Scott Hamilton

In 2019, Stars on Ice presents U.S. Figure Skating Greats – Past, Present, and Future.

“The greatest ice show on earth started with such a simple notion. Back in 1986, we wanted to create a show that was all about skating. We believed our fans would appreciate sophisticated skating, cutting-edge costumes and challenging choreography. After 30 years, I am honored by the success of our simple notion. Stars on Ice exists to entertain you. But it has also given me the incredible opportunity to do the work I love and am proud of. For that, I humbly thank you.”

– Scott Hamilton

A Brief Overview

In 1986, Olympic champion Scott Hamilton and his manager, Robert D. Kain of IMG, conceived the idea for Stars on Ice - after Hamilton's contract with Ice Capades was not renewed.

A few months later, Hamilton opened his America Tour in five cities and this became the prototype for future Stars on Ice shows. The format incorporated both group and solo numbers with the assistance of lighting designers, sound engineers and choreographers. The original cast included Hamilton (who also served as co-producer), Toller Cranston and Rosalynn Sumners.

Later that same year, Kain first suggested the name Stars on Ice. Such notable guest stars as Dorothy Hamill and Robin Cousins joined the company of skaters for several shows which eventually expanded to 30 cities. Over the years, Stars on Ice has been an appropriate title with such co-headliners as Jo Jo Starbuck & Ken Shelley, Brian Orser, Kurt Browning, Paul Wylie, Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean, Kristi Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov, Tara Lipinski, Katarina Witt, Ilia Kulik, Jamie Sale & David Pelletier, Elena Berezhnaya & Anton Sikharulidze, Alexei Yagudin, Sarah Hughes, Evan Lysacek and Xue Shen & Hongbo Zhao among the performers. The Tour played its 1000th U.S. performance in March, 2008 in Philadelphia, and regularly tours in Canada, Japan, China, Korea, and Europe.

Stars on Ice continues to be unique among ice shows, not only with its high profile of skating's most prominent stars, but a level of production second to none. The tour has won four Emmy Awards for Stars on Ice in Choreography and Costume Design. The production also won an ACE Cable Award for the Best Sports Special.

All over the world, Stars on Ice continues to prove itself as the world's premier ice show by offering the very best in championship skating. Each season, Stars on Ice strives to bring a unique skating, musical, and visual experience to each and every audience.

Full History

Look back on each year below. You will find the cast list, program cover, photos, music and even a special trip down memory lane with our Stars on Ice family.

1991: The Canadian leg of the Stars on Ice Tour officially begins, featuring three-time World Champion Kurt Browning and two-time Olympic Silver Medallist Brian Orser.

1992: The Tour becomes National as it expands to 10 cities. Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler join the tour after winning Bronze at the Albertville Winter Olympic Games.

1993: Olympic Gold Medallist Kristi Yamaguchi joins the Tour. Sandra Bezic is hired as Director/Choreographer. Elvis Stojko joins the tour before winning the first of two Olympic Silver medals in the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games.

1994: Katarina Witt joins the Tour after participating in her third Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.

1995: Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov return to the Tour following their second Olympic Gold in Lillehammer.

1996: Stars on Ice welcomes the return to the ice of Ekaterina Gordeeva as a solo skater, only five months after the passing of her husband, Sergei Grinkov.

1997: Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean join the Tour.

1999: Tara Lipinski one year removed from her Olympic Gold in Nagano, Japan, joins the Tour.

2001: Scott Hamilton performs for the last time on the Canadian tour. Alexei Yagudin joins the cast.

2003: Olympic Gold Medallists Jamie Salé & David Pelletier join the cast.

2004: Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler’s farewell.

2005: Jeffrey Buttle joins the cast. He would go on to win a Silver medal in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin. Buttle has skated in the Canadian tour every year since.

2006: Elvis Stojko joins the tour for the first time in 13 years. During his absence, he won Silver Medals at the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympic Games. Future Bronze Medallist, Joannie Rochette, joins the tour as a full-time cast member. Rochette has skated in the Canadian tour every year since.

2007: Brian Orser’s final tour. Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir join the tour as special guests in three cities.

2008: Olympic Silver Medallist Sasha Cohen joins the Tour.

2010: 20th Anniversary Season. Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir celebrate their Olympic Gold with fellow countrymen, while the Tour sells out nearly all shows.

2011: After winning an Olympic Gold Medal in Vancouver the previous year, Evan Lysacek joins the Tour.

2013: After winning his third World Championship, Patrick Chan joins the Tour. 250th Canadian performance on May 3, 2013 in Saskatoon, SK. CBC telecast nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.

2014: The core of the Silver Medal Canadian Figure Skating Team are represented on the Tour, including Silver Medallists Patrick Chan and Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir.

2015: 25th Anniversary Season. Kurt Browning returns to direct, choreograph and skate in this anniversary show with Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Patrick Chan and cast.

2016: Elvis Stojko performs with the tour for the first time since 2006.

2017: Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko and Patrick Chan tour together for the first time.

2018: Two months after winning the Team event in PyeongChang, the Canadian Olympic Gold Medal Team reunites in the Tour, drawing huge crowds and rave reviews for their performances across Canada.

Stars on Ice 2018 Tour

STARRING

MERYL DAVIS & CHARLIE WHITE
MAIA & ALEX SHIBUTANI
NATHAN CHEN
ASHLEY WAGNER
ADAM RIPPON
MIRAI NAGASU
JASON BROWN
BRADIE TENNELL
MADISON HUBBELL & ZACHARY DONOHUE
KAREN CHEN

Special Guest (select cities)
VINCENT ZHOU

PHOTOS

2018 Tour photos

MUSIC

2018 Tour Music

Stars on Ice 2017 Tour

STARRING

MERYL DAVIS & CHARLIE WHITE
ASHLEY WAGNER
GRACIE GOLD
MADISON CHOCK & EVAN BATES
JEREMY ABBOTT
ADAM RIPPON
MADISON HUBBELL & ZACHARY DONOHUE

Special Guests (in select cities)
NATHAN CHEN
KAREN CHEN

PHOTOS

2017 Tour photos

MUSIC

2017 Tour Music

Stars on Ice 2016 Tour

STARRING

MERYL DAVIS & CHARLIE WHITE
ASHLEY WAGNER
GRACIE GOLD
MADISON CHOCK & EVAN BATES
MAIA & ALEX SHIBUTANI
JEREMY ABBOTT
ADAM RIPPON
RYAN BRADLEY
POLINA EDMUNDS

PHOTOS

2016 Tour photos

MUSIC

2016 Tour Music

2015 Dancing for Joy Tour

STARRING

MERYL DAVIS & CHARLIE WHITE
EVAN LYSACEK
PATRICK CHAN
TANITH BELBIN & BEN AGOSTO
EKATERINA GORDEEVA
JOANNIE ROCHETTE
KIMMIE MEISSNER
RYAN BRADLEY
SINEAD & JOHN KERR

PHOTOS

2015 Tour photos

MUSIC

2015 Tour Music

2014 See the Stars from Sochi

STARRING

MERYL DAVIS & CHARLIE WHITE
ASHLEY WAGNER
GRACIE GOLD
JEREMY ABBOTT
MIRAI NAGASU
ALISSA CZISNY
KIMBERLY NAVARRO & BRENT BOMMENTRE
JOSH FARRIS

Speacil Guests (in select cities)

MARISSA CASTELLI & SIMON SHNAPIR
JASON BROWN
MAX AARON
POLINA EDMUNDS

PHOTOS

2014 Tour photos

MUSIC

2014 Tour Music

Stars On Ice 2013 Tour
For 27 years, Stars on Ice has delivered unforgettable moments on the ice from skating’s brightest stars, in a show that is perfect for all ages. This year, Stars on Ice made history as skating icon Dorothy Hamill returned to the ice for Kurt Browning’s final US tour. These two legends were joined by Olympic Medalists Ekaterina Gordeeva, Ilia Kulik, Joannie Rochette and more as skating’s best from around the globe brought forth one very special show!

STARRING

DOROTHY HAMILL
KURT BROWNING
EKATERINA GORDEEVA
ILIA KULIK
JOANNIE ROCHETTE
RYAN BRADLEY
SINEAD & JOHN KERR
SHAWN SAWYER
KIMBERLY NAVARRO & BRENT BOMMENTRE

PHOTOS

2013 Tour Photos

MUSIC

2013 Tour Music

Stars on Ice 2012 Tour
The Emmy-award winning Stars on Ice Tour, produced by skating legend Scott Hamilton, is known around the world for its extraordinary skaters and unparalleled performances. Following this tradition, for the first time, Kurt Browning brought his directing talents to the 2012 Tour which showcased innovative choreography, great music, stunning costumes and skating superstars as they have never been seen before!

STARRING

SASHA COHEN
KURT BROWNING
EKATERINA GORDEEVA
ILIA KULIK
TODD ELDREDGE
JOANNIE ROCHETTE
KYOKO INA & JOHN ZIMMERMAN
RYAN BRADLEY
SINEAD & JOHN KERR

Special Guests (in Select Cities)

JAMIE SALÉ & DAVID PELLETIER
SARAH HUGHES

PHOTOS

2012 Tour photos

MUSIC

2012 Tour Music

Stars on Ice 2011 Tour
Skating Superstars past & present came together for one special production! Stars on Ice fans experienced incredible performances by Olympic, World & National Champions in an unforgettable celebration of our 25th Anniversary.

STARRING

EVAN LYSACEK
SASHA COHEN
JAMIE SALE & DAVID PELLETIER
KURT BROWNING
EKATERINA GORDEEVA
TANITH BELBIN & BENJAMIN AGOSTO
TODD ELDREDGE
JOANNIE ROCHETTE
MICHAEL WEISS

PHOTOS

2011 Tour photos

MUSIC

2011 Tour Music

Stars on Ice 2012 Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back not very far, to 2010, with some thoughts from Vancouver Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek about what makes Stars special.

EVAN LYSACEK: “There are ideas floating around about how to change the dynamic of Stars, but to me, I am a purist in a lot of ways. I like, as much as the jumps and choreography and styles, the premise of the show, which has stayed true to itself and to what it is: a show highlighting champions and stars of a sport. We all have really owned this sport at one time or another: Scott (Hamilton), Kurt, Katia (Gordeeva), Joannie (Rochette). We all did. We all have controlled a portion of the sport and to put it all together and really highlight us as champion athletes, not as celebrities or headline-grabbers, is really special.”

STARRING

EVAN LYSACEK
SASHA COHEN
TANITH BELBIN & BENJAMIN AGOSTO
MERYL DAVIS & CHARLIE WHITE
TODD ELDREDGE
YUKA SATO
MICHAEL WEISS
JEREMY ABBOTT
ALISSA CZISNY
MIRAI NAGASU

Special Guests (in Select Cities)

MIKI ANDO
CAYDEE DENNEY & JEREMY BARRETT
AMANDA EVORA & MARK LADWIG
RACHAEL FLATT
EMILY HUGHES
JOANNIE ROCHETTE
EMILY SAMUELSON & EVAN BATES
XUE SHEN & HONGBO ZHAO
ASHLEY WAGNER

PHOTOS

2010 Tour photos

MUSIC

2010 Tour Music

Stars on Ice 2009 Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back a little bit, to 2009, as Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen describes what has made Stars such an important part of her life - and such a big part of fans' lives.

SASHA COHEN: “Stars on Ice is more about a family and showing the dynamic between a smaller group of skaters and showing different sides of ourselves to the audience and to our fans. And it offers us a chance to truly be performers. Its impact has been huge and basically it is the only show professionally that is going through the United States. That means it gives kids all over a chance to come watch their favorite skaters and dream about Stars on Ice.

“It is the only thing we have that has lasted and to be able to do it in the best way possible is special for us. I was one of the lucky 11 skaters to be on the tour that year and to have the wonderful opportunity to bring everything we created to the audiences across the country.”

STARRING

SASHA COHEN
ILIA KULIK
TODD ELDREDGE
XUE SHEN & HONGBO ZHAO
YUKA SATO
MARIE-FRANCE DUBREUIL & PATRICE LAUZON
MICHAEL WEISS
JOHN ZIMMERMAN
JENNIFER ROBINSON

Guest Stars

JEFFREY BUTTLE
EVAN LYSACEK
KIMMIE MEISSNER
TANITH BELBIN & BENJAMIN AGOSTO

PHOTOS

2009 Tour photos

MUSIC

2009 Tour Music

2008 Live and In Color Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back a few years to 2008, and Todd Eldredge's favorite performance.

TODD ELDREDGE: “It was to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Monty Python. I worked with my coach Richard Callaghan on all the steps, and once I arrived in Lake Placid, I finished ironing out all the details of some of the gags with Tour Director Jef Billings. I have to say this program was so much fun to perform every night because there were so many different elements to the number and a number of things that could, and a lot of times did, go wrong.

“There was a bucket of water that I had to skate under and hope I didn't get doused with water. Luckily, I only got a little wet a couple of times and never got the whole bucket on my head. I also had a pair of breakaway pants that I only had 2 seconds, when the lights shut off due to a fallen light from the lighting truss, to make sure they successfully broke away for the final joke of the number. There were a few times the Velcro on the pants wouldn't separate when the lights shut off, and when the lights came back on I was struggling to pull them down. A little embarrassing to say the least, but that was the nature of the number, so it still kind of worked and made people laugh anyway.”

STARRING

SASHA COHEN
JAMIE SALÉ & DAVID PELLETIER
ILIA KULIK
TODD ELDREDGE
XUE SHEN & HONGBO ZHAO
YUKA SATO
MARIE-FRANCE DUBREUIL & PATRICE LAUZON
MICHAEL WEISS
KYOKO INA & JOHN ZIMMERMAN
JENNIFER ROBINSON

PHOTOS

2008 Tour photos

MUSIC

2008 Tour Music

2007 Double Exposure Tour

For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 2007, when husband and wife Jason Dungjen and Yuka Sato performed a duet. It's hardly been unusual for married pair skaters to do so on the tour - think Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov or Jamie Salé & David Pelletier - but Dungjen and Sato never skated together as an eligible competitive pair.

YUKA SATO: “The song Get Here by Olitta Adams, this is the number that I performed with my husband and skating partner Jason. My biggest dream as a child was to become a pair skater. Also being lifted up high ... it's a fantastic view up there.

“It was just a joy to share the ice with Jason on this number. It was the first time Jason and I performed together in Stars on Ice. We had not competed at the Olympics or Worlds because I had already lost my eligibility to compete before we were together. It was wonderful to do it on Stars on Ice.”

STARRING

ALEXEI YAGUDIN
JAMIE SALÉ & DAVID PELLETIER
EKATERINA GORDEEVA
TODD ELDREDGE
YUKA SATO
MICHAEL WEISS
KYOKO INA & JOHN ZIMMERMAN
STEVEN COUSINS
JENNIFER ROBINSON
JASON DUNGJEN
ANGELA NIKODINOV

Special Guests (in Select Cities)

ILIA KULIK
KURT BROWNING
KIMMIE MEISSNER
EMILY HUGHES
SASHA COHEN

PHOTOS

2007 Tour photos

MUSIC

2007 Tour Music

2006 The Show About the Show Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 2006 as we give everyone a case of ``Vertigo,'' as seen through the eyes of Kyoko Ina, who performed to that piece of music with pair partner John Zimmerman.

KYOKO INA: “My favorite number to perform to for Star on Ice was to U2's Vertigo. It was high-paced, and fully-loaded with all kinds of tricks. John and I have always had a lot of input into the numbers we skate to. We always plan the trick and work with the choreographer to try to come up with something different that the fans have not seen from us, and that was very different from prior numbers.”

STARRING

ALEXEI YAGUDIN
JAMIE SALÉ & DAVID PELLETIER
ELENA BEREZHNAYA & ANTON SIKHARULIDZE
TODD ELDREDGE
YUKA SATO
KYOKO INA & JOHN ZIMMERMAN
STEVEN COUSINS
JENNIFER ROBINSON
JASON DUNGJEN
Special Guest (in Select Cities)
KURT BROWNING

PHOTOS

2006 Tour photos

MUSIC

2006 Tour Music

2005 Imagination Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 2005, when the Who's Who of a cast put together a memorable group number to The Who, as Todd Eldredge vividly recalls.

TODD ELDREDGE: “In my opinion, this was the greatest routine because of all the different elements to the number. First of all, I love the music of The Who. Throughout the number, we had umbrellas that we skated with, both open and closed; there was a sprinkler system throughout the lighting truss that simulated rain; and John and Kyoko had breakaway costumes that we had to remove from them before they did their final lift in the middle of the ice under the falling rain. Visually and choreographically, this was the most creative routine I can remember.”

STARRING

SARAH HUGHES
ALEXEI YAGUDIN
ELENA BEREZHNAYA
ANTON SIKHARULIDZE
JAMIE SALÉ & DAVID PELLETIER
TODD ELDREDGE
EKATERINA GORDEEVA
YUKA SATO
KYOKO INA & JOHN ZIMMERMAN
STEVEN COUSINS

Special Guests (in Select Cities)

KURT BROWNING
ILIA KULIK
MICHAEL WEISS

PHOTOS

2005 Tour photos

MUSIC

2005 Tour Music

2004 TIME - A Theatrical Adventure
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 2004, when special guest appearances (see below) complemented a stellar cast. Co-producer Byron Allen talks about the infusion of such magnificent talent, and the star-making history of the tour.

BYRON ALLEN: “Certainly Stars on Ice has made people better performers and helped turn them into the biggest stars through the years. And there's a loyalty among the skaters.

“From a skater perspective, Stars has been a vehicle to continue a career and, right now, it's about the only vehicle. Stars on Ice is the place where skaters have a chance to further their career once they have reached the pinnacle. They recognize that and they are eager to remain a part of it.

“It was wonderful to have that much talent at the same time.''

STARRING

ALEXEI YAGUDIN
ELENA BEREZHNAYA & ANTON SIKHARULIDZE
JAMIE SALÉ & DAVID PELLETIER
TODD ELDREDGE
YUKA SATO
JENNI MENO & TODD SAND
KYOKO INA & JOHN ZIMMERMAN

Special Guests (in Select Cities)

SCOTT HAMILTON
KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
OKSANA BAIUL
EKATERINA GORDEEVA
PAUL WYLIE
KURT BROWNING

PHOTOS

2004 Tour photos

MUSIC

2004 Tour Music

2003 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 2003, when Salt Lake City Gold Medalists Alexei Yagudin, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, and Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze joined the tour. Jamie and David recall how different the professional world was from competitive skating.

DAVID PELLETIER: “We're lucky enough to have had a tour to join that was allowing us to be creative, to put together two programs and then group numbers where we would share ideas and play around for hours to do the best possible number. The chance to have a tour like that, yes, it is a great opportunity to improve. Jamie and I are so much better skaters than when we competed, in so many ways: the way we skate and the way we relate to each other and to the audience.”

JAMIE SALÉ: “We always have had a family feel to our show, and that is why the show is successful and stays on the road. We have loyal fans who come out year after year and are excited to see the show. It's not a typical exhibition skate, with one or two programs. There's a production element to the show that we all take such great pride in. We all want to know each year, `What is the theme and group number?' We are excited to learn. The audience loves that and we love that . Everyone will have their favorite skaters, some years they feel some skaters are better than others, and they know there is always something special to each performance.”

STARRING

ALEXEI YAGUDIN
ELENA BEREZHNAYA & ANTON SIKHARULIDZE
JAMIE SALÉ & DAVID PELLETIER
KATARINA WITT
KURT BROWNING
TODD ELDREDGE
JENNI MENO & TODD SAND
KYOKO INA & JOHN ZIMMERMAN
RENÉE ROCA & GORSHA SUR

PHOTOS

2003 Tour photos

MUSIC

2003 Tour Music

2002 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 2002, when Kristi Yamaguchi finished off a decade of headlining the tour, accompanied by fellow Olympic Gold Medalists Katarina Witt, Tara Lipinski and Ilia Kulik. The last routine Kristi did was to ``Someday I'll Fly Away,'' accompanied by Denis Petrov.

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI: “It was definitely work, but I think at the same time I wouldn't have wanted to do any other thing. Since I was a little girl, I dreamed of being on a tour and going around the world, and had a dream come true. For 10 years, I was living that dream. First, I skated competitively and then was able to do something I love as a living until I felt it was time to move to other things in 2002.

“The group of skaters had so much integrity and pride in what they produced and presented every year. I think it was instilled in me as well. We took pride in pushing ourselves and working hard and coming up with innovative things every year.

“That year, we did G-O-L-D. We had these four Olympic gold medals among these three women, so we thought, `Let's play that up a little bit.' I think it was neat to kind of create a sisterhood, fun to kind of be able to bond in that type of way in a performance.”

STARRING

TARA LIPINSKI
KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
KATARINA WITT
ILIA KULIK
KURT BROWNING
ANJELIKA KRYLOVA & OLEG OVSIANNIKOV
JENNI MENO & TODD SAND
DENIS PETROV
STEVEN COUSINS
LUCINDA RUH

MUSIC

2002 Tour Music

2001 Scott Hamilton Farewell Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 2001 and a favorite performance by a fellow cast member, as recalled by 1994 World Champion Yuka Sato. And it was not a routine by Scott Hamilton, although this was billed as the Stars on Ice founder's final tour.

YUKA SATO: “The name of the program was `Nyah,'' skated to by Kurt Browning. This number shows passion, power and beauty that is everything that figure skating can offer. Yet Kurt is so smooth and fluid, you sometimes forget he has skates on. Amazing!”

STARRING

SCOTT HAMILTON
TARA LIPINSKI
KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
ILIA KULIK
KURT BROWNING
JENNI MENO & TODD SAND
YUKA SATO
DENIS PETROV
RENÉE ROCA & GORSHA SUR
STEVEN COUSINS

PHOTOS

MUSIC

2001 Tour Music

2000 10th Anniversary Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to the turn of the century, to the year 2000, with some thoughts from Kurt Browning and Tanith Belbin on a memorable character.

KURT BROWNING: “That was the year I did the clown number, Ragidon. My character allowed me so much freedom to explore along with the audience. He also was allowed to roam out with the audience with his clown shoes on and he also spoke, in “clowneesh,” often and as loud as he wanted. True Fun.”

TANITH BELBIN: “When I remember seeing some of my favorite programs of all-time, Kurt's clown is always one of them. It was so funny and it so involved the audience and the other skaters. Just a wonderful program. It made me think, `This is the kind of skating that brought me into figure skating in the first place.’”

STARRING

TARA LIPINSKI
KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
SCOTT HAMILTON
ILIA KULIK
KURT BROWNING
EKATERINA GORDEEVA
ELENA BECHKE & DENIS PETROV
LU CHEN
JENNI MENO & TODD SAND
RENÉE ROCA & GORSHA SUR
STEVEN COUSINS

PHOTOS

MUSIC

2000 Tour Music

1999 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1999, the last year of the 20th century and the final year on tour for a Stars original, Rosalynn Sumners.

ROSALYNN SUMNERS: “The first five cities when Stars on Ice began, we were in college hockey arenas, and we were saying, `Oh my gosh, somebody wants to watch us skate.' We were just happy to be in a hockey arena; we didn't care if we were riding on yellow school buses to get there. There was a lot more “schlepping” in those days ... but I was doing what I loved since I was 7.

“As it kept going along, each year got bigger and better and more thrilling - and more baffling that I could be a part of something this amazing. I started when I was 22. Really, it was 25 years ago. Oh my gosh!”

TANITH BELBIN: “When I remember seeing some of my favorite programs of all-time, Kurt's clown is always one of them. It was so funny and it so involved the audience and the other skaters. Just a wonderful program. It made me think, `This is the kind of skating that brought me into figure skating in the first place.’”

STARRING

TARA LIPINSKI
KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
SCOTT HAMILTON
ILIA KULIK
EKATERINA GORDEEVA
ELENA BECHKE & DENIS PETROV
LU CHEN
JENNI MENO & TODD SAND
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
RENÉE ROCA & GORSHA SUR
STEVEN COUSINS

PHOTOS

MUSIC

1999 Tour Music

1998 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1998, with some thoughts from tour founder Scott Hamilton about that special year.

SCOTT HAMILTON: "We were at Madison Square Garden in March and at the end of the show, the guys didn't leave the ice. Kristi took the microphone and said, `Tonight we have something different, a very special presentation.' And then Bobby Goldwater from the Garden came out and said they were inducting a figure skater into the Walk of Fame for the first time.

"Bobby presented me with the plaque and I turned to the others and wagged a finger at them, you know: `There are no secrets in this cast.' I was totally at a loss.

"This sheet of ice has given me so many incredible moments, and this is another. To see a show I started 12 years ago be filled to the rafters is the best."

STARRING

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
SCOTT HAMILTON
KATARINA WITT
JAYNE TORVILL & CHRISTOPHER DEAN
PAUL WYLIE
KURT BROWNING
EKATERINA GORDEEVA
BRIAN ORSER
ELENA BECHKE & DENIS PETROV
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
RENÉE ROCA & GORSHA SUR

PHOTOS

MUSIC

1998 Tour Music

1997 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1997, the year that Ekaterina Gordeeva returned to the tour after her husband, Sergei Grinkov's, death in November 1995.

EKATERINA GORDEEVA: “I think Stars on Ice is family. That is because, being a part of Stars on Ice for so many years, we got comfortable together, got to know each other so well, like in a family. It was very important when this thing happened with Sergei.

“I am very blessed I got to know these people. And because of Stars on Ice, I found my new husband; I met Ilia (Kulik) on the tour.”

STARRING

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
SCOTT HAMILTON
JAYNE TORVILL & CHRISTOPHER DEAN
PAUL WYLIE
KURT BROWNING
EKATERINA GORDEEVA
ELENA BECHKE & DENIS PETROV
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
JILL TRENARY
RADKA KOVARIKOVA & RENE NOVOTNY

PHOTOS

MUSIC

1997 Tour Music

1996 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1996, a year marked by tragedy, and the strength shown by Ekaterina Gordeeva and the rest of her Stars family after her husband, Sergei Grinkov, died of a massive heart attack during pre-tour rehearsals.

EKATERINA GORDEEVA: ``It happened in front of everyone during rehearsal in Lake Placid, and everyone saw it and felt it, and I even felt terrible because I think everyone felt the same way. Everyone was on the ice and all of a sudden this thing happened. I did get a lot of support, but felt terrible that everyone went through the pain, this sudden and terrible pain.

“I am very thankful for them and their support to me and for the dedication to us. And for what they did for Sergei - every day on the show they did a small pause for Sergei. It was right during a number and that was very special.''

STARRING

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
SCOTT HAMILTON
KATARINA WITT
PAUL WYLIE
KURT BROWNING
ELENA BECHKE & DENIS PETROV
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
SUSANNA RAHKAMO & PETRI KOKKO
CHRISTINE HOUGH & DOUG LADRET

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1995 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1995, with some thoughts from Kristi Yamaguchi and Paul Wylie about two dramatic performances to “Schindler's List.”

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI: “Paul and Katarina both skated to `Schindler's List' and Katarina was so expressive and such a beautiful performer on the ice. And remember that she had come from East Germany, so Katarina felt a deeply personal connection to this piece.”

PAUL WYLIE: “It seemed every year there was this sort of concept number I would do in the first half. Between me and the audience, we both kind of were wondering what would be the one for next year. Mary Scotvold, my choreographer, and all of us spent a lot of time thinking about what is the next one. My shtick wasn't the Frank Sinatra crooner material, or point-at-the-audience and shake-your-hip kind of thing. I was kind of telling a story. Because I had these genius people working with me, it enabled me to reach a different level with that performance.”

STARRING

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
SCOTT HAMILTON
KATARINA WITT
PAUL WYLIE
EKATERINA GORDEEVA & SERGEI GRINKOV
KURT BROWNING
ELENA BECHKE & DENIS PETROV
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
CHRISTINE HOUGH & DOUG LADRET
NATALIA ANNENKO & GENRIKH SRETENSKI

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1994 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1994, with some thoughts from tour founder Scott Hamilton about that year's special tribute to the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics where Scott won his gold medal.

SCOTT HAMILTON: “The people of Sarajevo meant so much to us and did so much for us that we wanted to do something to remember that time in our lives. There were five of us (Scott, Rosalynn Sumners, Brian Orser, Kitty and Peter Carruthers) who competed there, and who understood what happened afterward there. Sandra (Bezic) knew just what we were looking to do. We each wore a different color from the (Olympic) flag. She took it to another 12 levels with her point of view and artistic sense and taste.''

STARRING

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
SCOTT HAMILTON
PAUL WYLIE
BRIAN ORSER
ELENA BECHKE & DENIS PETROV
KITTY & PETER CARRUTHERS
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
CHRISTINE HOUGH & DOUG LADRET
NATALIA ANNENKO & GENRIKH SRETENSKI

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1993 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1993, when the cast staged what many consider the top group number, as recalled by Paul Wylie and Doug Ladret.

PAUL WYLIE: “We did a group number to (the band) Queen my first year. It was a combination of really fashion-forward costumes and great music and choreography. It was so much more than anything you would see in an exhibition, which had been the typical show for Olympic-level skating. Stars on Ice kind of dared more to present a part of a story, a common theme.”

DOUG LADRET: “Number 1 all-time, and as a skater being in it, was doing Queen. This was epic and it included all of the cast members throughout the closing production numbers, which was 10 - 15 minutes long. There was a lot of input from us in what tricks we would do and the movements in and out of those elements.”

STARRING

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
SCOTT HAMILTON
PAUL WYLIE
EKATERINA GORDEEVA & SERGEI GRINKOV
BRIAN ORSER
KITTY & PETER CARRUTHERS
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
GARY BEACOM
CHRISTINE HOUGH & DOUG LADRET

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1992 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, STARS ON ICE has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1992, the year Kristi Yamaguchi won her gold medal at Albertville, then announced she would join the show. Stars on Ice Producer Byron Allen recalls the impact Kristi had on the tour for a decade.

BYRON ALLEN: “When Kristi joined the tour, it went to a new level, really took off. Roz and Debi were wonderful stars in their own right, great skaters and show women, but Kristi took it to a new level. She has such grace and exudes such class. She was such a lovely person on and off the ice, a wonderful image for Stars on Ice.

“With Scott as the veteran, creative guy and the backbone, then we had this lovely young woman who had the world at her feet. She went out and did her triple jumps on tour for 10 years! With Scott and Kristi as the headliners ... it just doesn't get any better than that.”

STARRING

SCOTT HAMILTON
EKATERINA GORDEEVA & SERGEI GRINKOV
BRIAN ORSER
KITTY & PETER CARRUTHERS
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
DEBI THOMAS
SUSAN WYNNE & JOSEPH DRUAR
LEA ANN MILLER & BILL FAUVER

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1991 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1990 as Kitty Carruthers recalls the family feeling each of the skaters had right from the outset.

KITTY CARRUTHERS: “In Stars on Ice, we were with friends we competed with our whole life. Unlike in other tours, we worked the whole show. It was the feel of it, such a homey feeling, you felt the audience was out there with you as you were performing. It made you feel so good no matter what the show was like, and it really renewed all of our love of skating.

“But it also meant a different approach for Peter and me. I had only really skated with one person, and then to coordinate and be together with 10 or more other people and they all are your friends, it became such a blast.

“It was hilarious some of the characters we could play and things we did; I was even a bag lady! We all had that love of performing.''

STARRING

SCOTT HAMILTON
BRIAN ORSER
KITTY & PETER CARRUTHERS
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
SUSAN WYNNE & JOSEPH DRUAR
LEA ANN MILLER & BILL FAUVER
KATHLEEN SCHMELZ

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1990 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1991 and how Scott Hamilton got a favorite band to help out by recording ``Jazzercise,'' as recalled by Peter Carruthers.

PETER CARRUTHERS: “Often back in those days, we had to sit down at the drawing board and collaborate, come up with ideas and programs. It was like a skaters' boardroom; we were not business people but we knew what good skating was. The hard part of it was we had all of these ideas and had to crush them all together. The most fun was being able to get to a whiteboard in a room and start drawing ideas: `What if we do this or that?' Eventually the idea got teeth and the glue that held it together. And it was a go.

“We came up with the idea about doing a Jack Mack and the Heart Attack number. We all said that would be the bomb, but how are we going to do that? With Scott's incredible relationships with the music industry, he took care of it, and then Scott gets them to lay down a music track, and we are off and running.”

STARRING

SCOTT HAMILTON
DEBI THOMAS
BRIAN ORSER
KITTY & PETER CARRUTHERS
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
TRACY WILSON & ROBERT MCCALL
LEA ANN MILLER & WILLIAM FAUVER
KATHLEEN SCHMELZ

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1989 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1989, with some thoughts from two-time Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser about that special year.

BRIAN ORSER: “In the early days, a lot of the interest in Stars on Ice depended on the Olympics and who was hot. I know after the 1988 Calgary Olympics, when Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall and Debi Thomas and I joined the tour for the 1989 season - and these were the very early days of Stars on Ice - we were kind of a hot ticket. Scott always was the hot ticket.”

“I found almost immediately the camaraderie and care everyone had for each other and for putting on the best show was contagious. From 1981 to 1988, we were together as competitors, and then beyond that. Scott and I always were great friends and we always looked forward to seeing each other. Then we got to be on the tour, and it's a great part of your life. It stays with you forever, and it seems your paths always end up crossing.”

STARRING

SCOTT HAMILTON
DEBI THOMAS
BRIAN ORSER
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
TOLLER CRANSTON
TRACY WILSON & ROBERT MCCALL
LEA ANN MILLER & WILLIAM FAUVER
KATHLEEN SCHMELZ

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1988 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1988, when the tour began making strong artistic and entertainment statements, according to Scott Hamilton.

SCOTT HAMILTON: “We had lots of talented people come through. Early on, we had Lea Ann Miller and Billy Fauver, and Toller Cranston joining us. We had amazing choreographers to come in and put their spin on the show - literally. You look at Karen Kresge, what she brought to Stars on Ice, making what we were doing more accessible and more broad entertainment. That was such a riot and I loved working with her. She gave us so much in the first six years.

“The people want to be entertained and escape and go to a show that makes them feel good. For us, from the beginning, it was important to have a range of emotions and variety. You know - ballads, they are nice, but what will the audience walk away with? So we would do something unpredictable, whether it was back in (1988) or now.”

STARRING

DOROTHY HAMILL
SCOTT HAMILTON
ROSALYNN SUMNERS
TOLLER CRANSTON
BARBARA UNDERHILL & PAUL MARTINI
JUDY BLUMBERG & MICHAEL SEIBERT
LEA ANN MILLER & WILLIAM FAUVER
KATHLEEN SCHMELZ
BRIAN POCKAR

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1987 Stars on Ice Tour
For a quarter-century, Stars on Ice has been the premier figure skating tour, a show filled with fun and surprises. This week, we're going to take you back to 1987, as Rosalynn Sumners explains what has made Stars so different and innovative.

ROSALYNN SUMNERS: “It's given the skaters a platform to move on to. At 18, I got to go into Ice Capades. I didn't know anything else. Skating itself is at such a higher level now, with the artistry. How disappointing would skaters be now to come out and skate with Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse? There is nothing wrong with Disney on Ice, it's a fun show, but you knew the fans who came were not there to see me. They were looking for Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.

“I think Stars on Ice has brought skating and entertainment to such a higher level - a whole other world is out there that they now know they can join. You can see, if you have the motivation and desire, that you can always bring your body to a higher level.

STARRING

Scott Hamilton
Dorothy Hamill
Robin Cousins
Rosalynn Sumners
Toller Cranston
Elaine Zayak
Judy Blumberg and Michael Seibert
JoJo Starbuck and Ken Shelley
Lea Ann Miller and Bill Fauver
Brian Pockar
Sandy Lenz
Kathleen Schmelz
Lisa Carey and Chris Harrison

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