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BIG PURSE ON THE LINE FOR FREEZER JUMP EVENT


The fi rst time Jeremy


Abbott ever landed a quad, it wasn’t at the U.S. Champi- onships or a Grand Prix Series event. It wasn’t in a short or long program, for that matter. “The fi rst time he ever landed a quad — and it was a quad Salchow, actually — was at the jump event at the Broad- moor Open,” said Tom Zakra- jsek, who coached Abbott in Colorado Springs when Abbott landed the quad nearly 10 years ago. “And the crowd went crazy.” The success and excitement over the years of the Broad-


Ryan Bradley


moor jump event have prompted Zakrajsek and fellow veter- an coach Audrey Weisiger to take the exciting competition to a higher level. The result is the inaugural Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge, a jumping contest that will debut June 25–26 at the Broadmoor World Arena. The event will feature American and international skaters and will award $30,000 in prize money. The top ladies and men will earn $7,500 for fi rst place,


$5,000 for second and $2,500 for third. The event will start with the Broadmoor Open jump com-


petition June 25, which is open to U.S. and foreign skaters. Each skater has two chances to do two diff erent jumps and a jump combination. The winners of the junior event and the top three from the senior event will be invited to participate in the Freezer Aerial Challenge the next day. There, they will compete against an invited roster of International Selection Pool skaters. YouTube personality Michael Buckley will host the event. In the Freezer Challenge, celebrity judges, including Weiss,


Rachael Flatt, Kimmie Meissner and other big names, will join ISU judges in assessing a grade of execution for each jump based on a 1 to 10 scale: 1 for a popped jump, 10 for an excellent jump. There will also be a backfl ip competition, with the winner taking home $1,000. “This is a great way to challenge U.S. skaters technically,”


said Weiss, a three-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian. “This event will help our athletes focus on their jumping skills with the goal of having more confi dence when they compete internationally. I am pleased to be a sponsor of the event.” — Amy Rosewater


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U.S. FIGURE SKATING


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