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It’s That Time of Year Again… Predictions for Nationals

The Canadian Figure Skating Championships are on this week in Saskatoon and I’m going out on a limb and making some predictions. 1. Patrick Chan will have a very different Canadians this year. Defending a title comes with a lot of pressure. I’m confident that he’s up for the task, but he will have to [...]

We’re Making Some Changes Around Here

As you may have noticed, I’m changing things up a bit here at Boot and Blade. Things should be back to normal in a few days. If you’ve subscribed to Boot and Blade via RSS, you’ll need to re-subscribe to the new feed. Sorry about the inconvenience. In the meantime, here’s a photo of Joannie [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

My Tickets for Canadians Arrived!

An advantage of living in Vancouver before the 2010 Olympics is that sports federations are bringing events to the city to test the facilities before the big event.  So, the 2008 Canadian Figure Skating Championships will be held at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from January 16-20. Some of you may already know this, but [...]

Canadians are BC Bound

Skate Canada announced today that the 2008 Canadian Championships will be held in Vancouver from January 16-20, 2008. That's great news for this skating-crazy city. The event will be held in the Pacific Coliseum, which makes sense since the coliseum is also the 2010 figure skating venue. I'll be sure to post when tickets go [...]