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World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame Photo Tour - Skating Magazine

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by dardar1126, May 8, 2013.

  1. dardar1126

    dardar1126 Well-Known Member

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    [TD][h=2]World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame Photo Tour[/h]by skatingmagazine[/TD]
    The World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame is located on the first floor of U.S. Figure Skating's Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo. and is the international repository for the sport of figure skating. The only institution of its kind in the world, the Museum is dedicated exclusively to the preservation and interpretation of the history of figure skating. Join us below for a tour of the museum in photos and captions. Thanks to Karen Cover for contributing to this project.


    Last edited: May 8, 2013
  2. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    I've had the pleasure of visiting the museum and hope to return soon.
    It was well worth the trip.
  3. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent

    I hardly think they should call it the "World" Figure Skating Museum when it's so US-centric.
  4. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    It was begun in the US, apparently, because the ISU had never thought to establish a place to honor skating's history.
    Would you rather the sport have no archive?

    They need more space; as they have much more material than then can house/preserve or display.
  5. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent

    Well, of course I'm happy that the sport has an archive, and certainly I am grateful that someone in the US has thought to start it. But I just think it shouldn't be called the World museum if it's only going to focus on the US.

    I'd like to bully the ISU into giving it funding to expand and become a proper World museum, though.
  6. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Official site is: http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/

    I don't think either bullying or persuasive tactics would work since this doesn't appear to be a priority for the ISU at this time.
    Last edited: May 9, 2013
  7. purple skates

    purple skates Shadow Dancing

    From Sylvia's link, the World Museum's home page:

    Two Americans, five non-Americans (counting the teams as one) listed.

    This page points to the international flavor of its print and film collection: http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/Museum_archives.htm

    I've been there, but don't really remember if its focus was more US or not - I just remember it being interesting and pleasant. Maybe the pictures being shown in the US's figure skating magazine are more US-centric (which would make sense considering its audience) than the museum itself. Or maybe the museum itself is more US focused, because it is mainly Americans visiting and that's what they want to see, but the Hall of Fame and the archives have a stronger international flavor.

    I think its a bit shortsighted to condemn them for not being international enough when you don't actually know what is contained there.
  8. roxynova

    roxynova Member

    I just visited last week (after wanting to visit for many many years and even maybe work there!) Have to say I was slightly underwhelmed... First off, I think they need something outside (a statue perhaps? - the Yama one at the US Olympic Training Center is awesome!). Need more interactive exhibits too - maybe a Kiss & Cry set up and Spin Simulator. Nothing about SOI or Champions, even though they have lots on Ice Follies. Was sad when we ventured downstairs, they hadn't even turned the lights on for the day (and it was almost closing time...). Store was pretty weak too, I was ready to drop some dough! Did like the 1961 tribute and Kwan/Yama/Hamilton costumes on display. As for the Hall of Fame, that was rather sad. Just a bunch of poster-type things on those displays like when you buy a poster in the store. How about some actual plaques for the legends of the sport? Nothing on Katia/Sergei other than the HOF "poster". For such a splashy and high-profile sport, I think they need some more energy into the museum. Also should play the music common in skating. I think they were playing Good Times by Carly Rae Jepsen on a loop...oh well.
  9. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    They lack personnel and money to allow them to showcase the material they have, to best advantage.
    Much of it may never be seen because of that,
  10. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Sadly probably at no time.
  11. Yazmeen

    Yazmeen Well-Known Member

    I'm curious; for those of you who have been there, what did the Nancy Kerrigan "Barbie" look like? I'm a Barbie collector and Nancy fan and was really looking forward to that doll after the 1994 Olympics; however, as the link below explains, Nancy's PR blunders after the Games led to Mattel nixing the doll. I was surprised to hear that they had one in the HOF. However, they did use the face mold for the Esmeralda doll from the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" animated movie. A friend of mind made a sparkly skating dress and put it on an Esmeralda doll as a Christmas present, so I did get my Nancy Kerrigan doll in the end!!!!!