US figure skater, Johnny Wier announces he is getting married on New Year's eve.
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Michelle Kwan has been elected to the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In her competitive career, she has won 5 World titles (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003) and 9 US Championships. She has been, and continues to be, an inspiration for young figure skaters.
Slideshow from USFS:
The US Figure Skating Hall of Fame Induction will be held Friday, Jan. 27. For information on the induction and reception or to purchase a ticket, visit www.usfigureskating.org.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Friday, December 02, 2011
Two years ago, I had a video of my baby on the ice for the first time - see post "My baby skates!".
Last year, she was doing better but still would not let go of me - see post "Skate, baby, skate!".
Since then, she has been ambivalent about skating, until this week when she asked to go skating. I brought her to the rink after school today, with her promising that she will skate on her own. Here is the result:
Friday, November 18, 2011
So close... this wait has felt like forever to us!
* Photo courtesy of Mith252 (poster from skyscrapercity)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
The competition events include
- Ladies and Mens Free Skating
- Ladies and Mens Artistic Free Skating
- Pairs Free Skating
- Ice Dance - Pattern Dance
- Ice Dance - Short Dance
- Ice Dance - Free Dance
- Solo Dance – Pattern Dance
- Solo Dance – Free Dance
- Synchronized Skating
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"If successful, it will be the first time Singapore will host the region's biggest multi-sport showpiece since 1993 when its athletes won 50 gold medals." Indeed, I was a volunteer in 1993 at the SEA games. It was a huge event, and it was really neat to be a part of it. I still have a commemorative coin and a "certificate of participation" from the 1993 SEA Games!
Article: "Singapore to submit bid to host the 2015 SEA Games" ~ from TODAYonline
Friday, October 28, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Singapore Ice Skating Association (SISA) is holding a contest to come up with a new logo design. Do note that the logo should reflect that SISA is now the National governing body for Figure and Short Track Speed Skating in Singapore.
The deadline for submission is 15 Dec 2011.
Read more on SISA's website
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thursday, August 04, 2011
On vacation in Singapore, Patrick Chan was interviewed by a reporter from 联合早报 during which he indicated that he might retire after the 2014 Olympics, and after that would be willing to Singapore in downhill skiing or tennis, or golf.
As for his figure skating goals, he will be back to training after this vacation, to defend his world title. In the longer term, he is aiming for Gold at the 2014 Olympics. If he wins the 2014 Olympics, he would retire from skating. Of course getting the Gold is the aim, but medals are not everything. What is really important is the process of your performance, and whether you are able to perform to the level that you want to achieve.
Lastly, he also revealed that, after retirement, if invited, he would be very happy to come to coach in Singapore. He said, "of course, I would be very interested to come here to set up a skating programme, teach the kids who love to skate, and let them understand the beauty of figure skating."
Read the article (in Chinese) on zaobao.com
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Meryl Davis & Charlie White Free Dance
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir Free Dance
Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani Free Dance ~ impressive 3rd place finish at their World's debut!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
There are two competitions involved, the first to be held in Dunedin, New Zealand on Feb 4-7 2012, and the second to be held in Melbourne, Australia on Feb 16-19 2012.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Midori Ito is known for her technically difficult programs, especially at the peak of her elite skating career. Here is her long program at the 1989 Worlds where she won Gold:
Her participation is most certainly welcomed by the adult skating world and we hope more elite skaters will join in the competitions!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The broadcast will begin on April 27 with the Men's and Pairs short programs, and conclude on April 30 with the Ladies' Freeskate, and Free dance.
Subscription to the live coverage is available for $9.95 on Universalsports.com, and at $4.95 for current icenetwork.com Season Pass subscribers on icenetwork.com.
More information at
~ Universal Sports Figure Skating
~ Icenetwork.com 2011 Worlds
Friday, April 08, 2011
Figure Skating Team Event: (International Skating Union - ISU)
The figure skating team event will feature teams made up of six skaters: one male skater,
one female skater, one skating pair and one ice dance couple. Points are awarded to each
skater/ couple. The team with the highest number of aggregate points is declared the
winner. The figure skating team event will make its first appearance in January 2012 at the
first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.
Quoted from IOC announcement: New Events for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi
Sunday, March 27, 2011
After reviewing the countries that offered to host the Worlds, ISU decided to allot the World Figure Skating Championships 2011 to the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, which has assured the ISU of its full cooperation including in areas such as easy access to entry visas and security. The preparation for the updating of all relevant details (time schedule, Announcement, entry confirmations etc) have already begun and the ISU will revert as soon as possible with the necessary information.
Read the full story on the ISU site.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Alaine lived & skated in Singapore for many years before moving to the US. She now lives in New York City. She is a choreographer, dancer, make up artist, dance educator, and has a dance company, A.H. Dance Company.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
ISU has received bids from Russia (Moscow), Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia), the United States (Colorado Springs, CO, or Lake Placid, NY), Finland (Turku), Croatia (likely Zagreb), Austria (maybe Graz).
News report on
- Figure skating-Moscow bids to host world championships from Reuters
- 6 Countries Offer to Host Skating Worlds from USA Today
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Full news story from ISU.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Although the ISU initially announced that the World Championships will continue as scheduled, it later announced, on 13 March, that it will "continue to monitor the situation in cooperation with the JSF and the Japanese authorities in order to come to a conclusion as to maintaining or cancelling the Championships in Tokyo scheduled for next week." (Full story on ISU site)
Reports have it that Germany is pulling out of the World's.
Friday, March 04, 2011
The article describe how the grace, style and athleticism of figure skating depend on basic scientific principles of friction, momentum and Newton's third law.
There is also a video interview with coach Joel Savary:
Here's a transcript of what said:
To make a good skater you have to incorporate style, beauty as well as great athleticism, so it is a very unique sport because you have to be both athletic and showing the artistic side. So if you can incorporate both of those together that will make you a great skater.
There are a lot of different jumps - there's toe jumps, where you use the toe to assist you into the air, such as the toe loop and the flip jump and the lutz jump, and there's edge jumps, which is the salchow and the axel and the loop jump, which do not use the toe to assist you into the air - you just got to take that edge to lift you. And then of course you have the number of rotations you do on each jump, so you can go from single jump all the way up to - people are doing quads now, so there are 4 rotations, and people are really pushing for 4 1/2 in the future.
There are so many spins. People are advancing spins now all the time. We have sit spin, you know classic spins like sit spin, scratch spin, laybacks. We've flying spins, death drops and all these new spins in different positions like the ladies are doing Bielmann spins, where they're grabbing the leg and pulling it to the head. There's just a lot of new spins coming up. Being flexible allows us to more interesting positions in spins.
You pull in to generate the force of spinning faster - and this is in the jumps and this is also in the spins. The tighter position you can get with your legs being as tight as you can and your arms being as tight as you can and being completely straight will get you to rotate much faster.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
There are four models available:
Eclipse Infinity ~ for advanced freestyle skaters;
Eclipse Mist ~ for freestyle skaters
Eclipse Volant ~ for advanced instructional or beginning competitive skaters
Eclipse Dance ~ for ice dancers.
News story at iSkateRiedell
Eclipse Blades Website
Buy them from Chowskates store!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Saturday 12th February 2011
|10:50||Future Stars 1|
|11:13||Future Stars 3|
|12:05||Future Stars 4|
|13:33||Novice Ladies SP|
|14:01||Novice Men, Junior Ladies SP|
|14:30||Senior Ladies SP|
Sunday 13th February 2011
|10:20||Adult Bronze, Adult Silver, Adult Gold|
|11:02||Pre-Primary, Adult Masters|
|11:58||Novice Ladies, Novice Men FS|
|12:42||Junior Ladies, Senior Ladies FS|
|13:23||Closing Address & National Anthem|
|14:30||Prize Giving Ceremony & Awards Presentation|
Good luck to all competitors!
Skate your best!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
It started a bit disappointingly. His opening quad toe was under rotated and stepped out, and immediately after he stepped out of a second quad toe. Nevertheless, soon he pulled off a triple axel - double toe combination and the rest of his performance was just fun to watch.
And, just as we thought he was stepping off the ice, he skates back on and added a backflip ~ to a cheering crowd!
Video of Ryan Bradley SP
And, just to show what a performer he is, I just had to put this video of his long program at the Nationals last year - yes last year, since he skated the same program this time round:
Skating last, Rachel Flatt put together an intricately choreographed program. However, there seemed to be an air of caution throughout her program, and doubling her first Lutz did not help.
Mirai Nagasu fumbled on her flying sit spin, and later had difficulty keeping the program together. It was a disappointing finish for her, after leading the short program.
While the Ladies long program was nice to watch, there seemed to be something lacking. The enthralling and captivating quality of the performances of the Michelle Kwan era was missing.
It has been more than ten years since I watched figure skating live on TV, and I vividly remember the thrill of seeing Michelle Kwan get on ice. Not just Michelle, all other skaters too. (And where have I been these ten years? Someplace where TVs don't see the value of showing figure skating at all, much less live?)