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
Don't ever forget that ice skating is fun! ...read more
Have Fun Ice Skating - Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris
- Summary of "What Went Wrong With Figure Skating" - An Article by Ice Skating Legend Dick Button Featured by Newsweek on March 31, 2014
Dick Button - Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
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!
- What Goes On At a Disney On Ice Audition
- How Figure Skaters Can Prepare to Audition for Disney On Ice
Audition for Disney On Ice! - Photo Courtesy Disney On Ice
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
- A Step-By-Step Tour Through the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Saga
- Review of ESPN's "The Price of Gold" - The Story of the Tonya and Nancy Figure Skating Saga
Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at the 1994 Winter Olympics - Photo by Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT/Getty Images
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 Championships 2014: Results and Summary
- Yuzuru Hanyu - Olympic, World, and Japanese Figure Skating Champion
- Mao Asada - Olympic Silver Medalist & World and Japanese Figure Skating Champion
- A List of Ice Skaters From Japan Who Have Done Great Things
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
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
- An Interview With Disney On Ice's Simba and Nala: Terry Lawton and Elyse Labossiere
- How Figure Skaters Can Prepare to Audition for Disney On Ice
- Review of Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic
Elyse Labossiere and Terry Lawton Are Nala and Simba In Disney On Ice's The Lion King - Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images
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:
- Adelina Sotnikova - 2014 Olympic Ladies Figure Skating Champion
- Meryl Davis and Charlie White - 2014 Olympic Ice Dance Champions
- Patrick Chan - 2011, 2012, 2013 World Figure Skating Champion and 2014 Olympic Silver Medalist
- Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - 2010 Olympic Ice Dance Champions
- Yuna Kim - 2010 Olympic Ladies Figure Skating Champion
- Tatyana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov - 2014 Olympic Pair Skating Champions
- Evgeni Plushenko - 2014 Olympic Team Event Figure Skating Champion, 2006 Men's Olympic Figure Skating Champion, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist
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
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!
- Beginning Ice Skater's Practice Plan
- A Guide For New Ice Skaters - All About Ice Skating Lessons and Practice
- How to Teach Beginning Group Tot Figure Skating Lessons
Have Fun, Play Games, and Practice Ice Skating - Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris
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 Fabulous Ice Age - An Ice Skating Documentary Review
- The Fabulous Ice Age Documentary Promotional Trailer
The Burling Triplets: Ice Capades of 1950 - Fred Ramage: Hulton Archive/Getty Images