Approximately 300 figure skaters from across the country are expected to compete at the four-day event, which is being presented locally by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and hosted for the second time since 2007 by The Greater Cleveland Council of Figure Skating Clubs.
Six returning champions and 16 skaters with Ohio ties will compete in the event, including Regina High School freshman Katie McBeath.
Katie is representing the Garfield Heights Skating Club in intermediate ladies singles and has a goal in mind for the competition.
"[I just want] to do my best and have fun and skate the way I know I can skate," she says.
Another local skater is Padua High School senior Jordan Pordash, who is hoping some "home-rink" advantage will help him out.
"I skate here every day of the week, and I get to sleep in my own bed at night and it's just much more comfortable," he says.
Most of the skaters are from out of town like 15-year-old Maggie Hausmann of Minnesota.
"This is such a great experience," Maggie says. "This is what I've dreamed of for four years, and finally having the hard work pay off, it's great."
The event will also be great for the Strongsville economy, which stands to get a 1.1 million dollar shot in the arm.
Competition concludes Saturday, Dec. 19 with the intermediate ladies free skate.
2010 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championship
Advance event tickets may be purchased by completing the order form here and submitting it via fax to (440) 777-1706 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets may also be purchased at the arena box office during the event.
Individual event tickets begin at $15. All-event passes are $50 (Wednesday-Saturday) and $35 (Thursday-Saturday). Discounted tickets are available for senior citizens and children ages 6-12.
All seats are general admission.