Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by N_Halifax, Jun 8, 2013.
Yu-Na Kim on Boxing day in 2007!
Well, in that case, some of my tweets have been "favorited" by Max Aaron...and he and a few other skaters have "liked" comments I made on Facebook.
I'd LOVE to get a direct tweet or message!
P.S. Good luck meeting your Detroit-based skaters! And welcome to FSU!!
EDIT: Actually Maddie Aaron has sent me a few short thank you messages on Facebook. All the Aaron kids seem very polite, sweet and kind.
I had to kick Adam Rippon out of my seat in 2005 at Nationals in Portland and have maintained contact ever since, met Johnny just prior to Festa in April, 2009 and went as his guest to all performances just outside Seoul. I met Yuna Kim at the elevator at the skaters' hotel during the same time period as well as Brian Orser and David Wilson. For some reason, Brian Boitano now speaks to me every year at Nationals, and had an extended conversation with Frank Carroll this year at Nationals.
The most humorous introduction that I had was to Delilah Sappenfield, who a lot of people think I look like. The fact that I'm probably about 15 years olders, a foot taller and can't skate is of no consequence, which both of us found amusing. The most unexpected incident was when Dick Button walked up to me and asked what the name and hometown of the skater on the ice was at 2008 Nationals.
Rudy Galindo, August 2003, with his first hip surgery Even in pain, he was extremely polite and utterly adorable.
Alissa Czisny, I took an adult skating clinic (spins and footwork) from her and Amber. She was very sweet, and taller than I expected. She was so quiet, her sister did most the talking. It was fun, because she kept asking me to demonstrate things, since I was the only CW spinner in the group, I think she was favoring me.
I also took a clinic the day before from Jonathan Cassar (jumps and "style on ice/transition moves"). I didn't know who he was at the time, but man, I couldn't have found a better person to learn transition moves from. He did show us the spread eagles!
Thank you so much! I've been lurking FSU for quite some while Ashley tweeted me because ESPNW was doing a Q and A thing and they picked my question. It's not much, but she's my favorite skater and I was so excited to have her tweet me!
I know what you mean...every time a skater acknowledges my existence in any way it feels like I've won some kind of prize!
Was this Grimsby by any chance? Just asking because one of my first encounters was with Bestemianova and Bukin, Barber and Slater and Vladimir Kotin at a Grimsby show. I think the Cushleys, Joanne Conway and Gina Fulton were there as well but I went a few times so I may be mixing up shows. If it was, the reasoning behind it was that there was an ISU dance official ( I want to say Lawrence Demmy but not 100% certain) lived in the area and used to give feedback to the dancers on their programmes, the rink would then organise shows whilst they were there. I can remember it being very odd watching them perform on such a small rink. My then boyfriend used to be invited to skate in the shows too so we did get to spend a lot of time all the skaters together at the hotel etc
Around that time as well they did a few second tier type shows I remember meeting Kurt Browning and Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall at a show in Swindon and also an international Skate Electric event at Bracknell(?) which included a young Kristi Yamaguchi and Rudy Galindo. You talk about Chery Peake and Andrew Naylor and I was in Canada with them when they trained with Mr Leitch and we hired a car together to go to see Niagara falls with a young american pair whose names escape me. When we first arrived in Canada there was no house for us so we first shared with Doug Ladret and then moved in with Cynthia Coull for the rest of our stay. Seems very weird looking back on it now, lots of great memories but seems like a different world!
Alex Shibutani has direct messaged me twice.
In real life I met Kimmie Meissner in 2007 shortly after her world champion win. She was an absolute angel, still one of my biggest highlights from my skating years.
I handed a can of Coca-Cola over to Dean Copely once, but our fingers didn't even touch
I met Kristi Yamaguchi at an event in DC last year where she was promoting her new book at the MLK library. It was a very poorly advertised event and most people happened to be there by chance, randomly milling around with their kids. I got there late so I wasn't sure if she'd already left, and had to run around like an idiot trying to inconspicuously peer at every Asian female in the room to see if it was her in the end it turned out that she hadn't even arrived yet and she was waaaaaaay tinier than anyone else in the room. She was kind enough to sign my skate and asked me where I skated and told me that she'd been there many times I was too shell shocked to say anything coherent!
Sarah Abitbol & Stephane Bernadis at Golden Spin 2001 where they qualified for the 2002 Olympics.
They were my first famous skaters to meet and I was petrified.
Sarah didnt talk to me.
Stephane was nice and spelled my name correctly writing "Big kiss KOSJENKA".
I was so pissed off when they left before the gala. I still have a penguin toy I intended to give to them.
I think the statute of limitations on keeping this quiet has passed (14 years.) When I was working on gun control, Christy Ness got in touch with me to see if there was something she and Kristi Y could do for the cause. I was so excited and pleased. As it turned out, nothing really worked out but my colleagues were teasing me for weeks that this was the only celebrity that I had gotten excited about -- there were Hollywood people we worked with, but that didn't do much for me.
First of all, I am aging myself as I saw all of the 1961 team because they were at our rink to practice for North Americans in Philly, ugh, very sad memories, one of my high school friends lost her dad and stepmom. And my list is of Americans except isn't Lori Nichols Canadian now, but I believe she skated at our rink as a child, she remembered me. Scott Hamilton was there as a residential teenager perhaps through '83, I think he was gone by the Os he won in 84, with coach Don Laws who was making a return (I think I took from him as a wee one when he was first there), Kitty and Peter Carruthers came from Wilmington to see Scott and do exhibitions lots, they were teenagers together, Todd Eldredge lived there at age 10-15 and I believe he had the triple axel at 10, he was a jumping bean, Susie Wynne and Joe Druar went to high school and skated out of our rink and had to get weighed in each day, Craig Maurizzi about the same, all (including others I can't remember) with Richard Callaghan as coach, and it was Brent Bommentre's home rink and he had various partners especially Kim Navarro. Oh, Paul Wylie came once to our rink and I tried to get him to sign a picture of my oldest with her dance partner at age 10 in Intermediate, and he was not pleased and thought it was some girl someone forced him to take through dances. Nicole Bobek came at about age 13, she looked 23, maybe 33, clearly no mother in sight, and, sigh, I think she kind of wanted a bigger fuss made over her than we did (we were all busy with a competition, I think she was in it). Ashley Wagner was there for a competition with her coach before Priscilla Hill, can't remember her name but coach was intense and grouchy and Ashley had gorgeous posture, even then. Oops, this is supposed to be the first, and as usual I went overboard. But the fact that all of these people were in little old Ardmore blows my mind sometimes. Of course, when Richard was there, High Test meant 4-5th figure test and above, so they took our ice, and in the end, it sort of all fell apart and most of the crowd left, and then we could get our own Medium and Low skaters and even our little kids back to full ice time.
damn... Do i have to be honest? Fine... It was Jeni Meno... total repulsive B%$#H... Todd Sand was Super. If i were a liar i would say Shizuka... She was glorious. I remember shaking her hand and thinking it belonged to a toddler. Watching her in practice in 2005 summer was breathtaking. My favorite was Patrick Chan at the DSC. That dude is beyond incredible to watch practice but as normal in person as a landscaper. Met my share of coaches ( Tarasova was my fav) and skaters but i gotta say that Patrick was surreal and awe-inspiring.
Alexander Abt in November 1999. There as a show all the clubs from our "state" participated in and Sasha Abt was one of the guests. Totally fell in love with him and his skating back then and all the mothers were
Barb Underhill. Unfortunately she was a miserable "B"
Johnny Weir after the 2005 US Nationals medal ceremony. He was very nice and signed for every last fan.
No it was Hull Ice Arena actually. I have heard about those Grimsby shows although I never saw them. I remember the Skate Electric event at Bracknell - I want to say it was a team event from memory but I coudn't be sure. It was televised in the fall of 1988 but I've long since recorded over my tapes Still I do remember Yamaguchi & Galindo with their amazing sbs triples very vividly. Weren't Shishkova/Naumov also there?
Johnny Weir after the holiday show at the Ice Vault in 2007, I was so nervous meeting him even though others who had met him kept telling me how nice he was to his fans. Anyway, I got his autograph and Johnny told me to be careful that sharpies smudge on magazine covers so I shouldn't let anything touch the cover until it dried. Then we posed for a photo but when I checked the photo (thank goodness for digital cameras), I noticed that my son had cut my and Johnny's heads off in the picture. I was standing to the side in the lobby and I guess Johnny must had seen my facial expression because he called over to me "it didn't come out?" I said no and he immediately came over so we could have the photo retaken. I was so impressed by that. I was lucky enough to meet Johnny several times after that at other Ice Vault and Floyd Hall shows and he always remembered me which I thought was amazing considering the number of fans he meets at each show.
I met Peter Tchernyshev at the supermarket. He was with his mother who was visiting from Russia. Very friendly, extremely beautiful (like artwork), and I think happy to be recognized in front of his mother.
I had the opportunity to meet Sasha Cohen when she was training in Hackensack, NJ. She was so sweet. My daughter who loves her was not with me so Sasha ran into the skating office and found a picture to autograph for her.
I also rode a shuttle bus from airport to hotel with Johnny Weir for 2011 Nationals. Very well dressed, nice luggage, and talkative. He and my friend's teenage daughter got into a nice discussion about his campaign with MAC cosmetics.
I also met Cheltzie Lee tonight. Very quiet, but polite.
She was mean and SO grouchy. Todd was discretely apologetic for her disposition. It was at Skate America in 1995 i believe at Joe Louis Arena
I want to say in general that skaters are nicer than many other athletes. (I have worked with a few such on cause-related campaigns and let's just say I would not date a baseball player. Ever.) Part of it is that they are not immersed in the macho crap that goes with major male-dominated sports in the U.S. and part of it is that, now that skating is unfortunately a niche sport again, they are so happy and flattered to be recognized unless they are at the very top of the pyramid. And even then, some are just lovely.
I talked to little Tukh at Euros this past winter. I think her English is next to non-existent and she is so small I felt like I needed to crouch down to be eye-to-eye (I'm 5'6"!) but she was very sweet. And despite what most people think of him, Mr. Amodio was also quite polite and nice.
I met Brian Orser when he was signing autographs at a Winter Carnival - he was extremely nice. And around the same time (and ongoing for a few years after), I skated at Rohene Ward's rink. He's also very nice and great fun, but sharing training sessions that he was on was a bit frightening. He's very very fast, so there was a lot of plastering myself against the boards while the hurricane force wind went by.
I was thinking that Underhill tragically lost her young daughter in 1993 and it was horrible and I'm trying to give her the benefit of the doubt but, in spite of her loss, she should maybe try to be nice to people when in public. She started a foundation in her daughter's name and brushing people off like that doesn't help with public relations/generating funds. Maybe I'm wrong.
Oh dear. That's three strikes against Underhill so far!
Poor Barb Underhill, can't catch a break! So she had some off days 15 or 20 years ago and she is permanently doomed as a nasty bit of goods! It must be really hard being a famous person, expected to be "on" all the time, gracious and cordial to everyone. That having been said, I really do get how painful it must feel when you really admire a skater, have got maybe 5 or 10 seconds to get their attention and then those 5 or 10 seconds happen to be not their best 5 or 10 of that day. I've got friends who had really positive exchanges with Barb, later on in her career. It's quite possible that when she was commentating, she was completely focused on her job to the exclusion of all else and early on, just plain green and didn't know how to handle such things with grace.
Anyway, my first real meet was with Toller Cranston and it was fabulous! I too was worried that I might catch him at the wrong time but I went to his studio with a good friend who is related to him. This was her birthday gift to me! Wow! It was wonderful! He was absolutely hilarious, very much melodramatic and generous with his time. I dined out on that story for quite a while I can tell you.
I was served by Brian Orser in his restaurant many years ago but was too tongue-tied to say much of anything. And I met Ellen Burka who showed me some of her Toller paintings; what a lovely lady!
These meetings really do mean a lot to us, don't they? I think Kurt really gets that, perhaps more than any skater around.
For sure, I was lucky enough to go to a Stars on Ice reception a few years ago. There were a lot of people there, poor Kurt never made it in the door....all the fans wanted to talk to him, get autographs, pictures, etc. Someone brought him a plate of food so he could continue giving each fan his undivided attention. Total class act. My all time favourite skater, on and off the ice.
I also met Virtue & Moir at Stars on Ice this year, we were staying in the same hotel in Vancouver. Returning there after breakfast the morning after the show Scott was standing in front of the hotel. He was alone, so I kinda nodded to him & said great show last night, that turned into quite a conversation that lasted a few minutes until Tessa came out and joined in. Both totally charming.
I agree completely. And to call someone a "bitch" just because of that is a bit too much, in my opinion.
My first famous skater on the scale of "OMG I've seen you on TV" was Peter Tchernyshev. He and Naomi taught a skating clinic at my rink. He held my hand while I worked on forward progressives.
Mine is Dorothy Hamill........she skated at a local rink with my son!
I was on holiday in Russia in 2002 and came across a show which featured lots of skaters, so I went!
At the end of the show, I met Surya Bonaly and asked her politely in French whether I could take a picture with her. She was just extremely lovely, and asked me what I was doing in Russia / what I thought of Russia etc., We had a nice chat, and needless to say, I have liked her ever since.
have been in the US for the last 5 years and still haven't met any skater i would love to meet. i would love to meet gordeeva, browning, chris dean, peizerat among the retired ranks, and virtue/moir, volosozhar/trankov, savchenko/szolkowy among the amateurs. johnny weir would be awesome to meet as well!
I can vouch for that. I met her after a taping of Battle of the Blades a few years ago, and I found her to be very friendly!
Scrufflet, I envy your meeting Toller and Mrs. Burka!
I get that, but she wasn't commentating at the time I saw her, she was walking towards the booth during a flood of the ice. I forget who her co-commentator was (probably Rod Black), but whoever it was, they were very kind and willing to sign autographs (I had no idea who it was at that age, though). People are entitled to their off days, however even if she didn't want to be bothered, she could have said something a bit nicer, or at least just been polite. To me, her being at a rink, publicly, for a major event, would be like Brad Pitt being at a movie premiere, refusing to sign autographs.
That's too bad (not being sarcastic). I hope your next meet is positive and memorable.
A humorous one for you all:
Years ago we were at a Stars On Ice and I was hoping to get up close and personal with Kurt (didn't happen) and David Pelletier. We had on-ice tickets and he approached at the end of the show, closer, closer, stopped in front of me and shook my hand. Sigh... And he looked quite past me, locked eyes with a little girl of about 9, reached through the crowd and had a conversation with her. Agghhh! She was asked who her fave skater was and said "the funny one" , meaning Kurt in his clown routine! Now is that fair? All the way home we were laughing about it and plotting to borrow somebody's cute kid for next year, maybe put a fake bandage on her and plonk her in front for maximum skater attention! You've got to laugh!
So near, and yet so far!
What a great story.
Seems funny that I have been watching skating since the late 50's and hadn't met anyone. Then this year I attended the meet and greet at CSOI in Vancouver and met Tessa and Scott and had pictures taken with them. They had been seated for everyone when pics being taken. When it was my turn, Tess asked where I was from and when I answered Wiiliams Lake she said they had no idea were that was. I told her 350 miles north of Vancouver. She laughed and said that if I could travel so far to see them the least they could do was stand up for the pics. They spent alittle time talking with my grandaughter and me. They were very kind and gracious. I know there has been a lot of talk on other threads about Scott, but he appeared kind, funny and very charmingly normal.
Both were truly wonderful and I wish the same for you! For years, I wanted to meet Kurt and it never happened. Even a few of my non-skating friends had met him. Just did not seem fair! At SOI this year, I sat beside Teenes and told her this, laughing about it, and guess what! I actually got a hug from Kurt at the end of the show! What an absolute delight! I guess if you wait long enough.....
I was flying back from Worlds in Moscow and she was on my return flight up in Business class. Someone else from my tour talked to her before our Delta flight departed. I saw her in Customs in NY, gathering all her luggage.
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