May 2 instructional SkateFest to feature Olympic skaters

Skatium Ice Arena — Kerry Murphy, figure skating director, (847) 674-1500, ext. 2925
U.S. Figure Skating — Renee Felton, media relations manager, (847) 635-5200

See below for skaters available to the media.

(4.25.14) Skokie's Skatium Ice Arena will host one of only five SkateFests in the nation, a free ice skating instructional program featuring eight world-ranked and Olympic skaters, currently touring with Stars on Ice. The program will be held on Friday, May 2, with 45-minute sessions available, beginning at 4, 4:45 & 5:30 p.m.

Skaters scheduled to appear include Olympian and national champion Mirai Nagusa, Olympian Jason Brown, Olympians and two-time national pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, two-time national champion Alissa Csizny, formerly world ranked pairs team Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, and junior world champion Josh Farris. (See below for media availability.)

SkateFest provides the opportunity for skaters of all ages to participate in free group lessons based on their experience levels and for families to experience skating for the first time.​ Registration will be held at the Skatium on the day of the event, with numbers being issued beginning at 12 p.m. Parents and skaters may leave and return, forming a line by order of number, prior to the 3 p.m. registration time. Only 100 spots will be available for each session. Photos will be allowed during all sessions.

This event is open to all ages and abilities. Free instruction will be provided by Skatium and area U.S. Figure Skating coaches.​ Skate rental will also be free. A waiver form and photo release must be signed upon registration. SkateFest is a United States Figure Skating event. Allstate Arena in Rosemont will host Stars on Ice on Saturday, May 3.

SkateFest Schedule
12P        Numbers issued for registration line
3P          Registration begins (Limit of 300 skaters)
4P          Instructional Session I
4:45P     Instructional Session II
5:30P     Instructional Session III

Available for Media (Interviews and Photos), 3:30-4 p.m.
​Olympians Mirai Nagusa, Jason Brown, pairs team Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir​

SkateFest flyer