Later this month, a member of our Olympic family will commemorate the 50th anniversary of a tragedy that shocked the nation and impacted the American sports landscape forever.
On Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, U.S. Figure Skating will present the nationwide premiere of RISE, a film that honors the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating World Team that perished in the crash of Sabena Airlines Flight 548 en route to the World Championships on Feb. 15, 1961. The premiere will be the centerpieces of a live event that will originate from the Best Buy Theater in New York City and will be simulcast to more than 515 movie theaters in all 50 states. The special event, including pre-show, will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. PT (tape delayed).
Hosted by Matt Lauer, Co-Anchor NBC News TODAY Show, the night’s activities will include two uniquely choreographed figure skating performances, featuring a piece by 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek, interviews with the film’s storytellers (Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Michelle Kwan), reactions from other American figure skating legends and the premiere of RISE.
An inspirational cinematic feature about the power of the human spirit, RISE will take audiences on a journey that honors a remarkable group of athletes who through their loss inspired the hopes, dreams and successes of some of the most iconic names in Olympic sports history. Proceeds from RISE and the Feb. 17, 2011 event will be used to further the mission of U.S. Figure Skating’s Memorial Fund, which was established Feb. 23, 1961, as a living tribute to those that lost their lives in the crash. The Memorial Fund awards approximately $300,000 annually in grants and scholarships to skaters, recognizing excellence both on and off the ice.
Tickets to the event are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com
. For a complete list of theater locations, to purchase tickets and learn more about this historic event, visit www.rise1961.com
or click on the image below (theaters and participants may be subject to change