Sonja Henie's famous ice skating movies made figure skating popular. Since then, several figure skating movies have been made which continue to increase interest in the sport.
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The movie "Blades of Glory" is a parody about the world of competitive figure skating. It is about two single male figure skaters and rivals, Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder), who become pair skating partners after they are banned from competing in single men's figure skating competitions for life. They are banned after they get in a horrible fight, right on the podium, when they have to share World WinterSport Games gold medals after they tie. Three and a half years later, they team up together as a pair after they find out that they are not banned from competing in pair skating. They become a really good pair team and they work hard to win a gold medal in the World WinterSport Games.
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"Ice Dreams" is a Hallmark Channel original television movie that was released in January of 2010. It is about a former champion skater and Olympic contender who returns to the ice to coach a talented teenage girl.
This is a Disney movie about a teenage girl who is a physics genius. In order to win a scholarship to Harvard, she works on developing a special formula to make figure skating moves better. She learns how to skate in the process and becomes a figure skating champion. Famous figure skaters Michelle Kwan
and Brian Boitano
make special guest appearances in this movie.
This movie was made in 1979. Its cast includes Robby Benson, Colleen Dewhurst, and Tom Skerritt. Lynn-Holly Johnson
, who was a beautiful and talented skater and actress in the 1970s, plays a young and talented teen from Iowa who is discovered by a top skating coach. She gets a chance to go to Colorado to be trained to become an Olympic champion. She gets injured and becomes blind shortly after becoming successful at skating, but returns to compete and skate again.
"Ice Castles 2010" is a remake of the 1978 Oscar-nominated movie "Ice Castles". The story clearly shows that a person can recover and go on after a tragedy.
This movie was made for television in 1979. Jimmy McNicol, the brother of the child star Christy McNicol, plays a hockey player that becomes a figure skater. He is paired up with actress Joy Leduc who plays a young single skater that must consider pairs since she is not making it in that branch of figure skating. The two become friends and fall in love as they train. Then, McNicol is killed in a plane crash, but Leduc somehow perseveres and skates again in singles. The movie ends on a happy note.
During the 1988 Winter Olympics, an ice hockey player has his professional career cut short after an accident. He is then recruited by a Russian figure skating coach to skate pairs with a very spoiled and rich figure skater. At first, they don't get along, but eventually they become a very good pair team and make it to the 1992 Olympics and fall in love.
This is the sequel to THE CUTTING EDGE (1991). Christy Carlson Romano stars as the daughter of the original movie's pair. She is a single skater and is injured. The injury means that she is not able to do the many triple jumps required for singles, but she is able to do pair skating. She interviews many partners and an in-line stunt skater is the best choice. At first they don't like eachother, but as time goes on they become an amazing pair skating team and fall in love.
This is the third Cutting Edge movie, and was made for TV in 2008. This time around, the hockey player that becomes a pair skater is a girl. Christy Carlson Romano, who starred in Cutting Edge 2, plays Jackie Dorsey, a former single and pair skater who is the coach that believes in the boy figure skater and the girl hockey player. She takes them to the top.