Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cohen joins cast of "Skate for the Heart"

Sasha Cohen, who recently announced her comeback to Olympic competition, will make her first televised skating performance in the high-energy Skate for the Heart show on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

The taped show will air on NBC on Sunday, Jan 31, 2010, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST, less than two weeks before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games kick off in Vancouver, Canada.

Cohen, the Olympic silver medalist at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, will perform in the show along with reigning world champion Evan Lysacek and 2009 world silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, to help generate awareness of heart disease. Cohen announced last month that she was returning to competitive skating and hopes to represent the United States at her third Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Disson Skating's Skate for the Heart, features live performances from music stars Jordin Sparks, Charice, Honor Society and KSM. Sparks, the winner of the sixth season of American Idol, appeared on this season's American Idol, May 13, and introduced the exciting new single "Battlefield" from her sophomore album.

Other Olympic, world and national figure skating champions will perform with Lysacek, Agosto and Belbin in Skate for the Heart including 2009 U.S. champion Alissa Czisny, 2009 U.S. pairs champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker, 2009 U.S. bronze medalist Caroline Zhang, 2008 U.S. champion Mirai Nagasu, three-time U.S. champion and 2008 world bronze medalist Johnny Weir and 2009 U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott.

19 Entertainment/Jive Records artist, Jordin Sparks rose to fame as the winner of the sixth season of American Idol. With the success of her platinum self-titled debut album, by the end of 2008 Jordin won an American Music Award for Favorite Artist- Adult Contemporary Music, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist and a Teen Choice Award for Choice Music "Hookup" song. She also received a Grammy nomination for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" as well as two nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards for "Best Female Video" and "Best New Artist." Sparks joined other notable music artists in performances at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball hosted by President Barack Obama.

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