RISEIn February 1961, the U.S. World Figure Skating Team was en route to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia, when its plane crashed in a field near Brussels, and a generation of the greatest figure skaters and coaches in the United States was lost. This special film takes audiences on a powerful and uplifting journey, celebrating some of the biggest moments in the history of the sport, while commemorating the 50th anniversary and legacy of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team. Figure Skating legends Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Michelle Kwan serve as storytellers throughout the film. In addition to the film, more than 20 bonus chapters, including the original movie trailer, interviews with the storytellers and more are included on the DVD/Blu-ray
1961 U.S. Figure Skating ChampionshipsThe first U.S. Championships to be broadcast on national television, the 1961 Championships in Colorado Springs would be the first, and last, time figure skating fans from around the country would ever see these extraordinary skaters compete together...the same talented men and women would tragically lose their lives just weeks later in a plane crash en route to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague. For the first time on DVD, view the complete, uninterrupted, full-length broadcast of this seminal event as it originally aired.
To honor the members of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team that perished, a portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund to provide financial assistance to U.S. skaters to pursue their goals both inside and outside the competitive arena.