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    What a great news!!

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    I wish him great success!

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    Note to self: move to Orange County California ASAP!


    I hope everything goes well for him! I think he'd make a fabulous coach!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanie View Post
    That's really interesting. I don't think there would be enough support for two rinks like that, so close together. Where I am, I think we've got the nearest rink for miles. The closest I think are Oxnard and Burbank, both a half an hour drive... In Irvine I was more than willing to drive to Anaheim or Aliso Viejo, it was just a total pain. Anaheim also has, what, 2, 3 rinks? So...
    When I was in school in Claremont, there were 2 rinks in Ontario, 1.5 miles apart on the same street. Both are still open, last I checked. One of them is definitely a lot nicer than the other, though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbk View Post
    I'm not clear from the article -- is Kulik planning to become a coach?
    He has the credentials - he's a PSA Master-rated Freestyle coach.

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    He has the credentials - he's a PSA Master-rated Freestyle coach
    Indeed he is. He was so pleased to tell the Krew that he had passed his Master level exam. I thought it was so sweet - he may be an Olympic champion but he is still very much a student (of many things) and still finds excitement in accomplishments like that one. Passing that exam was a step in this larger plan and an important one. This is all very serious, very for real.

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    Bravo for him - he didn't just apply for a PSA Ranking, which is based on his skating achievements. That would have been an easy way for him to have some sort of PSA credentials alongside his name. Instead, he took several exams, written and oral, to prove his knowledge and obtain his Master rating from the PSA.

    I'm impressed and wish him well in this new venture.

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    Thank you for pointing out that Ilia did not take the easiest road (I didn't know he had another option and I'll share that with the Krew) - now you see the Ilia I know who is so sincere and so serious about skating. He's a funny guy and has a fabulous, wry sense of humor but (and I know many people who have also observed this) skating is not a joking matter with him and he is still completely passionate about it.

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    I don't want to pick out curtains with him or become an uber, lol.

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    Not a problem, LOL

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    This is great!Congrats to Ilia! I hope it is successful.

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    Ilia received Planning Commission ok to move ahead with Kulik's Skating!!!

    OC Register article http://www.ocregister.com/news/ice-2...-training.html


    Sounds like it wasn't a particularly easy evening with the other rink owner speaking against his project but he prevailed with a 4-1 vote of the commission. I hope the "opposition" doesn't appeal and Ilia can just move forward.
    Last edited by Willowway; 02-11-2011 at 01:57 PM.

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    Some of the opposition was interesting. I thought Ilia's biggest challenge would be parking.

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    Well, not having specific dates or commitments from skaters for the Grand Opening doesn't inspire confidence in the planning. Maybe they were waiting for the approval and engineering reports before starting to set things in motion.

    The other rink is intriguing, too, bringing in John Nicks. I remember a rink that opened with a big-name skating coach (Not Nicks) on staff, but he really just phoned it in after hiring a competent skating school manager who wasn't familiar with figure skating. She did well until the rink got smart and cut the big-name coach from the payroll once the contract expired.d He really didn't attract any elite students and the LTS families had no idea of who he was anyway, lol.

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    Figurespins, I'm confused (not unusual!) - which Grand Opening?


    Glenn Bushway (the other rink) already has John Nicks as Nicks has been at his other rink in Aliso Viejo for a long time. Whether Nicks is looking to take on lots of new kids? Well, I don't think so at this point in his marvelous career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willowway View Post
    Figurespins, I'm confused (not unusual!) - which Grand Opening?
    I think FigureSpins meant the grand opening of Frank Carroll's Cathedral City rink this spring: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...&postcount=135

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    Ah... Thanks Sylvia.
    Last edited by Willowway; 02-11-2011 at 03:08 PM.

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    Private lessons with Ilia at his rink just moved to the top of my most-wanted fantasy gift list

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    What I'm learning about Ilia makes me admire him even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willowway View Post
    Ilia received Planning Commission ok to move ahead with Kulik's Skating!!!

    OC Register article http://www.ocregister.com/news/ice-2...-training.html

    Reading the descriptions of the two rinks, it doesn't sound like competition to me: one sounds like a community center, one sounds like a place to really learn about figure skating.

    If I was serious about learning figure skating, I know which one I would go to.

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