|Vol. 17, No. 17||Jan. 22, 1998|
1980 Gold Medal Olympians Gennadiy Karponosov and Natalia Linitchuk, who now coach skaters heading to next month's Olympics, talk with KYW-TV reporter Carolyn Hong during a news conference Wednesday at the Fred Rust Ice Arena. Five teams bound for Japan train at the UD Ice Skating Science Development Center. The skaters and center director, Ron Ludington, himself an Olympian, also were on hand and talked to reporters from throughout the region.Five ice skating teams, all bound for the Olympics in Japan, and top U.S. skaters from the U.S. Nationals will perform in a special Olympic and World Send-Off Skating Exhibition, scheduled at 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Fred Rust Arena.
Tickets for the show are on sale now at University box offices at $12 for the general public, $9 for UD students with ID and $7 for children under 12.
All the performers in the show train at the UD Ice Skating Science Development Center.
Featured skaters who are Olympics-bound include Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov, who will represent the Ukraine; Galit Chait and Sergei Sakhovski, who will skate for Israel; Elaine Asanakis and Joel McKeever, who will skate for Greece; and Illia Averbuch and Irina Lobacheva, and Angelika Krylova and Oleg Ovisiannokov, who will represent Russia.
Also skating in the Feb. 1 exhibition will be Scott Smith, 1998 Junior Men's National Champion; Sara Hughes, 1998 Junior Ladies National Champion; Heather Allebach and Matt Evers, 1998 Junior Pairs Champions; Penny Schnering and Tim Jones, 1998 Novice Dance Champions; Johnny Weir, who took third place in Novice Men at Nationals; Sara Wheat, who placed fourth in Novice Ladies at Nationals; Jamie Hurd, 1998 Easterns Intermediate Ladies Champion; Gabriel Nash, 1998 South Atlantics Juvenile Boys Champion; Johnny Weir and Jodi Rudden, who took third place in the 1998 Easterns Intermediate Pairs; and Shayna Syken, who took second place in 1998 South Atlantics Juvenile Girls. Also performing will be the UD Precision Skating Team.
Under Ron Ludington's direction, the UD Ice Skating Science Development Center has produced numerous world-class skaters.
For ticket information on the Feb. 1 show, call UD1-HENS.