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Skate Guard (Updates, New Blogs & Interviews)

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by N_Halifax, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Your poem brought many smiles.

    'St. Dick's" response was a joy; bringing me to tears.
    I can't help but miss him!
     
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  2. Spun Silver

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    SIMPLY FABULOUS. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, INCLUDING ST. DICK!
     
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  3. N_Halifax

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    Thank you all and so glad you (and Dick) enjoyed this! Was a lot of fun to put together. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all! :)
     
  4. Scrufflet

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    I absolutely love it that Uncle Dick saw this! I'll be passing it on!
     
  5. N_Halifax

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  6. N_Halifax

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    The latest on the blog:

    I Can Do Better: Talking About IJS Skating's PC(S) Culture. Has the IJS judging system's adoption of Program Component Scores (PCS) as opposed to a general mark for Artistic Impression or Presentation generated a skating culture and a fan base that is less interested in the artistic side of skating? I asked some of skating's biggest fans this very question:

    http://www.facebook.com/SkateGuard
    http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2014/12/i-can-do-better-talking-about-ijs.html
     
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  7. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    This is one of your most meaningful and important pieces thus far, Ryan!
     
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  8. Josh78

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    Thanks for quoting me in the piece Ryan!
     
  9. Scrufflet

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    Thank you for this! Having crammed Russian Nationals into a very short period of time, it was even more noticeable. It seemed to me that the men were all indistinguishable from one another, same music, all looking angry, scooting from one jump to the next. Despite all that talent, the ladies weren't much better (for me). Leonova was the only one who was a joy to watch. There was a new to me dance team which was a breath of fresh air but most pairs and dance were cookie cutter stuff. And I'm not just bashing Russia. There is an American announcer who drives me crazy - only talks about points for this jump and how many points needed for a podium spot. I try to tune him out and just watch the artistry. For me this year, I want to see Abbott, Brown and Wagner.
    I was about to start a thread that bears some relation to what you're talking about here and probably still will. Great you got the discussion going here. We need it.
     
  10. N_Halifax

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    Glad you enjoyed this piece! It's a conversation that I think bears SO much important discussion. :)

    Speaking of discussion, the very first #SkateGuard blog of 2015 is up and it's an interesting one to say the least. Mabel Davidson: Skating's First Female Star takes a look at the untold story of a young Minnesota skater known as 'the Champion Lady Of The World' who toured Europe in the nineteenth century to critical acclaim... ice skating with her bicycle:

    http://www.facebook.com/SkateGuard
    http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2015/01/mabel-davidson-skatings-first-female.html
     
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  11. Josh78

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    Great look back into an era of unknown skating history!
     
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  12. skatesindreams

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    I thought I was well-versed.
    However, thank you for the introduction to someone new to me!
     
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  13. N_Halifax

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    I have to say... Mabel Davidson's story completely fascinates me beyond belief! One has to wonder what she would have achieved in skating had she not passed away at such a young age.
     
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  14. N_Halifax

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    If you followed figure skating in the eighties, chances are you've watched some amazing performances by my latest interview victim. Angelo D'Agostino was very much a contender both within the U.S. and internationally during that decade and after turning professional, he embarked on a professional career that would see him perform around the world, coach and choreograph and even install shows on cruise shops for Willy Bietak Productions. You name it, he's done it... and I think you're going to love the candor with which Angelo talks about his life in skating in this must read interview:

    http://www.facebook.com/SkateGuard
    http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2015/01/interview-with-angelo-dagostino.html
     
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  15. skatesindreams

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    Ryan, there is something wrong with the link.
     
  16. N_Halifax

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  17. skatesindreams

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    I finally got through.
    Finding out more about Angelo's life and success was a special pleasure; as I've been aware of his skating since the early 1980's!
     
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  18. N_Halifax

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    So glad you enjoyed the interview with Angelo, skatesindreams! Such a well spoken, intelligent person with a real passion for his work -- and a great sense of humor to boot. :)

    The latest on the blog is Thinking Outside The Box Formation: A Step Into The World Of Synchronized Skating, which takes a look at the upcoming 2015 World Synchro Skating Championships in Hamilton, ON. I talked with Sean McKinnon, the father of a NEXXICE skater and a passionate advocate of synchronized skating as well as Lee Chandler, the lone male member of the senior NEXXICE team and also looked at the important and much debated question as to whether or not synchro would make a great addition to the Olympic lineup:

    http://www.facebook.com/SkateGuard
    http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2015/01/thinking-outside-box-formation-step.html
     
  19. N_Halifax

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    The latest on #SkateGuard:

    A Rocker To Reichenau: Skaters, Monks And Shipwrecks. Imagine going for an afternoon skate and stumbling upon an ancient shipwreck! It happened in Germany in 2006 and I talked to Dr. Martin Mainberger, an underwater archaeologist who was directly involved in the underwater study and preservation of this wreck:

    http://www.facebook.com/SkateGuard
    http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2015/01/a-rocker-to-reichenau-skaters-monks-and.html

    Also, look for the blog in this month's edition of U.S. Figure Skating's SKATING Magazine!
     
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  20. N_Halifax

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    What's that? Another new interview?

    This one's with Sandra Garde! It was an unbelievable pleasure to speak with this very accomplished skater and choreographer! For those of you who aren't familiar with her skating, as an amateur she won the French junior title and three senior medals at French Nationals and represented France internationally at the World Junior Championships, Skate Canada, Trophee Lalique and many other international events. Professionally, she's won the Trophee Lalique PROFESSIONAL event in France twice, toured with Holiday on Ice, Willy Bietak Productions, Inc. and Disney On Ice and choreographed for a who's who of skaters. You know all of those amazingly creative performances you see coming from French skaters? Chances are Sandra's had a hand in that! I'm excited to share this one so first things first, grab yourself something to drink and when you're back, get ready for an amazing interview!:

    http://www.facebook.com/SkateGuard
    http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2015/01/interview-with-sandra-garde.html

    #SkateGuard is also featured in this month's U.S. Figure Skating SKATING Magazine along with the hilarious Michael Buckley and the genius Boys Who Score! Check it out. ;)
     
  21. skatesindreams

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    That was enlightening and wonderful.
    I knew very little about Sandra except for the telecasts of her programs.
     
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  22. N_Halifax

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    She's quite well known in France but wasn't a skater that got a lot of air time with North American audiences. Such an interesting and unique style... I just think she's so cool!
     
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  23. skatesindreams

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    I left an additional comment on your FB page, also.
     
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  26. skatesindreams

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    How obscure and interesting!
    I had no idea.
     
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  27. N_Halifax

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    This was a 'new to me' thing too when I stumbled upon it! From one form of show biz to another. :)
     
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  28. N_Halifax

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    The latest on the blog:

    Interview With Courtney Hicks. To me, there's something really special about Courtney Hicks' skating. She's a powerhouse of a jumper and if you look at her performances on the Grand Prix this season (fourth place finishes at both Skate Canada in Kelowna and Trophée Éric Bompard in Bordeaux) you definitely see a skater with a renewed fire to succeed this season and a lot of marked improvement going on in terms of the way she's presenting herself as a skater. It was an absolute pleasure to have chance to speak with her about the growth in her skating this year, her goals going into this week's U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina and much more in this interview you're going to just love:

    http://www.facebook.com/SkateGuard
    http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2015/01/interview-with-courtney-hicks.html
     
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    Another brand new interview to get your Nationals Week started on the right skate:

    Interview With Liam Firus. It's Nationals Week in both Canada and the U.S. so after Sunday's interview with Courtney Hicks who'll be vying for a medal this week in Greensboro, it would be only fair to share a brand new interview with one of the medal contenders at this year's Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Kingston, Ontario. The reigning senior men's bronze medallist in Canada, Liam Firus is also a former Canadian junior champion and represented our country in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics! An athletic skater with an understated elegance about his performances, Firus is B.C. born and raised but is currently training in Colorado Springs. He'll take to the ice to try to defend his national podium finish this Friday and Saturday at the Rogers K-Rock Centre, but before he does he wants you to know a bit more about him! In this interview we talked about how he started skating, what makes him homesick for the West Coast, his favourite songs and much more. You'll love it!:

    http://www.facebook.com/SkateGuard
    http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2015/01/interview-with-liam-firus.html