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manleywoman
03-15-2011, 04:37 PM
Hey all. I'm interviewing David Kirby soon, and need a bit of help compiling info, since there's not as much information out there about him as many of my other subjects. A bit of background about him:

IJS official (tech specialist with the ISU)
Coach
Son of Michael Kirby, of the famous Michael Kirby School in IL
Former partner of Lynn Holly Johnson
and the voice of SkateRadio (used at US Nationals)

If anyone has any questions, info, background, etc, I'd love some help on this one! THanks

Sylvia
03-15-2011, 04:42 PM
Kirby coached the Pottenger brothers to US National titles in their hometown of Dallas in 2003 -- Amy Howerton/Steven Pottenger (Junior Pairs) and Sydney Schmidt/Christopher Pottenger (Novice Pairs) -- here's a short article: http://www.usfigureskating.org/event_story.asp?id=793

Jayar
03-15-2011, 05:01 PM
http://www.starsfsc.org/coaches

officialcoach
03-15-2011, 05:47 PM
He was National competitor(not sure which event). Toured with shows, married sweet heart from the show. Couple of kids. Selfmade businessman. Ran or owned several rinks in Dallas area. Still runs/ownes a rink in a mall that has a big Christmas show annually. I think he has had alot of influence with the IJS. He is also responsible for successfully bringing the IJS system into training for our Officials(Controllers & Specialists) and our skaters. PSA President now.
I would say allround nice guy! But I would never crossed him!

madm
03-15-2011, 05:49 PM
Here's some historical info about the Kirby Skating School:
http://www.proskatinghistoricalfoundation.org/timeline.html

Other interesting history about the Kirby family is in this story:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/22/sports/olympics/22longman.html

He got a 2008 PSA award:
Joe Serafine National Volunteer of the Year Award - Recognized for outstanding service to the PSA. http://www.lifeskate.com/skate/2008/06/and-the-edi-goe.html (http://www.lifeskate.com/skate/2008/06/and-the-edi-goe.html)
David Kirby

And 2010 PSA Award: http://www.skatepsa.com/Awards-P.htm
Gustave Lussi
David Kirby

Another interesting thing to discuss would be his involvement in the development of the IJS scoring system.

overedge
03-15-2011, 05:53 PM
Since his dad was one of the founders of ISI, I would be interested to hear what he thinks about ISI today and how he sees it co-existing with USFS (apparently quite happily). It's quite unusual to have two large amateur skating organizations in the same country, and I wish more countries had the opportunities that ISI provides.

ryanbfan
03-15-2011, 05:56 PM
He also coaches Ashley Cain and Joshua Reagan a little, and I think he may even coach Ashley individually with her dad.


Still runs/ownes a rink in a mall that has a big Christmas show annually.

That is the Galleria Dallas... I always go to those shows :)

a56
03-15-2011, 06:48 PM
David is actually now a member of the ISU Singles/Pairs Technical Committee (http://www.isu.org/vsite/vcontent/page/custom/0,8510,4844-161657-178872-20148-73966-custom-item,00.html) since last year. As the only U.S. representative on that committee, perhaps you could ask him a few questions about how the committee works, how often they meet, etc. I've always been curious.

FigureSpins
03-15-2011, 07:04 PM
He's very good at translating IJS into clean, understandable language that coaches and skaters can understand. He made an appeal at a PSA conference once to "make it easy on the TS's/Judges." It was interesting because he gave a number of examples on how to do this with choregraphy.

The ISI / PSA Conferences are being held at his site this year. While ISI is an option in many parts of the US, I've seen a big decline on the East coast. Almost every new rink and new Director chooses Basic Skills over ISI. I would be interested in knowing where he sees the ISI in the future, given his leadership role in all three organizations (ISI, PSA and USFSA).

I loved Skate Radio at Nationals. You should ask to record a voiceover for your podcast, Manleywoman.

HisWeirness
03-15-2011, 07:10 PM
David is actually now a member of the ISU Singles/Pairs Technical Committee (http://www.isu.org/vsite/vcontent/page/custom/0,8510,4844-161657-178872-20148-73966-custom-item,00.html) since last year. As the only U.S. representative on that committee, perhaps you could ask him a few questions about how the committee works, how often they meet, etc. I've always been curious.
Yes, this is a great idea. I remember David talking on SkateRadio during 2011 Nats about his involvement on the S&PTC and mentioning some potential rules changes that the committee is considering going forwards (I don't remember the specifics). :watch:

manleywoman
03-15-2011, 07:24 PM
Wow, you guys are great. Thanks for the quick feedback. :)


I loved Skate Radio at Nationals. You should ask to record a voiceover for your podcast, Manleywoman.
It indeed has been a while since I've done that! He would be a good one. Thanks.

(if I ever get to interview Uncle Dickie, I want him to record a PSA that says "the Manleywoman SkateCast is first rate!")

sk9tingfan
03-15-2011, 07:40 PM
Wow, you guys are great. Thanks for the quick feedback. :)

You insanely lucky person! He's great! Be still my heart! :)

Jenna
03-15-2011, 08:15 PM
I would love to know a little bit about his officiating. What prompted him to become a TS? How long did it take? Is it difficult to be on the panel at a national level event (kind of rhetorical, but..)?, As a member of the technical panel do they ever have debates/disagreements on a specific call?

The judging process these days can be quite mysterious, so I'm curious to know what they talk about on those headphones of there's. ;)

manleywoman
03-15-2011, 10:27 PM
Just learned there's a Michael Kirby book. I need to go get that . . .

victorskid
03-15-2011, 11:16 PM
David was also on the SkateBug during the last Skate Canada competition in Kitchener. I presume that he knew Ted Barton (the man behind SkateBug, etc.) through their work on the CoP.