U.S. Figure Skating has selected ShoWare Center in Kent as the host venue for 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America. The event is the first of six stops in the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Competition will take place Oct. 19-21, 2012. The DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport will serve as the official host hotel for the event.

“We look forward to returning to the state of Washington for Skate America,” David Raith, executive director, U.S. Figure Skating, said. “Washington is home to some of the best and most supportive figure skating fans in the country and we look forward to showcasing this event to the Seattle area.”

Skate Americareturns to Washington for the third time in the event's history. It was held in Everett in 2008 and Spokane in 2002. These two events rank first and second, respectively, in terms of Skate America's overall attendance. The U.S. Figure Skating Championships also have been held in Washington six times with great success. The 2007 and 2010 events in Spokane are the two highest-attended championships in history.