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Friday, June 30, 2006


In honor of the holiday, some America-themed skating photos:

Tara Lipinski in "American Woman."
Michael Weiss in "American Medley."
Sarah Hughes going red, white and blue.
Scott Hamilton carrying the flag at the 1980 Olympics.
And Michelle Kwan as a hot, flag chick.

(I tried to find a shot of Phillipe Candeloro doing "Rocky" but didn't have any luck).

Any other suggestions?

Have a great 4th everyone!
Thursday, June 29, 2006


My fourth Figure Skating Mystery, Death Drop, will be out October 2006 (yeah!!!).
Tuesday, June 27, 2006


With all due respect to Elton John (if my reference is too obscure click here for an explanation)...

There is a new Nikita in the world, and he's got a lot of cold in his future...

On June 27, 2006, World Champion Chen Lu and husband Denis Petrov, an Olympic Silver Medalist in Pairs, became the parents of a son, Nikita.

I first met Denis in 1992, when I was working as a Russian translator for the World Championships in Oakland. My dominant memory of him is that Denis had no qualms about changing his clothes in public places, no matter how many people were around.

As for Lulu, I worked with her in a couple of venues, ranging from the 1996 Worlds in Edmonton to "Skaters Tribute to Broadway" in Philadelphia.

At the 1997 Worlds in Switzerland where, based on the past years results, Lulu was expected to challenge the defending champion, Michelle Kwan, for gold (she ended up placing 25th and not even making it to the final round), a big topic of discussion in the ABC production meeting was whether to introduce her as "Chen Lu," in the proper Chinese way, or to call her "Lu Chen," since Chen was her family name and Lu her given one.

After about five minutes of back and forth, a consensus was reached: We would call her Chen Lu out of respect for her culture.

At that point, the feature producer piped up, "But all the pre-built graphics already say Lu Chen."

"Lu Chen, it is," everyone quickly agreed...
Friday, June 23, 2006


World and Olympic Champion Evgeny Plushenko is a dad. Son Kristian Evgenivich Plushenko was born June 15 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In honor of his new position, takes a look back at a 2000 interview with Evgeny where he talked about his own childhood...

2000 Russian Champion, European Champion, and Grand Prix Champion Evgeny Plushenko, 18, spent his vacation performing his first full season on "Champions on Ice."

He traveled alone, and admits he missed his parents terribly. "But, I am used to always being by myself. When I was little, I would always travel alone. My parents didn't want to travel with me, my mother gets too nervous, and so we got into the habit of them never traveling with me."

In spite of his homesickness, though, Plushenko raves, "The Collins Tour is super. I love how the people treat you so well, and how very good and kind they are to me. And I love performing in front of Americans. They are absolute skating fanatics. They love it beyond all reason."

And skating in front of such zealous fans "prepares you for competition. Having to psyche yourself up to skate well every night helps get you ready to compete."

When he has a chance, Plushenko loves talking to his fans -- "I want to tell them, thank you for liking me, and that I will try to skate better so that you will like me even more." Though he laments that his English is still "not good enough."

He hopes to improve his skills at St. Petersburg University, which he will start in September of 2000, even though he realizes that, "It will be very hard to combine school and skating. But, I will do my best. When I go to competition, I will try to study, or, at least, to read a little bit."

As for his other goals for the 2000-2001 season, Plushenko claims they are very simple.

"I want to win everything I enter. But, first and foremost, I want to be World Champion."

That goal is particularly important to Plushenko, in light of his failure to so much as medal at the 2000 World Championship.

Looking back, he says, "I think I simply wanted to win too badly. I had spent two years as the runner-up, and I was so ready for this World Championship. Plus, my opponents didn't skate very well. (Plushenko was the final skater man of the night). I was certain that I would do everything I could do, and that I would win. But, it didn't turn out that way. I tried too hard, and I burned out."

However, in spite of his disappointment in 2000, Plushenko is making no plans to change his preparation, so that such a meltdown doesn't happen again.

He confides, "I will train for next season the way I've always trained, only harder. Whoever is best prepared physically and mentally, that's who will always win."
Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Ice dancing first became an Olympic sport in 1976. America's Colleen O’Connor and Jim Milns won a Bronze at thatinaugurall event. (The US then promptly suffered an Olympic ice dancing drought until Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto broke the curse with a Silver this past February in Turino).

These days, Jim is helping train a new generation of champions...
Friday, June 02, 2006


The US and World Champion has a new official website to bring fans up to date on her life and times.

It's a shame that casual viewers only saw her subpar performance at the 1988 Olympics, rather than the programs from her more impressive 1986 season. Nevertheless, Debi still takes pride in her achievements in Calgary, where she became the first -- and so far only -- African-American to win an Olympic medal in figure-skating.

However, she is not, as Oprah Winfrey claimed when Debi guested on her show, the only person of color ever to win an Olympic medal in figure skating.

That statement must have come as quite as a surprise to Kristi Yamaguchi. And Midori Ito. And Lu Chen. And Michelle Kwan.
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