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2014 European Figure Skating Championships, Budapest

Last month, I had the chance to take in in the European Figure Skating Championships in Budapest. It was real sneak peek for the Olympic Games. The women’s event was was one the best I’ve seen with every skater in the last flight performing almost flawlessly. Here are some pics from the competition and the [...]

Disco Skating in France

I brought my skates all the way to France in the hope of getting a few skates in while I’m here. We did well just before Christmas and went skating twice in one week. We being my friend of almost 30 years who I first met at BC Sectionals when we were both about 10. [...]

It’s a Matter of Taste

With the “new” point system in play, choreography takes on a critical role in figure skating. It’s more important than ever that the music, costume and theme weave together for a cohesive performance. We were treated to some standout examples of this at Worlds last week. Yuzuru Hanyu from Japan brought the vulnerability, innocence and [...]

Pics from the World Figure Skating Championships in Nice

I spent this past weekend in Nice, France with a good friend taking in the Pairs, Men and Ladies’ free programs. What an incredible time we had! We had high expectations for the competitors and the city, and both delivered. Here are some of my favourite moments. You can view the rest of my photos [...]

Does Figure Skating Need More Cool?

Having secured my tickets for Worlds in Nice, France this year I’ve been watching the start of the Grand Prix with extra enthusiasm. It’ a treat to see what’s in store for the year to come. I enjoyed the return to classical music and quintessential, beautiful lines at Skate America and Skate Canada. But, as [...]

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 [...]

Sponsorship Gone Wrong

I spent three days at Save-On-Foods Centre in Victoria last week taking in the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. It was a well organized and thoroughly enjoyable event. With one exception. The title sponsor, BMO Financial Group, was given too much freedom to brand the event as its own. As a marketer and conference organizer, I [...]

Elegance Reigned at Canadian Championships

This year’s Canadian Figure Skating Championships featured a return to classical music, elegance and traditional skating elements. As a spectator, it was a pleasure to see some classic elements done so well. We enjoyed incredible spiral positions, exquisite spins and well practiced, detailed arm and head movements. The days of just skating around and jumping [...]

World Championship Reporting on Pause

For those of you looking to BootandBlade.com for analysis of Worlds (bless you!), it will be a little late coming. I’m on a much-needed holiday this week and am hoping to make it back to my PVR chock-a-block full of World’s coverage before hearing the results, and blogging about them. So, if you can wait [...]

Reporting from Vancouver…

During the Olympics I got the chance to chat with some local and international media about the figure skating events, the outcomes and the sport’s appeal. I made some predictions about the Ladies event on the Global TV’s morning show and chatted with Lisa Christiansen on CBC 3′s “Appetite for Distraction” about my favourite Olympic [...]