Recent content by barbk

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    ISU to evaluate feasibility of 2020-21 skating season

    It's a country and I'd definitely count it as a Nationals.
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    Silver blades tour group

    They can't manufacture money out of thin air. I've read of other tour agencies that are struggling to provide refunds because suppliers they used haven't yet given them refunds and they've also spent money they will never get refunded on staff and other expenses. The cruiselines, which have...
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    Gymnastic news #22 - Tokyo or bust

    Really lovely story on Chusovitina
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    Which beloved or highly regarded skaters do you personally NOT love or highly regard??

    Butryskaya Lipinski Weiss Wagner Sokolova Bradley Petrenko Jen Robinson
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    As the Page Turns (the Book Thread)

    Did you keep a list of who was who by all the different names in the book? That's what took me down.
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    Sadness. I saw Kurt Thomas (and Bart Connor) at practice at UCLA before a competition in the late 70's. He was an amazing gymnast. RIP.
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    As the Page Turns (the Book Thread)

    I love Willa Cather. If you haven't already read Death Comes for the Archbishop, you might like that too. I read it during a nice week visiting a friend who lived in Santa Fe. I used to get up really early and walk from her adobe on Canyon Road through downtown and the Plaza area before the...
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    Mark Ladwig off USOC/USFSA committees

    Mark Ladwig, U.S. Figure Skating’s top athlete leader who last year made controversial comments defending a pairs skater suspended for alleged sexual abuse, no longer holds athlete leadership roles within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee or U.S. Figure Skating. Ladwig has been replaced...
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    FSU Watch (and judge!) party: 98 Worlds ladies SP - SAT, MAY 30th @ 12pm CDT / 7pm CET

    Thanks for all these comments. I really enjoyed reading them -- and trying to think back to being in Minneapolis for that event. My memories include being thrilled for Kwan that she skated well, impressed as heck with Rechnio, and wondering why Canadian ladies skaters were so bad compared to the...
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    Gymnastic news #22 - Tokyo or bust

    Nice story on Suni Lee:********.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Sports Some sad info about her dad's paralysis right before nationals. She's got a lot of mental toughness to have made it through the...
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    From Russia With Love (#36) Spring into Summer 2020

    I saw him skate live eight or ten times. He could be electric or just a jumping machine. This choreography was fantastic. Many times his choreography was not. However, his skating always had attack and speed. The international competitions where both he and Yagudin skated were usually terrific...
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    From Russia With Love (#36) Spring into Summer 2020

    I totally enjoyed that and I don't think I have ever seen that particular performance before. Probably the best skating I've ever seen of his.
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    1989 World Compulsory Beam: Yang Bo Vs Svetlana Boginskaya

    Boginskaya has more elegance, but at least two little wobbles. Boginskaya's landing looked prettier, but Bo was smooth and crisp all the way through and totally secure. Thoughts on why the judging gave them the same mark?
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    News & Experiences continued

    Soon, I hope. Sleazy scumbags.
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    What is happening at work?

    This makes me laugh at how we all see distance in a very relative fashion. Around here, an hour is really close. People would probably say that any college within a four-hour drive is close. Heck, even when I lived all of 3 miles from UCLA, driving there often took 30 minutes. It was still close.
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