The Olympics are less than a month away and while media coverage is picking up, much of it comes from people who do not specialize in figure skating, and it shows. So I figured I’d list some of the skating blogs I've enjoyed reading in recent months – and maybe find some new ones to add to the list.
- Video Replay=Artistry?: the blogger occasionally posts here and at FSU. The event previews are informative and very well thought out; I only wish it could be updated more often! I guess some people are busier than I am.
- Aunt Joyce’s Ice Cream Stand: this will not be everyone’s cup of tea; it’s snarky, gossipy and mean, but IMO, very funny - and rarely, if ever, dull. Too many gymnastics posts for my liking, but then you can’t have it all.
- Xanboni: focuses mainly on training and coaching, and is written by a coach with some very good advice for skaters and parents. It’s updated quite often.
- Life on the Edge: “our skater” who’s often referred to on this blog is Jeremy Abbott. The blog’s focus isn’t really on Jeremy, though, and his family has been involved in skating for many years.
- Axel, Loops and Spins: nothing groundbreaking, but several posts a week and some good reports on national (US) and international skating.
- Mr. Zamboni Man: a newbie blog and a very funny one, from the review of Adrian Schultheiss’s LP to having Scott Hamilton declare that Yu-Na Kim “transcends all adjectives” to a report on the Zhangs falling asleep in the middle of their program .
- Passion to Skate: an even newer blog, by a blogger who’s been a skater/coach/fan /judge and has now decided to try writing about skating.
- Skating the Issue: will Jenny Kirk bring back her blog, or will we be seeing her in major media outlets next month?
Since my own involvement in skating is mainly of the couch potato variety , it's fun to read different perspectives and points of view from people whose skating experience has been more active than mine. So, which good ones have I missed?