LANSING, Mich.-The Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) is pleased to announce that the Greater Lansing ice sports community has recently been awarded two premier national events; The 2012 US Junior Figure Skating Championships and the 2012 USA Hockey Tier II 18 & under National

Both of these prestigious national ice sports tournaments are first-time events for Greater Lansing and were most recently held in cities like Lake Placid, New York and Salt Lake City, Utah. The figure skating event will be held in December, 2011 and the hockey tournament is set for April, 2012. The headquarters for the event will be Suburban Ice East Lansing.

"These are truly premium sports events for the region and for the governing bodies to select Greater Lansing after previously having these events in major tier one cities, is really saying a lot," said Mike Price, Director of the GLSA. "Getting these events for the Greater Lansing area really speaks to the strength of our local ice sports community and a lot of great partnerships."

Several Greater Lansing sports entities worked together to help secure the two events, including the Lansing Skating Club, the Greater Lansing Area Hockey Association (GLAHA), Suburban Ice East Lansing and the Greater Lansing Sports Authority.

The 2012 USA Hockey Tier II 18 & under National Championships will bring in 48 teams from across the country for an average six-night stay in Greater Lansing. The 2012 US Junior Figure Skating Championships will bring the top 400 juvenile and intermediate level figure skaters in the country to the region for up to six days of competition and exploration of Michigan's Capital City.

For more information about either of these events, contact Mike Price or Meghan Carmody with the GLSA at 517-377-1411.

The Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA) is a division of the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau. The GLSA's mission is to be the leading voice of sports tourism in the Greater Lansing area and to promote economic growth by attracting a diverse range of sporting events to the region. The GLSA will strive to enhance the quality of life for area residents through the development of local sports and fitness programs for all ages, and to support the continued development and maintenance of safe, high-quality athletic facilities.