Skate Guard (Updates, New Blogs & Interviews)

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    Born to Filipino parents, California's Christopher Caluza took up skating at age seven and after finding success as a national competitor within the U.S. made the difficult decision to represent the country of his parent's birth in international competition. It has paid off in dividends! Christopher has represented The Philippines at three World Championships and three Four Continents Championships and found success in international competition around the world. It was my pleasure to talk to him at length about his competitive career, plans going forward, his thoughts on the importance of the short program and much, much more in this must read interview:

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    http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2014...014/05/interview-with-christopher-caluza.html
     
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    I shared how impressed I was by Jozef Sabovcik's thoughtful interview on your FB page.
    Many thanks!
     
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    Thanks so much, skatesindreams! I'm a huge fan of Jozef's skating. The fact he's still performing regularly at fifty (and on such a level) makes me smile. Speaking of Czech skaters, the latest on the blog is a Spotlight On Vera Hrubá Ralston... the unlikely success story of the Czech skater who went from finishing seventeenth at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen to starring alongside John Wayne on the silver screen:

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    Stay tuned to Skate Guard this week for interviews with Olympic Silver Medallist Elena Bechke, Italian Champion Ivan Righini and more! :)
     
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    Elena Bechke's story is one of perseverance. Struggling through the early part of her career, she rose to the occasion so many times with partner Denis Petrov, winning the World bronze medal in 1989, two medals at the European Championships, the 1992 Soviet title and ultimately, the Olympic silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Turning professional following that year's World Championships, Bechke and Petrov went on to be one of the most successful professional pairs teams of all time, finishing second at the World Professional Championships five times and ultimately winning the World Professional Championships in 1996. They toured with Stars On Ice for seven years and won the U.S. Professional Championships, Canadian Professional Championships, U.S. Open Professional Championships, Challenge Of Champions and ESPN Pro Championships, a later incarnation of the Legends Of Figure Skating Competition. Their skating was everything pairs skating should be: daring, difficult, beautiful and artistic. Now remarried and a mother of two, Bechke lives and coaches and North Carolina... and her daughter Sophia is an up and coming skater in her own right. Elena took the time to talk about both her "amateur" and professional careers, relationship with Petrov, Stars On Ice, her children and much more in this must read interview:

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    The latest on Skate Guard is Talkin' Bout A Revolution, Part 1 (Cecily Morrow's Proposal For Change). A student of Gustave Lussi, Carlo Fassi and Natalia Dubova, Cecily Morrow has been involved in the instruction and development of figure skating for decades. Part one of this two part blog looks at an empassioned, creative and intelligent proposal to revolutionize figure skating and judging completely. Get ready for a FASCINATING read:

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    Thanks for all this, N_Halifax! Truly appreciated. :)
     
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    You're very welcome, aftershocks! Have so much fun in the process! :)
     
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    Both parts of the Cecily Morrow interview were amazing and enlightening.
    Thanks, as always!
     
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    Thanks so much for your support skatesindreams!
     
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    Who's ready for an interview with Stéphane Walker? The two time Swiss Champion is most certainly a skater to watch. He's represented his country on some of the world's biggest stages, medalling internationally at events like the Gardena Spring Trophy and Warsaw Cup and representing Switzerland at the World Junior Championships, European Championships and World Championships, where he this year qualified to compete in the free skate. The promising twenty three year old took the time away from his busy life of studying and skating to talk to me about his career to date, focuses in training, favourite skaters, coach Myriam Loriol-Oberwiler and more in this great interview:

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    Thank you for the article about Sonja Henie.
    Very interesting and insightful.
     
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    I'm glad you enjoyed it skatesindreams - really found that particular one very interesting to write myself! :) She certainly had a very storied, accomplished and at times controversial career.
     
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    Thanks for a remarkable interview, with an even more remarkable person.
    His story - and candor - is amazing.
     
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    You're welcome! Paul was really a joy to interview and such a humble, inspired and kind soul. I'm really grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with him and delve a little deeper into his story and share that.
     
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    The solution you've suggested has merit.
    I hope that it; and other worthy ideas; are seriously considered, and come to fruition,