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Are Figure Skating Costumes Really That Bad?

Every Olympics I get all kinds of tweets, emails and texts from friends reeling from some pretty terrible figure skating costumes. Believe me, I know they exist. There are numerous blogs, like this Tumblr Skating Fugly, dedicated to gross get-ups. But, let’s be honest. Not every Olympic sport wins when it comes to costuming and [...]

World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France

The countdown is on… three weeks till the World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France. I’ll be at the final events for the mens, womens and pairs competitions and will report back. In the meantime, I’m going out on a limb and making predictions. Here goes! Dance: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. These two are [...]

Favourite Moments from Moscow

I’m eating my words from earlier in the season when a rough start at Skate Canada seemed to herald a lackluster 2010-2011 skating year. The standard of performance at last week’s World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow was elite. The number of clean programs and strong technical achievements made it a week to remember. Here [...]

Yep, It’s Four Years Till Sochi

Regular readers will have noticed my lack of enthusiasm for the beginning of this year’s figure skating season. I was ready for it all to begin in September, but was reminded watching Skate Canada and Skate America that it is indeed four years till Sochi. That means many new, young faces and the start of [...]

The Best Skate in LA this Weekend

This weekend, some of the best figure skaters of the last decade perform in “2010 All That Skate LA”, an exhibition performance featuring some of the world’s most popular skaters including Yu Na Kim, Michelle Kwan, Stephane Lambiel and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. I received a press release about this event that included some [...]

Battle of the Blades. Once More, With Feeling.

A new skating season begins with “Battle of the Blades” tonight. It’s kind of a funny way for a figure skating fan to kick-off the 2010-2011 season, but after a skating-free summer I’m ready for the skating to begin, even if it is with old timer hockey stars. Sure, the show is fun. But, I [...]

Skate for a Good Cause in Richmond this Weekend

Feeling motivated to get on the ice and strut your stuff after watching Olympic and World figure skating competitions? On Sunday, April 11th at 12:30 pm head over to the Richmond Ice Center for a free family skate and a good cause. The annual “Skate for Scleroderma” raises awareness of Scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease [...]

Olympians Hard at Work

On Monday I attended an Olympic figure skating practice at Pacific Coliseum. The men prepared for the short program event and the pairs got in their last practice before the free skate. When you’re at ice level, the athletes’ speed and power is spectacular! Here are some photos from the event:

Canadian Team Primed for 2010

Apologies for the very late posting on my thoughts on Worlds! For what it’s worth, here’s my two cents: What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate The pairs event was a tough way to start the competition for the Canadian team. But, I think Dube and Davison’s mediocre showing was a much-needed reality [...]

Get the Skating Bug

At the Four Continents Championship in Vancouver last month I saw the ‘Skate Bug’ for the first time. It’s a radio device that connects listeners with live event commentary. One part fits in your ear; the other part is hand held. With the Skate Bug, listeners can get real-time event commentary–even more detailed than those [...]