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Cedar Rapids site of U.S. Figure Skating 2010 Synchronized Skating Qualifying Competitions

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club (EIFSC) announced that Cedar Rapids has been selected as a site of the U.S. Figure Skating Association's 2010 Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships.

The Championships will be hosted by the EIFSC, January 28 - 30, 2010 at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

Approximately 120 - 160 teams, ages 6-24, compete in the Championships, averaging 20 athletes per team. Top finishers of the event will qualify for the 2010 U.S. Synchronized Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 3-6, 2010.

The event will generate an estimated $1.3 million in direct visitor spending and 4,000 total projected hotel room nights. More than 2,400 skaters, coaches and families attending this event will be housed in hotels in Cedar Rapids, Coralville and Iowa City.

The Coral Ridge Ice Arena in Coralville may also be used by teams practicing for the competition in Cedar Rapids.

"The Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club pursued this competition to bring positive news to the Corridor in the wake of the Flood of 2008," said Tammie Hoover, president of the Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club. "It is our hope that the spending by skaters and their families coming to this competition will help stimulate the local economy. We also see this event as a way to introduce more people to the sport of figure skating and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena."

"The CVB is thrilled to have helped this event come together and come to Cedar Rapids.  It exemplifies what can happen when local enthusiasts team up with a national organization to use a great local asset like the Ice Arena," said Tim Boyle, president of the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Cedar Rapids will benefit economically, as well as the entire Corridor. Young skaters will have the opportunity to see great talent up close and in person."

About the Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club (EIFSC)

The Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club (EIFSC) is a non-profit organization of skaters, parents and coaches dedicated to promoting figure skating within the community; encouraging the instruction, practice and advancement of its members in any or all of the disciplines and levels of figure skating; and supporting an environment which cultivates good sportsmanship and friendship among its members. They currently have 19 skaters competing on two synchronized skating teams. The Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club, as a member of the United States Figure Skating Association, will carry out the general policies and objectives set forth by its governing body. For more information about the EIFSC visit: www.eifsc.org

For more information about the U.S. Figure Skating Association visit: www.usfigureskating.org

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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