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    I know! What are the odds! Speaking of what are the odds? Wouldn't you know it... I've got something else to share.

    Alexandra Najarro's skating career to date has been a lesson in dedication. Rising through and finding great success in the novice and junior ranks, Alexandra has spent the last four years competing on the senior level in Canada and twice in that period has finished in the top five at Nationals. She's represented Canada internationally on the Junior Grand Prix circuit, at Junior Worlds and the Four Continents Championships as well in 2012. Alexandra, who is certainly a very fluid and artistic skater as evidenced through her work with choreographer Shae-Lynn Bourne, is a student of two time Canadian Champion and Skate Canada Champion Tracey Wainman. She took the time to speak with me about her accomplishments to date, working with Tracey Wainman, goals going forward in skating and much more in this wonderful Canada Month Skate Guard interview:

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    Canada Month continues with a healthy dose of skating history - "The Roaring Twenties Of Canadian Figure Skating" take a look at the faces of Canadian skating in the 1920's:

    http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2014/...igure.html?m=1

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    Thanks for adding to what I knew.

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    You're welcome, skatesindreams! I'm always so interested to go back to put pieces together and try to tell parts of stories not everyone might know about. Have a BIG skating history piece coming this week for Throwback Thursday.

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    Wonderful!

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    I've got another new interview online - fast and furious as promised! This one is with Canadian Silver Medallist Jayson Dénommée:

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    #ThrowbackThursday: The 1981 Canadian Championships In Halifax. #CanadaMonth continues with figure skating history from my own backyard. Old newspapers, magazines and even rolls of microfilm made for the ultimate history project - rediscovering the first of only three times the Canadian Figure Skating Championships were held in Nova Scotia (the year before I was born)! From hometown winners Marie McNeil and Rob McCall to then rising stars Brian Orser, Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini to a young upstart named Tracey Wainman, take a trip back in time in Canadian figure skating history this Thursday:

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    Teaming up after a tryout in Barrie, Ontario in February 2009, Ontario born Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam incredibly won the Canadian Junior ice dance title and the silver medal at the World Junior Championships in their first season competing together. Winning the bronze medal the following season on the senior level at Nationals, Alex and Mitch dropped to fifth at the Nationals the next year. Making a change and moving to Detroit to train with Pasquale Camerlengo and Olympic Silver Medallist Angelika Krylova paid off in dividends. This past season, their skating improved by leaps and bounds and the dazzling duo of twenty-something's regained their spot on the podium at Canadian Nationals and earned spots on Canada's 2014 Olympic and World teams, finishing in the top ten at their first World Championships as a team. This WONDERFUL ice dance team took the time out of their training schedule to talk to me about their training, debut at Olympics and Worlds, focuses going forward, favourite skaters and much more in this interview you'll just love:

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    The latest is all about books, books, books!

    Expanding Your Library: 6.0 Must Have Canadian Figure Skating Books. Canada Month wouldn't be complete without a look at some required reading for figure skating fans not only in Canada but everywhere:

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    With over thirty years of coaching experience under her belt coaching the best of the best - including Elvis Stojko, Jennifer Robinson, Steven Cousins, Takeshi Honda, Jeffrey Langdon and Alaine Chartrand - Michelle Leigh is really without question one of Canada's top coaches. A recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, Michelle has worked with skaters from over twenty countries and is now the Director Of Competitive Skating at Ontario's Oakville Skating Club after focusing her coaching at the Mariposa Club for many years. As part of Skate Guard's Canada Month, I think it was only too important that I had chance to speak with one of Canada's greatest skating coaches and Michelle was an absolute pleasure to interview. We talked about what inspires her, her own skating career, coaching under the IJS judging system and much more in this interview I think you'll just love:

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    I enjoyed the interview, thank you. But does Michelle Leigh really think Elvis Stojko won two olympic gold medals?

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