The World Professional Figure Skating Championship concluded Friday night at Capital Centre. But some of the stars of that competition have remained in town for an exhibition tonight.
Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, Rosalynn Sumners and Elaine Zayak will be among the 15 figure skaters who will put on a show at Capital Centre beginning at 7.
Unlike Friday night, when two dozen skaters competed for $200,000 in prize money, tonight's performance, which is not sold out, is an exhibition. It is being taped for airing by HBO.
Hamilton, who won Friday night's individual title, said last week he would welcome a chance to compete against one of the performers in tonight's show, Robin Cousins, Britain's gold medalist at the 1980 Olympics.
"He kind of trashed me after the ('84) Olympics," said Hamilton last week. "He said I was just the best of a mediocre group of skaters."
In the ice dancing competition Friday night, the British team of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean earned 14 scores of 10 from the seven judges in two separate numbers and won easily.
Hamill, the U.S. gold medal winner in the 1976 Olympics, easily outpointed Zayak to win the women's singles event. Sumners, the silver medalist at last winter's Olympics, was judged fourth, behind Linda Fratianne.
The only close competition occurred in the pairs event. After a slip to the ice during their first number, Oleg and Ludmilla Protopopov, a husband-and-wife team that defected from the Soviet Union in 1979, earned seven scores of 10 in their final performance. But that was not quite enough to overtake Canada's Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini.