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(l-r) NYC Economic Development President Seth Pinsky, NHL legend Mark Messier, Olympic champion fi gure skater Sarah Hughes, Kingsbridge National Ice Center partners founder Kevin Parker, New York

City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bronx Bor- ough President Ruben Diaz Jr., New York City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera and Community Board 7 Chair Paul Foster

attended the press conference announcing the construction of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center.

Hughes backs development of world’s largest indoor ice sports facility New York City Mayor Michael

Bloomberg announced in April the city’s plans to transform the Kingsbridge Armory, located on the Bronx’s northwest side, into the largest indoor ice sports facility in the world. Backing the project, 2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes and six-time Stan- ley Cup winner Mark Messier were both on hand as Bloomberg made the announce- ment.

The 750,000-square-foot facility, vacant since 1996, will feature nine year-round in-

door rinks, including three Olympic- and six NHL-sized rinks. A 5,000-seat center show- rink will host major hockey and fi gure skat- ing events, including local, regional, national and international tournaments, camps, com- petitions and shows. The Kingsbridge National Ice Center

will be an international sporting destination on par with Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden in attendance, drawing more than 2 million visitors a year, including fi rst- time skaters and champion athletes alike.

Boitano shares favorite recipes in new cookbook When Brian Boitano

was a teenager, he traveled all over the world for skat- ing competitions and was greatly infl uenced by the diff erent cultures. The food fascinated him, but he couldn’t indulge as he wanted. After winning the 1988 Olympics, Boi- tano became a profes- sional skater and also started cooking for his friends. He soon developed into a self- taught home cook with an eye toward taste, conve- nience and nutrition, and, like most home cooks, he learned by trial and error. In the end, he picked up as much knowledge from his culinary successes as from the failures.

The recipes contained in What Would Brian Boitano

Make?, the companion cookbook to his cooking show, is fi lled with recipes designed for anyone who leads a typ- ically energetic life, and who is concerned with nutrition and eating great food. Visit for more information,

and to purchase the cookbook go to Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

44 JUNE/JULY 2013 “Fantastically exciting morning for our

@KNICNYC project. Thank you to @NYC- MayorsOffi ce, @MikeBloomberg, Bronx BP, city offi cials & many more,” Hughes tweet- ed following the announcement. “Lots have helped to make this vision a reality. Look for- ward to continuing sharing this project with you as the @KNICNYC team moves forward!” The facility’s groundbreaking is set to

begin in late 2014, with the fi nal stage of construction expected to be completed by September 2019.

Several members of the U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters staff participated in a Girl Scout Sports Extravaganza this past spring at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. More than 190 Girl Scouts visited the U.S. Figure Skat- ing booth, where they got their vertical jumps measured, learned about synchronized skating and participated in off -ice jump technique exercises. The purpose of the mini- sports clinic was to promote physical, mental and emotional health. Girl Scout skating badges are available at U.S. Figure Skating. For more information, contact Erin Schopf, Basic Skills program manager, at eschopf@usfi

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