The Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular was filmed and presented live at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center back in October and the show will be broadcast on NBC, Sunday, Jan. 10 from 4-6 p.m. (check local listings).
Olympic champion Nastia Liukin celebrated her 20th birthday during the show’s taping and producer Steve Disson hired a DJ and threw a party for Nastia at the hotel after the show. “I was so happy to be able to spend [my birthday] with some of my really great friends!” Nastia wrote on her website.
Shawn Johnson is also part of the all-star cast, which includes Ivan Ivankov, Raj Bhavsar, Courtney Kupets, Samantha Peszek, Paul and Morgan Hamm, and acro Mixed Pair extraordinaire Arthur Davisand Shenea Booth.
The skating cast features Michael Weiss — whose father, Greg Weiss, was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team — Todd Eldredge, Elvis Stojko and Emily Hughes among others.
Actress-singer Ashley Tisdale performs “Crank It Up” live for the show’s opening.
Announcing the show are Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Peggy Fleming and Nastia.
Although the sports barely resemble each other, figure skating and gymnastics share a common bond. They both combine art and athleticism, are subjective and have provided some of the most iconic moments of the Olympics. And, women generally command the majority of attention.
They’re also glamour events, sports people watch and often find themselves talking about the next day. The fact that there’s usually a big-name rivalry to spice things up — real or imagined, friendly or icy — only adds to the fun.
So this could be a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon – especially if it’s as cold and snowy as it’s been in most parts of the country. Happy weekend!