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Karie (site owner) Written by Karie (site owner)
Feb. 15, 2011 | 4:33 PM

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Today, February 15th 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed the U.S. Figure Skating World Team on February 15, 1961.

To commemorate this, the U.S. Figure Skating Association will release the film RISE in theaters nationwide on Thursday, February 17, 2011 for one night only.  Ice legends Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Michelle Kwan drive the story for the film, which is helmed by Emmy-winning twin filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters. 

The one night event RISE will be hosted by Matt Lauer and simulcast LIVE from the Best Buy Theater in NYC to 500+ movie theaters in all 50 states, complete with post-show interviews and a never-before-seen skating tribute by Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek.  All proceeds benefit the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund, which was established shortly after the 1961 plane crash to both honor the victims and ensure up-and-coming skaters have the opportunity to pursue their dream. The Memorial Fund awards approximately $300,000 annually in grants and scholarships to skaters in financial need, recognizing excellence both on and off the ice.

Tickets to the event are available at participating theater box offices and online at

You can also learn more by visiting

A future DVD and television release of RISE planned for fall of 2011.

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