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So, Do You Think Emanuel Sandhu Can Dance?

It wasn’t until I was flipping through the channels one evening and saw Emanuel Sandhu standing on an empty stage that I realized he was a competitor on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Now, deep into the competition he’s in the “final flight” and has a chance to win the title. It’s familiar [...]

CBC.ca Streaming a Welcome Addition to Skating Coverage

Last year I complained vehemently about the lack of figure skating coverage on the CBC. I’m delighted to say that this year the CBC is doing a wicked job. The Skate Canada Grand Prix coverage was dreamy and I was delighted to be able to view the Trophee Eric Bompard Cachemire on the CBC website. [...]

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 [...]

Why Do Sports Reporters Dislike Figure Skating?

I know, I know, there are lots of reasons to be down on figure skating. There's all that dodgy scoring, diva personalities and crazy costumes. Plus, it's hard to learn how to identify all those jumps. But, the coverage in the Vancouver Sun this weekend has been a real downer. For starters, they they printed [...]

Bourne and Kraatz, Together Again?

I was pleased to hear that Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz would be appearing together again as the co-chairs of the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver in January. It must have been a bitter parting when Kraatz announced his retirement immediately after the dance pair won the 2003 World Championships. No one seemed more [...]

Welcome Back News Round-up

Welcome back! It's been a restful summer break from the skating world, but it's time to lace up the boots for another season. Just in case you missed some of the news from summer, here's a quick roundup: * Yaguden says he wants to return to the competitive ranks* World Ice Dancing champion faces charges [...]

Oh the Cheese!

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I enjoy pretty much everything about figure skating–the melding of art and sport, the pursuit for perfection, and the venue it provides for self expression. There is one thing though that I just can't endorse, the cheese. No wonder skating has the goofy reputation it does. These two [...]

Let the Season Begin!

The break is over. And what an intriguing start to the BC skating season. Here’s some of the news: After being described in print as, “God’s reward to Joanne McLeod for the frustration of coaching Emanuel Sandhu,” it seems McLeod wasn’t down with not being in charge of every aspect of the young Leung’s training. [...]