Aussie Skating

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Oz_sk8ting_mum, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. AndyWarhol

    AndyWarhol Well-Known Member

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    Maybe we should get Lara Bingle to take up skating?
     
  2. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    Permanently instead of just doing it for money?
     
  3. TheIronLady

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    That is so rude of the ISU. Or was it something that Australia did? What city was going to host? After the success of the Brisbane 2001 Goodwill Games skating competition, you would think the ISU would have made an effort to bring a worlds, or at least a Four Continents, to Australia. The ISU is run by chauvinists, and naturally Australia would have some disadvantages hosting, but I cannot imagine it does the sport's international popularity much good to keep passing the event between France, USA, CAN, Russia, and Japan.
     
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  4. AndyWarhol

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    i just had to google what you were getting at. I forgot she was on that show, as I never watched it.
    You think that the glitz and a chance to be a princess would be appealing to many a bogan female.
    Perhaps we can get Bingle to sleep with one of our male skaters and have another nude scandal!
     
  5. TheIronLady

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    Not that many of Australia's male skaters look likely to be caught in the bedrooms of girls!
     
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  6. AndyWarhol

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    Thats ok, she doesn't need to be in the bedroom, she just needs to be on the balcony with no top on.
     
  7. TheIronLady

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    That sounds more promising. You need to set this up.
     
  8. AndyWarhol

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    I do! Ill make sure I style her walk of shame outfit, that way, both skating and I win ;)
     
  9. Ziggy

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    Problems with tv rights, IIRC?

    Depends. The rampant homophobia means that a lot of straight American skaters quit at some point during adolescence but the vast majority of European skaters are straight just the vast majority of people are straight.
     
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  10. Aussie Willy

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    There were a number of reasons and it went to the International Court of Arbitration for Sport. Sorry but chauvinsm doesn't even enter into it. There is a Wiki-page which mentions about it and has links to documents.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_World_Figure_Skating_Championships

    As for why Australia hasn't bid for Worlds or even Junior Worlds since then, there are a number of factors. Money is the major one, plus the volunteer workforce. Last year the World Junior Speedskating championships were held at the Icehouse. Great event. But it took 3 years of planning to put it on. And that is at a ready made rink. If you were to host an international event such as Worlds you basically have to hire a stadium and put down ice which is extremely expensive.

    If you want to hold an international event, you have to be prepared to possibly take financial loss, not to mention exhaust your volunteer workforce. Just ask those who hosted the JGP in 2011. Even having Nationals is tiring enough.
     
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  11. TheIronLady

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    Well Willie you need to lead the charge. I think it would be so great idea to have a Four Continents in Australia. I would travel across the oceans to Melbourne or Sydney for it. They need to start planning and rounding up the volunteers!

    One of my favorite memories of 2003 Worlds in Washington, DC was the crazy volunteer ladies yelling at the television screens in the halls where they were working about how Michelle better get some 6.0s. I've never seen women get so loud toward a TV.

    It may be unrealistic until Australian skating gets a new dose of enthusiasm, but anything is possible with a few committed individuals and support from some powerful people.
     
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  12. Bunny Hop

    Bunny Hop Perpetually learning Dutch Waltz

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    Thanks. I knew it had to be either 2000 or 2001, as 2000 was the last year I worked at SBS. I remember them announcing we were going to show Worlds in one of our weekly meetings.....and then never hearing about it again!
     
  13. Bunny Hop

    Bunny Hop Perpetually learning Dutch Waltz

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    Slightly off topic, but for those Australian skating fans who have Foxtel, be aware that ESPN-2 (Channel 509) will be showing highlights from the US Figure Skating Championships at 6pm each night between 26th Feburary and 1st March.
     
  14. Ozzisk8tr

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    Just a bit of news from out West. The skater Tara Amin's mother past away from a brain haemorrhage on the 13th of Feb. Not sure if any of the Aussie skaters know Tara or her Mum but they were very close and Carla (mother) was only 50, and was always at the rink with her daughter. Very sad.
     
  15. Aussie Willy

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    Thanks for that. I am just going to have to subscribe to the sports channel then (which I don't get at the moment).

    I understand it was very sudden and one of those freak situations. I had dealt with Karla when she contacted me regarding Tara's skating re Victoria. Very sad to hear. She was a very nice person.
     
  16. AndyWarhol

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    I dont have Foxtel, but that is exciting!
     
  17. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Here are Brooklee Han's first 2 blog posts for the Australian Olympic Committee's site:

    April 17: http://corporate.olympics.com.au/news/brooklee-han-takes-flight-blog
    May 3: http://corporate.olympics.com.au/news/a-fork-in-the-road-brooklee-s-blog
    Re-posting this March 2013 article on Danielle O'Brien/Greg Merriman (the original link I posted has since changed to this one): http://corporate.olympics.com.au/news/figure-skaters-find-silver-lining
     
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  18. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

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    I guess it's all about Brooklee Han now and there's no more news on Cheltzie Lee?
     
  19. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    The last news posted here about Cheltzie Lee was in December 2012 -- she had competed in local events last summer (winter in Australia) but missed Nationals in December reportedly due to injury. She hasn't competed internationally since 2011 Worlds. :(
     
  20. Aussie Willy

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    Seeing this is the Aussie Skating thread, have to mention that Nationals will take place in Melbourne this year.
     
  21. misskarne

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    And the two competitions for international ranking points are Hollins and Wintersun.

    (I think it's much smarter to have two instead of one.)
     
  22. AndyWarhol

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    that is exciting!
     
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    Is Stephanie Zhang planning on continuing this season after making her big comeback last year?
     
  24. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Skate DownUnder will be held in Sydney, not Brisbane as originally thought. It's likely the official announcement will be circulated in the coming days. Its a first ever for Sydney to have an international ISU figure skating event. Very exciting.
     
  26. misskarne

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    :eek:

    Even better! I can drive!

    Do you know which rink? Any hotel recommendations nearby? *planning*
     
  27. aussieSKATES

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    That's brilliant news. I'll put a pre-announcement message on Facebook at aussieskates.com
     
  28. Rae35

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    SkateDownunder will be held at Canterbury Ice Rink. Hotels nearby still require a car or taxi ride. There's Comfort Hotel in Burwood, Spanish Inn at Strathfield South about a 5 min drive but not many services nearby. I suspect most people will stay at Bankstown International (15 minute drive) because there is a big shopping centre across the road. The other fabulous option is Sydney Olympic Park - which is a lot of fun and where the Sydney Olympics was held. Also a 15 minute drive
    Public transport is not great around Canterbury Ice Rink but it is only a 10 min walk from either Canterbury or Campsie Railway Stations, but I wouldn't recommend walking to Canterbury Railway Station at night (through a park)
     
  29. Ozzisk8tr

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    Great news! No exact date yet? Oo, just saw it, sorry.
     
  30. Aussie Willy

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    How is Canterbury? Is it up and running yet?