Jeremy Abbott skates back into hometown
The Aspen Times
Jeremy Abbott, the international ice skating star who put on his first skates in Aspen, is coming home.
Abbott and a cast of skating celebrities, including a lineup of Olympic skaters, will headline the Stars on Aspen Ice program scheduled for Saturday night at the Lewis Ice Arena at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC).
Alissa Czisny, Abbott’s training partner, will share in a starring role for Abbott’s homecoming tribute to the community in Aspen, where he got his start as a skater.
Czisny, who recently announced her retirement from competitive skating, will be part of one of the biggest skating shows to hit Aspen since the days of Aspen’s Winterskate program, a former Winterskol festival staple.
It was at a Winterskate show in 1990 when Jeremy Abbott (age 41/2) first saw Olympic gold medalist Robin Cousins skate at the Aspen Ice Garden.
Abbott’s life would never be the same.
He’s frequently mentioned the Robin Cousins inspiration that led him to pursue a career in skating, which included a move to Colorado Springs for training and coaching.
Abbott, a 2010 Olympian, will be joined by Czisny, a two-time U.S. national champion, along with Olympic silver medalist and world champion Rosalynn Sumners in the Saturday night show.
Professional ice dancers Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre will participate in the show along with international competitors Mariah and Morgan Bell and professional skaters Ashley Clark and Kelly Cocaran Smith.
Abbott’s hometown tribute program will include featured skaters from the Revolutions Skating Club of Aspen.
“I’m excited Alissa is coming to my hometown,” Abbott said. “She is not only a gifted skater, she’s a world-renowned spinner. Alissa is also a real role model for women’s skating. She’s a great friend of mine. Everyone is going to love her.”
The featured Stars on Aspen Ice show will feature one program at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lewis Ice Arena.
VIP and general admission tickets for the show are available at the Wheeler Box Office (970-920-5770).
VIP tickets purchased by Friday will include an invitation to a special pre-show meet-and-greet with the skaters.
General admission tickets will be available at the ARC up until show time. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Saturday.
A silent auction will be held with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’ss Research.
Jeremy and his sister Gwen Abbott Asmussen are helping organize the auction. Their father, longtime Aspen resident Danny Abbott, suffers from end-stage Parkinson’s.
Also, on Friday evening, there will be a free preview of the ice show at the Silver Circle Ice Rink, across from the Rubey Park Transit Center.
The free show on the outdoor rink will start at 7 p.m. Friday.
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