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2002 Campbell’s International Figure Skating Classic: Highlights

Normally, the USFSA Fall Open is a pro-am with an exhibition skate and no head-to-head marking in each of the disciplines. However, Michelle Kwan’s decision not to compete in the Grand Prix left the USFSA with fewer options because ISU rules prohibit Kwan from skating in pro-ams if she does not also participate in the Grand Prix series. The end result was an eligible-only, free skate-only competition staged in…

Young Aussies Dedicated to Dance

Young Aussies Dedicated to Dance

You have to be really dedicated to be an ice skater from Australia. Most Australians don’t know that they even have figure skaters in their country and most readers think AUS means Austria when they see the results from international competitions….

Tugba Karademir Gives Turkey International Exposure

Tugba Karademir Gives Turkey International Exposure

Turkey is not one of the first countries that you first consider when you think about figure skating, but Turkish figure skaters compete in ISU internationals…

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Canada’s Sawyer Gets Jump on Competition for 2003

Canada’s 2002 junior men’s champion, Shawn Sawyer, took a radical approach to competing at his first World Junior Figure Skating Championship in Norway in March. He skated an entirely new long program for the first time in competition. “I needed something more mature for seniors,” Sawyer stated. “I thought if I could skate the new program, it would be great. And I wanted to be able to throw the…

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34th Nebelhorn Trophy: Highlights

The Italians won the battles but the Americans won the war at the 34th Nebelhorn Trophy in Obertsdorf, Germany in September. Italy entered only one lady, Carolina Kostner, and one dance team, Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali, but both won one gold medal. That earned Italy a bronze medal in the team competition, the country’s best result in the Fritz Geiger Memorial Trophy. The USA had two seconds, a…

Louann Donovan: Interview

Louann Donovan: Interview

Louann Donovan is a 15-year-old USFSA Senior lady figure skater who began skating at the age of 6. She was on an all boys hockey team in East Boston, MA and after watching Nancy Kerrigan’s performance at…

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Perry Wins Junior Event

Marlowe Perry, a freshman at Ventura College in southern California, was the surprise winner of the junior ladies event at the 17th annual U. S. National Collegiate Figure Skating Championships held in Newark, Delaware in August. Fourth after the short program after she singled her Axel, Perry blew past defending champion Christina Branom to win the long and her first national title.

“I was planning a triple toe and triple…

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Victory For Aseltine

Heather Aseltine, was the surprise winner of the 17th U. S. National Collegiate Championships in Newark, Delaware, in August. The willowy blonde, who at five feet nine inches is very tall for a skater, won the qualifying round, the short and the long to best 31 other ladies for the title.

Aseltine, a freshman who just started college at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, still skates at the Northbrook…

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Perreaults Peruse Possibilities

Perreaults Peruse Possibilities

Catherine and Charles André Perreault are one of Canada’s more entertaining dance teams. The brother-sister duo finished tenth at the 2002 Canadians in their first senior season after narrowly missing the podium the previous year in juniors, finishing fourth….

2002-03 North American Challenge Skate: Highlights

The four-event 2002-2003 North American Challenge Skate series ended with the final event in Huntsville, Alabama on August 23-24, 2002. Based on results from that event plus another U.S. event in Phoenix, AZ and two Canadian events held in Dieppe, New Brunswick and Thunder Bay, Ontario, the United States won the team trophy that was presented to U.S. team leader Holly Cole at the conclusion of the event in…

Brog Meier Gives Switzerland Two Strong Ladies

Brog Meier Gives Switzerland Two Strong Ladies

Switzerland has lots of skating Meiers, but only one Brog Meier, Kimena, 15-year-old dynamo who surpassed last year’s European sensation, Sarah Meier, to become the 2002 Swiss senior ladies champion. Brog Meier, who also has two silvers in the 2000 and 2001 Swiss Nationals as…

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Finnish Dancers Perform Well in First Senior Season

Finnish Dancers Perform Well in First Senior Season

Finland’s Jessica Huot and Juha Valkama are the first dance team from Finland since Susanna Rahkamo and Petri Kokko to compete seriously at the international level. The…

Adelia Fernanda: Inlining and the Ice

Adelia Fernanda: Inlining and the Ice

It is somewhat difficult to explain what it is like to be a figure skater in Brazil. First, as you may imagine, winter sports are not very popular there. Quite often, ice rinks are set up only on a…

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Canadian Junior Dancers Aim For Junior Worlds

Canadian Junior Dancers Aim For Junior Worlds

Canadian junior ice dancers Melissa Piperno and Liam Dougherty accomplished their goal for the 2001-2002 season by finishing fifth at the Canadian…

Lucinda Ruh: Online Interview

Lucinda Ruh: Online Interview

Born in Zürich, Switzerland, on July 13, 1979, Lucinda Ruh began skating at the age of four. In addition to skating, she also took classical ballet.

When Ruh was four, she and her family moved to Japan where she became…

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New Canadian Pairs Team Has Outstanding Debut Season

For Canadians Carla Montgomery and Ryan Arnold, the 2001-2002 season was a dream come true. In their first season together, the team finished fifth at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Hamar, fourth at the Junior Grand Prix Final, first in juniors at the 2002 Canadians, and first in both their internationals – the SBC Cup in Japan and the JGP event at The Hague. “We’re happy with…

Doherty and Myles Make Successful Move to Seniors

Canada’s 2001 junior dance champions, Tara Doherty and Tyler Myles, made a successful transition to seniors this season, finishing sixth. All of the couples ahead of them were multi-year veterans in senior dance and all had competed at Grand Prix events in the past. The talented team’s goal is “to make the Senior National Team this year, ideally medal at 2003 Canadians and aim for the next winter Olympics…

Ryan Bradley: Online Interview

Ryan Bradley initially discovered the sport of figure skating at age two, after following his older sister to her lessons. He participated in the USFSA Basic Skills Program from 1986-1988.

While training at the Bode Ice Arena in his birthplace of St. Joseph, Ryan met Tom Zakrajsek and began taking lessons from him. In August of 1996, Zakrajsek relocated to Colorado Springs. The Bradley family also made the move, so…

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Andorran Skaters Premier on World Stage

Andorra is a tiny principality nestled between Spain and France. It has a single ice rink. Last season, Andorra sent its first competitors to an ISU championship with Marc Casal and Melissandre Fuentes, both 14, representing the country at the 2002 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Hamar, Norway. Casal finished 39th in the men’s competition and Fuentes was 43rd among the ladies. Both of the skaters were born…

Scott and Dulebohn Aim for Another Olympics

Scott and Dulebohn Aim for Another Olympics

U.S. silver medalists Tiffany Scott and Philip Dulebohn realized a dream by competing in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, even though the skaters had missed almost the…

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