Friday, June 10, 2005

World Pair Champions to open Summer Ice Shows on Saturday

World's best to perform at historic outdoor rink

Frank Sweiding and Anita Hartshorn will perform this Saturday at the historic Sun Valley ice rink.

The Sun Valley outdoor summer ice shows kicks off this weekend, Saturday June 11 with an all-star line-up of both American and international figure skating talent.

Anita Hartshorn and Frank Sweiding, Professional World Pair Champions and U.S. Open Pair Champions are the featured pair for the season opening show.

Sweiding is also this season's ice shows director. "I'll probably keep him around," said Lana Breazeale, Sun Valley Director of Recreation and ice show producer.

In addition to Hartshorn and Sweiding, Sun Valley welcomes international skaters Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vangas, World Medalists and eight-time Lithuanian Champions. Another Sun Valley favorite Jozef Sabovcik, Olympic Medalist and European Champion also will appear.

Breazeale also hinted at some of the summer's crowd-pleasing "group numbers"; this summer will feature songs from the '60s and '70s with the opening week showcasing a car wash scenario where an old Volkswagen bug will get the clean treatment.

"The love bug thing is the theme we will be doing this year," said Breazeale.

The lavish buffet dinner and show ranges in price from $77 to $81 per person and the reserved bleacher seating ranges from $28 to $45. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 208-622-2135.

Ice shows will run from June 11 to Sept. 10 this year and performances, typically starting at dusk, will always feature world-class figure skaters who make Sun Valley a must on their summer schedules.

The schedule also includes a special show on Monday, July 4, featuring Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, 2002 Olympic gold medalists in the pairs competition.

The remaining schedule, which is subject to change because of injury or other unforeseen circumstances, is:

· June 18: World medalists and eight-time Lithuanian champions Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas.

· June 25: 2000 professional world champions Elena Leonova and Andrei Khvalko.

· July 2: Salé and Pelletier, who in addition to being crowned Olympic champions have also been named world champions and Canadian champions.

· July 4 (Monday): Salé and Pelletier.

· July 9: 2002 Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion Alexi Yagudin.

· July 16: Three-time world silver medalist and five-time European champion Surya Bonaly.

· July 23: 2002 Olympic bronze medalist and 2003 world silver medalist Timothy Goebel.

· July 30: Three-time United States gold medalists and 2002 world bronze medalists Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman.

· Aug. 6: Three-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko.

· Aug. 13: To be announced.

· Aug. 20: 2005 world silver medalists and 2005 U.S. gold medalists Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto.

· Aug. 27: 2005 world silver medalist and 2005 U.S. silver medalist Sasha Cohen.

· Sept. 3: Olympic gold medalist and former world champion Brian Boitano.

· Sept. 10: Three-time Olympian and eight-time British champion Steven Cousins.

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