“I’m really excited to come back to Jamestown. I loved it last year,” five-time Olympic medalist Nastia Liukin told Jamestown Gazette last week, enthusiastic about her return engagement at the JSB Ice Arena. Jamestown made such a big hit with the World and Olympic champions who performed in last year’s Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular, the city topped their agenda for this year’s return.
“Jamestown is such a friendly town,” Nastia said, “we loved performing there.” Nastia, who will take a break for this event from her classes at New York University where she is now studying Sports Management and psychology, is one of the headliners in the Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:00pm.
“With the 2014 – XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia only about 100 days away,” Nastia said, “this will be a great event to get everybody more excited about watching. The Jamestown spectacular is a really family-friendly event, perfect for getting kids enthusiastic about skating and gymnastics. I started when I was only three years old, but it’s a great sport for kids to start almost up until they are teenagers.” Catch up with Nastia at http://nastialiukin.com/.
Nastia will be joined by Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber, two-time Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko, Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Horton and 15 more world-class skaters and gymnasts, along with 2013 American Idol winner, Candice Glover and Disney musical stars, Coco Jones and Lucas Grabeel.
Canadian Olympic figure skater, Elvis Stojko, who also has three world championship in seven Canadian championship medals in his trophy case, is planning an original routine for his first trip to Jamestown. “I’ve heard a lot about it from my friends who were there last year and I’m looking forward to my first visit.” Music fans will recognize the music Elvis has selected for his performance, inspired by “Fix Me” by the group 10 Years and “Anthem” by Camelot. Stojko said his show will be something new; as exciting for himself as for his fans.
“I want my skating to take people out of their day-to-day lives for a while,” Elvis said. “And I want my program to say something. ‘March to the beat of your own drummer’ and enjoy your life.” Living up to his own advice, Elvis is also an avid top champion go-kart racer on the Canadian racing circuit. “I love it. If my parents had let me do that when I was little I might have become a racer instead of a skater,” he admits today. Fans can follow Elvis’s career and his latest exploits at http://www.elvisstojko.net/.
Jordyn Wieber started her gymnastics career in 1999 at the age of 4, almost as young as her friend Nastia. Jordyn has already won Olympic and World Championship gold medals with US women’s gymnastics teams and dozens of other top honors in Olympic and individual and team gymnastics, most of which she earned while still in high school.
Jordyn’s plans to perform again in Jamestown for this year’s Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular rank at the top of her list of favorites. “The fans were very welcoming,” it was cool to go there. I wouldn’t be coming back if it hadn’t been so much fun last year,” Jordyn said enthusiastically. “I’d love to spend more time there this year, meet more of the people and see more of the sites.”
Like all world-class athletes Jordyn Wieber devotes many hours every day to training and practicing her routines. That has become a special challenge this year as Jordyn is now a student at UCLA studying psychology. “I’m fascinated by psychology because gymnastics is truly a mental sport. It’s not just physical training; it’s training your mind.” Intense discipline and even occasional losses require a trained and focused mind, she has learned. Fans can check in with Jordyn at http://www.jordynwieber.com/.
“Of course, a great crowd cheering behind you really helps too,” Jordyn admits. “And the crowd in Jamestown is the best!”
The complete lineup for the Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular includes many more young men and women, all as exciting and inspiring as Nastia Liukin, Elvis Stojko and Jordyn Wieber. They spoke to the Gazette specifically for an opportunity to invite all of Jamestown to their December 11 Spectacular at the JSB Ice Arena.
The Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular is considered by the sporting world and the media to be unique among sporting events. It combines two of the all time most popular Olympic sports—figure skating and gymnastics—with a live music by some of the country’s most popular artists.
Event producer, Disson Sports & Entertainment, has created and produced more than 200 live, nationally televised shows. President Steve Disson says that in his more than 35 years of experience putting on live shows and broadcast events, only one show (Andrea Bocelli in Bridgeport, Conn. sold out in one hour) ever sold out faster than the 2012 Jamestown spectacular. “The people at the arena and in the whole community were just fantastic,” Disson said.
The Spectacular will be recorded live by NBC-TV at the Jamestown Saving Bank Arena for rebroadcast on Sunday, January 5, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00pm EST. Be in the stands and watch for yourself on TV. AXS TV will also rebroadcast the event at a time and date to be determined. See local listings.
For more information about the event, contact the Jamestown Saving Bank Arena at 484-2624, or visit www.jamestownsavingsbankicearena.com.
About the Author: Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.