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Coaches Emigrating

by: Kent McDill

Life is a journey, they tell us, and sometimes that journey takes you far from home.

So it is for many figure skating coaches, and often they find themselves making a new home for themselves in the United States. Here are a few stories of notable coaches who made a new home for themselves in the land of the free.

 

Smart Pads and Phones

by: Terri Milner Tarquini

It wasn't that long ago that portable video cameras, with their slow motion wizadry, were seen as revolutionary for coaches trying to point out a skater’s mistakes. In somewhat short order, those bulky relics have been passed up by smartphones and tablets that work at near-lightning speed and can be held with one hand.



An interview with Doug Wilson,

The ABC Producer and Director that I interviewed in 2008 on SkateCast #16. He contacted me again to talk about his new book,“The World Was Our Stage: Spanning the Globe with ABC Sports.”
It’s full of wonderful stories of not only his coverage of figure skating, but so many sports and sports moments that are ingrained in our culture and memory. He talks about the changing role of female commentators, being able to talk with Irina Rodnina after the Iron Curtain fell, and why we should all listen to Carol Heiss

1 hour, 06 minutes, 37 seconds.

Two time U.S. Men’s Champion Christopher Bowman

Was a child actor, appearing in over 500 commercials and TV Shows which includes, twice on Little House on the Prairie (1974), and once on Archie Bunkers Place (1979). He also appeared in several feature films as an actor or stuntman; Casey’s Shadow (1978), Surf Nazis Must Die (1987), The Lost Boy’s (1987), License to Drive (1988), and Down and Distance (2010).

“Absolutely, I'm lazy for an athlete, but I don't consider myself an athlete. I'm just an average guy who doesn't like to get out of bed at seven a.m. I don't like pain. I don't like to feel cold. I enjoy the sense of expression and achievement I get from my skating, but no one enjoys hard work.”

- IMDb Mini Biography By: April Freeman / Competitive Edge Marketing and Management



Jamie Lynn Kitching-Santee, Rochester, Minnesota

This morning I was teaching one of my students & asked her if she was able to watch the Ladies SP last night. I wrote the following vertically on the white board we use for the order to run programs. Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner, Ashley Cain. Shortly after another young skater (my sweet clueless student) came up to write her name on the board & asked 'is this an old list & have these girls already gone?' Oh my!

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Tiffany Chin (USA) - 1984 Sarajevo, Ladies' Long Program

Finishing 12th in compulsory figures, Tiffany was second in the short program pulling up to a tie for sixth. Opening with a small mistake on her triple flip in the long, she nailed the rest of the program, placing the third in the program and finishing 4th overall.

Finishing 12th in compulsory figures, Tiffany was second in the short program pulling up to a tie for sixth. Opening with a small mistake on her triple flip in the long, she nailed the rest of the program,

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