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    Haiti to host first-time, much-delayed ice skating show

    Associated Press article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...014_story.html
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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Doubters said it was crazy to try to put on an ice show in the blazing Caribbean heat that bakes one of the world’s poorest countries.

    Yet, after nearly a year of postponement after postponement, it looks as if “Haiti on Ice” will actually happen. This weekend. Maybe. If the ice doesn’t melt.
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    “Many problems happened,” Yrius said. The heat was the chief one, besting his ice-making machinery. “It’s not strong enough to keep the ice.”

    The delays have become something of a running joke for Haitian media.

    After yet another cancellation, journalist Claude Bernard Serant quipped about Haiti being a country “where the possible is impossible.”

    But Yrius says this time the show will really go on. He hopes.

    This weekend’s performers include Russian-born figure skater Elena Glebova, the French pair skater Yannick Bonheur, German figure skater Annette Dytrt and British Olympian Penny Coomes.

    Tickets run $4.50 for children to $50 for the best seats in the house, a steep price for people in Haiti, where many don’t have steady work and the average annual income is about $400.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Haiti on Ice sounds like a good opportunity for the sport to be exposed. I am all for expanding the skating empire.

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    It's a struggle for even the best quality rinks in North America (aside from, perhaps, the Arizona rinks) to keep their ice in quality shape when they encounter a strong string of 90*F+ days.

    Not that Haiti gets that chilly in the winter... but one would think it'd be a better business plan to schedule this in the dead of winter, when the high temperatures are generally 15-20*F cooler?

    It's great that they are trying, though. I'm all for spreading the sport, at it's great that based on the photos of the article they are using the rink as a public skating surface in the meantime!

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    Magical realism is not a literary genre in Haiti; it is a factual description. No one need look any further for an emblem of how deeply flawed is the government and leadership of this most beleaguered of nations.

    I see the surface humor of it, but it wore off quickly, like a shot of novocaine, and it's just kind of painful.

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    Associated Press follow-up article: Haiti's much-delayed ice show is postponed
    Organizer Francois Yrius said that half of the show's dozen performers missed their flights to the Caribbean nation for the show that was supposed to start Friday. He says the performers are now due to arrive on Saturday, and the show should begin on Sunday.

    The four-day "Haiti on Ice" show aims to bring together several international figure skaters, including Russian-born figure skater Elena Glebova and the French pair skater Yannick Bonheur.
    Glebova competed her short program today in Hackensack, New Jersey (she signed up for the FS tomorrow): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post3979546
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    This topic reminded me about this August 2012 article/news video on Canadian skater Maxime-Billy Fortin who was born in Haiti: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-...haiti-1.903781
    (Fortin wrote a comment dated January 2013 in response to some of the negative comments re. the article.)
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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