MARQUETTE— The United States Olympic Education Center and Northern Michigan University will kick off the ISU World Cup Short Track Speedskating competition Nov. 12 and spirit can be seen all across Marquette.
“The community was a huge supporter of the U.S Olympic Team Trials in September and we’re very excited to see the same enthusiasm for the World Cup,” said USOEC director Jeff Kleinschmidt.
The ISU World Cup will feature more than 30 countries competing in the final qualifier before the 2010 Vancouver Games in February. In addition to action-packed skating, activities are planned before and during the event.
Downtown Marquette will once again be lined with wooden skate cutouts decorated by community members and organizations, which were also used during the Olympic Trials. Entertainment at the event will include balloon twisters, local mascots, face painting, trivia and more.
Additionally, ASNMU—Northern’s student government organization—is sponsoring a World Cup Spirit Competition for students. Groups will register as a particular country and will be judged on support for that country at the event, promotional advertising leading up to the event, cheering and incorporation of members of a sister organization at Michigan Tech University. Prizes will be given to the top three groups, with first place earning a signed poster by the U.S. Olympic Short Track Speedskating Team. More information and registration forms can be found at www.goldrushskate.com/spirit.
The ISU World Cup is an opportunity to show the world Marquette’s Olympic spirit. Tickets are still available at any EZ Ticket Outlet, by calling 906-227-1032 or by visiting www.nmu.edu/tickets. VIP packages are also available by calling 906-227-2888.
The Nov. 12-15 event schedule is 11:45 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, noon-8:30 p.m. Friday, 2-6:15 p.m. Saturday and 12:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday.
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