Skaters that have appeared in movies

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  1. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Well-Known Member

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    The OT was about skaters who appeared in movies, thread drift (that FSU affliction, oh dear!) morphed it into skaters who appeared in TV series, so here goes it: What Olympic Silver Medalist hosted Saturday Night Live, and made a field day with take-offs on "This is the corniest thing I've ever done".
  2. Moto Guzzi

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    ^Nancy Kerrigan.
  3. Laney

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    Didn´t Tara had a main character in a movie? It was something with Angel in the title i think. The other main character was Nicholle Tom from "The Nanny". It was even shown on German TV!!! But I guess it was a made for TV movie, not for cinema. If that counts, then Tanja Szewczenko also played a main character in a German TV movie called "Kasachstan Lady". And she was in severall German TV soaps as a main character. Right now she´s a police woman...
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    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

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    I know this is a bit of a tangent, but Dorothy Hamill appeared as herself in an episode of Different Strokes. She played Kimberley Drummond's skating coach.
  5. iarispiralllyof

    iarispiralllyof Active Member

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    since you guys are including television now, michelle also appeared in 2 episodes of the simpsons, family guy, MTV's made, arthur, wow wow wubzy, and sabrina the teenage witch.

    her appearances on the simpsons were awesome lol.

    she also starred in 3 disney produced prime time tv skating specials and then 1 in china
  6. DarrellH

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    Lots of Sonja Henie movies.

    Boitano, Witt, and others in Carmen on Ice.
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    There's a huge list of real skaters who appeared in Blades of Glory at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blades_of_Glory. Some notable skating doubles include:
    Chad Brennan - Will Ferrell's skating double
    Ethan Burgess - Jon Heder's skating double
    Patrick Hancock - Will Arnett's skating double / Will Ferrell's skating double 2
    Tiffany Scott - Amy Poehler's skating double
    Todd Sand - Additional skating/Jon Heder

    In OnEdge (2003), I believe there were cameos from Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi.

    And then there's the assortment of Sonia Henie movies from the 1930s and 1940s.
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    Sandra Bezic was in the Freshman with Marlon Brando - she played his skating coach and they do swing rolls together. Very nice.

    Also Shae-Lynn Bourne played Amy Smart's skating double in last year's made for tv movie 12 Dates of Christmas.

    Both of these movies were filmed in TO.
  10. taf2002

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    If we're including TV, there was also Rudy Galindo in Will & Grace. "That little witch!"
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    I love her. she may not be a star, but she's had a very respectable, successful tv career, playing pivotal characters on many noteworthy tv shows like buffy, angel and dexter
    I actually had no idea she was a figure skater until now!!
  13. Sasha'sSpins

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    Our local cable provider recently broadcast "Center Stage". I watched because it was a 'ballet' movie and was surprized when Kulik popped up in a few scenes. He did well enough as ballet dancer "Sergei".

    That's one Cohen bit part I hadn't heard of. I did see her in the CSI: NY episode-I'm a huge fan of the series.

    Don't know if it was mentioned yet but Katarina Witt appeared briefly in "Jerry McGuire". I think she was one of McGuire's former clients.

    Didn't Oksana/Pasha Grishuk have acting aspirations? Did she ever appear in anything?
  14. Aussie Willy

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    Pasha was apparently going to play the Witt role in Ronin but turned it down because of the Olympics. So that is why Witt was in the movie.

    I would have preferred to see Pasha get shot rather than Witt.

    Witt made an appearance in Jerry McGuire at the end where she was going to be a potential client.

    Jo Carter made an appearance in an Australian series called "The Cut", as a figure skater promoting beer.
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    'Pasha' :lol:

    In a scene early on when Jerry's desperately trying to reach all of his clients I could swear he mentions 'Katarina' at some point-like she's on hold on the phone along with the others. But you could be right. I do remember the scene where Katarina congratulates Jerry.
  16. geod2

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    Yeah, Julie Benz is not exactly a household name in FS circles.
    Her figure skating career was cut short by a serious injury, but she and her ice dancing partner still were able to compete in the 1988 U.S. Nationals.

    Given her determination to become a successful actress in spite of the discouraging comments by her acting coach at the time,
    I suspect she would have been quite successful in FS as well.

    She has a number of movie credits as well as a long list of TV appearances.
    I thought it was interesting that she appeared with Sylvester Stalone in "Rambo" (spent 3 months in the jungles of Thailand on location).

    http://www.yowazzup.com/2008_01_25/rambo-4-john-rambo-movie-review.html

    From competing in ice dancing at U.S. Nationals to a serious role in a Rambo
    movie.....talk about opposite ends of the spectrum!

    If we were to judge the eventual acting success of any skater who has competed at least once at their country's national championship level,
    Julie is the most successful figure skater of anyone at that level....except Sonia Henie, of course.

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  17. Jot the Dot Dot

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    Didn't Baiul have a cameo in some series about a sports agent where she, on camera, thanked her agent for helping her out in good times and bad times? And there was an episode of "Alley McBeal" where the title character has a short skating segment, but it was a stand-in, and not Calista Flockhart.
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    Ditto. I had no idea she was a skater! Loved her as Darla on Buffy & Angel.
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    Just remembered another one: Oksana Baiul had a guest role in some series called "Strong Medicine", where she played a figure skater who had epilepsy, and chose to go against her doctor's orders as his prescribed medicine would have upset her Olympic goals. Wasn't the best acting performance by her, but die-hard fans enjoyed it.
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    If I am not mistaken, Julie Benz played the 'guidance counselor/FBI agent' in the TV series Roswell. She was pretty good. I had no idea she was a figure skater.
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    Tonya Harding appeared in "Breakaway" playing the girlfriend of a criminal. And then there's her infamous "Wedding Night Video" ... :EVILLE:
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    Ice Princess, IIRC.

    Also, the Duchesnay appeared in a movie about their own life : Le feu sur la glace (translation : Fire on ice, but I don't know the real name in english).
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    Vera Hruba Ralston (CZE) went to Hollywood in the early 40's and became "The Queen of Poverty Row" courtesy of 26 movies made for Republic Pictures. She got the name "Ralston" from a cereal box.
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    Wasn't Michelle Kwan in Ice Princess?
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    I was googling Vera Ralston and found out about another skater-turned movie star I didn't know about before:

    Belita

    Another article about Belita
  26. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, as a commentator.
  27. geod2

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    That's right, she was Kathleen Topolsky in that series.
    Wow, you have a good memory to go back that far!

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004748/

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  28. Jot the Dot Dot

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    The episiode was "Silent Night", also had Marlee Matlin guest-star.
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    Tanja played "Diana" in Alles was Zahlt, a fairly far-fetched daytime German soap (which for some reason I am totally addicted to :scream: ) Funnily enough, Diana was an ice skater in the show, and becomes World champion! LOL. There are quite a few clips of Tanja skating and jumping. She left in about 2010 I believe. Tanja is a policewoman in "real life" now?! Random.
  30. briancoogaert

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    OMG, this TV-serie in which Tanja played Diana was an horror. Really ridiculous. Usually, I don't care about stupid series, but I've never been able to watch this one more than 5 minutes ! lol
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    Tara was in "Ice Angel". I think she played herself. BTW. does anyone knpow if Michelle Kwan has ral plans as a Commentator?
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    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    I guess it's possible Kwan might do an occasional special appearance as a TV skating commentator, but from her recent interviews around her Hall of Fame induction at 2012 Nationals in San Jose, it sounds like she is focusing much less on skating these days and much more on a new and different career (perhaps in public diplomacy/policy or something else).

    U.S. pair skater/national champ Katie Orscher spent about 2 years in Germany (2007-08) and was the skating double for Tanja Szewchenko while she (Tanja) was still getting back in jumping shape for her role.
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  33. Wyliefan

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    Back that far? To 1999?? Some of us can remember Mork & Mindy and Welcome Back, Kotter, youngster. :D
  34. Loves_Shizuka

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    Oh cool, I didn't know that - I did wonder, as the jumps you see her do are triples. I was wondering if Tanja was in great shape, it's edited or what.

    :lol: It really is awful, BUT it owns it's awfulness :p It's weird, as I don't watch ANY TV, yet watch this consistently. I think it knows how bad it is and actually just takes the pi$$ out of itself.
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    lol!

    I'm a good deal older than you, so I'll gladly wear the title "youngster" anytime it's offered these days!
    :D

    Anyway, it's not like JB was even remotely as well-known as M&M and WB,K back then,
    so remembering that little JB career detail from 12-13 years ago was impressive, at least to me...
    ;)

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  36. Laney

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    No, Tanja is a police woman in a TV-Series. The name of it is "Ein Fall für die Arnheimer". As much as I´m a fan of Tanja, I never watched it. Her daughter Jona also had or has a role in this series. BTW, I cried hundreds of tears when she became world champion in "Alles was zählt" because she skated to her "Speed"-LP as she did in the 1997/1998 season. It was soooo great to see her skate it again! She nearly had all the jumps by that time again. She´s still skating singles and pairs with Norman Jeschke... Would be sooo great to see her live on the ice again!
  37. Loves_Shizuka

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    ^ahh, she PLAYS a policewoman! That makes more sense :lol:

    Keep it quiet, but I also got a bit misty-eyed when she won :eek: and I agree, her skating actually looks really good!
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    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    This is realllllly a long shot but does anyone have any idea if this show is somehow available with English subtitles?
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    Bumping this up.

    Russell Peters' Breakaway is on CBC tonight. There is a pair of ice dancers in one scene. Does anyone know who they are?
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    Brian Joubert will act in a comedy TV series in France!