#21 PSA Most Memorable Moment

On October 1, 1995 the first Moves in the Field (MIF) tests were given in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

August 25, 1997, the PSA and U.S. Figure Skating copyrighted the first MIF manual featuring common errors, areas of difficulty, and test expectations.

In 2001, a Moves in the Field video and booklet was approved by U.S. Figure Skating and made available for purchase. It is to be the standard for coaching and judging MIF tests. The video was directed by Christy Krall, and featured Jeri Campbell, the 1987 U.S. Junior Ladies Champion as the demonstrator.

#20 www.Skatepsa.com

1995 - The PSA braved the traffic on the information superhighway and got an e-mail address and web page on America Online, giving members and non-members alike one more way to stay in touch and informed on the programs of the PSA.

#19 E-Learning

E-learning was introduced to PSA members via the PSA website. The first course offered was in Sport Medicine and Science on Core Body Strength and Balance. The course was a downloadable PDF and did not have an exam. Coaches who purchased the course received 1 credit towards their educational requirement. Today the E-learning syllabus contains over 40 courses and is sponsered exclusivly by John Wilson and MK Blades

IPSU – The International Professional Skaters Union

IPSU was founded in 1963 by a number of prominent coaches, led by West German, Erich Zeller, coach of Dagmar Lurz and Norbert Schramm. Fritz Dietl, a charter member, was its second president. The PSA and EPSA, the European Professional Skaters Association, were strong supporters.


Episode #62:
Carol Heiss Jenkins, Part 2

Part two of an interview with Carol Heiss Jenkins, the 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist for ladies figure skating, as well as the Silver medalist in the 1956 Olympics, a 5 time World Champion, and of course U.S. National Champion. In Part 2, she takes us through her movie and television career, notably when she made the movie “Snow White and the Three Stooges,” her start as a coach, her thoughts on IJS, and the superstitions that all the coaches have.

59 minutes, 18 seconds.


The Demon Eight

by Jimmie Santee

For those of us who spent the thousands of hours it took to accomplish the eighth test, we can appreciate this recollection I found on the internet. I have tried to imagine what the Demon Eight would look like… to see myself skating this figure. For those of us who reveled in the challenge of a back paragraph loop on the weak side or laying out a forward serpentine bracket on clean ice and no hockey lines, it really gets the competitive juices flowing. I challenge you to figure out this figure by the description below and to document your effort on YouTube.

'I will finish this section by mentioning a particularly ferocious figure known as the Demon Eight. It is so called because of its having been invented by the Devil, a fact which will be obvious to you as soon as you try it. …Carry out a full circle on an ordinary No.1- No. 2 Backward Outside, but before finishing the circle draw the free foot again forward, slip it across the skating foot and in front of it, i.e. inside the circle, and on reaching your centre strike off on a Backward Outside edge on this second foot. What has been the skating leg remains somehow attached to your person and gradually finds its way to the front. The shoulders have to be strongly reversed in preparation for the change. With luck- and skill- you are now again in a No. 1 Position and you have to hold it until you change to a No. 2 and complete the circle.


Cammi Bruns Acosta, Rockledge, Florida -

I was working on jumps this morning with my 6 year old. We were working on her waltz jump and the back crossovers going in to it were not as fast I would have liked. So I asked her to please go faster because she was slow as molasses, and without missing a beat as she asks, "Molasses? Who's she?" Never a dull moment with that kid! :-D

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Mary Sheasley Lin

Patrick O’Neil

Representing Area 6 Coaching since 1988 Currently coaching at Skate Frederick in Frederick, MD Ratings: MG, RM, RD

Mary Sheasley Lin
Most coaches, when asked who inspired them most on their skating journey, reach back many years to their childhood days on the ice. But not Mary Lin. The coach she most admires, Christine Binder, worked with her as an adult. Binder made sure every moment of Lin’s lessons were focused on just her as a student.

“Christine always made me feel like her most important skater during our lesson time,” Lin said. “She was always encouraging, and she inspired me to be the coach I am.”


Representing Area 8 Coaching since 1993 Currently coaching in southwestern Michigan Ratings/Rankings: MFS, MM

Patrick O’Neil  
Patrick O’Neil is inspired by the skaters he works with, but that inspiration is not limited to their accomplishments on the ice. He believes skating helps his athletes prepare for challenges they will face throughout their lives, and he enjoys watching kids develop into young people.

“Skating teaches us so much about life in general,” O’Neil said. “It teaches problem-solving, troubleshooting, and making decisions on the fly. Coaches have to help their students learn how to understand the decision-making process and how it applies to all aspects of their lives, not just that one particular jump they’re trying to land.”


Evolution of the Figure Skate  
History of Boots and Ice Skates by Jimmie Santee

An excerpt from a future PS Magazine article

The Pioneer Stage

The “figure” skate had its beginnings in the late 17th century in England during the period of Restoration, after King Charles II, who while exiled in Holland, fell in love with skating. Upon his return to England in 1658, the King brought back with him two unique innovations – a pair of iron skates and the Dutch roll. The Dutch roll was the first form of a gliding or skating motion made possible by the iron skate’s two edges.

During the Pioneer stage, the English skate-makers at first copied the Dutch skate, which was designed for long distance skating and as a means of transportation on the country’s canals. The Dutch invented the first iron blade, which was attached to a wooden platform with the distinctive front “prow” (tip) arched upward to allow the skater to safely glide over rough and dangerous ice conditions. The blade itself was low to the ice for added balance and stability. It promoted straight ahead skating with speed, and virtually no allowance for deep outside or inside edges.


1924 Winter Olympics - Figure Skating Sonja Henie and Gillis Grafstrom,

From YouTube, “A very RARE glimpse at the early days of Figure Skating. This is actually the official figure skating film of the 1924 Winter Olympic Games from Chamonix, France. It was made by Jean de Rovera and is thought to be the first commercially available film of the Olympic Games. There's some speed skating to start and this is followed by Sonja Henie, Herma Plank-Szabo, Gillis Grafstrom, Willy Boeckl, Helene Engelmann and Alfred Berger and Charles Sabouret who finished 9th in pairs at this event with Simone Sabouret. I'm not sure if they were married or siblings - probably the latter. It is brief, I know, and apart from the footage of Henie, which has been featured in various documentaries, the rest has been unseen for many years. I hope you enjoy this precious glimpse into the past.” - floskate


1924 Winter Olympics - Figure Skating Sonja Henie and Gillis Grafstrom



Amanda Taylor

Laura Hanrahan

Amanda Taylor

What do you do at PSA?
I am a graphic designer and get to work on the magazine, advertisements, educational pieces, and a variety of other printed materials. I get to see members at the annual conference!


Laura Hanrahan

What do you do at PSA?
I’m the Marketing Coordinator for PSA. I work on promoting PSA and communicating the different events, programs, products, and information we have to PSA members and the skating community.


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