What's Next for Ice Skating in New York?
The increasing popularity of ice skating in New York City combined with concerns about space and affordability for figure skaters, hockey players, and the general public begs the question: how can ice skating be made more accessible for New Yorkers, athletes and enthusiasts alike? As the 2018 Winter Olympics approach, join us for a conversation inspired by our upcoming exhibition, New York on Ice: Skating the City (opens December 20), with leading voices in the sport to discuss the future of skating in the city.
Elise Preston, Skating Director, Wollman Rink
Sharon Cohen, Founder and CEO, Figure Skating in Harlem
Budd Mishkin (moderator), former host of "One on 1 with Budd Mishkin" on NY1 (2003-2017)
About the speakers
Elise Preston is the skating director at Wollman Rink, the country's largest US Skating Basic Skills Program, which attracts more than 2,500 participants of all levels. Elise is also chair of program development at US Figure Skating where she oversees Theatre On Ice, School Programs, and the National Showcase, along with the creation and development of new programs to keep skaters in the sport.
Sharon Cohen is the founder and CEO of Figure Skating in Harlem, a non-profit education, leadership and sport-based organization that serves girls from under-resourced communities. A former competitive figure skater herself, Sharon previously worked at CBS News before leaving to establish Figure Skating in Harlem. She was named the first 2014 CNN Hero, an honor that pays tribute to “everyday people who are changing the world.”
Budd Mishkin (moderator) was the host of "One on 1 with Budd Mishkin" on NY1 from 2003 to 2017 where he profiled more than 300 influential New Yorkers with significant personal and professional ties to the city including Anthony Bourdain, Gloria Steinem, and Yoko Ono. He has served as a sports anchor/reporter for NY1’s nightly program “Sports on 1, The Last Word,” covering some of the biggest events in recent New York sports history. Mishkin is also a regular host and moderator for events at the 92nd St. Y.
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