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Archive for December, 2007

How to Center a Spin

When I teach skating, one of the most popular questions is, “How do I center my spin?” It’s a difficult achievement but an important one. Here’s why. If you can center your spin, you won’t be nearly as dizzy as when you spin moving across the ice, also called ‘traveling’. Additionally, a centered spin turns [...]

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 [...]

Tis the Season for Skating (Don’t Miss It!)

I can’t find a patch of ice in Malta, which makes me especially sad this time of year. So please, all you folks who can, get to your local rink to enjoy the winter skating season! Thanks to Andrea Heistand for the pretty picture.