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nashvilledancer
09-09-2012, 07:54 PM
Article (http://www.omaha.com/article/20120909/NEWS/709099950/1694)

Gallery (http://odc.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=5002&p=3921)

Lots of insights in this article.

It sheds light on the wishes to see or hear about competitor's programs for the year:

"Other than the judges, almost no one is allowed to watch. Skaters with family in the area can let a few guests in but only under strict orders that they watch that performance alone and then leave the arena quickly."

"Though they often practice alongside their competitors, the skaters are guarding their secrets the new jumps they're trying, improvements they've made to their technique. A few even try to shield their costumes from the handful of journalists in town for the camp."

Relevant to previous posts:

"No matter how many gold medals you have, you get a twin bed and a roommate at the Olympic Training Center, just like everybody else. All 39 skaters are expected to show up in Colorado Springs home of both U.S. Figure Skating and the U.S. Olympic Committee put on the official camp T-shirt and sit for a group photo."

"For a group photo shoot, Weir, with his larger-than-life skating personality, showed up wearing large sunglasses and a loose-fitting white shirt that was decidedly not Champs Camp gear. After some cajoling, Weir agreed to take off the sunglasses and tossed the official T-shirt around his neck, like a scarf."

About Jeremy:
"Others, like reigning men's national champion Jeremy Abbott, can go almost unrecognized in the United States but have massive overseas fan bases. In this country, Abbott said people approach him so infrequently that he's often confused when someone sidles up to him at Starbucks and asks about skating.

"Skating is big in Asia, and Abbott, 27, is a particularly big deal. When he travels there, the crowds are big and the screams are high-pitched. 'I've done shows in Korea where it's the closest I'll ever come to being a rock star,' he said."

Marco
09-10-2012, 05:04 AM
For a group photo shoot, Weir, with his larger-than-life skating personality, showed up wearing large sunglasses and a loose-fitting white shirt that was decidedly not Champs Camp gear. After some cajoling, Weir agreed to take off the sunglasses and tossed the official T-shirt around his neck, like a scarf.

How do you get USFS to support you if you can't even follow a simple instruction? :scream:


There's a busy schedule of activities. Skaters get their blood drawn for medical tests, consult with nutritionists and listen to skating legend Michelle Kwan talk about her triple axel.

:eek:


Wagner was battling an injury

:eek: :eek:

Lanie
09-10-2012, 05:12 AM
And Evan apparently is the 2008 Olympic champion! :rofl:

shah
09-10-2012, 11:56 AM
Michelle Kwan's triple axel? have I overslept sth in the 1990s? :P

olympic
09-10-2012, 02:07 PM
Wait wait. Back up. Wagner is injured???? :(

Sylvia
09-10-2012, 02:15 PM
Ashley Wagner just performed her SP in exhibition this past weekend and seemed fine there, according to reports - see the "2012 Michael Weiss Foundation "Ice Champions Live!" Show ~ Sept. 8 in Arlington, VA" thread in GSD.

Thanks for posting the article and photo gallery links, shsocu! Good to see a reporter from Omaha covering Champs Camp.

Rosier Juleps
09-10-2012, 07:15 PM
How do you get USFS to support you if you can't even follow a simple instruction? :scream:




And yet a photo in the gallery link (the one in front of the giant globe) clearly shows him wearing the t-shirt. :)

NovaSkate
09-10-2012, 08:50 PM
I really like the way the USFSA promotes camp. Even though it is a lot of hard work, they make it look like fun first and that encourages new skaters to stick with it.

inthemiddle
09-10-2012, 10:35 PM
And yet a photo in the gallery link (the one in front of the giant globe) clearly shows him wearing the t-shirt. :)

:confused:
https://twitter.com/USFigureSkating/status/238072080409702400/photo/1/large

Rosier Juleps
09-10-2012, 10:51 PM
:confused:
https://twitter.com/USFigureSkating/status/238072080409702400/photo/1/large

I was referring to the pic in the gallery link posted by shsocu. i can't seem to open the link now.

crankyintheAM
09-10-2012, 11:08 PM
Article (http://www.omaha.com/article/20120909/NEWS/709099950/1694)

Gallery (http://odc.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=5002&p=3921)



Poor journalism is poor. :yikes:

crankyintheAM
09-10-2012, 11:22 PM
I think a team competition to this format would be more exciting to see in Sochi than the one they are planning to have at the next Olympics.:P

Team Ribbons was the:cool:est and should have won.:kickass:

Loved those videos.

I would completely support this team competition format! :lol:

I agree, Team Ribbons deserved to win and Evan Bates should have been named MVP! :D

judiz
09-11-2012, 01:57 AM
9 Sep Johnny Weir-Voronov ‏@JohnnyGWeir
Had a great test skate for the @USFigureSkating tonight



Somehow i think USFigure Skating is more interested in how Johnny is skating (and what he can contribute to the team) than if he wore his blue teeshirt at Champs Camp.

Lacey
09-11-2012, 02:22 AM
So, if Johnny showed off his programs at Champs Camp, why did he have to do them in NYC?

Tammi
09-11-2012, 02:33 AM
So, if Johnny showed off his programs at Champs Camp, why did he have to do them in NYC?I didn't see anything posted that he did "have" to do them again. Maybe he asked for additional feedback following some changes that were suggested at Champs Camp. It seems that he is very serious about his comeback and could genuinely be trying to put his best performances out there.