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Jo Ann Schneider Farris

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Do a Dip On Figure Skates

Sunday May 18, 2014

Do a Dip On Figure Skates

Doing dips on ice skates is fun and easy and will also boost a new figure skater's confidence.  ...read more

Do a Dip On Figure Skates - Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris

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About 1972 Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist Karen Magnussen

Friday May 16, 2014

Karen Magnussen - 1972 Olympic Silver Medalist and 1973 World Figure Skating Champion

When I was a child, I had the privilege of training in Squaw Valley, California every summer with Canadian figure skating champion Karen Magnussen. She was so nice!  Magnussen went on to win a silver medal in 1972 at the Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan and in 1973, she won the world figure skating title.

I was very, very sad to hear that her skating coaching career ended abruptly in 2011 after she was blasted in the face with ammonia just before she began teaching her early morning lessons at the North Shore Winter Club in Vancouver.

Karen Magnussen is the only Canadian woman to win the world figure skating title besides Petra Burka, who won the title in 1965. In addition, North Vancouver's Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre, named after her, is a multi-recreational complex which includes a wave pool, a whirlpool and steam room, an ice arena, a weight room, a preschool room, two tennis courts, a lacrosse box and an outdoor skateboard park.

Karen Magnussen: 1972 Olympic Silver Medalist and 1973 World Figure Skating Champion - Photo by Jerry Cooke/Getty Images

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The Olympic Champion Who May Have Been Responsible for Taking Figures Out of Skating

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Trixi Schuba - 1972 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

In 1990, compulsory figures were taken completely out of international figure skating competitions. Some people say that Trixi Schuba's Olympic figure skating win in 1972 began the movement to eliminate compulsory figures from figure skating. ...read more

Trixi Schuba: 1972 Olympic Figure Skating Champion - Photo by Imagno/Contributor/Getty Images

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Back Wiggles On Figure Skates Are Fun!

Monday May 12, 2014

Back Wiggles On Figure Skates

Recently, I "attempted" to teach Israeli Dancing on ice skates.  I discovered that back wiggling on skates added a fun dimension to that project!  Almost all new ice skaters can usually do a short back wiggle on the ice. ...read more

Do Back Wiggles On Ice Skates - Video Snip by JO ANN Schneider Farris

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Popping Figure Skating Jumps - Don't Do It!

Thursday May 8, 2014

A Figure Skater Pops a Jump

Popping a jump at a figure skating competition is one of the worst things a skater can do. Falling gets more points than popping. ...read more

A Figure Skater Pops a Jump  - Photo by MCT/Getty Images

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Tips On How to Deal With Losing a Figure Skating Jump

Monday May 5, 2014

A Skater Falls On an Olympic Level Figure Skating Jump

Every figure skater, especially those working on Axels and double, triple, or quadruple  jumps, will experience the frustration of "losing a jump."  ...read more

A Skater Falls On an Olympic Level Figure Skating Jump  - Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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How Figure Skaters Can Strengthen Their Legs and Muscles For the Sit Spin

Thursday May 1, 2014

Ryan Jahnke does an above average sit spin position.

Those new to figure skating may need to do some leg and core exercises on the ice and off the ice as they work towards mastering the sit spin...read more

Ryan Jahnke does an above average sit spin position.  - Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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Video of The Snow Queen: A Skating Ballet 1982

Thursday April 24, 2014

The Snow Queen: A Skating Ballet 1982

The 1982 production, The Snow Queen: A Skating Ballet, is and was a beautiful and timeless classic.  Some of the skaters in the production include Olympic figure skating champion John Curry and Olympic bronze medalist Janet Lynn.

In my opinion, there's nothing like high quality figure skating put onto the ice in a ballet style format. The Snow Queen ice ballet contains beautiful edges, jumps, spins, lifts, spirals, and creative choreography.

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A Poem by US Intermediate Men's Champion Kellen Johnson

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Kellen Johnson

Kellen Johnson is the 2014 US Intermediate Men's Figure Skating Champion. He is passionate about figure skating and his passion for the sport shows up in everything he does.

Recently, Johnson was asked to write a poem for a school project and decided to write about his love of figure skating. Kellen's poem describes the joy ice skating brings to every figure skater's life, so I asked his parents and coach, Tom Zakrajsek, for permission to share it with my About.com Figure Skating readers. I've given the poem a Five Star rating. Read it, enjoy, and write your own poem about skating!

Kellen Johnson  - Photo Courtesy Ilona Vijnik

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Have Fun at the Skating Rink

Sunday April 13, 2014

Have Fun Ice Skating

Don't ever forget that ice skating is fun! ...read more

Have Fun Ice Skating  - Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris

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