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After previously announcing a prize money purse of more than $500,000, organizers of the inaugural Team Challenge Cup have officially set the purse at $617,000. Team Challenge Cup is set for April 22-24, 2016, at Spokane Arena.

Team Challenge Cup will feature two days of competition. Friday's Singles Short Program will feature the ladies and men performing short programs for the distinction of Singles Short Program champion (team and individual). Saturday's Singles and Team Free Skate segments, featuring singles athletes and pairs and ice dance teams, will feature an aggregate scoring format to determine the 2016 Team Challenge Cup champion.

Athletes in the Singles Short Program will compete for $132,000 in prize money. The athletes earning the highest overall score (one man, one woman) will receive a $5,000 bonus each. Athletes competing in the Singles and Team Free Skate events will compete for $455,000 in prize money. The ice dance and pairs teams earning the highest overall score will receive a $10,000 bonus each.

Team Challenge Cup (#TeamChallengeCup) is an ISU-sanctioned three-day event that will feature 42 of the top figure skaters in the world competing in a continental team competition (Team North America vs. Team Europe vs. Team Asia).

Invitations to athletes who qualify for 2016 Team Challenge Cup are expected to go out the week of Jan. 4. Athletes will be invited based on the ISU World Standings.

Single-session and all-event tickets for 2016 Team Challenge Cup are available at all TicketsWest outlets, charge by phone at 800-325-SEAT, online at www.teamchallengecup.com or with no ticketing fees at the Spokane Arena box office.

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