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    LA Times article (illustrated with a photo of the Kween and Elena Tcherkasskaia in March 1996): http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympi...#axzz2dUxsc1y8
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    [Anthony] Liu has been looking for a buyer who might keep the facility open as a public rink. In the meantime, he has met with coaches and a parent representative, advising them to find another training site.

    Some will follow him to the new location in Cathedral City. But for many in the skating world, it won't be the same.

    "The end of an era," Carroll said. "And it's very sad."
    "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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    Very sad to see the end of an era. That nobody thought it worthwhile to combine such a beautiful setting with some sort of 'health/spa' retreat or some other potentially sustaining business, is similarly disappointing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    LA Times article (illustrated with a photo of the Kween and Elena Tcherkasskaia in March 1996): http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympi...#axzz2dUxsc1y8
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    That's a wonderful article; summarizing why this is such a loss to the sport, better than anything I've read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leapfrogonice View Post
    Very sad to see the end of an era. That nobody thought it worthwhile to combine such a beautiful setting with some sort of 'health/spa' retreat or some other potentially sustaining business, is similarly disappointing.
    It is very sad and are you sure no one thought of this? It's a great idea!

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    It is sad but perhaps inevitable. I am not sure that anyone has had the deep enough pockets ($$$) to update the physical plant, most importantly the heating/cooling systems and compressors. Ice making/preserving is an energy intense function and I would guess that Ice Castle has, as many old rinks do, an antiquated energy-gobbling ice plant. The amount of money and time necessary to keep an inefficient model running is clearly not sustainable and no one has come forward to update the mechanism, better insulate an older building, etc. Unfortunately it's all dollars and sense but it's logical.

    Will the current owner or a new owner redesign/rethink the site and build something else that capitalizes on the surrounding natural beauty? I would bet on it.

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