Olympic figure skating medalist to appear at Empire State Plaza rink

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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— Paul Wylie, the silver medalist in men's figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics, will make a special appearance at the Empire State Plaza ice rink from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Wylie will conduct a brief figure skating demonstration before inviting guests to join him on the rink from 1 to 2 p.m. A meet-and-greet offering the opportunity for free photos and autographs will be held from 2 to 3 p.m.

Wylie’s appearance is underwritten by Hannaford Supermarkets, which also sponsors free skate rentals each Friday of the season. It is free and open to the public.

“Hannaford is thrilled to welcome Olympian Paul Wylie to the Empire State Plaza ice rink. His grace, skill and expertise will undoubtedly inspire another generation of figure skaters to enjoy this timeless winter activity,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Molly Tarleton.

After the Olympics, Wylie went on to win the World Professional and U.S. Open Professional Championships in 1993 and is a four-time winner of both the Masters Miko Professional Championships in Paris and The World Challenge of Champions. Wylie also co-headlined the Stars On Ice tour with Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi. Wylie toured with Stars on Ice from 1992 to 1998 before retiring.

The Empire State Plaza rink is open every day fro 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather dependent. Skating is free. Skate rental is available at $4; $3 for children under 12.

A full-service snack bar is open Friday nights, weekends and school holidays.

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