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What Happened to Mira Leung?

This is a question that came in from a reader and one that I asked myself during the Canadian Figure Skating Championships earlier this year. What happened to Mira Leung? Canadian figure skating fans will remember that Mira was touted as the country’s next big talent when she rose to fame after she began landing [...]

Yu-Na Kim Makes Some Off-Season Cash

Did you know that Yu-Na Kim was the second highest earning athlete at the 2010 Olympics? She made more than 8 million dollars last year in product endorsements. And that was before she was Olympic champion! Yu-Na has been hard at it, endorsing everything from mascara to smoothie drinks to air conditioning units. Brian Orser [...]

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 [...]

Innovation From, Uh, Mexico

Day two of Four Continents and I’m giddy! I’ve seen some splendid skating thus far. Highlights include Dube and Davison’s free skate and Cynthia Phaneuf and Patrick Chan’s short programs. More to come on this later. Midway through the women’s short, two Mexican skaters performed one after the other, Ana Cecilia Cantu and Michele Cantu. [...]

Pretty Good Predictions, If I Do Say So Myself

I hope Canadian skating fans enjoyed nationals as much as I did! I was a bit hesitant to write predictions, but I did quite well if I do say so myself. Patrick Chan was indeed up for the task and, as Kurt Browning remarked, “attacked” both programs confidently. This is a great showing for a [...]

My Take: Bourne and Nichol Inspire Rochette

Joannie Rochette was more than 13 points ahead of Mao Asada when she won the Trophée Eric Bompard Cachemire competition last weekend. More than 13 points ahead of a world champion. That must be music to the ears of the Canadian champ from Île-Dupas, Quebec, who looks like a different woman on the ice this [...]

Skate Canada Men’s Long — Live

I’m live blogging the Men’s long program from Skate Canada this afternoon, just for fun. I’m offering up some technical assessment along with some general thoughts on the programs. Brandon Morz, USA First attempt at the quad in competition, very close. That costume is ridiculous. Plenty of touching down on his jumps. Only 17 and [...]

Talkin’ Bout a Revolution in Ice Dance

Yesterday my husband was reviewing his music collection and played a few tunes I hadn’t heard in a long time. One was “Revolution” by The Beatles. I was immediately reminded of the mind blowing “Revolution” dance piece by Torvill and Dean, first performed in 1989. I’ve always loved this piece and remember how very surprising [...]

A Round-Up of Off-Season Skating News

I know, I know… I’ve been a terrible blogger of late. In my defense, it is the summer. But, that doesn’t mean nothing is happening in the big bad figure skating world. Here’s a rundown of some rather gossipy off-season news: Lauzon and Dubreuil retire from ice dance after a remarkable 13-year career Kristi Yamaguchi [...]