Kansas City loses out on 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Kansas City, a finalist for the 2011 U.S. Figure Championships, lost out to Greensboro, N.C.

However, Sprint Center officials were confident the event could come to Kansas City in the future.

"They were very complimentary of our bid," Shani Tate-Ross, director of communications and marketing for the Sprint Center, said of Colorado Springs-based U.S. Figure Skating. “Essentially, they hadn’t been on the East Coast for seven years, and they actually asked us to participate in 2012 and stand by for future opportunities.

"While we're disappointed that 2011 is not a reality, we are encouraged they want us to continue to participate in the process."

In making the announcement, David Raith, U.S. Figure Skating executive director, said: "This is the first time the U.S. Championships have taken place in North Carolina. We're very excited about the opportunity to bring this event to the fans of figure skating in Greensboro and throughout the state."

The nine-day event, which culminates with a nationally televised finals on NBC, is expected to attract approximately 1,500 figure skaters, coaches and officials and have an economic impact of about $30 million. Recent U.S. Championships have been held in Spokane, Wash. (2007); Saint Paul, Minn. (2008); and Cleveland, Ohio (2009); and the 2010 event will once again be held in Spokane.