Every Skating Medal Has a Story – The Hardware is Fine, It’s the Ribbon

In 1989, I won my first singles gold medal. Technically, the anniversary is today - December 3, 1989. That's okay. My mom forgot too. It's still pretty, but why does the ribbon look melty? I won my first gold medal with my older sister in Primary Dance at that year's Interlake Regionals. While that was … Continue reading Every Skating Medal Has a Story – The Hardware is Fine, It’s the Ribbon

From Eight to Sixteen – The Story of a Synchronized Skating Team

Skating isn't all about the medals. It's about the memories. Medals are a bonus though. During the Arborg Skating Club's 1988/1989 season, our coach produced three successful synchronized (precision) skating teams. I was on the eight-member senior team, winning two silver medals. Two competitions, two silver medals. Not too shabby. We won our second silver … Continue reading From Eight to Sixteen – The Story of a Synchronized Skating Team

You’ve Been Warned – The Dangers of Flash Photography in Figure Skating

It was the 1990 Arborg Skating Club competition. Pitting Arborg skater against Arborg skater. While skating to Rick Springfield's "Don't Walk Away," a skater - who was pegged to win the gold medal - threw herself into an Axel. However, at close range, someone flashed the skater in the face with a camera. She tumbled … Continue reading You’ve Been Warned – The Dangers of Flash Photography in Figure Skating

The Arborg Ice Show – The New Generation

Growing up in a small town - or village - there are a few certainties. You have two grocery stores, two or three restaurants, and there's a summer and winter carnival. In Arborg, Manitoba, there's an annual summer fair. And we used to have a winter carnival. It was held on - usually - the … Continue reading The Arborg Ice Show – The New Generation

An Interlake Regional Memory – Capturing a Golden Figure Skating Kodak Moment

The Interlake Regionals are an annual competition that debuted in 1975. After researching the archives, I learned the Arborg Skating Club attended the Interlake Regionals prior to 1989, attending in the late-70s and early-80s.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When I skated, January meant one thing: the Interlake Regionals. After a brief hiatus, the Arborg Skating Club attended the 1989 Interlake … Continue reading An Interlake Regional Memory – Capturing a Golden Figure Skating Kodak Moment

Mandatory Compulsory Silence – Figure Skating’s Nemesis

I almost miss compulsory figures. Those horrible, former mandatory double-bubbles of trouble. Or three circles for a serpentine. Scratching out figure eights for up to four hours a week was not my idea of a good time. However, when we skated patch, our arena was so quiet you should hear a skate rivet drop. The … Continue reading Mandatory Compulsory Silence – Figure Skating’s Nemesis

It’s Time To Revive Synchronized Skating

The first synchronized figure skating competition my team competed in no longer exists. It was the Interlake Regional Precision Competition. There were nine teams in three different categories, divided by size and skill. Five towns from our region were represented. Today, there are approximately four teams in the same region of 88,000 people. The Arborg … Continue reading It’s Time To Revive Synchronized Skating

Based on Fictional Facts of Realism – You’ll Need More Than a Throw Double Salchow, Doug

What makes a good skating movie? From the vast catalogue of titles out there: just about anything. And you would think with the vast catalogue of titles to research, a screenwriter might say, “Hmm, maybe this should be accurate.” Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy an unbelievable and unrealistic skating movie, because unless it’s a … Continue reading Based on Fictional Facts of Realism – You’ll Need More Than a Throw Double Salchow, Doug

A Throwback Skating Tale – Uphill … Both Ways

What's better than watching old ice shows and competition footage on a snowy winter's day? A few years ago, I transferred a stack of VHS tapes to DVD. Preparing for a journey down the Arborg Skating Club's past, I snuggled with a blanket, I pressed play and certain details popped out. Or, should I say … Continue reading A Throwback Skating Tale – Uphill … Both Ways

Live-Tweeting Today’s Champions – The 2012 Wild Rose Invitational

This weekend I live-tweeted the latter portion of the Wild Rose Invitational [#WildRose] figure skating competition in Leduc, Alberta over two days. It was fun, inspiring, challenging – and an adrenaline rush. When I was watching the live stream of the event on my laptop. And I told my husband I felt like live-tweeting the event. I … Continue reading Live-Tweeting Today’s Champions – The 2012 Wild Rose Invitational

The Zamboni Infatuation

When I was younger, our rink didn't have an official Zamboni. We had a tractor that dragged an orange, rectangular hot water tank over the ice.  The air was left a little hazy, but none the less, the ice was smooth and shiny. With our home rinks, my Dad would fill barrels of water and … Continue reading The Zamboni Infatuation

Goodbye Mysterious Voice – Attention Skating Spectators, Please Keep Your Comments to Yourself

It was twenty years later and those muffle voices still hurt. Until this morning. I love watching the old ice shows and competitions my dad shot when I was younger. Although, he didn't capture my least favourite solo from the 1990 Arborg Ice Show: Movie Mania. Despite my coach’s efforts, I was a very stiff … Continue reading Goodbye Mysterious Voice – Attention Skating Spectators, Please Keep Your Comments to Yourself

Binder, Paper, Scissors – An Adolescence Well Documented

The winds passed like a Chinook over the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.  Amateurs turned professional, allowing new faces to emerge, such as American sweetheart Jill Trenary, pair strongholds Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler, and Canada’s Cowboy Kurt Browning. I started to document their progress - and skaters at the local level. Collecting newspaper clippings … Continue reading Binder, Paper, Scissors – An Adolescence Well Documented

Stand on Guard for Thee

My skate guards are white. They stand out amongst the teals and oranges on the boards at the arena where I skated a last year. On several occasions we had to make quick exits from the ice because of an overzealous Zamboni driver, so I thought I would play it safe. In 1990, while I … Continue reading Stand on Guard for Thee

Spandex, Spangles and a Seam Ripper – My Homespun Costumes

The 1987 Arborg Ice Show - Candyland. My last year of CanSkate, we were bakers. I'm third from the left, shining like a disco ball. Today, I saw a post on Facebook: "Do you remember when mom would make your clothes?" I chimed in: "Clothing and skating dresses." Thanks, mom, for the memories.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Anyone who understands … Continue reading Spandex, Spangles and a Seam Ripper – My Homespun Costumes

Silver Blades and Hot Pink Bow Ties – The Mighty Synchro Team of Eight

Our Ice Revue during the Winter Carnival. I'm second from the left. Yesterday, when I should have been studying for upcoming exams, purely by accident, I stumbled upon coverage of the 2010 World Synchronized Figure Skating Championships. I couldn't believe the changes in the sport since skated precision - now called synchronized skating. It used … Continue reading Silver Blades and Hot Pink Bow Ties – The Mighty Synchro Team of Eight