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Polar Palace Inferno

by: Kent McDill

The history of ice skating rinks in Los Angeles is sketchy, with misfortune befalling some, and the weather in Southern California affecting others.

The history of ice rink buildings built from wood is similarly filled with stories of construction problems, ice issues and eventually, fire.


Let’s Keep Making History…

by:Kathy HurdCarrillo

We are all aware of how any language can follow basic rules, with odd exceptions of course! Skating is no different in that respect, most likely because elements were discovered and named in a different order than they would be later taught.

An interview with Sjoukje Dijkstra, Episode # 75

An interview with Sjoukje Dijkstra, the 1964 Olympic champion in ladies’ singles, the 1960 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World champion (1962–1964), five-time European champion (1960–1964), and the six-time Dutch national champion (1959–1964). We talked about how she’s glad she became a figure skater rather than a speed skater, traveling and training in London as a youngster, and how much hairspray it took to keep her hair big while

40 minutes, 17 seconds.

Tim Covington
Area 15 Representative

Sometimes you have to travel a long road to find your way back home. Tim Covington knows this better than most. He also knows it’s wise to read the signs along the way.

Tracey Seliga-O’Brien
Area 13 Representative

Tracey Seliga-O’Brien sees the big picture. When asked if there was a pivotal moment in her skating career that made her who she is today, her thoughts turned to the cumulative process that took her from beginner, to international competitor, to coach.

Dick Button

The European Figure Skating Championships is the oldest ISU event. The first event was held in 1891 in Hamburg, Germany and only men were allowed to compete. The only American to win the European title was Dick Button, who one in 1948, beating Hans Gerschwiler.

Button, Dick (1955). Dick Button On Skates. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. pp. 40–41. Catalog Card No. 55-12069.

Terrie White Neukirch, Littleton, Colorado

While working with a young skater, I told her there was no such thing as the skating fairy and that she would have to work hard to land her jump. She said I know that but at least the tooth fairy is real!

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Janet Lynn and Trixie Schuba - 1971 Worlds

A short clip documenting the rivalry between Janet Lynn and Trixie Schuba and the controversy that added the short program, minimizing the importance of figures.


Riedell, MK Blades, John Wilson Skates, Grassroots to Champions, Champion Cords,
Jammin, Magic Of Style, Lebel Training & Safety Harness, Off Ice Edge