Olympic Medalist, National Champion pair up for “I Love Lucy” tribute during national broadcast Sunday
JAMESTOWN, NY – January 1, 2014 – One of the most decorated female gymnasts in U.S. history, Nastia Liukin, and national champion male figure skater Ryan Bradley have paired up to perform as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in this Sunday’s broadcast of the Progressive™ Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular (NBC Sports, 1pm-3pm EST).
The show, taped in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, New York on December 14, also briefly features the two athletes getting “outfitted” at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum.
The entire star-studded cast from the skating and gymnastics show toured the attraction, which features I Love Lucy set replicas, seven Emmy Awards and a re-creation of Ricky Ricardo’s famous Tropicana night club.
“It was very cool to see one of the most decorated American female gymnasts in history pay tribute to one of the most decorated American television actresses in history,” said museum director Journey Gunderson of the performance.
The pair performs a series of gymnastic and skating maneuvers to a recording of the I Love Lucy theme song sung by Desi Arnaz, and the number culminates with simultaneous back flips.
“While touring the museum Bradley called out, ‘Lucy, I’m home!’ from the iconic living room set and the accent was spot-on,” said Gunderson.
I Love Lucy originally aired from 1951-1957 and recently had 8.7 million viewers tune-in to the CBS airing of its colorized Christmas special, December 20. In 2012, I Love Lucy was also named “Best TV Sitcom” and “Best TV Show” of all-time in a poll conducted by People magazine and ABC 20/20. In 2013, Lucy and Ethel’s famous conveyer-belt candy-wrapping won an NBC poll of “TV’s funniest scenes”.
The Progressive™ Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular includes performances by Olympic medalists, world champions, Disney Channel stars and recent American Idol winner Candice Glover.
Tune-in alert with detailed list of cast and hosts included below.
When: Sunday, January 5, 2014
What: Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular
Where: NBC Sports (check your local listings)
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Skaters: Elvis Stojko, Joannie Rochette, Kurt Browning, Max Aaron, Ryan Bradley, Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir
Gymnasts: Nastia Liukin, Catalina Ponor, Jordyn Wieber, Beth Tweddle, John Orozco, Steve Legendre, Brandon Wynn, Paul Ruggeri III
Skating & Gymnastics: Beth Tweddle & Daniel Whiston
Musical Guest Artists: Candice Glover, Coco Jones & Lucas Grabeel
Hosts: Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Kristi Yamaguchi & Michael Weiss
Location Taping: Jamestown Savings Bank Arena – Jamestown, NY