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2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships named "Sports Event of the Year"

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Sports Travel Magazine announced Friday that the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships held in Spokane is winner of the "Sports Event of the Year."

Finalists included Super Bowl XLI (Miami, Fla.), 2006 MLB World Series (St. Louis, MO, and Detroit, Mich.), 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.), 2007 ESPN Winter X Games (Aspen, Colo.), 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship (Glendale, Ariz.) and the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

"We are just blown away" said Toby Steward, president of Star USA, and chairman of the local organizing committee for the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships. "We were obviously hoping to win our category, but to win the overall award, and to know that out of all of the events, unbelievable events; like the Super Bowl and the World Series, Spokane's U.S. Figure Skating Championships won it all, unbelievable. It is such an honor to receive this prestigious national award. I am thrilled for the entire community of Spokane, because, as they say, it takes a village. The entire community, and, in fact the state of Washington, came together to produce the outstanding results that are now being honored as the Sports Event of the Year."

The 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships also won the category "Amateur Sporting Event of the Year," over five other finalists in that category.

Last year's "Sports Event of the Year" was the 2006 Rose Bowl-BCS National Championships (Pasadena, Calif.).

Fans were asked to vote for one finalist in each of ten categories, as well as the overall Sports Event of the Year, by accessing the ballot on the Sports Travel Magazine website. The voting criteria was based on the following:

  • The organization of and attendance at the event was superior.
  • The event provided a superior experience for competitors and/or spectators.
  • The site(s) or venue(s) of the event enhanced the event.

"U. S. Figure Skating is extremely proud to learn that Sports Travel Magazine recognized the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships as both the 'Amateur Sporting Event of the Year' and "Sporting Event of the Year," said Ron Hershberger, President of U.S. Figure Skating. "Spokane provided us all with a very memorable week. From the record setting crowds to the outstanding volunteers and local leadership, Spokane has set the bar very high for future U.S. Championship host cities."

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held annually since 1914, is the nation's most prestigious figure skating event. The 2007 State Farm U.S. Championships shattered all previous attendance records for the event, with 154,893 tickets sold. The president of U.S. Figure Skating, Ron Hershberger called the event one of the most successful in history.

The competition, held at both the Spokane Arena and the Spokane Convention Center, crowned a total of 12 national champions in ladies and men's singles, pairs and ice dancing in each of the championship, junior and novice divisions.

The six finalists for Amateur Sporting Event of the Year were the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships (Spokane, Wash.), the 2006 29th NBL Grand National of BMX Racing (Louisville, KY), the 2006 USA Field Hockey National Hockey Festival (Indio, Calif.), the 2006-2007 Disney's Soccer Showcase (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.), the 2007 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships (Reno, Nev.).

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