US Speedskating Announces Partnership with IceNetwork.com

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Top Figure Skating Website to Offer Live Streaming Video, Editorial Coverage for the Sport of Speedskating

US Speedskating, the most decorated Olympic winter sport in U.S. history, today announced a partnership with icenetwork.com to broadcast three critical speedskating competitions leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Icenetwork.com will stream live coverage of the U.S. Single Distance Championships for both short and long track, both World Cup qualifying events and the 2013 Essent ISU Long Track World Cup event to be held Nov. 15-17, in Salt Lake City. The first two events will be available free to all icenetwork.com registered users, while the Long Track World Cup event will be available to icenetwork.com Speedskating Season Pass subscribers.

Live & On-Demand (VOD) Broadcast on icenetwork.com (free):

  •     Aug. 22 – 25: 2013 U.S. Short Track Single Distance Championships – Salt Lake City
  •     Oct. 25 – 27: 2013 U.S. Long Track Single Distance Championships – Salt Lake City

Live & On-Demand (VOD) Broadcast on icenetwork.com (subscription):

  •     Nov. 15 – 17: 2013 Essent ISU Long Track World Cup Championships – Salt Lake City

Already the premiere destination for figure skating coverage online, icenetwork.com is positioned to become the most extensive online resource for speedskating fans leading up to the 2014 Olympic Games. Having acquired the U.S. media rights in January for the International Skating Union (ISU), which includes figure skating and speedskating events around the world, icenetwork.com will add extensive coverage of the sport of speedskating. Editorial coverage, including news, photo galleries, event results, athlete bios and more, will launch Aug. 22-25, 2013, in conjunction with icenetwork.com’s streaming coverage of the U.S. Short Track Single Distance Championships.

“Icenetwork.com’s audience of avid skating fans makes it the ideal platform for US Speedskating to effectively reach our audience and promote excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Olympic Games,” said Mark Greenwald, executive director of US Speedskating. “Making speedskating events available to a wider audience is an important platform for us and is something we have worked hard to see come to fruition. It is a game changer in my opinion."

Prominent speedskating personalities will join the broadcasts as commentators, providing expert analysis and insight into the athletes’ journeys to the 2014 Olympics. Details on the team of commentators, a full icenetwork.com speedskating broadcast schedule and subscription information for the Long Track World Cup will be announced at a later date.

“Icenetwork.com is excited to enter into this partnership with US Speedskating,” Ramsey Baker, icenetwork.com general manager, said. “Although in the past icenetwork.com’s focus has solely been on figure skating, we are honored to partner with a sport that has captured a record-breaking 85 Olympic medals. We hope speedskating enthusiasts around the world will enjoy what icenetwork.com will bring to their fan experience.”

About US Speedskating
US Speedskating has won 85 Olympic medals to-date, making it the most successful winter sport in U.S. history.
The mission of US Speedskating is to be one of the premier speedskating organizations in the world through excellence in leadership, development and performance. In addition to its elite programs, US Speedskating is responsible for the grassroots development of speedskating. Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union as the governing body for the sport of speedskating in the United States, US Speedskating is a non-profit organization.

For more information about US Speedskating or to donate, visit the organization’s website at http://www.usspeedskating.org, or @USSpeedskating on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USSpeedskating, Twitter: https://twitter.com/USSpeedskating/ and YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/USSpeedskating.

About icenetwork.com
Formed in 2007, Ice Network, LLC, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Figure Skating. Ice Network and MLB Advanced Media, LP (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, joined forces in 2007 to create icenetwork.com. The leading destination for skating fans online, icenetwork.com provides exclusive live and on-demand coverage of domestic and international skating competitions while delivering the latest news and information year round. Icenetwork.com is committed to delivering compelling programming that fans can't see anywhere else.

About MLB Advanced Media
Established in June 2000 following a unanimous vote by the 30 Major League Baseball club owners to centralize all of Baseball’s Internet operations, MLB Advanced Media LP (MLBAM) is the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. MLBAM manages the official league site, http://www.MLB.com and each of the 30 individual Club sites to create the most comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the Internet. MLB.com offers fans the most complete baseball information and interactivity on the web, including up-to-date statistics, game previews and summaries, extensive historical information, online ticket sales, baseball merchandise, authenticated memorabilia and collectibles, fantasy games, live full-game video streaming and in-progress and on-demand highlights, live and archived audio broadcasts of every game, Gameday pitch-by-pitch application, around-the-clock hosted and specialty video programming, complete blogging capabilities and the award-winning suite of At Bat mobile applications. MLBAM powers more live events on the Internet than any other website in the world.

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