Local ice rink celebrating start of the Olympics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A popular Jacksonville ice rink is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

On Friday evening, the Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex is hosting a watching party for the opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia.

It is free and open to the public starting at 6 p.m. The ice rink is located at 3605 Philips Highway, and can be reached at (904) 399-3223.

Four projector screens will display the opening ceremonies live starting at 7:30 p.m. Then, at 9:45 p.m., skaters will recreate the famous "Miracle on Ice" from the 1980 winter games.

You will also have a chance to see Danielle Logano from North Carolina.

She is a well-known ice skater who performs with fire.

Logano told First Coast News it's a talent she picked up after having two hip surgeries. She said she needed a way to continue to skate.

"I couldn't jump anymore, so I figured this is a way for me to stay active," she said.

As for special precautions, Logano said she does have to be very careful.

She said, "No hairspray. And you want to have water and your hair tied back."

Those wishing to skate at the viewing party will have to pay $5.

The Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex is home to the largest "learn to skate" program in the southeast. You can learn more here.

It's also planning on holding a viewing party for the closing ceremonies on February 23.


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