Proximus, the IMG and Absolute Skating are proud to present:

Proximus Stars on Ice 2005

By Magdalena Osborne & Mireille Geurts

Photos © Joy & Emjo, Helga, Jacqueline & Dushenka

Some European figure skating fans sometimes complain that their opportunities to watch skating shows aren't as abundant as those offered to North American audiences. While this may be true, the truth is also that
there are several skating shows and tours in Europe as well. One of them is the Belgian edition of Stars on Ice. Held in Antwerp, the shows are about to become a tradition as preparations are made for the third consecutive year. The first two years were very successful, offering such international skating celebrities as professionals Katarina Witt, Ilia Kulik, Katia Gordeeva, Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio, Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas, Shae-Lynn Bourne and Viktor Kraatz, Oksana Baiul and others, as well as top eligible skaters like Kevin van der Perren, Takeshi Honda, Miki Ando and Stefan Lindemann.

Since its creation in 1986 by Olympic legend, Scott Hamilton, “Stars on Ice” has known tremendous success in the United States and the rest of the world. For more information about “Stars on Ice” visit the website

Ticket prices have been reasonable and the Sportpaleis has been near filled with enthusiastic crowds. Many spectators are expected to return for the third time this fall. The shows, put on by the IMG and sponsored by Proximus, are top class entertainment leaving no one disappointed. With the Olympic Winter games in Torino coming up, the shows will have an Olympic theme. The eligible part of the cast, all present Olympians, will skate
their Olympic programs. The audience will also be able to watch some of the best professional skaters. The show will be in two parts with an intermission. Each act will offer individual performances as well as dazzling group numbers and flashy costumes.


An IMG press release announces the return of Olympic gold medallists Ilia Kulik and Ekaterina Gordeeva to the shows this year. Returning are also Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio. They will be joined by Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov, the Russian ice dancers who won the gold at the last two World Championships and Emanuel Sandhu, who’s ranked 3rd in the world. Of course Belgian star Kevin van der Perren will appear in the role of ambassador of the “Proximus Stars on Ice 2005”.

In the next few days a couple of additions to the cast will be announced.

Absolute Skating will give a few lucky people the opportunity to win tickets to the shows and a meet-and-greet with one of the skaters, so keep checking the site.

The Stars on Ice shows in Antwerp will be held on:

Saturday 19 November 2005 19h30

Sunday 20 November 2005 15h00

Ticket information: (tickets are already available)

Price: €15, €23, €30 (depending on the selected seating)

Reservations via Tele Ticket Service:

Belgium: 070 345 345
The Netherlands: 0900 45 000 45
Other Countries: +32 34 0000 34

Or via website

For more information turn to the Proximus Stars on Ice site:

“Proximus Stars on Ice”, known for its originality and exceptional ice skating talent, attracted more than 19,000 spectators in 2003 and 2004.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to see the world’s best skaters in a preview of the Olympics!

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