, technique, concentration and the ability to perform under pressure are key requirements for ladies and men’s singles skaters. Programs showcase the elegance, athleticism and talent synonymous with the sport of figure skating. Athletes perform in two competitive segments, the short program and the free skate, on separate days. Come check out the singles competitions if you love the power and beauty of figure skating!

Ladies short program: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19
Men’s short program: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20
Ladies free skate: 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21
Men’s free skate: 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22


Hubbell & Donohue, Chock & Bates, Shibutani & Shibutani

If you love “Dancing with the Stars,” ice dance is for you! Unlike pairs skating, ice dance is based on aspects of dance including rhythm, interpretation and precision. Its beauty lies in its creativity, choreography and theatrical and innovative aspects. The short dance will feature performances to a required rhythm of blues, swing or hip hop. The free dance will be highlighted by innovative footwork, spins and lifts.

Short dance: 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20
Free dance (final group): 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21


The Smucker’s Skating Spectacular will take place the evening of Jan. 22 and will close out the competition. Skaters will perform creative programs of their choosing, free from the scrutiny of the judges, with show lights and costumes. The Smucker’s Skating Spectacular is a fun and entertaining event for the whole family celebrating the newly crowned medalists!

Smucker’s Skating Spectacular: 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22

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