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Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays 2009


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Velocity Challenge - Post Event

This post is long overdue!

Performers at the Velocity Challenge Exhibition

The 2nd Velocity Challenge went well, and the participants seemed to have a good time. Competition was on Saturday (28 Nov) and a series of 3 performances on Sunday (29 Nov). The skaters drew crowds to the side of the rink, and also to the 2nd & 3rd floors.

My students did not disappoint - they all put in their best at the competition. Congratulations to all of you... I am proud of you :-)


I didn't have much time to take any photos - forget the fact that I didn't even bring my camera. However, my niece took the following video of my performance on Sunday. She was on the 2nd floor, behind the backdrop, so the angle is kinda interesting... There was also lots of background noise, so it is almost impossible to hear the music!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

2010 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition

The 2010 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition will be held in Oberstdorf, Germany on 19-23 May, 2010.

Events include Free Skating, Pairs Skating, Ice Dance (Compulsory Dance, Original Dance & Free Dance), Synchronized Skating and Artistic.

In order to complete the competition by Saturday evening, the Draw Party has been tentatively scheduled on Wednesday afternoon, 19 May at 14:00 h. This means that the competition itself might start on Wednesday evening - so some people must be prepared to skate on Wednesday evening. The final schedule should be available by mid-April.

Event website

Announcement

Dolomiti Ice Skating Trophy 2010

The inaugural Dolomiti Ice Skating Trophy will be held in Canazei, Italy from 3-4 April 2010. This is an adult figure skating competition, for age categories ranging from 18 (young adult) to 57 years and over.

Events include:
  • Free Skate - Solo and Pairs
  • Creative Skating Skills - Solo
  • Artistic Free Skate - Solo and Pairs
  • Dance - Solo and Pairs
  • Free Dance - Solo and Pairs
  • Original Dance - Solo and Pairs
  • With Categories Elite, Master, Master YA, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Pre Bronze.

    Event website: www.artisticofassa.it

    Download Announcement

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    New Zealand Adult Figure Skating Competition

    New Zealand Masters Games are held every year and every second year in Dunedin. The Games include numerous sports and fun events and attract over 8000 athletes. It is loads of fun as the adults take over the University Campus and behave like students dancing the nights away.

    To more serious things, when they are held in Dunedin, Ice Skating is included, and this year is the tenth such event. The Announcement has the details about the skating events, PPC and Entry are obvious. The NZMG need the Ice Figure Skating Voucher and the Registration on reg3 and 4, reg5 is info only.

    Everyone is welcome, think quickly as you need to register before Nov 30 to get the lowest rates. Double level registrations:
    Firstly with the Masters Games who require overall registration and Sports Voucher
    Secondly with the Dunedin Ice Skating Club

    The ice surface is Olympic 30 x 60 metres and 4 adjacent Curling sheets that will be in full use during the competition.

    Download Announcement, Information and Entry Forms

    Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    New boots, new blades

    Breaking in new boots -
    On Friday two weeks ago, I decided to mount my new blades on my new boots - Riedell 1500HLS and Gold Star blades. These have been sitting around for over a year now, as I just haven't been skating enough to warrant breaking a new pair of skates.

    Now, 2 weeks later, they feel mostly comfortable (though the boots still feel very very snug). I managed to put in one hour in them, without any blisters.

    However, having used Riedell Royals and Pattern99 blades for... over 8 years, this new combination is taking some getting used to. So, what is different?

    This blade rocks!!! Literally. It has more rocker just under the picks, making it harder to control (is that why my feet ache?) but spins are wonderful once I got the sweet spot. However, the "instability" has messed with the timing for my jumps, and thrown my Axel for a loop (forgive the pun).

    This blade rocks!!! Figuratively too. Jumps seem easier, spins are faster, and hey, I can now hold a backsit (and maybe I can finally get it lower). I suppose there's something to be said for high-level blades :-)

    Well, I'm still in the process of getting used to it all, but I suspect I will soon be abandoning my old skates...

    Wednesday, October 14, 2009

    Singapore Audition for Cirque on Ice

    Cirque on Ice is coming to Singapore in December, and they are looking for six female skaters to skate in the show! On Tuesday October 20, from 5 pm to 7 pm, the choreographer from Cirque on Ice will be in Singapore to see our local talent in action!

    Skaters interested to audition have to register by FRIDAY October 16th.

    Note that auditions are open to female skaters between 7 to 12 years of age. note that you must wear black leggings to the audition. You will be given a Cirque on Ice T-shirt to wear for the audition. You also will need to bring a passport-sized photo of yourself.

    Link to form & information

    Monday, October 12, 2009

    Adult International Competitions 2010 - save the dates

    The 12th Mountain Cup competition will be held 27-30 May 2010 in Villard-de-Lans, France.

    The ISU adult competition will be held once more in Oberstdorf/Germany in the week before the Mountain Cup.

    Friday, October 09, 2009

    Velocity Ice Skating Challenge - save the date!

    Velocity@Novena has invited four skating clubs—All Stars, Henry Park Primary School Ice Skating Club, IceSkating Association of Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Tropical Blades Ice Skating club—to partner the shopping mall in organising The 2nd Annual Velocity Ice Skating Challenge.

    The event will be produced as an interclub skating event, comprising a competition on November 28th and an exhibition on November 29th.

    Save the date and stay tuned for details!

    Friday, October 02, 2009

    Monday, August 17, 2009

    Michelle Kwan in 2009 Ice All Stars

    Michelle Kwan skated two exhibition programs at the 2009 Samsung Anycall-Hauzen Ice All Stars (2009-08-14 Seoul, South Korea).

    Carmina Burana:


    Winter Song:

    Article: Why Do Figure Skaters Spin Faster when They Pull Their Arms In?

    In a spin,
    a skater starts spinning in place on the ice with her arms extended. As she draws her arms inward, raising them above her head, she spins faster and faster without exerting any force. What causes her spin rate to increase if she is not adding energy from her muscles?
    Conservation of angular momentum
    means that the total angular momentum of a spinning object does not change unless a force acts on it. Decreasing the distance from the axis of rotation decreases the moment of inertia by the square of the change in distance, so cutting the distance in half decreases the moment of inertia by a factor of four. If the moment of inertia decreases but the angular momentum stays constant, the rate of rotation must increase. As the skater brings her arms in, she spins faster and faster, going from about 2 rotations per second to 10 or more rotations per second.
    ~ Quoted from Associated Content

    Of course knowing the science behind it doesn't necessarily make you a better skater, but it gives you a better idea of why your coach tells you to do certain things!

    Thursday, August 06, 2009

    2010 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition -- SAVE THE DATE

    Save the date for the 2010 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition!

    May 20 - 23, 2010
    Oberstdorf, Germany

    Draw party Wed. night, May 19. Banquet Sat. night May 22.
    Sunday May 23 for Synchro Competition

    Announcement will be published in the Fall. Deadline for Entry will be April 1.

    And the Mountain Cup will again take place in Villard de Lans, France the next weekend with a training camp during the week between the 2 competitions.
    May 24-26 --- 3 day training camp
    May 27-29 -- competition

    Monday, August 03, 2009

    Kwan moves on with her life

    Michelle Kwan has announced that she will not compete during the 2009-10 season.
    Instead, she will begin graduate school at Tufts University's Fletcher School this fall, pursuing a master's degree in international affairs.

    The announcement on US Figure Skating:
    Nine-time U.S. Figure Skating Champion Michelle Kwan Announces She Will Not Compete in 2009-10 Season

    Hail and farewell, Michelle, a wider world awaits ~ from LA Times blogs, with a great story "Kwan Swan Song".

    Tuesday, July 28, 2009

    Figure Fencing -- changing the rules of the game

    Proposed by Isstvan:
    As you are well aware, the Winter Olympics never have as high a viewership as the summer games, partly because the sports are things that nobody cares about. The standard response seem to be combining different sports…biathalon, etc.

    So, I present…Figure Fencing, a combination of figure skating and fencing. Instead of the fencers being confined to a narrow strip, they can use the entire rink. And while a touch from a simple lunge would still be worth one point, you can increase the value by getting a touch as you come out of an axel, salchow, or camel.


    Source: Mental Floss

    Monday, July 20, 2009

    "What Would Brian Boitano Make?"

    Going from the ice to the oven, Brian Boitano is showing that he has culinary flair too! "What would Brian Boitano Make" is a new TV show scheduled to premier on August 23, 2009.

    About the Show:
    Everyone knows Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano is a champion on the ice, but he also gives a gold medal performance in the kitchen! In the new daytime series, What Would Brian Boitano Make?, Brian demonstrates his culinary skills and passion for one-of-a-kind entertaining. In every unpredictable episode, Brian hosts get-togethers at his San Francisco home. With a humorous and knowledgeable approach to cooking, Brian puts his unique spin on irresistible dishes like Chicken Paella Burgers, Pear and Almond Crostata, Crab and Avocado Crostini, and Bourbon Bacon Apple Tarts.


    More information on Food Network

    Wednesday, July 08, 2009

    Busted - Nicole Bobek charged with drug distribution

    Figure skater Nicole Bobek was arrested for allegedly being part of a drug ring that specialized in the distribution of methamphetamine.

    This isn't the first time that figure skater Nicole Bobek has been in trouble with the law, and she actually participated in the 1995 U.S. figure skating tournament while under a 2-year probation for a felony charge. Now some 14 years later, at the age of 31 years of age, Nicole Bobek is again finding herself in hot water for the alleged charge of drug distribution. The courts may not be as lenient this time around, as the charges she is facing carry with them a maximum sentence of up to 10 years if she is convicted.
    ~ taken from Figure Skater Nicole Bobek Arrested for Alleged Drug Ring

    In "Bobek, once a skating star, allegedly key player in drug ring", Philip Hersh wrote:
    The first I heard of her was in 1990, when Bobek, at age 12, stood the skating world on its head while winning the U.S. Olympic Festival. She attracted so much general attention George Steinbrenner began paying some of her training expenses.
    Now she needs somebody to post a $200,000 bond.

    Monday, July 06, 2009

    Back pain management

    Some years ago, I was dealing with lower back pain, and an X-ray showed that I had an "old fracture" in the spine. However that did not stop me from skating, and the problem seems to be under control right now. Today, I came across an article that bed rest is no longer the best option for back pain...

    Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for consulting a physician. Despite little supporting scientific evidence, bed rest was considered the primary treatment for low back pain from the late 19th century. What has changed now is how back pain is understood and managed.
    ~*~*~*~*~
    Given the extensive research done in recent years on back pain and rest, there is rising evidence to point towards avoidance of bed rest for the management of back pain. Advice on early, progressive activity, with no more than 2 days of bed rest, will serve as the current approach to the management of back pain.


    ~ Extracted from Bed Rest No Longer the Best Option for Back Pain by Cindy Tan

    Sunday, July 05, 2009

    Michelle Kwan - comeback?

    For the first time in three years, Michelle Kwan will be skating before an audience again in August. She will join Kim Yu-Na in the ice show, "Ice All Stars 2009", on 14-16 August at the Olympic Gymnastic Stadium in Seoul, Korea.

    Kwan to join Yu-Na in local ice show ~ Korea Times

    Kwan to go on ice tour ~ ESPN

    Michelle Kwan will skate in Seoul ice show, skating before audience for 1st time in 3 years ~Fox4

    Kwan to skate in show... for fun or a comeback? ~ LA Times

    Friday, July 03, 2009

    WIN tickets to Cinderella On Ice!!

    Singapore Ice Skating Association is having a Cinderella On Ice Contest - submit your entry for a chance to win a pair of tickets. Contest ends 31 July 2009.

    MasterCard holders who use their MasterCard this July to purchase SISTIC tickets have a chance to win a pair of tickets to Cinderella On Ice. There are 25 pairs of tickets to be won!

    Members of All Stars Figure Skating Club, Henry Park Primary School’s Ice Skating Club and Tropical Blades Ice Skating Club can also participate in the InterClub Quiz to win one of the 6 pairs of tickets up for grabs.

    Thursday, July 02, 2009

    Cinderella On Ice - by Imperial Ice Stars

    The Imperial Ice Stars will be at the Esplanade in Singapore from 28 August to 6 September 2009. Tickets are on sale at SISTIC.
    The world-famous Imperial Ice Stars, who wowed Singapore audiences and won international critical acclaim with their innovative portrayals of The Sleeping Beauty on Ice and Swan Lake on Ice, are set to thrill once more with a stunning new interpretation of Cinderella on Ice.

    In a novel twist on the classic tale, The Imperial Ice Stars tell the story of Cinderella, a humble chorus dancer who is thrust into the spotlight as a prima ballerina and captivates the Lord Mayor’s handsome son – the most eligible bachelor in town – with her graceful performance.

    This sophisticated production boasts lavish sets, opulent costumes, spectacular lighting and stunning special effects including flying, projection, fire and rain.
    The 25-strong cast of World, European and National Championship skaters will dazzle and enthrall you with their daring and skilful feats in a breathtaking display of world-class skating, performed in the intimacy of a frozen theatre stage.

    Brought to you by the producers of the sell-out seasons of The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, Cinderella on Ice is a truly spectacular and unique theatrical extravaganza not to be missed, and a show for all ages.
    ~ Quoted from the Esplanade events page

    Monday, June 29, 2009

    Three Russian skaters infected with H1N1

    3 Russian figure skaters found infected with A/H1N1 flu in Japan

    Xinhua news reports that three Russian figure skaters who are in Japan for an ice show are infected with the A/H1N1 virus. The report states that Shizuka Arakawa, Nobunari Oda and Miki Ando, are taking part in the show but have not been in close contact with the three Russian skaters.

    As a side note, I couldn't help but notice a typo in the first sentence of the news report which states that the Russians "have been confirmed infected with the new stain of influenza". It is also amusing that all other news sites reproduce the report as-is, along with the typo!

    Monday, June 15, 2009

    My baby spins

    My baby daughter is now 15 months, and yesterday, she showed me how she can spin... off-ice, of course! Here's the video:

    Wednesday, June 10, 2009

    Dune of Flanders Cup 2009 Announcement

    The Dune of Flanders Cup 2009 will be held 27-29 November 2009 at Dunkerque, France. I have uploaded the announcement here (zip file).

    Friday, May 29, 2009

    ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition 2009


    Back in Oberstdorf, with a baby in tow, it seemed like my skating had been stagnant these 2 years. Indeed, it has been challenging trying to get back the elements, and finding time to put together a good program.

    Nevertheless, what is different is that this year, the Singapore flag hangs over the rink here for the first time. And, for the first time, I find myself standing on the podium!

    I enjoyed skating my program this evening, despite a little trouble with two of my spins. I had gone on the ice having decided that I will do only what I can do. Though that meant giving up double jumps, it gave me a sense of security and allowed me to focus more on the presentation of my program rather than worrying about elements!

    Here's a video of my event (this was taken by DH on his mobile phone)


    Thanks to Axelle for putting me on the ice, my DH for supporting me, and everyone else who helped to watch my baby when DH and I were busy!

    Results from the ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition

    Monday, April 20, 2009

    My baby skates!

    On Sunday, we had a little "family outing" to the rink, and I decided to put my baby on the ice - at barely 14 months! I wonder, does that make her the youngest baby to be on the ice in skates?

    She protested a little when I first put the skates on her feet, and it took some time before I finally got both skates on.


    This is her first time, and she has only just started to walk (on the ground, that is!) for a month now. She is not very stable on the ice, but maybe one day soon... Here's a little video of her on the ice:

    Saturday, April 18, 2009

    Hollins Trophy pre-Announcement

    The 2009 Hollins Trophy will be held on 5 - 8 June 2009, in Canterbury, NSW, Australia. The pre-Announcement is now on the Sydney Ice Skating Club's website.

    For Singapore skaters:
    SISA has confirmed that this is a sanctioned competition that SISA members may compete in. Competitors will be representing their respective club at this competition, as it is an Inter-Club competition, it is not an International Competition. Skaters wishing to enter this competition must send their entry forms through SISA. Please contact SISA Administration Officer at administration@sisa.org.sg if you are interested.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    An analysis of my performance at Singapore and Malaysia Nationals

    It was quite interesting comparing my scores at the Singapore Nationals in Mar and the Malaysia Nationals in April. Here's a quick analysis (results sheet below)...

    Axel combination
    In both competitions, my opening 1A+1Lo+1T all became a +COMBO. *sigh* I really need to land my Axel clean, even if I am 1ft from the wall. What kind of choreography puts the Axel there anyway!?? Hopefully this program will fit better in a full size rink :-)

    Spiral sequence
    I was ultimately disappointed that my spiral sequence was only called as a Level 1 at the Singapore Nationals. However, having looked at the video, I realised that I really didn't hold any of the positions long enough to get any features.

    So, when I went to the Malaysia Nationals last weekend, I determined to hold my spirals for "long enough". However, my last spiral started to slip, and I had to let go. Though I wasn't that proud of the overall spiral sequence, I am pleased to see that it is now called as a level 3. (it is almost as if there is now some verification of the logic)

    Sit spin
    The plan was for a sit-backsit - after all, that would pick up more base points. However, my backsit isn't exactly the best, and with competition "stress" it really doesn't go low enough to be a sit at all! At the Singapore Nationals, I "chickened out" and did just the forward sit. At the Malaysia Nationals, I thought, why not attempt the change of foot.

    What happened? I picked up a couple of +1 GOE for my nice low simple forward sit spin at the Singapore Nationals, while the attempt at a not-good backsit at the Malaysia Nationals set me back with a -2 GOE! The final score for the sit spin with change of foot ended up lower than that for the plain ol' sit spin.

    This is such a classic example of "don't try to do too much, rather do what you can well". Trust me to have to put it to test!

    Overall
    The overall program felt terrible in both competitions, but for different reasons. The lack of practise at the Singapore Nationals showed just halfway through the program - I had no more energy for my jumps! At the Malaysia Nationals, I was actually feeling much better stamina-wise, but was kind of thrown off by the rink size and where the judges were sitting. Plus, I was a little taken aback when I found myself in preparation for a second flip right after doing one. I really should have gone ahead and done the second one, except that I was too busy wondering if I actually did the first one!

    In any case, I have to focus on my next competition - Oberstdorf. This one should be a lot more fun!

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Kim Yuna wins Worlds!! - and with new records

    Kim Yuna has clinched her first World title, a whopping 16.42 points ahead of the Silver medallist Joannie Rochette. Her total score (Short & Long program combined) set a world record of 207.71 and made her the first woman to break the 200-point barrier.

    Watch her program:

    Sunday, March 29, 2009

    Kim breaks her own World Record

    Kim Yu Na posted another world record for her ladies'short program at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. Her score of 76.12 was almost 5 points higher than the previous record she set at the 4 Continents in February.

    Watch the video:

    Wednesday, March 25, 2009

    Michelle Kwan keeps options open

    Since her departure from figure skating three years ago, Michelle Kwan has meticulously laid the foundation for the rest of her life, lunching with heads of state, carrying out formal U.S. diplomatic missions in Ukraine, Russia, China and Argentina, and immersing herself in the study of international relations as a full-time student at the University of Denver.

    Yet after finishing her degree last November, Kwan almost immediately resumed the serious on-ice training she had abandoned after withdrawing from the 2006 Winter Games because of an abdominal injury. Facing career questions any recent graduate faces, Kwan added an unusual one to the mix.

    Should she try to earn a spot at the Winter Games in Vancouver next year?

    ~ Quoted from washingtonpost.com

    Full story at
    Still on the World Stage, Kwan Keeps Options Open

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009

    Million Deeds Challenge - Singapore 2010 YOG

    The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games committee has set up a Million Deeds Challenge as a virtual torch-relay.

    It is for all who carry out the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect in their daily lifes. We can share our deeds that reflect one of these values, and each deed shared will advance the virtual Youth Olympic Flame one step in its journey from Greece to Singapore.

    So if you have done something to make a difference to someone or to your community, share it on Million Deeds Challenge and bring the flame one step closer to Singapore and the first Youth Olympic Games in 2010!

    Returning to coaching

    I had stopped coaching after my rink, Fuji Ice Palace, closed in October last year. It probably wouldn't be too far off to say I had stopped skating... but that is not true, so I won't say it.

    Anyway, after all these months, I have finally received confirmation from Kallang Ice World that they will accept me as a coach there! Woohoo!

    Thursday, March 12, 2009

    Crossover flywheel

    This is hilarious... I just found out about this - the crossover flywheel! It is an invention by a hockey fanatic and engineer who probably never coached for a second in his life!



    What does it do? It is supposed to help hockey players develop their crossover skating technique.

    My take on it: I cannot see it helping with leaning into the edge on the ice - unless we are able to tilt the ice just like that! It probably will work better as a workout tool than actually teaching crossovers...

    Sunday, March 08, 2009

    My program at Singapore Nationals 2009

    I managed to finish my program!!!


    This is my first competition after baby, having skated sporadically, and no time to choreograph a program nor find music (finally used music from 3 years ago). The only real preparation I had was two "official ice times" where I could skate my program to music.

    My program at the first ice time on Wednesday was a joke. I missed all jumps and all but one spin. I also didn't really know what I was going to do in terms of choreography.

    The second ice time was the morning of the competition. This time I had sorted out the choreography, but halfway through the program, my legs felt like jelly, and I got really dizzy after the spin. I literally did none of the second half.

    So, the competition was really the third time I skated this program to music. By that measure, it was amazing I even made it through! I really need to polish up the program and get some stamina...

    Saturday, March 07, 2009

    Singapore National Figure Skating Championships 2009

    Competition is this weekend!
    The schedule is as follows (click on image to view larger version)...


    This is the most unprepared I have ever been for any competition. Seriously, even comparing to the pairs program that we made up last-minute, I feel less confident about this... Or maybe I felt better about the pairs because I had a partner!

    Tuesday, March 03, 2009

    Flashy page gone wrong!

    This is what the SISA website looks like on one of the browsers I use (click to see larger image):

    Flash has given designers the ability to include superior animation in a website. It has become such a fad that it seems almost all websites will use flash to some extent - and you won't even notice it until you're hit with blank screens or annoying messages constantly asking you to download the plugin.

    Just get that *&%* plugin, you say? Well, I do have the plugin at home, but as Inbaraj Suppiah noted in his blog post "Bad website design - Flash",
    most government agencies and large corporations lock their computers and only system administrators are allowed to install/uninstall programs.


    While I'm on the topic of broken websites...

    I was trying to get information from the Ice House website, but guess what? It doesn't work on browsers other then IE! Unless they have fixed it now, the sub-menus which were supposed to appear when you hover over the left menu don't appear!

    There is, of course, my long-standing gripe about how many Singapore government websites tend to be IE-centric. I try to submit a passport application online, and after uploading my photo, nothing happens. Try again, nothing happens. Wait (maybe it takes longer to upload), so wait for another half hour, nothing happens. I finally decide to use IE to do it, hey it works! That was maddening!

    And just an afternote... are there really web designers who would put a site live when it still has titles like "Welcome or Title" and content that says "content goes here, and here and here and here!"? (see larger version of image above)

    Sunday, March 01, 2009

    101 Challenges - Blades of Thunder

    Two brothers, Lee & Lindsay, decided to take up challenges from the global public for 12 months on their tour of Asia starting Dec 2007. In each country they visited they try to complete the challenges set by the public, complete strangers from foreign lands, and were only limited by the boundaries of the challenger's imagination.

    Where they went, what they did and everything else was decided via their website at www.101challenges.com. Blades Of Thunder is #6 listed in their challenges page. The challenge read:
    Fuji Ice Palace in Singapore offers ice-skating lessons to Torvill and Dean wannabe's. We will take one day of lessons each and then perform the Bolero in diva style costumes!

    Anyway, they ended up doing this at Sunway Pyramid in Kuala Lumpur instead, and here are the videos (in two parts):



    It is impressive that they can put this together in 10 days, starting from zilch!

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009

    Videos from Russian Winter 2009 competition

    "Russian Winter 2009" adult skating competition in Moscow, Russia is just over. The organisers has shared videos on YouTube!



    Source (YouTube user): http://www.youtube.com/user/LL5252

    Sunday, February 01, 2009

    Riedell Skates' New Models!

    Riedell Skates has recently redesigned its product line-up, with five new lines:
    Competitive, Custom, Instructional, Beginner/Recreational and Soft Series.

    "Our new line-up offers skaters of every level many updated features to enhance skating experience and performance," explains Dan Riegelman, Vice President of Riedell Skates. "Across our five lines, skaters can choose from our wildly popular LS Light Series or our re-energized TS Traditional Series with timeless styling."

    The new models can be viewed in Riedell's eCatalog.

    View Riedell's Press Releases.

    Skaters in Singpore and the region may purchase Riedell skates from Chowskates store.

    Saturday, January 31, 2009

    Fabulous Cup 2009 Announcement

    The 5th Fabulous Cup will be held from 1-4 May 2009, in Cologne, Germany.

    This competition follows the ISI competition rules. There will be also be a gala show featuring the participants.

    Fabulous Cup website

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    Figure skater gives birth two days AFTER she died

    Jayne Solimon (maiden name Jayne Campbell), was 25 weeks pregnant when she collapsed and died of a brain haemorrhage. Two days later, her daughter was born!
    Mrs Soliman had been healthy throughout her pregnancy, and continued working as a coach at Bracknell Skating Club. She was on the ice last Wednesday before she suddenly collapsed in her bedroom after complaining of a headache.

    She was flown by air ambulance to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but hours later, in the early evening, was declared brain dead.

    Doctors told devastated [husband Mahmoud] Soliman that an aggressive tumour had rapidly developed in her brain in just a few weeks - and had suddenly ruptured a major blood vessel.

    Ice skater Jayne Soliman gives birth after being declared brain dead

    "My little miracle.. a fighter like mom" Video footage on The Sun.

    Wednesday, January 14, 2009

    Singapore 8th National Figure Skating Competition 2009

    Singapore's 8th National figure skating competition will be held on 7 & 8 March 2009 at Kallang Ice World. The announcement and any further updates will be available on the TBISC website.

    Download the announcement.

    Monday, January 05, 2009

    Russian Winter 2009 Announcement



    The Moscow Open Cup "Russian Winter 2009" will be held in Moscow, 19 - 23 February 2009.

    Download announcement.

    The entry deadline is Jan 15 2009.