Toller Cranston Skates for Mexico: A Fever Dream

One reason I loved the Mountain Goats' new album Beat the Champ so much is that it speaks about a kid projecting his own emotional turmoil onto the storytelling sport of pro wrestling, in a way which deeply resonated with my experience projecting my own emotional turmoil onto the storytelling sport of figure skating. If I made my own sports concept album it would be Toller Cranston Skates for Mexico, and it would be about, mostly, the Lillehammer Olympics, which allowed skaters who had left … [Read more...]

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Judging the Costumes at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships

some glorious moments in this (YES, Javier Fernandez as Gaston, MAKE THIS HAPPEN!) although I wish they'd noted that whatever you may think of Elizaveta Tuktamysheva's artistry (if that's what we're calling it), she hit a phenomenal triple axel and generally gave a really gritty, fiery performance. Also she rocked that muumuu.Link via Libresco. … [Read more...]

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Marian Skating for the Feast of the Assumption

Can I find figure skating for every occasion? I CAN TRY.Natalia Annenko and Genrikh Sretenski:Oksana Baiul:Peggy Fleming, especially appropriate for this feast:Rudy Galindo, likewise:Carolina Kostner:Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsiannikov:Elena and Oleg Protopopov:Johnny Weir:Now go to church! … [Read more...]

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American Ice Theater in Chicago: “The Kind of Show Skating Needs”

I went to Stars on Ice last week and I loved it! But I really wish I could go to this show, on May 31: ...American Ice Theatre's goal is to make artistic skating and ice theatre accessible to everyone - both skaters and audiences. "It is a model that can extend the life of a skater and allow for more career opportunities. There are talented national and world level skaters that don’t make the Olympic team yet are beautiful to watch artistically. We are an artistic outlet for skaters to continue … [Read more...]

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“Flying Camels, Butterflies, And Twizzles”: In Which I am a Sports Correspondent

for the American Spectator: In early January, I attend my very first professional sports competition. The U.S. National Figure Skating Championships have already been going on for four days; the event sprawls over four disciplines and five age categories. I’m at Boston’s TD Garden to watch the senior men, including the two men we’ll be sending to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.Sport, like art, uses the limited body to hint at a world without limits. The ball soaring over the stands, the runne … [Read more...]

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An Interview with Rohene Ward, Jason Brown’s Choreographer

"One day, he will be an iconic choreographer!" Kori Ade, Jason Brown's coach, had told icenetwork about her protégé's choreographer, Rohene Ward.At the time, Brown had just finished third in the short program at Trophée Eric Bompard, en route to something he had not even dreamed about at the time: a silver medal at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and participation in the Olympic Games in his first season in the senior ranks. In just one evening last November, the French skating aud … [Read more...]

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“Flying Camels, Butterflies, And Twizzles”: I report from US Nationals

for AmSpec. (Which Nationals? you ask. Men's figure skating obviously. There is only one sport.)In early January, I attend my very first professional sports competition. The U.S. National Figure Skating Championships have already been going on for four days; the event sprawls over four disciplines and five age categories. I’m at Boston’s TD Garden to watch the senior men, including the two men we’ll be sending to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.Sport, like art, uses the limited body to hint … [Read more...]

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