SEARCH WCCO MORNING, THERE WE ARE, LOVE TO HAVE YOU LEAVE A COMMENT OR SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH US ON FACEBOOK. THERE ARE STILL FIVE DAYS LEFT, THE BIG ONES. THIS IS THE BIG WEEKEND, SKATERS YOUNG AND OLD HAVE BEEN COMPETING IN ST. PAUL AND BLOOMINGTON. ASHLEY IS LIVE IN THE EXCEL CENTER. Reporter: GOOD MORNING, KIM. THE CHAMPIONSHIPS KIT BACK TO 1914 PAST WINNERS, ST. PAUL IS THE HOST CITY, JOINING US THIS MORNING IS BEFORE, SHE IS ON THE LOCAL ORGANIZING CITY. THIS IS A HUGE DEAL FOR ST. PAUL MUCH THIS IS THE SUPER BOWL FOR FIGURE SKATERS. IT’S AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE FOR ALL THE SKATERS IN THE COMMUNITY TO SEE THE TOP NOTCH SKATERS COMPETING RIGHT HERE IN THEIR HOME TURF. I AM SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE AT HOME WONDERING HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? HOW DID ST. PAUL GET PICKED AS THE HOST CITY. FIRST OF ALL, WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO COME TO ST. PAUL. BUT IT IS A GOOD PROCESS, AND THE LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE PUT IN A BID AND THE EVENT WAS HERE IN 08, THEY DID SUCH A FABULOUS JOB IT’S BACK IN 2016. TONIGHT THE OPENING CEREMONY YOU MUST BE SUPER EXCITED, A LOT OF PREPARATIONS FOR TONIGHT. I AM SO EXCITED. TONIGHT IS THE BIG OPENING CEREMONIES AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR ABOUT A YEAR, WE HAVE 80 LOCAL SKATERS THAT HAVE BEEN POURING THEIR HEART AND SOUL INTO THIS. AND THEY ARE READY TO PERFORM. NOW WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE OPENING AIR MONDAY KNEE, CAN YOU GIVE ANYTHING AWAY THIS MORNING, GIVE US A PREVIEW WHAT WE CAN EXPECT. I CAN GIVE YOU A LITTLE SNEAK PEAK, WE ARE TELLING A STORY AND THE STORY IS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SKATING IN MINNESOTA AND WE’VE GOT LOTS OF SURPRISES. WHO ARE THESE LADIES, I SEE ONE GUY IN THE CORNER, TOO. RIGHT. WELL, WE HAVE SKATERS FROM ALL ACROSS THE TWIN CITIES REPRESENTING ALL OF THE CLUBS. AND THE COSTUMES SIGNIFY THE DIFFERENT SECTIONS OF OUR STORY, I DON’T WANT TO TELL YOU MUCH. WELL PEOPLE DEFINITELY HAVE TO SHOW UP TONIGHT TO CHECK OUT THE OPENING CEREMONY, STARTS AT 7:30, TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE MUCH IF YOU GUYS COME OUT DONE FORGET TO USE THE HASHTAG IF YOU COME OUT HERE U.S. CHAMPS 16. KIM, JASON. ALL RIGHT, THANKS, ASHLEY MUCH I HAVE TO SAY YOU ARE DOING — WELL I WANTED TO COMPLIMENT HER, SHE IS NOT ON SKATES AND STANDING ON ICE, WE KNOW SHE IS FROM THE SOUTH. I WAS GOING TO SAY, HAS ASHLEY SKATED BEFORE? , DO WE KNOW? IS SHE STILL THERE? SHE IS GONE. SHE IS GONE. WE HAVE TO ASK HER IN THE NEXT HALF-HOUR. ASHLEY, SHE IS BACK. HAVE YOU EVER SKATED BEFORE? I HAVE. I HAVE BEEN OUT ICE SKATING SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE, I DIDN’T WANT TO CHANCE IT THIS MORNING BECAUSE YOU GUYS KNOW I HAVE A WEDDING TO GET READY FOR IN AUGUST, SO I WANT TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE, DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO GET IN THE WAY OF THAT. SURE. YOU WOULD HATE TO HAVE A JANUARY INJURY AFFECTING YOUR WEDDING IN AUGUST, ASHLEY. ICE ICE BABY OUT THERE THIS MORNING, WE ARE ON A WARMUP WAKING UP IN THE 20s. MORE EXCITEMENT IN ST. PAUL THIS MORNING FOR THE U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP. IT’S HARD TO TOP VANILLA ICE, OPENING CEREMONIES TONIGHT. ASHLEY ROBERTS IS LIVE AT EXCEL ENERGY CENTER WITH MORE, GOOD MORNING, ASHLEY. Reporter: HEY THERE, GOOD MORNING, JASON. I’M JOINED WITH SOMEONE WHO CAN TRUMP VANILLA ICE, RICHARD DWYER KNOWN AS MR. DEBONAIRE, YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR ICE SKATING STARS IN FIGURE SKATING HISTORY, DO YOU EVER GET TIRED OF HEARING THAT? I’M THRILLED I AM STILL APART OF IT, I STARTED OUT IN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS, I COMPETED IN 48, 49 AND 50 IN THE NATIONALS, WITH ICE FOLLIES, ICE KA PAIDS IT’S BEEN A GREAT RIDE, I’M. BACK IN THE 30s, AND WHEN HE RETIRED IN 48, THE ICE FOLLIES CONTACTED MY DAD AND MYSELF, I WAS ONLY 149 AND THEY SAID HOW — 14, AND THEY SAID HOW ABOUT COMING WITH THE SHOW. SECOND I DECIDED TO GO AND IT’S BEEN AN UNBELIEVABLE LIFETIME FUN JOB. I WILL SAY. YOU STEPPED INTO THE FIGURE SKATING HALL OF FAME IN 1993. YES, THAT WAS SUCH UNBELIEVABLE TO BE WITH SUCH FAMOUS PEOPLE, AND I COME TO THE NATIONALS EVERY YEAR MUCH A SPECTATOR UP THERE IN THE STANDS, I GET EXCITED TO SEE GREAT IMPROVEMENT AND TALENTED THEY ARE. YOU ARE IN ST. PAUL THIS YEAR, TELL ME ABOUT THE PART YOU WILL BE PLAYING IN THE OPENING AIR PONY. I ABOUT ETITO BE MR. DEBONAIRE ONE MORE TIME WITH FIVE BOY LADIES THAT ALWAYS WAS THE KEY TO MY SUCCESS, I HAD THE GORGEOUS GIRLS, AND I GIVE AWAY A DOZEN ROSES, I HAVE GIVEN OUT 149,000 BOUQUETS IN MY 66 YEARS. YOU ARE THE DWYER GIRLS, LET’S STEP OVER TO THE SIDE, PEOPLE CAN TAKE A LOOK. TELL US ABOUT THE DWYER GIRLS. I SKATED WITH GINA AND JOAN PASTOR ANDLY ANN COMBS, I WAS BEST MAN AT HER WEDDING, AND — TERRY, WE WORKED TOGETHER AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL IN NEW YORK WITH THE ICE FOLLIES, PEGGY FLEMING. PEOPLE CAN CHECK YOU AND THE DWYER GIRLS OUT TONIGHT HERE AT THE OPENING AIR MONDAY KNEE THAT STARTS AT 7:30, WE HAVE INFORMATION FOR YOU IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN CHECK EGG THINGS OUT HERE, TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE, THE ICE FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP, THIS EVENT RUNS THROUGH THE WEEKEND, TO FIND THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS GO TO OUR WEBSITE MINNESOTA.CBSLOCAL.COM/LINKS. RICHARD DWYER COMPETED AGAINST DICK VAUTTENBECK IN THE DAY, HE LOOKS GREAT. AND HE IS A LEGEND, DOESN’T HE? YOU GUYS SHOULD SEE HIM OUT ON THE ICE, I WILL LET YOU HIT THE ICE SO PEOPLE CAN SEE YOU ONCE MORE. I TOLD YOU JASON, KIM, BETTER THAN VANILLA ICE, RIGHT? THAT IS A LOW BAR BUT IT IS DEFINITELY BETTER THAN. LOOK AT THAT. THAT’S IMPRESSIVE. ALL RIGHT MUCH REALLY GOOD.

U.S. Figure Skating Championships Begin In St. Paul
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