Video: Presidents race on ice skates in New York

Racing presidents on ice skatesFollowing Saturday’s racing president auditions, the Washington Nationals took to the road to bring the presidents to New York for their annual appearance at a New York Islanders Presidents Day hockey game at Nassau Coliseum.

Donning ice skates, the four presidents raced around the ice until George slammed Teddy into the visitor’s bench. Teddy retaliated by jumping from the bench into the other three presidents, knocking the entire field to the ice.

Washington was declared the winner. Full video:


Video: NHL Network

Video: 2012 Racing President Auditions

Nationals Presidents Race AuditionsPresidents Race AuditionsNationals Presidents Race AuditionsNationals Presidents Race Auditions2012 Presidents Race AuditionsYoung and old, male and female, a lucky few from every corner of the U.S. were invited to Nationals Park on Saturday for the sixth annual racing president auditions.

Nearly 300 people submitted applications for the coveted part-time summer positions. From that pool, only 57 received invitations to try out in person on Presidents Day weekend.

Incumbent presidents have no electoral advantage. Even veterans have to re-audition each year.

The extensive screening included panel interviews plus a range of skills tests which are done in-costume. “We are looking for people who are ready to have a good time,” said Nationals Entertainment Manager Tom Davis, but the day is also designed to weed out those who lack the speed, strength, and stamina to do it in a 45-pound costume.

“It’s like having a big hiking book bag on your back with a few cases of beer sitting on your shoulders,” said one contestant from Bethesda.

Applicants took turns donning the giant costumes, then completing a 40-yard dash followed by two back-to-back presidents races. Candidates were then immediately asked to show off their dance moves and strike a victory pose.

Participants got to choose which costume they wanted to wear, with a notable exception. Teddy Roosevelt has never attended the annual auditions.

“Teddy takes a vacation every year right around presidents day weekend,” said Davis. “I got a postcard from Teddy in Barbados.”

In keeping with tradition, the racing presidents packed up and hit the road to New York, where they will appear Monday during the annual New York Islanders Presidents Day hockey game at Nassau Coliseum.

The presidents will then go into hiatus as the newest batch of presidents prepare for opening day.

Full video report below.

Thanks to espnW’s Amanda Rykoff for sharing her footage of Abe’s tumble. Check out Amanda’s report from inside the George Washington costume at Saturday’s auditions.

Video: Presidents race on ice skates in New York

The Washington Nationals racing presidents continued a Presidents Day holiday tradition on Monday by appearing for the third consecutive year at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum and conducting a race on ice skates between periods at a New York Islanders hockey game.

With the Florida Panthers in town, Fox Sports Florida captured the following video highlights in which Teddy
Roosevelt jumped from the stands onto the ice to take out George Washington between the first and second periods.

The Nationals mascot team used the occasion for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to debut the presidents’ new 2011 road gray and alternate blue uniforms.

Photo: Washington Nationals via Twitter

Video: The Nationals presidents race on ice

Washington-Nationals-Presidents-Race-on-Ice-Photo-NHL.com“You are about to witness history in the making,” intoned the Nassau Coliseum announcer as the Washington Nationals racing presidents made their second annual Presidents Day weekend appearance at a New York Islanders home game.

YouTube member Dcfd3694 caught this terrific video of the presidents racing on ice skates between periods of Sunday’s game. Highlights include this take down of Abe by Thomas Jefferson, and a vicious body slam by Teddy Roosevelt that sent George Washington into the boards. Teddy unfortunately slipped later, allowing George to pass him for the victory.

We’d been promised by the Nats that Teddy was practicing his pirhouettes and quadruple jumps last weekend, but apparently it all fell apart under the pressure of the moment.

Photo courtesy of NHL.com

Presidents race on ice skates with predictable results

The first presidents race of 2009 took place today in the most unlikely of places — New York’s Nassau Coliseum. Billed as “Kids Day” by the host New York Islanders of the National Hockey League, the Coliseum was host to mascots from around the country for today’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt hits the iceIt being Presidents Day, our own Nationals racing presidents made the trek up north to pose with fans for pre-game photos and autographs. The “main attraction” for Kids Day was saved for the second intermission, when George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy took to the ice for their first-ever presidents race on skates.

NHL.com has the full play-by-play of the race, plus a terrific photo gallery of all the day’s festivities. Of course, with hockey sticks in hand, it should surprise no one that Abe and Teddy scuffled, with Teddy getting knocked to the ice. Ouch.

Photo courtesy of NHL.com.

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