Skaters I would like to know about.
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I read a few years ago that Holly Cook married and is raising a family and is (IIRC) coaching skaters in her home rink in Utah.
Rosalyn Sumners gave her last pro performance in 2006. At that time a Seattle paper did a long interview with her
The short version is that she is very well to do
In 2012, she helped out with a benefit at her old rinkSumners lent three of her world figure skating medals to an Edmonds bank for display in 1984. When she returned to pick them up, the bank had changed ownership, and no one knew where the medals had been stored. They were lost for 20 years, but discovered as unclaimed property in a safe deposit box and returned to Sumners (with a mock "awards" ceremony) by the state of Washington in 2004.
On April 24, 2004 she married IMG vice president Bob Kain.
Very nice articles. Thanks for the links.
Sumners always seemed to me like someone who was ready to do the work and who valued being a team player. If she was any kind of prima donna, it was never evident in what I saw of her in the media. She wasn't a brilliant skater, but she was a meticulous one, and she clearly valued gracefulness and artistry, though in the company of people like Gordeeva, Browning, and Wylie, it must have been hard to stand out.
I remember her especially for two things besides her bright temperament. One was that I first encountered the ballad "The Rose" through her. I don't tend to know the latest songs, and I first heard this one when she skated a lovely routine to it. It's remained a favorite of mine, both for the melody and for the heartfelt words. The other was something really beautiful she said after Sergei Grinkov's death. She said that the last thing Sergei saw was Katia in the landing position, which was what they'd worked for and shared for most of their lives. What a lovely way to remember Grinkov and to share him with his audience of fans.
Anissina had a press release that she would be trying to qualify for the French Olympic team. Later Gwendal confirmed the report. There sort of hasn't been anything since, but I will be checking out the French Masters competition that is coming up to see whether she (and/or) Gwendal will be competing.
Both Marina & Gwendal have done choreography, and they did a lot of shows for years.In 2010, Gwendal Peizerat was elected regional councillor on the list of the Socialist Party in the Rhone Alpes region and was subsequently appointed Councillor Delegate in charge of sports in the Regional Executive headed by Jean-Jack Queyranne.
Marina coached for a bit, before moving back to Moscow.
On February 23, 2008, Anissina married Russian actor Nikita Djigurda in Moscow after the two met when they were partnered on a celebrity ice dancing television show. Their son, Mick-Angel Christ (in Russian: Мик-Анжель Крист), was born in Biarritz on January 7, 2009. Their daughter, Eva Vlada, was born on January 23, 2010. Their children were baptized in an Orthodox church in Moscow. The family currently lives in Moscow, but Anissina spends some time in France and works with young ice dancers