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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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Dick Button Gives His Thoughts on the State of Figure Skating

Monday April 7, 2014

Dick Button

Newsweek has recently published an article by figure skating legend Dick Button which addresses the current state of our sport. ...read more

Dick Button  - Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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Audition For Disney On Ice!

Sunday April 6, 2014

Audition for Disney On Ice

Last week, Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic came to my city. Not only did I enjoy the show very much, but I also got to observe a live audition! Eight high level and very talented figure skaters were invited to audition for the show's performance director, Mr. Cory Obst.  The skaters had so much fun!

Judy Thomas, Disney On Ice's Talent Director and Production Coordinator, was present.  After the audition ended (which took approximately two hours), I asked her for permission to share what went on with my About.com Figure Skating readers since I took extensive notes.   After she gave me the go-ahead, I put together a very detailed summary of what I saw.

It is my hope that the summary I've put together will help skaters interested in trying out for the show.  May your skating dreams come true!

Audition for Disney On Ice!  - Photo Courtesy Disney On Ice

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The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Saga Was Real (Not an April Fool's Day Joke)

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at the 1994 Winter Olympics

Just a little over twenty years ago, the Tonya and Nancy figure skating scandal really did happen.  The "plot" included a hit man, a get-away car, jealousy, mystery, stupidity, confessions, the FBI, anonymous letters to the press, and evidence found in a dumpster!   To help us remember, I've put together a step-by-step journey through that story. It seems like fiction (or perhaps an April Fool's Day joke), but is real, so enjoy "the show!" ...read more

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at the 1994 Winter Olympics - Photo by Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

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Summary of the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships

Tuesday April 1, 2014

2014 World Figure Skating Champions Mao Asada and Yuzuru Hanyu

Japan's figure skaters seemed to shine at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships which took place in their own country last week.  In addition, the event seemed to make it possible for some skaters who did not skate well at the Sochi Olympics to "redeem themselves" by showing the world what they could do. ...read more

World Figure Skating Champions Mao Asada (Ladies Champion 2014) and Yuzuru Hanyu (Men's Champion 2014) celebrate and skate in the Gala Exhibition at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan. - Photo by The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images

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Figure Skaters Terry Lawton and Elyse Labossiere Enjoy Skating With Disney On Ice

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Elyse Labossiere and Terry Lawton Are Nala and Simba In Disney On Ice's The Lion King

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel around the world to skate and perform with Disney On Ice?  Figure skaters Terry Lawton and Elyse Labossiere are living that dream, and  today, I spoke with them about their experiences in the show.  From what I can tell, there is nothing like skating with the "Happiest Ice Show On Earth!" ...read more

Elyse Labossiere and Terry Lawton Are Nala and Simba In Disney On Ice's The Lion King - Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images

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Most Olympic and World Figure Skating Champions Will Skip Worlds 2014

Saturday March 15, 2014

2010 Olympic Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Will Not Compete in the World Figure Skating Championships 2014

The World Figure Skating Championships that follows an Olympic Winter Games always seems like a bit of a letdown after the excitement of Olympic figure skating events, but the coming world championships scheduled for Saitama, Japan from March 24 through 30, 2014, may see like an entirely different competition since several Olympic and world figure skating "greats" have announced that they will not be participating.

The only individual 2014 Olympic champion participating in the upcoming world championships is Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu who won the men's figure skating gold medal in Sochi. In addition, some of the figure skaters who were part of Russia's gold medal winning Olympic figure skating team event will compete in Japan.  Mao Asada of Japan, the 2010 ladies Olympic silver medalist and two-time world figure skating champion is also competing.

I wonder who the 2014 world figure skating champions will be?  Will the new champions be the new stars at the South Korea Olympics in 2018 or will there be an entirely new set of ice skating greats in four years?

Missing Olympic and World Figure Skating Champions for Worlds 2014:

2010 Olympic Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Will Not Compete in the World Figure Skating Championships 2014 - Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

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A Practice List for Beginning Figure Skaters

Wednesday March 12, 2014

Have Fun, Play Games, and Practice Ice Skating

Are you a beginning ice skater?  Are you taking group ice skating lessons?  Have you wondered what to practice when you go to public skating sessions between your lessons? I've come up with a list that will help.  Happy Skating!

Have Fun, Play Games, and Practice Ice Skating - Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris

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The Fabulous Ice Age Remembers the Golden Age of Skating Entertainment

Friday March 7, 2014

The Burling Triplets - Ice Capades of 1950

Once upon a time, audiences were entertained when Ice Capades, Holiday on Ice, Ice Follies, and other ice shows came to town. ...read more

The Burling Triplets: Ice Capades of 1950 - Fred Ramage: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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What Is the Difference Between Olympic Pair Skating and Olympic Ice Dancing?

Sunday March 2, 2014

Meryl Davis and Charlie White 2014 Olympic Ice Dance Champion

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

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