Skate America is an international, senior-level figure skating competition held as part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series…..which is hosted by U.S. Figure Skating….as the location of the event changes yearly…..where medals are awarded in four disciplines including men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing.
The first Skate America (officially called Norton Skate) was held in 1979 in Lake Placid, New York….and was the test event for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. It was incorporated into the Grand Prix Series in 1995, the year of the series’ inception. In 1985, ESPN aired the Skate America Competition hosted by Jim Kelly and Judy Sladky….as seen in this video herewith…..which was sponsored by the Seiko Corporation….then on September 27, 2001, the Heinz Frozen Foods Company, an affiliate of the H. J. Heinz Company, agreed to become an official sponsor of the U.S. Figure Skating. This gave them the right to rename the competition to Smart Ones Skate America, using their brand name of frozen foods.