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NBC’s ‘Skate for the Heart’

American Heart Association to deliver heart-healthy message on January 16th TV special

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – For the third straight year, NBC will dedicate its “Skate for the Heart” broadcast to the topic of heart disease and feature the American Heart Association. The broadcast airs Sunday, January 16th, 3:00pm-5:00pm CST on WSMV Channel 4, just before the start of American Heart Month in February.

Hosted by Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming, “Skate for the Heart” links the passion of the Olympic spirit with the message of living a heart-healthy life. Fleming has seen the devastation this disease can cause. Her father died of a heart attack one week before she won the gold medal in 1968. She also recently lost her sister to heart disease.

2010 Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette also appears in Sunday’s broadcast. Rochette will always be remembered for her courage performing at the games in Vancouver right after her mother’s death from a heart attack.

Fleming and Rochette will be joined by world-class skaters including 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen, three-time U.S. National Champion Johnny Weir, and 2010 U.S. National Champions Rachael Flatt and Jeremy Abbott.

Musical guests include a capella singing sensation Straight No Chaser, and popular American Idol singers Ruben Studdard and David Archuleta.


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