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US Figure Skating & VWSE Announce Spokane As Host City For Team Challenge Cup

Sep 8th 2015

Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment and U.S. Figure Skating are proud to announce the launch of the Team Challenge Cup (#TeamChallengeCup), a biennial, Ryder Cup-style competition taking place April 22-24, 2016 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA.

Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment and U.S. Figure Skating are proud to announce the launch of the Team Challenge Cup (#TeamChallengeCup), a biennial, Ryder Cup-style competition taking place April 22-24, 2016 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA.

This brand new competition will pit 14-member teams from three continents (North America, Europe and Asia) against each other over the course of three days with prizes exceeding $500,000.

Teams from each continent will consist of:

  • Three ladies
  • Three men
  • Two pairs teams
  • Two ice dance teams

ISU World Standings as of 1/1/2016 will be used to determine the first skaters invited to the Team Challenge Cup, as well as a fan vote for final single athletes.

In a press release by U.S. Figure Skating, Sam Auxier, president, U.S. Figure Skating said,

"Continuing to build on our great relationship with Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment, we are thrilled to return to Spokane and are confident the city will rally around the inaugural Team Challenge Cup the way they have done for previous figure skating events. The team format has proven to be a very successful way to engage the fans of figure skating and with an international field featuring the top skaters in the world, we know the 2016 Team Challenge Cup will truly be a special event."

Figure skating legends from each continent have been selected as team captains, but will not compete in the event. American, Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic champion, and Great Britain's Christopher Dean, the 1984 Olympic ice dance champion with partner Jayne Torvill, will captain Team North America and Team Europe, respectively. Team Asia's captain will be announced at a later date.

The competition will run over the course of two days and will include a Singles Short Program, Team Free Skate, Singles Free Skate, and Exhibition featuring the best skaters from around the world. For more information about scheduling and tickets please visit www.TeamChallengeCup.com.

Team Challenge Cup was made possible through the collaboration of U.S. Figure Skating and VWSE. VWSE is responsible for selling global advertising and sponsorship opportunities associated with the event, while U.S. Figure Skating manages all competition-related logistics. Both companies contribute their expertise and resources in all other facets of the Team Challenge Cup.

"We are thrilled to partner with U.S. Figure Skating in the creation, development and execution of this event," said VWSE Executive Vice President Chris Pearlman. "Our unique relationship with U.S. Figure Skating makes the joint effort in producing the Team Challenge Cup a wonderful next step in our partnership. Our involvement in the event also epitomizes the direction that VWSE is taking toward ownership of properties that allow us to bring to bear our vast array of internal resources."

Quick Links

Click here to read the full Team Challenge Cup Press Release

Click here to read SBJ’s, “Team Challenge Cup To Crown Best On Ice

Click here to visit the Team Challenge Cup website