Win Tickets ($50): Portland to Host 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum | Featuring 1,600 Skaters from Across the Country

We are giving away a pair of tickets for the Saturday, February 24th competition. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, February 19.


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U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships
February 22-24, 2018
$25 | All Ages
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Veterans Memorial Coliseum
300 N Winning Way, Portland, OR 97227

Portland is set to host the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships on February 2224 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The event will bring more than 1,600 figure skaters from 89 of the nation’s top synchronized skating teams, and serve as the U.S. selection event for the 2018 World Synchronized Skating Championships.  Tickets, starting at just $25 per day plus applicable service fees, are now on sale at

Synchronized skating consists of teams of eight to 20 skaters on the ice performing routines in unison.  Teams are judged on their ability to work simultaneously, choreographing circular, linear, block, wheel, and intersection elements to music.  Teams are required to perform difficult step sequences involving a number of complicated turns and movements.  Skaters range in age from 9 to 65.  Teams will qualify for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships at two sectional competitions taking place this week in Estero, Florida, and next week in Wichita, Kansas.

“We are honored that U.S. Figure Skating has entrusted Portland to host this prestigious event,” said Bill Cloran, president of the Oregon Skating Council and co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee.  “The amazing athleticism and artistry displayed by synchronized skating teams is truly an awesome sight to witness in person.”

This will be the first time that Portland has hosted the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, after hosting the 2016 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships and the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  The event is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors, generating approximately $2.3 million in economic impact for the area.  U.S. Figure Skating will work with the Oregon Skating Council, Oregon Sports Authority, Travel Portland and Rose Quarter to produce the championships.  Local sponsors include Bank of the West, Morel Ink and Providence Sports Medicine.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome so many skaters to Portland,” said Jim Etzel, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.  “This is a national championship event that will be very exciting for Oregonians to witness, as well as a tremendous economic impact for our hotels, restaurants and retail businesses at the perfect time of year.”

More information about the championships, including a schedule of events, can be found at

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31 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Portland to Host 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum | Featuring 1,600 Skaters from Across the Country

  1. molli taylor February 15, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

    My daughter has been wanting to see synchronized skating, I would LOVE to take her!

  2. Kamela Kern February 15, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

    I’ve never been able to see this event live, but love to watch it on tv. I’d be excited to get to go to a live presentation of their synchronized skating!

  3. Cara February 15, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    Yes! So cool, cold, crazy

  4. James Mack February 15, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

    My girlfriend and I have been watching the Olympics and she loves the figure skating events. This would be a wonderful surprise gift to celebrate her birthday on the 25th!

  5. Katie February 15, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    This would be AMAZING! I’ve never seen synchronized skating and would love to go!

  6. Kate February 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    And I thought the only synchronization existed in swimming!

  7. Auj February 15, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

    It’s like seeing in three d

  8. Jen February 15, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

    My hubby got his guilty pleasure on V day (Pitch Perfect 3)..mine is Synchronized Skating..oh ya!

  9. Jade Webster February 15, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

    Wow! I didn’t even know this existed! I’d love to check it out!

  10. Aaron February 15, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    Our daughter has been asking to go, of course more inspired because of the Olympics ice dancing and such.

  11. Melissa February 15, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

    I think it would be a great bonding experience for myself and step daughter!

  12. Jennifer February 15, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

    Like Kate, I have only ever heard of synchronized swimming, but I love watching ice skating performances and I know I would enjoy seeing the talented skaters of the world compete at the Coliseum.

  13. AMCMURRY February 15, 2018 at 9:12 pm #

    What a great addition to the Olympics viewing we have been doing at home! Would love this!

  14. tonya newton February 15, 2018 at 9:15 pm #

    I just learned of my husbands love of figure skating, after 10 years of being together. It was a shock! This would be a perfect topper to the conversation we had!

  15. Dave G. February 15, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

    Really! I thought I’ve seen everything on cannabis!

  16. Faith O'Malley February 15, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

    I’d love to watch this in person!

  17. Liz February 15, 2018 at 10:50 pm #

    A friend’s daughter is competing, I would love to see it in person!

  18. chris larsen February 16, 2018 at 6:48 am #

    I would LOVE to take my 8 year old grand daughter – she loves to move, run, jump and this would be so inspiring!

  19. Jennifer February 16, 2018 at 8:11 am #

    What an honor that Portland gets to host the championship! As someone who slips and falls on the ice whenever I get into a rink,I would be in such awe of the wonderful talent competing. I would (figure) skHATe to miss this!

  20. Lynn Elsdon February 16, 2018 at 8:18 am #

    This is sooooo beautiful to see. I love skating!

  21. Maddy February 16, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    After watching skating from the Olympics, it would be great to watch this live. I cannot imagine the skill, patience, and talent it takes to do something like this. It would be awesome to watch up close.

  22. Collin Foster February 16, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

    I’ve got Olympics fever. I think this is the cure

  23. Aphilavanh February 16, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    I never knew this type if event existed! Wow!

  24. Whitney February 16, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

    This is my childhood dream come true!

  25. Michael February 16, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

    Having been an avid skater in my youth I can no longer slate due to arthritis. I would love to see an event of this magnitude.

  26. Jackie February 16, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

    I’d love to take my boo to this as a daaaaate!

  27. Julie sullivan February 16, 2018 at 11:42 pm #

    My friend and i are mesmerized by sychronized routines and are so impressed with their talent! This would be a dream friend date!

  28. Christine Skorjanc February 17, 2018 at 7:43 am #

    This would be a great time with my boyfriend. Enjoying the Olympics & watching this live

  29. Laura February 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    February 24th is my birthday, and I don’t have plans! This would be fun to go to!

  30. Noel February 18, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

    Sounds awesome!

  31. cindy February 21, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

    I would absolutely love to see this event!

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