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2002 Figure Skating Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes Appearing At Free Public Skating Parties At Kearns Olympic Oval And Peaks Arena In Provo, Jan. 18

The excitement for the Winter Games is growing in Utah with the Olympic trial events, and XFINITY® from Comcast is building upon that spirit by hosting several free community events in January and February in Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah featuring appearances by world-class ice skaters, Sarah Hughes, Derek Parra and Chad Hedrick.

On Jan. 18, 2014, XFINITY® will host back-to-back free skating parties with special appearances at both events by 2002 figure skating gold medalist, Sarah Hughes. She will skate with the crowd, pose for photos and give autographs. Families can enjoy free skating and skate rental, hot cocoa and treats, a live DJ, music, games and prizes. The fun will begin from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Peaks Arena, 100 N. Seven Peaks Blvd. in Provo, Utah, and will continue from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Utah Olympic Oval, 5662 Cougar Lane, Kearns.

Sarah Hughes stole the hearts of Utahns and the world in 2002 when she became the first person to rebound from fourth place to win an Olympic gold medal in the figure skating short program-free style. She skated one of the most technically demanding programs ever attempted in an Olympic ladies competition at that time, including two clean triple-triple combinations. Hughes, 16, also became the fourth youngest Olympic ladies figure skating champion of all time.

On Feb. 7, 2014, XFINITY® from Comcast will host a free 2014 Winter Games Opening Ceremony Party from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Utah Valley Convention Center, 220 W. Center Street, in Provo. Families are invited to celebrate NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games and watch the Opening Ceremony live on giant screens. To make the event extra special for families, speed skating medalists, Derek Parra and Chad Hedrick will address the crowd, sign autographs and pose for photos. The event is free and will include treats, activities, games and prizes.

“Utah has many ties to winter sports competitions, including hosting the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City,” said Comcast Regional Vice President Kyle McSlarrow. “It is so exciting to follow the stories of the athletes and their triumphs. We wanted to provide some local opportunities for families to interact with some world-class athletes and catch the spirit of the Winter Games.”

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