Old-School Figure Skaters To Film Special In DC

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I might regret admitting this to you later, but I? used to LOVE figure skating. As in, I wrote a paper in 3rd grade about Nancy Kerrigan, Kristi Yamaguchi was my personal hero and I still think Tonya Harding is a total skank. There is something entrancing to an elementary school girl (like wee lil Katie in the ’80s) about people sailing and jumping around on ice, in super sparkly fabulous costumes. I mean figure skating had it all – bows, sparkles, pink, skirts, the romance of the couples skate, and some ridiculously cheesy dance moves. My world used to stop for the Winter Olympics. I? WAS A FAN.

So I got kind of (kiiiiiind of) geeked out when I got a press release from the Verizon Center about the filming of Kaleidoscope, a “Star-Studded Show To Feature Skating Champions, Recording Artists, Cancer Survivors and Health Advocates In One Unforgettable Night at Verizon Center” It’s seriously old-school skating with names I actually recognize, like Scott Hamilton (in his first television performance since being diagnosed with a brain tumor five years ago), Dorothy Hamill. Olivia Newton-John (say WHAT? She was in Grease AND she can skate? Is there anything she CAN’T do?) Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan and some random newbies I don’t know about that are apparently Olympic figure skating “hopefuls” – Johnny Weir and Rachael Flatt.

So if you’ve at all related to my ridiculous admission of skating geekdom, Tickets for the taping of “Kaleidoscope” are on sale now. Filming will be at the Verizon Center on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. and are $115.00, $60.00, $40.00 and $20.00 (plus applicable service charges). Not feeling the price? Kaleidoscope will air nationally on FOX on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) 2009 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (EST), immediately following the FOX Thanksgiving Day football telecast. Excuse me, I’ve got to go set my DVR now. I mean go to the bathroom/go walk my dog/uh… nevermind.

Katie moved to DC in 2007, and has since embarked upon a love affair with the city. She’s an education reform advocate and communications professional during the day; at night and on the weekends, she’s an owner here at We Love DC. Katie has high goals to eat herself through the entire city, with only her running shoes to save her from herself. For up-to-the-minute news and reviews (among other musings), follow her on Twitter!

2 thoughts on “Old-School Figure Skaters To Film Special In DC

  1. I have never gotten over my love for the grace and athleticism of figure sktating. I am thrilled to hear about this event and wish more were televised. Scott is the real energy bunny that never quits with a sense of humor to match. Dorothy is as beautiful as ever and Kristi can win Olympic medals and revolving glass balls with ease. Even Sasha and Michelle are coming back. Skating must be good for your health.