“Skating at Rockefeller Center is one of New York City’s great winter traditions for young skaters and those who are just young at heart,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “We are fortunate to have with us so many of New York’s treasured Olympians who support New York City’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.
Besides the beautiful Sasha Cohen, the champion skating line-up featured Olympic medal holder Elvis Stojko and Victor Petrenko; U.S. Champions Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev; Olympian and Russian Champion Alexander Abt; and New York’s rising star Emily Hughes, younger sister of 2002 Olympic figure skating Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes.
Rockefeller Center is home to one of the most well-known ice skating rinks in the world. The Rink originally opened to the public on Christmas Day of 1936. The first artificial outdoor skating pond to be built in New York City, The Rink is 122 feet long and 59 feet wide.