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Lack of Judges?

by: Terri Milner Tarquini

Talk about being in demand. If you are a figure skating judge, you are almost certainly a hot commodity.

“There is something like 53,000 tests taken and around 400 non-qualifying competitions plus all of the qualifying events every year and there’s 983 judges total,” coach Bob Mock estimates from his experience as a past chair of U.S. Figure Skating’s Coaches Committee. “You do the math.

” In a sport where judges are central to a skater’s success, the question is being asked: Are there enough upcoming judges, particularly at the local test and competition level, to keep up with the ongoing demand for their time?



The return of the U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championships


Presented by the Professional Skaters Association, the 2015 U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championships will take place at the Bloomington Ice Garden, Bloomington, MN, on Saturday, May 23 and will feature one event comprised of men’s, ladies, pairs, dance, and group. This competition will be judged based on skaters' “total performance” with an eye to costuming, presentation, music selection, choreography, style, and technique.

The competition is open to all performing and teaching professionals who are U.S. citizens or are permanent residents. The scoring will use a 10 point scale with open judging and live judging comments after each program. Medals will be presented to the top four skaters along with cash prizes.

*This event is open to the public-Free admission
(donations to the PS Foundation accepted)

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the 2015 U.S. Open Professional Championships. All donations will go towards funding the scholarships that are provided through the PS Foundation. The PS Foundation is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

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The Secret Sauce for Competition Confidence Has Many Ingredients

Coaches and Skaters Who Have Mastered the Art©2014

by: Merry Neitlich, Director of the Coach’s Edge


One Skater’s Vantage Point

Paul Wylie’s 1992 Olympic Journey Paul Wylie is a skater of rare accomplishment and one that many of us look up to and respect. While teaching with him at the PSA Nationals Seminars in 2012 we had the chance to discuss how he learned to calm his nerves and focus on the task at hand in competition – especially for the Olympics. He laughed saying, “I was the poster child for head cases!”




An interview with Ryan Jahnke
Episode #35

An interview with american skater Ryan Jahnke, 2003 US Bronze medalist and World Team member, and founder of

On his most embarrassing skating moment: Definitely it comes instantly to my mind. It was Skate America 2003. The previous year, I made it to Worlds, had a breakthrough season, did really good. So I get to Skate America, which was the first of my two Grand Prix events. And I think in my long program the only thing I landed was a double axel. I went down about six times. It was — I was just crushed. So many things were going on and that was the most embarrassing, because here I am, expecting to do really well, and I just really mopped up the ice big time.

44 minutes, 6 seconds

Lisa Bardonaro-Reibly
Area 9 Representative

Like many of the area representatives in this round of interviews, Lisa Bardonaro-Reibly believes the coach and person she is today is a culmination of many memorable skating moments, both good and “challenging.” Her list of happy memories outweighs the bad, though, no doubt contributing to her love of the sport.

Lee Cabell
Area 3 Representative

In the early 1960s, Lee Cabell was just a small boy who had just learned how to skate when the Czech national championships came to his hometown of Opava, near the Polish border. Many notable Czech skaters were in town, and the young Cabell was chosen for a special honor, which provided him with his most memorable skating moment.

Daphne Walker


IceCubeRobert Wagehoffer

Competing at the 1936 British Championships was 11 year old Daphne Walker. Under the British Children and Young Person’s Act, children under the age of 12 were barred from participating in events where admission was charged. To get around the rule, Daphne skated in front of very tired panel of judges late that night after the paying audience had left. She placed seventh.

Daphne Walker at age 15. Photo credit:

Deb Marett
Racine, Wisconsin

Got a request from an adult male student to work on something other than jumps today due to "poor underwear choices." Sometimes we really find out way too much!


1981 US Nationals - Robert Wagenhoffer LP

The long program from the 1981 US Championships in San Diego, California showcases Roberts jumping prowess. He is arguably one of the most natural jumpers the US has ever produced.


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