Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by N_Halifax, Jun 8, 2013.
In 1997 at my first worlds in Lausanne, Switzerland--
Nicole Bobek--a day before Carlos died
Gwendal Peizarat after the 1998 COI. Very nice and dreamy
Philippe Candeloro, Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat at a summer camp in 1995.
I met T&D and Robin Cousins very briefly in the 1980's but it was 1991 before I got the chance to meet a lot of skaters in one go. Bizarrely there seemed to have been a second tier post Worlds tour that, even more bizarrely came to a small rink with a capacity of about 73 in East Yorkshire where I grew up. To this day I have no idea how this event ever took place but along with Steven Cousins and Joanne Conway who were the top Brits at the time, topping the bill were Klimova & Ponomarenko, Bonaly, Daniel Weiss (who was a very popular skater at the time) and Usova & Zhulin!!. Surya didn't perform that night as she was sick but the rest did. Our seats were right by the gate to the ice and the brochures had a box by each biog to get an autograph so I met them all. I remember Marina looking at me mysteriously and nodding graciously as she signed my program. She seemed like royalty to me and it was that moment where I switched my allegiance to K&P from the Duchesnays.
Wierdly the thing I remember most is Conway finally squeaking out a double axel in her second number right by us (after numerous single axels in her previous number where she was obviously trying for a double) and my Mother, who is normally very laid back and patient, just rolling her eyes and exclaiming 'At last!' right in front of her! I'm sure she heard it
I met a few of the Dodds boys today (and keep mixing them up). Very nice, polite young men. And characters. Matt's music played up so he hammed to the judges and tech panel. No fair! We're not supposed to express emotion!
I'm relieved to know Kurt and Alexei were nice as I'm a big fan of theirs too!
I never liked Stojko and this confirms why. Sounds like he's an incredible jerk.
The first skater I ever met was Kurt Browning, signing autographs at Eaton's after Lillehammer. Met him several times since then and he's always charming and always has time for the fans. Met him again last month in Vancouver for Stars on Ice, a brief conversation totally made my day.
I totally agree with you about Barb Underhill, when I attended my first Skate Canada in Kamloops in 1998 she was commentating for CTV. She would blast through crowds of fans totally ignoring them. If she did get caught for an autograph she signed rather begrudgingly. Paul Martini, on the other hand, who was slightly more pleasant, would sign for fans if he had to. And if you asked he'd sign her name too!
Victor Kraatz is so nice! As is Josee Chouinard. I've never been a big fan of Jennifer Robinson's, but I've never seen her be anything less than super pleasant and accommodating to her fans either.
Shae-Lynn Bourne & Viktor Kraatz
Marina Anissina & Gwendal Peizerat
Isabelle Delobel & Olivier Schoenfelder
Kati Winkler & René Lohse
All of them were super nice especially Winkler, Lohse, Schoenfelder and Kraatz.
I got a tweet from Ashley Wagner once but I'm pretty sure that doesn't count, haha. I live in the Detroit suburbs, so I'm hoping that one day I'll be able to meet Meryl and Charlie, the Shibutanis, Alissa Czisny, or Jeremy Abbott!
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.