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aftershocks
03-21-2011, 11:22 AM
Shepherd Clark was one of the most talented U.S. skaters to never make the World team. I wondered what he was doing now, and after checking the Internet I came across an interesting article, plus some interesting facts in his Wikipedia bio that I never knew.

http://www.inmag.com/profiles/shepherd-clark.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepherd_Clark

Looking back at some of his performances, his talent is obvious. He was never able to put it all together consistently, but he came very close and he kept trying ... He had lots of speed and ice coverage, and he was very tall for a skater. His interest in gemology and creating his own costumes I didn't recall.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE0RfhLYJLg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtFEOHG9OSk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ammB0JJj9_I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8tKS72xIaU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAFKldomoJg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nknGwAJY-y0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG0yNIsFBoE

Interesting for Dick's comments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SchMugm-1as

zaphyre14
03-21-2011, 01:27 PM
Last I heard, Shep was happily living in California, working on his jewelry business and doing very well for himself.

He was - and still is - a super nice guy and a joy to watch skate.

barbk
03-21-2011, 03:25 PM
Last I heard, Shep was happily living in California, working on his jewelry business and doing very well for himself.

He was - and still is - a super nice guy and a joy to watch skate.

I'd love to see more of his jewelry designs. That's one guy who knew what he was interested in from a very young age.

snoopysnake
03-21-2011, 04:41 PM
I loved when Dick Button described him as being like the saying, "Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead!"

I also remember the anecdote in a Christine Brennan book of other young men at a training camp snickering when Shepherd noted during an introductions gathering that he enjoyed making jewelry. That must have hurt. Michael Weiss even emphasized while introducing himself that he did not make jewelry. (Fortunately, Mike really seems to have matured into a much kinder, diplomatic person.)

Good for Shep for having a career goal for after skating, and for following his dreams. He's a good role model.

manleywoman
03-21-2011, 05:59 PM
Nice guy, but having seen him skate in person, some scary jump technique. But he always put on a great show and was the nicest off the ice.

essence_of_soy
03-21-2011, 11:14 PM
Nice guy, but having seen him skate in person, some scary jump technique. But he always put on a great show and was the nicest off the ice.

Yes. Some of the taller skaters seem to be at a disadvantage, jumps wise.

jlai
03-21-2011, 11:24 PM
Just curious: Is he taller than Evan Lysacek? How about compared to Wesley Campbell?

overedge
03-22-2011, 12:11 AM
From the Wikipedia page:


He is now often referred to in Hollywood and beyond as "Sir Shepherd, The Jeweled Knight".

"In Hollywood and beyond?" Methinks someone's PR agent is going a little over the top.

RFOS
03-22-2011, 01:23 AM
Just curious: Is he taller than Evan Lysacek? How about compared to Wesley Campbell?

At the very beginning of the first video they say he's 5'11" (but that was when he was 18).

zaphyre14
03-22-2011, 11:55 AM
Shep is 5"11" which makes him shorter than Evan. He's also been knighted so the "Sir Shepherd" is legit.

cygnus
03-22-2011, 01:52 PM
Shep is 5"11" which makes him shorter than Evan. He's also been knighted so the "Sir Shepherd" is legit.


Knighted by whom? Just curious.

overedge
03-22-2011, 07:22 PM
Knighted by whom? Just curious.

This was on his Wikipedia page yesterday and was mysteriously edited out early this morning:


Most recently, Shepherd Clark was knighted by the world's oldest Christian
order, The Order of Constantine The Great & Saint Helen, founded in 312AD
for his efforts in skating, Hollywood, entertainment, art, media, tech, ministry while helping various charitable causes.

Bonita
03-22-2011, 08:27 PM
He asked me to hold onto his case of loose jewels once while he went across the street from Skating Club to Micky D's. I clutched that thing like no tomorrow until he came back. He said there was $65,000 worth of gems in it!

Shepherd is part of why I am skating. He really motivated me. As a beginner going to the public session, I would get there early and watch him practice in the session right before. His quad loop was pretty stupendous. His Shepherd potholes in the lutz corner less so, LOL. Tripped on quite a few of those. He was quite the powerful skater. The triple axel was the only wonky thing I ever saw. Loved his spins to pieces.

Really funny, nice guy, miss his skating but glad he's doing well.

snoopysnake
03-23-2011, 03:06 AM
He asked me to hold onto his case of loose jewels once while he went across the street from Skating Club to Micky D's. I clutched that thing like no tomorrow until he came back. He said there was $65,000 worth of gems in it!

Shepherd is part of why I am skating. He really motivated me. As a beginner going to the public session, I would get there early and watch him practice in the session right before. His quad loop was pretty stupendous. His Shepherd potholes in the lutz corner less so, LOL. Tripped on quite a few of those. He was quite the powerful skater. The triple axel was the only wonky thing I ever saw. Loved his spins to pieces.

Really funny, nice guy, miss his skating but glad he's doing well.

Nice story! If it were me, I think I'd have been scared to guard those gem$. I would've offered to go to Mickey D's for him instead!

aftershocks
03-26-2011, 06:42 PM
That's an interesting story, Bonita. Thanks for sharing, and thanks to all for your reflections. I thought there was one year where Shepherd came in 3rd at U.S. Nationals, but that was a year where only 2 U.S. men could go to Worlds. I wasn't able to check this, as Shepherd does not have an awards listing on his Wikipedia page. Is there a USFS link to all U.S. Nationals medals awarded over the years?

Re the Wiki knighthood reference having been edited out, that's curious. I wonder why. From the below link, the Christian organization that bestowed the knighthood (as previously indicated), apparently is legit.

http://westsidetoday.com/s10-1887/knighting-investiture-by-the.html