Eugene hosts figure skating regionals

Eugene hosts figure skating regionals

EUGENE, Ore. - The U.S. Figure Skating Championship isn't until January, but for many skaters the road to the title starts in Eugene.

The Lane Ice Arena is hot of the 2013 Northwest Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships, which start Saturda nd continue through Tuesday, Oct. 2.

"It's a chance within the Northwest region to showcase the ice arena here in Eugene, which is coming back from tough times," said Keith Eddins with the Eugene Figure Skating Club. "It's also a chance for figure skaters to prepare for nationals, to qualify for nationals."

Back in March 2010, the rink closed for repairs - and opened up questions about whether or not the county owned ice rink had enough money to stay open.
 
Fast forward two years and organizers of this high-profile event are hosting top-level competition at the ice rink.

"Most of these events tend to go into the higher population areas, and it costs us some extra money as a local organizing committee to put it on down here," said Bill Cloran with the Oregon Skating Council, "but this is part of our commitment to skating in this area."

For skaters like Delaney Andrist, having national qualifiers in Eugene is a dream.

"I was honestly so surprised," Andrist said. "I could barely believe it when they told me it was here. But i was very excited to know it was going to be here. I skated here ever since I was 5 years old."