It is obvious that both pair skating and ice dancing require excellent figure skating skills and athleticism, but what is the difference? ...read more
Meryl Davis and Charlie White 2014 Olympic Ice Dance Champions - Getty Images
Russia seemed to reign in the figure skating events in Sochi since the nation won three out of the five Olympic figure skating gold medals, but the USA won its first ever ice dancing gold and Japan earned its first Olympic gold medal in men's figure skating...read more
Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 - Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
When US figure skater Ashley Wagner saw her score after she completed her short program in the 2014 Olympic figure skating team event, she was shocked and disappointed. After that, the media began to take note of her facial expressions. Years from now, the world will remember 2014 Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner for the faces she made in Sochi!
The Ashley Wagner Photo That Began It All - Photo by Pool/Getty Images
In honor of Olympic figure skating and to celebrate the 2014 Olympic Winter Games which took place in Sochi, Russia, I had the honor of teaching SOCO CW Star Matthew Wessler how to figure skate. Twenty-five year old Matthew is very talented by the way!
In one private skating lesson with me, he learned several figure skating basics including forward stroking, beginning backward skating, stopping, bunny hops, two foot spins, spirals, shoot-the-ducks, and he even did a waltz jump while holding on to the rail. He then put together a very original figure skating performance!
Matthew's "performance" aired on Colorado Springs local morning Fox 21 News on Friday, February 21, 2014. ...watch video
SOCO CW Star Matthew Wessler Learns to Figure Skate - Photo by Amy Wise