The 1980 Olympic figure skating tour will play to a capacity crowd of 16,800 tonight at Capital Centre with a 2 1/2-hour show beginning at 8.
Because top performers Linda Fratianne, Robin Cousins, Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia will not appear as originally advertised, refunds will be offered until show time, at Capital Centre only.
Leading the entourage will be 1978 world champion Charlie Tickner, who was third in the Olympics and world championships this year.
"When they brought it (the tour) up at Nationals I said I would come," said Tickner, who signed a contract with Ice Capades and will conclude his amateur career next month. "I always keep my commitments and I didn't seen any reason not to be here. I think I (owe it to) the public to come."
Fratianne, Gardner and Babilonia did not join the tour because they turned pro. Olympic gold medalist Cousins reportedly canceled because of an exhausting European tour.
Joining Tickner in the men's singles will be David Santee and Scott Hamilton, Americans who finished fourth and fifth, repectively, in both the Olympics and world championships. Lisa-Marie Allen and Sandy Lenz are the top women.
Olympic silver medalists and 1980 world champions Krisztina Regoeczy and Andras Sallay of Hungary will lead a group of ice dancers that includes Canadians Lorna Wighton and John Dowding, and Americans Judy Blumberg, Michael Siebert, Stacy Smith and John Summers, the latter two from Vienna, Va. The top pairs are Caitlin Carruthers and brother Peter, and Cheryl Franks and Michael Botticelli.
Also appearing will be 10-year-old Kathy Healy, who has skated four years in the Super Skates Show at Madison Square Gardens.