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Thursday, December 16, 2004


Over a period of almost fifteen years, 1990 World Team Member, Doug Williams, laughs that he “had my share of partners. My first partner was Lori Koshi. She and I were Pacific Coast Novice Pair Champions in 1981. That was back in the day when Novice Pairs were not included at Nationals. We competed Junior Pairs in ’82 & 83. In 1984, I skated Junior Pairs with Kelly Burtnett. That was a short stint that just didn’t work out. The best thing that happened during that time was having the opportunity to work with Mark Militano. He has a lot to offer and I loved my lessons with him. 1985 & 86, Senior Pairs was with Kristin Kriwanek. 1987 – 1991 with Sharon Carz. 1992-94 with Tracey Damigella.”

Doug had a hard time picking a favorite competition memory but admitted, “If I had to choose, it would be the Long Program at 1990 Worlds in Halifax. Sharon and I skated a perfect program. It was a thrill to go out at Worlds and skate a perfect program. I still remember watching Sharon come down from a huge throw Double Axel and being amazed that she was able to land it. My other favorite competition memory is my first International event. Kristin and I went to France for Criterium du Sucre. I still remember everything about that event. It was a great experience with a team of Scott Kurtilla, Christopher Bowman, Debbie Walls, Leif Erickson & Karen Kniriem.”

“As a person who has remained very active in the world of Figure Skating, there are many titles that I have held and which I am very proud of. I started working at my judging career in 1986. In 1994, when I just had no desire to compete any longer, I was a Senior Competition level judge and ready to start working at becoming a National and International judge. I was very involved in my career and enjoyed it thoroughly. I made no effort to skate professionally until I got a phone call from Scott Williams asking if I would like to audition for the Torvill and Dean 'FACE the MUSIC’ tour. I thought I would give it shot. It all fell into place and I spent the next two years touring with Torvill and Dean. It was one of the best times of my life. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My professional career, though short-lived, was more than I ever dreamed of."

"I am currently President of All Year Figure Skating Club. That is a position I have held a few times. I was President of the 2002 U.S. Figure Skating Championships which were hosted by All Year FSC in Los Angeles. I have been Chief Referee of many figure skating events, including the 2003 U.S. Junior Championships in Scottsdale, AZ. I was an athlete member of the US Figure Skatings Executive Committee. I am a National and International judge and a National Referee.”

“Because I was very fortunate to have many wonderful people around me during my competitive years, I feel very committed to being there and helping today’s competitor as much as possible. Whether it be as a friend, club president, judge, referee or just as a fellow skater, I strive to give back the joy I have for skating to those who are learning and competing today and tomorrow.”

“Skating, by far, has been a huge asset to my life. The determination and drive associated with setting goals has been a part of my life always. The work I do is very project driven. I work in the Film and Television Industry. I am able to set timelines and goals and achieve those items and complete projects as required. I have also found that my employers have been impressed by my skating accomplishments as well as appreciating the focus that a driven competitor brings to the work place."

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