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Carolla5501
04-02-2012, 01:49 AM
Your points are well taken for the general public. But not for the skating club members and fans. They know who Davis and White are as well as Savchencho and Szolkowy, the Zhangs, Nathalie and Fabian...personally, I enjoy the heck out of practices...run throughs or not. Dont know what a long drive means....Google says on the off times, Santa Monica to Ontario is a bit over an hour....is that long? I will never forget the first time I saw a real competition and that started with a practice for me....I know I was hooked....

Google LIES! LOL!

I drove Santa Monica to a city MUCH closer to it then Ontario last weekend. Took me an hour on a Sunday afternoon. There's no WAY I could have made it to Ontario without another 30 minutes on the road. (Or maybe Google thinks an off time is 2 AM?) I have driven to Ontario several times. It's not "on the beaten path"

Plus, there were skating clubs at Skate America.. I sat near a bunch of them. Guess that wasn't "enough". Skating clubs alone aren't filling these arenas! They all showed up for "their skaters" and then disappeard. So for example there was BIG group there for Richard Dornbush. Most of those kids and parents weren't there for other "events" where they had to buy more tickets or make yet another trek from thier home to Ontario. If you can't draw that crowd, who can you draw????

The thing about Southern CA traffic is there really isnt' ever a "good time" there are 'better times" I once drove from Ontario to Irvine at 5 AM. HORRID traffic LOL! But I was assured that at 8 AM it would have taken me MUCH MUCH longer.

lmarie086
04-02-2012, 05:26 AM
I'd go to rowing! Its cool. I see the Georgetown U rowers out on the river all the time practicing. Wish I'd taken it up when I was young!

Sorry to hijack the thread but crew (rowing) is awesome! I rowed in high school and it was such a great experience. My high school was a powerhouse team in CT for years and years, I don't know how it is now but we won championships fairly often. The varsity girl's team had 60 girls my sophomore year, so it was very popular!

It's such an intense sport IMO, not only to participate in but also to watch (especially having experienced what it's like to race). I had such a love/hate relationship with crew, but I miss it so much now; my school doesn't have a crew team/club, which is really unfortunate. But this summer I'm finally going to go to the Yale/Harvard regatta; they have a great rivalry and my Dad and I have been meaning to go for years, and this summer it's finally going to happen!

Definitely go to a regatta if you have a chance! :) Ok, thread hijack over.

DORISPULASKI
04-02-2012, 11:54 AM
lmarie,

It is a great rivalry, for sure. Have a great time at the races!


Check out the Yale & Harvard boathouses in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard, not to mention the huge ledges on the Thames that the 2 teams paint in Yale & Harvard colors, while you're in CT.

Harvard Rock
http://boatinglocal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/HarvardYaleRegatta.jpg

Yale Rock
http://www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/m-crewhvy/the_regatta/the_regatta_IMG_9105.jpg?max_width=343

Also take advantage of the "see submarines by boat" aspects of the Thames. That much death on the hoof is pretty scary.

Here's the USS Memphis coming home to the Thames
http://s118.photobucket.com/albums/o81/LIsoundview/?action=view&current=P1010013.jpg

We live in Groton, and this shot was taken from my front porch.

shan
04-02-2012, 07:48 PM
Talk about a thread drift.... (really dumb, but :lol: )

Impromptu
04-02-2012, 09:26 PM
Talk about a thread drift.... (really dumb, but :lol: )

We could talk about it... oar not.

On topic, if it's not in Minnesota (and we've never had Skate America, no idea why), I hope for Arizona, because my sister lives there and I've been wanting to visit her. So now she's holding off on Autumn vacation plans, because I told her that I might visit her, if Skate America is in Phoenix. She doesn't even follow skating, and now she's annoyed by the delay ...

AnnM
04-02-2012, 09:36 PM
OTOH there are plenty of people who live in the Ontario area who like figure skating enough that they might go see it if it was in their backyard and didn't cost much. But they have to know it's there and it sounds like they didn't.

I live literally 10 minutes away from the arena in Ontario. The only reason I knew Skate America was taking place there is because of this board. There was no LOC and USFSA did absolutely zero advertising in the local newspapers or on local television.

One other thing I noticed amongst my friends who are (super) casual skating fans is that a lot of them did not understand the point of Skate America. They had never heard of the Grand Prix. There was a belief that this was a rinky dink competition just a notch above Disney on Ice or a local club competition. Again, this is something USFSA could have addressed in their advertising, if they had any.

AnnM
04-02-2012, 09:39 PM
Google says on the off times, Santa Monica to Ontario is a bit over an hour....is that long?

In theory, it should take a bit over an hour to go from SM to Ontario.

In reality, it takes closer to 90minutes on a GOOD day. God help you if it's not a good day. Someone from Santa Monica wanting to attend the Friday night session would seriously need to take a half day off of work in order to beat weekend traffic out of LA county.

smurfy
04-03-2012, 01:15 AM
I used to live in LA when i was in my 20s. I lived in the SF Valley and had friends in Newport Beach. I remember many times driving home on an early Sunday am (anywhere from 1 to 4am) being in bumper to bumper trafffic.

lexeoe
04-03-2012, 08:11 AM
USFSA better announce this one soon unless they want another sparsely attended event again.

l'etoile
04-03-2012, 11:11 AM
USFSA better announce this one soon unless they want another sparsely attended event again.

It's already April. Is it a bad sight?

DORISPULASKI
04-03-2012, 11:18 AM
I just hope it won't be in CO Springs.

I don't want to see skaters having to be given oxygen again, nor any one's face turning blue, like Alex Shibutani's did.

Catherine M
04-03-2012, 06:55 PM
I heard at Four Continents that Detroit was seriously being considered for Skate America so that Skate America and Skate Canada would be next door to each other. Anyone else hear this?

barbk
04-03-2012, 09:08 PM
Everett was nice, and I liked Portland too. Ontario is incredibly inconvenient. After listening to Detroiters whine on NPR this morning about the possible state takeover due to their financial incompetence, I'm a lot less interested in Detroit. Anything possible in San Diego?

kwanette
04-03-2012, 09:11 PM
I heard at Four Continents that Detroit was seriously being considered for Skate America so that Skate America and Skate Canada would be next door to each other. Anyone else hear this?

Yes.

literaryfreak
04-03-2012, 09:30 PM
I heard at Four Continents that Detroit was seriously being considered for Skate America so that Skate America and Skate Canada would be next door to each other. Anyone else hear this?

Oh man, this would be so good for me. :biggrinbo