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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — City officials announced Wednesday afternoon that Kansas City, Mo., will be hosting the 2017 U.S. Prudential Figure Skating Championships.

KCMO Mayor Sly James and Independence Mayor Eileen Weir made the announcement along with representatives from Sprint Center and Silverstein Eye Center Arena.

According to the United States Figure Skating Association, the competition dates are January 14 – 22, 2017, with all junior and championships level events being held at Sprint Center and all juvenile, intermediate and novice events being conducted at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri. All-event tickets for the 2017 U.S. Championships will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 17.

“Kansas City is very excited to welcome the U.S. Figure Skating Championships to the community in 2017,” said Kathy Nelson, President & CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission. “In collaboration with Visit KC and Sprint Center, the Sports Commission is thrilled to have these athletes compete on a national stage in our city.”

U.S. champions and area natives Ryan Bradley (St. Joseph, Missouri) and John Coughlin (Kansas City) will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 2017 U.S. Championships. They will be called upon for media and community appearances to drive awareness of the U.S. Championships. Bradley and Coughlin relocated to Colorado Springs to train, but grew up and have family and friends in the area.

Bradley is the 2011 U.S. champion and currently coaches, performs in skating shows and commentates figure skating for icenetwork and Universal HD.
Coughlin, whose father is a member of the Kansas City Police Department, is a two-time U.S. pairs champion. He won his first title in 2011 with Caitlin Yankowskas and his second the following year with Caydee Denney. Denney and Coughlin last competed in 2014 and currently skate in shows together. Like Bradley, Coughlin coaches and commentates for icenetwork.

FOX 4’s Megan Dillard was at the 2 p.m. announcement and will have more on what it means for the city on FOX 4 newscasts on Wednesday and on fox4kc.com.