April 9, 2014

The Petition to Reject ISU President Cinquanta's Figure Skating Proposals for the 2014 ISU Congress

... is here.

Everyone in the skating community is talking about it and I signed the petition. One big reason, I like the short program. But the biggest reason is that a speed skater should not be calling the shots for figure skating. Think about it. Should hockey and curling be run by the same organization?

April 1, 2014

A Quick, Harmless April Fool's Day On Ice

It works for coaches or showgirls, depending on your set-up and whether you wear contacts. (If no one knows whether you wear contacts or not - you're good to go.)

Just pretend you lost a contact somewhere on the ice. "Maybe it's over here or maybe it was over there," you might say. Then when everyone is down on hands and knees looking for you contact, you stand up and say, "April Fool's Day!"

... you're welcome.

March 20, 2014

He Skates, He Dances, He Sings, He Acts

... that would be the quadruple threat. Very impressive and very appropriate for Elvis.

Here is Elvis Stojko starring as Billy Flynn in the play Chicago.

But he wouldn't be the first Olympic figure skater to do so. Robin Cousins was also a multi-talented threat who appeared on London's West End in Cats, Grease, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Chicago ... as Billy Flynn.

Hmmmmm, who's next?

March 7, 2014

No Figure Skating in Sochi

... anymore.

It's not a Paralympic sport. But I went and googled "paralympic" and "figure skating" and got this.

Inclusive Skating

They are hoping to become a part of the Paralympics in Pyeong Chang, South Korea in 2018.

I found this paragraph in the Global Project for Inclusive Skating tab to be of interest:

However, with the introduction and development of the new International Judging System (IJS) by the International Skating Union (ISU), the door has been opened for a radically new way to approach the sport of ice skating for challenged athletes. The IJS, for the first time, allows athletes to be evaluated on an “absolute” mark, something which can then be realistically adjusted by an internationally agreed impairment compensation reflecting the athlete’s specific disability. This impairment compensation is based on an internationally accepted system known as the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, edited by Rondinelli and devised by the American Medical Association, that converts impairments to a % whole person impairment (WPI).

Well, maybe that at least one good thing to come out of the new judging system.

Let's keep an eye out for them. The more people involved in skating, the better. Don't you think?

February 19, 2014

Something Funny In The Judging

I originally posted this in May, but it felt right to bring it up again.

Yes, the Sochi Olympics don't start for 262 days are here!. I thought this was funny enough to mention now then. And I don't mean funny - haha, I mean funny - hmmmm.

When I was looking up the names of the adorable (freaky-evil if you ask me) mascots for the Sochi Olympics, I learned on Wikipedia that these furry little critters don't have names AND they were surrounded in a controversy of suspicious judging.

Wait a minute, Ice Charades, are you suggesting that there was something funny in the judging? In the Olympics?

Why, yes, yes I am. It's funny - hmmm.

You can read the wikipedia entry for the Sochi Olympic Mascots here. Then scroll down to the Controversy section to read this:
Despite the success of the mascot selection process, some accusations have been brought against the mascots. The possibility of telephone vote rigging was brought up when the mascot that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had said was his favorite, the snow leopard, polled the most votes in the voting process after a sharp climb in the number of votes.

... a sharp climb in the number of votes.

Well, let's just be glad that they haven't opened up the figure skating competition in Sochi to telephone voting.

February 14, 2014

Four Years Ago

... it was all Evan and Evgani, but to me, it was Johnny Weir who stole the show. Others thought so too. Remember the Facebook page - Johnny Weir was ROBBED! -?

He was fabulous!

Last night, for me it was Jeremy Abbott who made the night. Other skaters were fabulous, to be sure, but he showed us "the show must go on." If you haven't already, please go to Skate Guard for a recap of last night.

Here's to an exciting night of the Men's Free. Here's the lineup.

February 3, 2014

Olympic Question of the Day

There was a radio station in Washington DC that I would listen to and one day the DJ asked if you were forced to do one thing which would it be?

Giant Slalom down the mountain

Luge or Skeleton by yourself


Now I'm tweaking it and asking if you could master one skating move what would it be?

a quad toe loop

the most amazing scratch spin ever

double back flip on ice

So you tell me!