Six of the 13 members of the U.S. team that competed in March’s ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Japan are due to perform during the 2019 Sun Valley on Ice performance season.
Headlining the July 4 holiday show that debuts the seven-show Sun Valley on Ice summer season is 13-year-old Alysa Liu of Clovis, Calif. She became the youngest-ever U.S. national ladies singles champion at the GEICO U.S. Nationals at Detroit, Mich., in January. Liu won’t be 16 until the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in China.
Yale University undergrad Nathan Chen, 19, from Salt Lake City, the three-time U.S. men’s singles champion and two-time world figure skating king, headlines the Aug. 10 show on the Sun Valley rink.
The 83rd summer of outdoor ice rink shows will be the eighth season of the Sun Valley on Ice format that mixes performances by the talented Sun Valley cast and many of the top U.S. figure skating contenders.
Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, the 2018 World Championship ice dancing silver medalists, headline on July 20. Reigning U.S. national pairs champions Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc star in the Wagon Days finale Aug. 31.
The Fourth of July show starts at 9:40 p.m. capped by holiday fireworks and the display of Sun Valley’s spectacular glow necklaces. Each ice show lasts 70 minutes and is held rain or shine.
Independence Day holiday ticket prices for the grandstand range from $69 to $99 (premium), plus fees and tax. Children 12 and under are charged $49 in Tier 1 through Tier 3. All seating is reserved. Seatback rentals are $14.
Buffet and general-admission tickets for all shows are on sale at Sun Valley Guest Information Center or online at sunvalley.com. Call 208-622-2135 for more information.
Summer headliners are:
Alysa Liu and Ryan Bradley, Thursday, July 4
Hailing from the East Bay and Oakland Ice Center, Alysa Liu is the oldest of five children raised by Oakland attorney Arthur Liu. She won the U.S. women’s singles title Jan. 25 in Detroit by landing three triple axels—one in her short program, two in the free.
Now only 4 feet, 7 inches tall, Liu started skating with her current coach, Laura Lipetsky, at the age of five and a half. She rose quickly in the ranks and won the 2016 U.S. Intermediate women’s title and became the 2018 Junior National women’s champion.
Bradley, 35, from Missouri, known for his backflips, was the 2011 U.S. men’s national champion and three-time U.S. collegiate king from the University of Colorado.
Madison Hubbell, Zach Donohue, Saturday, July 20
Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, 2018 World Championship ice dancing silver medalists, headline on July 20.
Based out of Michigan’s Lansing Skate Club, 28-year-olds Hubbell and Donohue in their fifth world championship trip came away with their first world medal, in second place at Milan, Italy, in 2018.
The American ice dancing pair, known for their world-class edging, power and chemistry, had a breakthrough competitive season in 2017-18.
Hubbell and Donohue came from behind to win the U.S. ice dancing championship and finished fourth just off the podium at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
This past March 23, after repeating as U.S. national ice dancing champions, Hubbell and Donohue came from behind in the free dance and won the bronze medal at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.
Jason Brown, Saturday, July 27
Hailing from Los Angeles, Brown, 24, has been ranked fifth in the world among men in both 2019 and 2017.
Brown earned the U.S. men’s national championship in 2015, and added U.S. national bronze medals in 2017 and 2019. At the 2019 world championships, he set a new personal record of 96.81 points, second place, in the short program and ended up ninth.
Ashley Wagner, Saturday, Aug. 3
Back performing on the Stars on Ice tour this spring, Wagner is also returning to Sun Valley on Ice, where she has entertained audiences and greeted youngsters for years.
Wagner, 28, is the three-time U.S. women’s singles gold medalist (2012, 2013 and 2015) who won the World Championship silver medal at Boston in 2016. She was a 2014 Winter Olympic team bronze medalist at Sochi, Russia.
She owns three Grand Prix Final medals and five Grand Prix event titles in her impressive competitive career.
Nathan Chen, Saturday, Aug. 10
Charismatic and one of the most totally normal figure skating superstars you’ll ever find, Nathan Chen, 20, has just completed his first year as a student at Yale University.
He studies, learns from other highly motivated Yale undergrads and trains at Ingalls Rink, where Yale’s ice hockey teams train and play in New Haven, Conn.
For spring break, he went to Japan and dominated the World Championships for his second straight men’s singles world title. He defeated two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan by the wide margin of 22 points.
He became the first American to win consecutive world titles since Scott Hamilton won four straight starting way back in 1981.
Chen captured his first U.S. men’s national title at Kansas City in January 2017 by landing five quadruple jumps in a single free-skate program. That was a first, and his point score of 318.47 was a record.
“We’ve watched Nathan grow from a charming little kid to a handsome young man,” Sun Valley on Ice producer Scott Irvine said. “I’ve always found him very entertaining. The technical level of skating he incorporates—well, he makes it look effortless.”
Chen is returning to Sun Valley on Ice for the ninth year, basically covering all his teen years. During that time, he has become one of the most popular ice show skaters ever.
Jeremy Abbott, Saturday, Aug. 24
The four-time U.S. men’s national champion from Aspen, Colo., and Cheyenne Mountain High School is busier than ever after retiring from skating competition in 2016.
Abbott, 34, joined the company for this spring’s Stars on Ice Tour. He skated to the music of “Pure Imagination” by Jamie Cullum and “Weathered” by Jack Garratt. After his Sun Valley appearance, he’ll join the Rock the Rink tour from Oct. 5 to Nov. 23.
Well-traveled, Abbott won national titles in 2009 at Cleveland, in 2010 at Spokane, 2012 in San Jose and 2014 in Boston. He was a two-time Olympian.
Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc, Saturday, Aug. 31
Sun Valley on Ice’s sendoff Labor Day weekend show features the 2019 U.S. National pairs skating champions, 23-year-old Ashley Cain-Gribble from Texas and Timothy LeDuc, 29, from Iowa.
Pairs partners since 2016, Cain and LeDuc placed third in the U.S. Championships in 2017 and fourth in 2018. Second after the short program in Detroit this past January, Cain and LeDuc had the free skate of their lives to win the national title. They were ninth at the World Championships.
LeDuc became the first openly gay competitor to win a U.S. national pairs title. And this past June 1 in Texas, Cain married Dalton Gribble.