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Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
10:39 pm
Are you concerned about the lack of skating coverage in the media?(television, newspapers, etc.)?

Wherever you are in the world, you can help and try to make a difference! Visit our forum to find out how!

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
7:23 am
New ice skating paintings
I wanted to share a number of new skating painitngs I just finished. I haven't painted skaters in more than a year. I hope you enjoy. http://www.icedreamz.com/catalog.php?category=9
Sunday, January 14th, 2007
10:48 pm
How do you learn your program?
I'm in the midst of practicing my first-ever competition program, a Pre-Bronze entry. Thus far I am always done after the music is over, usually at least a scratch spin and sometimes I have a toe loop *and* the scratch spin to do after the last note! I feel like I am always rushing and I still don't get all the elements in!

What helps you to learn your programs?
Thursday, November 16th, 2006
12:24 am
2 minute skating survey
We are a student group at Boston University's School of Management who are desperately trying to finish a project so that we can eat turkey.

One final (ridiculously short!) survey for anyone that is involved in hockey, figure skating, or ice skating of any kind. If you can take this 2 minute survey you will be providing us with a vital piece of information to complete our project. Thanks in advance for your time!

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
1:23 am
New (short!) skating survey

We are a group of students at Boston University who are working on a project that involves the ice skating industry. If you play hockey, figure skate, or skate recreationally, it would be a huge help if you could take two minutes to take this survey for us! The survey is located here: http://websurveyor.net/wsb.dll/34802/skating.htm

Thank you very much!

Boston University
Class of 2008
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
4:44 pm
Skating project

We are a group of juniors at Boston University who are completing a business development project. We’re developing a new product in the ice skating industry. It would be a great help if you could take our five minute survey, located at http://websurveyor.net/wsb.dll/34802/iceskatingsurvey.htm. One of our requirements is to collect 500 of these surveys so your five minutes means the world to us.

Thank you in advance for the time!

Best regards,

BU ‘08
Thursday, October 12th, 2006
9:18 pm
Need some help
(I apologize if this kind of post isn't allowed, but I figured it couldn't hurt to try!)

Hi, all! I'm an aspiring writer working on a potential series about a girl who is into competitive figure skating. The only problem is, I've never been involved in competitive figure skating myself, so I really don't know much about what goes on behind-the-scenes. I want to get the details right, so I have a lot of questions like how much time does the average figure skater spend training, how often do they compete, what advice do coaches generally give, that kind of thing. The story would be set in Canada, so a Canadian perspective would be ideal, but I'm not overly picky about that. I just need help!

Would anyone here be able to help me? Pretty please? I would of course credit you in the notes of my book/series if it ever gets published. Thanks a lot. :)
Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
2:32 pm
Ice Skating Dance Blades for Sale
Hello everyone! I hope this is allowed. I'm selling my grandmother's like new ice skating dance blades for sale on eBay. They are a size 10 and made of Sheffield Steel. They're the best in the business and have only been used a few times.

If you're interested check out my eBay auction:


Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, August 26th, 2006
3:51 am

I'm Ashley. I'm an adult skater competing at the gold level. I've been skating for a number of years. Glad I came across this community. I look forward to reading other posts and making contributions.

Current Mood: Good
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
5:50 am
head position in jumps
Hi everyone.

My jumps just keep getting scratchier, lower to the ground, more awkward -- more off days than on days. I've been working on being conscious of my arm positions, entrances, knee bend, etc., but one thing that I thought of which hasn't been addressed by any of my skating instructors is head position. I tend to look down and forward. I know that for some strong edges it helps to turn my head towards the direction I am aiming, or that in turns I turn my head before my shoulders and hips, but do any of you have recommendations for head position right before the take off of jumps? If so, could you run down the jumps -- waltz, toe loop, salchow, loop, flip, lutz?

Thursday, August 17th, 2006
4:27 pm
I want to start...
Hello everyone, I'm new to this community. My name is Gina and I am 16 years old. I love skating even though I really suck (lol I don't know how to stop!)
I was hoping that maybe someone could give me advice, if that's okay.
A whole long story, so those who are patient, please read ;)

Ever since The Winter Olympics Torino Games, I have fell in love with Speed Skating, and I've always joked with everyone that I will learn how to speed skate. So Tuesday I decide to go to an ice rink (it's pretty far from where I live) and I asked the manager about speed skating. She said that the coach stopped teaching, because there was not enough interest and he had to come from far away to teach but she asked for my number and I gave it (I didn't really expect any answer though)..
But today I get a call from the coach, (He sounds so intimidating!); he asked if I wanted to speed skate and I replied that I wanted to give it a try, then he said that I must be serious about it and I can't just give it up after 2 lessons.. He said it's 2 hours of really hard training every week and that I'll be in a lot of pain for the first 4 weeks (ie: my back and legs) and that I must take it seriously because he's not going to come all the way from Joburg (where he lives) to teach someone who's not serious about it. Hmmm...
He sounded really strict and now I'm a bit intimidated, I heard from another guy that you break bones in speed skating because you can fall really hard, and I'm convinced that it costs quite a bit of money to buy skates and a suit. I really really wanna try it but what if I don't enjoy it (and the coach said I couldn't cop out), <-- which also makes me wonder if he's a good coach because he should allow some freedom (it's not like I should be chained to some contract with joining which is how he made it sound).
Anyway, I said that I'd get back to him with my decision, and I'm in a really dilemna with deciding. Can anyone give me some facts on how the training is with speed skating and the cost of skates. And how would I (a beginner who can hardly skate!) do with Speed Skating?
Thanks in advance, to anyone who can help! It would be greatly appreciated.
Have a good day.

Current Mood: anxious
Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
12:47 am
Hello and Help
hello everyone! I am currently only past my Pre-Juv freeskate tests b/c of competing purposes. My axel is consistent as are all my other single jumps. My double loop is semi consistent but I always sit down on the landing as in strait back (help here). My double flip and toe are close, double sows are a no go :P they are absolutely horrible.... so bad my coachs fight over who has to do sows with me lol! Anyways Help with the following

Double Loop: As I said I sit straight back on the landing

Double Flip: Same as the loop- I think if I get the loop the flip will follow :)

Double Toe: I have the idea of all the foot changes and suche but when I draw through I don't lift enough.

ANYONe who can help will be my savior I need to have two of these consistent for Regionals in October :) thanks

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
1:07 pm
I had a mini-breakthrough last night. After months of plateauing at a really small and mediocre loop and flip, and an unsteady salchow, and nothing gained in spins, after asking many times over for exercises, different entrances, and what position I should be in and where my weight should be,

I finally can do a real loop!

I had been doing two different entrances before -- just a LFO edge, step to a RFI edge, 3-turn, take-off -- and then one with consecutive back 3-turns until I just took off. I just could not "feel" when to take off from simple back crossovers, or from doing an inside mohawk and putting my back right leg down.

All of the sudden I've got it, and all of the sudden, even better than my loop alone are waltz-loop, salchow-loop, toeloop-loop, and loop-loop! I tried flip-loop but couldn't really, so I just did flip-toeloop, which I hadn't done before. I didn't want to get off the ice!

Isn't strange, how things come so suddenly after a long time of nothing?
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
9:00 pm
Saturday, April 8th, 2006
12:35 pm
Some skaters have put together a petition for the inclusion of pre-bronze freeskaters at Adult Nationals. If you're interested, it can be found here...


x-posted everywhere, sorry if you see this more than once!
Thursday, April 6th, 2006
10:52 pm
Saturday, April 1st, 2006
10:44 pm
CREDIT _two_of_us and/or shunemo711

14 Beatles
6 random silly things
12 LotR
4 Sasha Cohen

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Sunday, March 26th, 2006
12:24 pm
25 World Championships Icons
+9 Kimmie Meissner
+12 Sasha Cohen
+1 Emily Hughes
+3 Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto


(see the rest at my journal)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
2:00 am
This is an entertaining video -- ice skating cowboys!


Hope y'all enjoy it, hear?
Monday, March 6th, 2006
12:40 pm
Just wanted to introduce myself, as I joined this community last night. :)
I am an adult skater and I am trying to get back into skating regularly again. At one time I had all of my single jumps, a lot of spins, was working on my axel, and was doing programs to music. I passed a lot of USFSA tests and was competing at Adult Bronze level when I participated in the Adult Nationals in 1998. I quit skating that fall to go back to school. I'm now working on my MA degree in Egyptology (hope to get the degree after exams in May..eeep!) so that's why I haven't had time to keep up my skating. Seeing the Olympics in February (and thereby becoming a great admirer of Sasha Cohen) made me realize how much I've missed it! I'm aiming to skate at least once a week, so I can start getting back my skills. I went last Wednesday and it was wonderful! There's nothing like gliding on ice to make you feel invigorated and alive!

I have a little webpage about my skating if you'd care to take a look. It's at http://www.hethert.org/skating.

Looking forward to being in your community. :)
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