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Get the Skating Bug

At the Four Continents Championship in Vancouver last month I saw the ‘Skate Bug’ for the first time. It’s a radio device that connects listeners with live event commentary. One part fits in your ear; the other part is hand held. With the Skate Bug, listeners can get real-time event commentary–even more detailed than those [...]

Why is Figure Skating Prize Money Taboo?

The discussion of prize money at International Skating Union (ISU) competitions seems verboten. The spectators sitting beside me at Four Continents had no idea that any of the ISU events offered a cash prize; the TV commentators don’t bring it up; nor do the media report it in their articles. Why is figure skating prize [...]

Star Struck at Four Continents

I’ve got a confession to make. I get star struck around famous skaters. Not today’s superstars–I saw Joannie Rochette in the hallway and didn’t think much of it. No, I get silly around skaters who were phenoms when I was a young(ish) skater–Tracy Wilson, Kurt Browning and Shae-Lynn Bourne. I’d probably faint if I saw [...]

Innovation From, Uh, Mexico

Day two of Four Continents and I’m giddy! I’ve seen some splendid skating thus far. Highlights include Dube and Davison’s free skate and Cynthia Phaneuf and Patrick Chan’s short programs. More to come on this later. Midway through the women’s short, two Mexican skaters performed one after the other, Ana Cecilia Cantu and Michele Cantu. [...]

Get Four Continents 2009 Tickets Today

Being the 2010 Olympics host city sure has its benefits–if you can forget the construction nightmares and the Olympic news overdose. In preparation for the Games, all the Olympic venues must host a variety of events to ensure that they are ready to go for the big event. Last year we enjoyed the Canadian Figure [...]

Skate Canada Names Worlds and Four Continents Skaters

Skate Canada has named the World/Four Continents teams for 2007. The  team going to Worlds in Tokyo is as expected, but there are some changes to the group going to the Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs next month. Most notably, Mira Leung has opted out of Four Continents, so Cynthia Phaneuf will go in [...]