David Benzel Interview 

The following is an interview with David Benzel, founder of Growing Champions for Life. David Benzel has produced four webinars for the PSA, available in our online store, and will be presenting at the PSA Conference in Boston.



Are you planning to attend the 2012 PSA Conference, but forgot to register in time to get the early bird discount?

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Bob Paul

An interview with Bob Paul, 1960 Olympic Champion in Pairs with Barbara Wagner, Ice Capades star and top choreographer. 55 minutes, 29 seconds.



Diane Miller Excerpts from Diane Miller`s “Introducing Single Jumps” 2007 PSA Conference

 I love working with this level of athlete.  I think it’s really refreshing to have a basic individual to form and shape and make them into what you want.
Most important! Do you have a basic philosophy of coaching? Make sure you have some non-negotiable things that you absolutely must have happen in a basic jump. From there you can adjust your technique here and there. For me, the head is instrumental in all of jumping. I have my athletes anchor their head on every single jump that they do. I also initially teach things in a straight line, then I take it to a curve. I also like to teach everything from a standstill to start with, this gives them more control. The fewer variables that you have, the better off you are. I like to teach all of my jumps on the floor. I think it’s a lot easier for the kids to feel where they are and to know where their body parts are.



From Claire Levell LaDue ~ Clinton Township, Michigan

I once taught this little boy who had to go to the bathroom during our lesson, so I told him to hurry up. He came back to the ice very quickly, so I asked him if he had washed his hands. He then held up both of his hands and said....."I didn't need to, I'm wearing gloves."

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Nilda Nancy Garcia

  Andrea Williamson

Nilda Nancy Garcia
Representing: Area 17, since June 2011
Years coaching: 8
Current location: Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Ratings/Rankings: CFS, ISU Technical Specialist

Andrea Williamson
Representing: Area 12, 2 1/2 years
Years coaching: 21 years
Current location: Omaha, Neb.
Ratings: MM, MG, SFS



Qualifying Competitions – Officials Assignment Restrictions

Rule 2111 - A relative of a competitor shall not be permitted to referee, judge, serve on the technical panel, or act as an accountant in any competitive event in which the competitor is entered. Persons married or closely related to a competitor or paid coach in figure skating shall not be permitted to serve as a referee, judge, technical panel member or an accountant in any event in which the competitor or pupil of the paid coach is entered. Persons shall be considered a pupil for12 months after the last day of instruction or coaching.




Toller Cranston - "Best on Ice" 1975 Skate Canada short program and 1975 Skate Canada Gala. Canadian EPSN Classic from 2006.

Toller Cranston, six time Canadian champion and 1976 Olympic bronze medalist, was considered one of the greatest artistic skaters of all time. A renowned artist, his paintings are extremely popular. Enjoy this 1975 classic from the archives of the Canadian ESPN channel, aired in 2006.

The Great Strawberry Queen (Toller 73)




Ron K

Simplify the IJS: Bringing the Audience Back to Skating

By: Ron Kravette

The senior ice dance team of “Trixie and Hugh” has just come barreling out of the rink corner doing their spot-on impressions of Apolo Ohno and Bonnie Blair – assuming these Olympic champion speed skaters were competing together in a “waltz” position.  Bombing into their diagonal step sequence they relentlessly force themselves onto “clean” edges for their one foot combination of brackets, rockers, counters and ending with the obligatory twizzle.     


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MK Blades
John Wilson Skates
Grassroots to Champions

Champion Cords

Magic Of Style
Lebel Training & Safety Harness

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