KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Another major sporting event is finding its way to the Kansas City metro area. The eight-day U.S. Figure Skating Championships will likely draw in thousands of skating enthusiasts from all over the country. The city announced Wednesday that the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will take place in Kansas City and Independence.
Young local skaters find the announcement very exciting.
None had even been born the last time the championships were held in the area 30 years ago in 1985. FOX 4 met talented, young skaters who practice at the Cornerstone Community ice center next to Silverstein Eye Centers Area where some of the 2017 competitions will take place.
Lee’s Summit West student Katy Moffitt has been skating for five years.
"I guess it`s sort of an artistic release and like an emotional release after a hard week or something," said Moffitt.
For Moffitt, skating is more about fun than competition, but she was pleased to hear that some of the best in the nation, will converge on the metro, in 2017.
"It`s really exciting to have all of the highest skaters in the nation coming here," said Moffitt.
"For them to be able to see high level skaters really pushes them to try to achieve their dreams and work harder," said Moffit’s coach Grant Huang, with The Professional Figure Skating Association.
Aside from being inspired Huang says skaters have hard work ahead, if they want to make it to nationals.
"If we can get two hours in the morning, two hours in the afternoon five, six days a week, that`s what they`ll need along with off ice dance, ballet, strength training," said Huang.
The 2017 championships are expected to pump more than $18 million into the local economy, with competitions taking place at Sprint Center in Kansas City, and the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence.
"I think it`s really great that Kansas City and Independence are working together to make this competition the best it can be,” said Silverstein marketing director Sarah Miskew.
Miskew also sees it as a chance for folks to see that the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena center is more than just the home of Mavericks games.
"So few people get to see the figure skating side, which I think is really exciting and really beautiful," said Miskew.