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Archive for January, 2008

I’m Running a Survey About Skating Music

I'm currently running a survey about figure skating music for a personal project. If you're a skater or a coach, I'd love it if you'd take two minutes to complete my survey. As an incentive, I'm giving away an iPod Shuffle to one lucky survey respondent. You can find the survey here. Thanks very much! 

Kudos to Skate Canada

I’ll admit that I haven’t always been Skate Canada’s biggest fan. Back in the day when it was called the Canadian Figure Skating Association and I was a member skater, the organization often seemed disorganized and ineffective. While it continues to make some odd personnel and administrative decisions, I have to commend Skate Canada on [...]

Sale and Pelletier Inducted into the Skating Hall of Fame

At Canadians last week I was lucky to be in the audience when Skate Canada honoured Jamie Sale and David Pelletier by inducting them into the Figure Skating Hall of Fame. The crowd was in tears watching the emotional Sale and Pelletier re-live their magnificent but controversial career on the big screen. They are spectacular [...]

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 [...]

Dube and Davison Get a Gift

Salt Lake City gave us the new scoring system–of which I fully¬† approve–but, there’s still plenty of politics in figure skating. In the women’s short, Cynthia Phaneuf put down a lovely but imperfect program, downgrading her triple flip to a single. She still found herself sitting in fourth place at the end of the event, [...]

Why I Love Canadians

Two days into the senior competition at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver and I dig this competition more than ever. Maybe it's because Canadians was my ultimate goal as a skater, or perhaps it's because most of the skaters at this competition are experiencing their career highs this week. The intensity and excitement [...]