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2013 Michael Weiss Foundation Ice Champions Live - Sept. 15 in Laurel, MD

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by lostnfound, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. lostnfound

    lostnfound Active Member

    Just checked in with Mike - he said that there are still on-ice seating tickets available http://www.michaelweiss.org. If you are within driving distance to Baltimore/D.C. or willing/able to fly in :) this is a Not-to-be missed show!
  2. leapfrogonice

    leapfrogonice Active Member

    Hope this event is a big success. It is so admirable to see Michael Weiss helping to support up and coming skaters.
  3. kre56

    kre56 Member

    Are there any reports on the show? Michael Weiss is so generous with his contribution and support to the skaters!
  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Group photo tweeted by @BrianBoitano:
  5. RD

    RD Well-Known Member

    Just got back from the show...it was great...took lots of photos, will take weeks to get through them all :lol:

    Surprise of the day: Paul Wylie made an appearance near the end.
  6. lostnfound

    lostnfound Active Member

    Just back from the show! Another great event. The skaters were awesome as always, and everyone I talked to seemed to genuinely have a good time. Thanks to everyone here at FSU for all your kind comments leading up to the show. I have passed many of them on to Michael - he said to be sure and share how much he appreciates everyone's support for the Foundation :)
  7. Pretty Vegas

    Pretty Vegas Well-Known Member

    I went - it was a really great show. Some of the current skaters, like Adam and Richard (especially), both looked to be in pretty great shape.
  8. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Aw MAN, of course he was there the year I couldn't go!!! :wuzrobbed
  9. YukiNieve

    YukiNieve Well-Known Member

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  10. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    Paul was at the rink yesterday and today, doing a seminar for The Gardens FSC. Kind of strange planning to have 2 major events the same day, but at least the parking lot's pretty big. Based on some comments about needing to move the show on short notice, I'm guessing the seminar was planned before the show....but no problems. :) Paul came out at the end, explained he was there for a seminar, said a few nice words about Michael and his foundation, and then skated around for about a min and did a fast scratch spin at center ice.

    This was the first year I attended and so glad I had the chance to go. I hope it stays at The Gardens, but I imagine Michael and the crew would like to move it back to No VA.

    I didn't take notes, so going off memory....

    Local skater Krystal Edwards (Intermediate level?) - Are You Ready For This? Very high energy. I've never seen her skate but will keep an eye on her.

    The Next Ice Age (ice theater group headquartered at The Gardens) - Neil Diamond song (sorry, blanking on the name)

    Sierra Vanetta - skater from No. CA (not sure of level - Intermediate?), I believe she skated to Yellow River Concerto, not sure

    Gigi and Luca Becker - train locally in the Wheaton group, did their Novice FD - Bee Gees medley

    Michal Brezina - a Victor Petrenko-ish number ;), some jazzy number with a hat, jacket, and chair at center ice, had a scary-looking fall on a waxel at the beginning, but came back to land a 3flip and I think another triple

    Hoptman/Filchenkov - sounds like they also train with the Wheaton crew now - did what I assume is their SD, jazzy fast song, then Fever, then fast song again

    Dan Hollander - dressed as a cheerleader, with dress and pom-poms, Oh Mickey, Holloback Girl, and one other song I'm blanking on, did a few double jumps and a back flip

    Michael Weiss skated to a song sung by his daughter Annie Mae. She was on a platform on the middle of the ice that was carried on and off by Ryan Bradley and John Kerr. I saw her walking around the lobby before the show - I remember when she was a tiny girl on the shuttle bus at Nats with her mom...gosh, I feel old, lol

    Ricky Dornbush - slow, ballad-ish song by male vocalist, did a 3Lo out of a hydroblade, a Rippon lutz, another triple, and a backflip. Great in-between moves. Looks in great shape.

    Jeremy Barrett/Natalia Zaitseva - adagio-type pair program. Glee version of Don't Stop Believing. Some lifts, a headbanger (which I think scared the woman sitting next to me), one move that starts out as a platter lift and ends with her being swung around on Jeremy's head. Looked like they were having a great time and the crowd loved them.

    Adam Rippon - as YukiNieve said, he did his SP. Rippon 3Z, 3F-2T, 2A. Presumably the axel and combo will be upgraded for competition, but he presented the program well and looked like he was enjoying himself.

    Kimmie Meissner - big crowd reaction before and after. :) Black Eyed Peas' I've Got a Feeling. 2A and a couple other doubles. Kimmie is now coaching and is a full-time college-student, so she does not train much anymore. She played to the crowd very well and looked like she was having a great time.

    Ryan Bradley - blanking on the name of the song but it gets played a lot on the radio (sorry, that's the best I can do!). Did that move where he kicks out and sorta does a single axel. Also a back flip. I think a triple or two?

    The Kerrs - did a Scottish-themed number with John in a kilt and Sinead in a plaid dress. A couple moves where Sinead lifted John. :) Also a lift where Sinead does a handstand on John's knees. Drew lots of applause from crowd.

    Davis/Brubaker - Cry to Me. Split 2 twist, throw 3S, some nice lifts, headbanger. Seem to relate well to one another.

    Katia Gordeeva - she used to be one of the highlights of SOI each year for me and I've missed her since SOI all but disappeared (fyi, one of the prizes in the silent auction was tickets and backstage tour at 2014 SOI, so perhaps the tour will come back to DC this year?). Skated to a female jazz vocalist's rendition of Feeling Good. Sparkly purple dress, looked amazing. Tried a 2A and fell (but landed 2 in the finale :)) and landed a 2Z and 2T. But the best part of her skating is always her stroking and spins and connecting moves. :swoon:

    Capitol Steps - local synchro team, didn't recognize their music...they may be used to practicing in a larger rink, a couple of times their lines got really close to one another

    Brian Boitano - Bring Him Home. Gorgeous. Spread eagles, (I think) Tano double lutz. Just really good skating. I could watch him all day. More :swoon:

    Michael Weiss - Blurred Lines. Back flip, breakdancing moves, tornado. I think one or two triples. No twerking, though, thank goodness. :lol:

    Then Michael came out on the ice with a microphone, thanked everyone, brought out Paul Wylie, then one by one the skaters came out for the finale. Everyone just did a move in the center and they lined up for bows. Michael, Ricky, Dan, and Ryan did backflips in unison.

    I didn't go to the reception so maybe someone who did has some stories?

    Thank you to Michael and everyone who puts this show together year after year!
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2013
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  11. lulu

    lulu New Member

    Thanks for the review, sounds like a great show!
  12. AlisonS

    AlisonS Active Member

    LOVED the show! BTW, The Next Ice Age skated to Jonathon Livingston Seagull. I went with friends whose daughter was on the Synchro team - the team just started that program 3 weeks ago, so they were nervous. They are coached by Marge Weiss. I just enjoyed the whole thing from beginning to end! Sierra Vanetta sat near us after she skated. I agree with the assessment of Dornbush and Rippon. I especially thought that Rippon looked focused.
  13. YukiNieve

    YukiNieve Well-Known Member

    It was truly a great show!

    A few more impressions:

    - Gigi and Luca Becker
    This dance couple is my local favorite. Looking forward to seeing them at higher level!

    - Michal Brezina
    Looked happy after nailing 3A in the finale.

    - Richard Dornbush
    Skated to Lovers of the Light

    -Ryan Bradley

    - Kimmie Meissner
    She looks stanningly beautiful.

    - Brian Boitano
    His spread eagle!!
    He got a standing ovation from lots of people.

    - Paul Wylie

    - Michael Weiss and his beautiful daughter, Annie Mae
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2013
  14. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    The show was terrific, as usual! I gasped when Paul Wylie was introduced, having no idea that he was doing a seminar there this weekend. So nice to meet you, RD! Debbie S., thanks for your detailed review. Love the pics so far, & can't wait to see more!
  15. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    Thanks for all the pics. So nice to see Kimmie on the ice. She always has such a joy in her skating, and it's great that she can continue to participate in so many worthy projects while she's also in school.
  16. NadineWhite

    NadineWhite Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the all the reports, much appreciated, especially Davis/Brubaker (sooo anxious to see how they are developing & coming along; can't wait to see a video!). :)

    It's always good to support figure skating by going to local shows, etc., whenever possible. That's what I really like about Rosalynn Sumners, she makes an appearance every once in while and it's still a joy to watch her skate. :)
  17. RD

    RD Well-Known Member

    It was nice meeting you too! As well as "lostnfound" - good talking to you and great job on another successful show!

    I'll try not to be so shy at these shows any more. ;)

    I'll see if I can post pics as I edit them...it will be at least 2-3 weeks before I go through all of them...I took pics at both the show and the reception afterward.
  18. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Lostnfound, not sure if I actually met you/talked to you before/after the show (I did speak to a number of the volunteers), but thanks for always keeping us informed/updated about the show.
  19. lostnfound

    lostnfound Active Member

    I was over by the VIP entrance for the on -ice seating :) during the show, and basically running around like a crazy person before and after getting the on-ice seating set up! So glad to hear all the positive comments about the show. I continue to pass them on to Mike. And yes, we are already talking about next year's event which will be the show's 10th year anniversary. All I can say now is....... keep the 2nd Sunday of September 2014 open.
  20. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    Any chance of it staying at The Gardens? ;)

    Thanks for all your hard work!
  21. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

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  22. toepick

    toepick Member

    I was sorry I had to miss it this year, but it's nearly impossible to get to that location via Metro. I'm hoping it returns to Ballston next year, but it sounds like it was a good event!
  23. lostnfound

    lostnfound Active Member

    Based on the HUGE amount of positive feedback from both the audience and the skaters, as well as the fact that we could book a year in advance and not have to play the waiting game to see if there is ice available - I have to say that it is certainly under discussion and being considered. As soon as I hear something for certain, I'll let folks know :)
  24. RD

    RD Well-Known Member

    Kettler is (much!) more easily accessible via public transit for those of us without cars, but I will admit that Gardens is a nicer venue.
  25. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the early heads-up. BTW, we got to talk to Kimmie after the show. She said she loved the ice surface @ The Gardens (and didn't feel like she was going to crash into anything/anybody there while skating her program).
  26. marysy

    marysy Well-Known Member

    Made it to the show and enjoyed it thoroughly! Thank you to lostnfound and all the volunteers for making the show such a success, and for keeping us informed on the board!

    Got to chat a bit with some of the skaters afterwards, and everyone was so friendly and seemed like they really enjoyed being there. Having Paul Wylie there was quite a nice surprise too! He was giving a seminar on another ice surface prior to the show and patiently showing a small group of skaters (including a few adults!) some variations on the sit spin, how to grab the blade in a spiral, etc., and it was fun to watch him demonstrate.

    I liked the Gardens Ice House as a venue for the show. Have attended the show at Kettler a few years back and it seemed a bit more cramped, though certainly it's a lot easier to get to by public transportation.

    I uploaded some videos from the show, in case anyone is interested.

    Michal Brezina - Suit & Tie

    Adam Rippon - Carmen SP

    Ryan Bradley - Ho Hey

    Kimmie Meissner - I Got A Feeling

    Katia Gordeeva - Feeling Good

    Brian Boitano - Bring Him Home

    Ending Bows
    (Brezina did a 3A! Unfortunately I didn't quite catch all four of them doing the backflips on camera, but it was cool to witness!)
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  27. YukiNieve

    YukiNieve Well-Known Member

    Wow, marysy, thank you for the vids! :cool:
  28. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Thank you, thank you, for the videos! :encore:
  29. nursebetty

    nursebetty New Member

    Thanks for the videos, I could watch the bows one over and over. I still love watching Katia.
  30. kittyjake5

    kittyjake5 Well-Known Member

    Great to see Kimmie! I really liked her fun performance and Brian still has the best spread eagles and edges in the business (still miss ya Brian).
    Loved Adam's "Carmen" too. Many thanks for sharing the videos I enjoyed them all!