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Karen Chen's visit to the Bay

Karen Chen helped SAP Center launch Single Session Tickets going on sale. She was invited to drop the puck during the November 1st San Jose Sharks game against the Nashville Predators.

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SINGLE-SESSION TICKETS FOR THE 2018 PRUDENTIAL U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Single-session tickets for the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. The 2018 U.S. Championships will be held Dec. 29, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018 with junior free skates and all championship-level competitive sessions at SAP Center at San Jose and all juvenile, intermediate and novice competition, and junior short programs taking place at Solar4America Ice at San Jose.

Single-session tickets, starting at $12, will be available for purchase without additional fees at the Threat Metrix Ticket Office at SAP Center at San Jose. Tickets may also be purchased at www.SkateSanJose2018.com or by calling (800) 745-3000 though additional fees will be applied. Group discounts for single-sessions are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (408) 977-4715.  All-Session and Champions Packages are still available for purchase. For more information about All-Session and Champions Packages, visit www.SkateSanJose2018.com .

The U.S. Championships, held annually since 1914, is the nation's most prestigious figure skating event, crowning champions in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dance at each of the championship, junior, novice, intermediate and juvenile levels. In addition to determining the U.S. champions, the event serves as the final step in determining the U.S. teams for the World Figure Skating Championships, World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and Olympic Winter Games.

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On Friday, June 23, local figure skaters Karen Chen, the 2017 U.S. Champion, and Polina Edmunds, 2014 U.S. Olympic Team member, celebrated Olympic Day in San Jose and Fremont. Olympic Day is held annually in more than 160 countries and celebrates the birth of the modern Olympic Games in 1894. Each year, Olympic athletes help to promote the values of fitness, well-being, culture, and education in communities throughout the world. This year, Karen’s achievements were recognized with a banner raising ceremony at Solar4America Ice in Fremont, which is her home rink. In addition, South Bay-native Polina Edmunds gave local YMCA children the chance to skate with her, ask her questions, and receive an autograph at Solar4America Ice at San Jose. Both Chen and Edmunds won’t have a long commute to the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships which will be held at SAP Center in San Jose. Karen Chen looks to defend her championship against the likes of Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, and Polina Edmunds, who will be trying to win it in her home town of San Jose.

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BAY AREA'S OWN KAREN CHEN WINS BIG IN KANSAS CITY

Following her elegant short program performed to “On Golden Pond”, 17-year-old and Fremont native Karen Chen performed a darker, more emotional free skate set to “Jealousy Tango,” which made her a surprising first-time U.S. champion.

Chen, who is the first Bay Area woman to win the U.S. senior-level title since Kristi Yamaguchi did so in 1992, began skating at age 4 at Solar4America Ice at Fremont when Hsiu-Hui Tseng and husband Chih-Hsiu Chen took their daughter to the rink for fun.

With the win, Chen has earned a berth in the World Championships that will be held in Helsinki,Finland later this year.

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San Jose Selected to Host 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

(8/29/16) - U.S. Figure Skating announced the selection of San Jose, California, as the host city for the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Dec. 29, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018. The 2018 U.S. Championships will serve as the final qualifying event prior to selecting and announcing the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team that will represent Team USA at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Competition and practice will be held at SAP Center at San Jose and Sharks Ice at San Jose.

The annual event, held since 1914, is the nation's most prestigious figure skating event, with past champions including Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano and Scott Hamilton. Champions will be crowned in 20 events in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dance at the championship, junior, novice, intermediate and juvenile levels of the U.S. Figure Skating competitive structure. Championship-level competition will be Jan. 4-7, while juvenile-junior athletes will compete Dec. 30-Jan. 4.