What: "The 1998 Skate TV Championships"
When: Tonight, 9-11 p.m., Ch. 7
To call this a championship event is a misnomer. It is a taped two-hour figure skating exhibition, designed to provide ABC with a decent Thursday night rating during May sweeps.
Eight professional skaters--four men and four women--got together in Charleston, S.C., on April 23 to tape the show.
Olympic champion Tara Lipinski is the drawing card, since this exhibition marks her pro debut. Also skating are former gold medalists Katarina Witt of Germany, Oksana Baiul of Ukraine, and three-time world silver medalist Surya Bonaly of France. The men's field is made up of 1992 Olympic gold medalist Victor Petrenko, four-time world champion Kurt Browning, 1996 European champion Viacheslav Zagorodniuk and two-time U.S. bronze medalist Scott Williams.
Each skater goes through two routines, accompanied by rock 'n' roll. The four men skate, then the four women, then the rotation is repeated.