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    Shepherd Clark...

    whatever happened to him? He was a skater on the National scene who did really well at Nationals (4th in 1997, I think?) and got to travel to some of the other lesser competitions (Finlandia, 4CC) for the US and either medaled or turned in really good showings (He won Finlandia). He looked like he was getting it together and then all of a sudden he disappeared. I remember he was very public about his struggle with ADD.

    Does anyone have any info on what happened to him? He was one of my favourites.

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    He's still making jewelry.

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    shepherd is one of my favorite lesser-known american skaters. i remember when he had to withdraw duing the (i think it ws the) 2000 short program at nationals because of a back injury. it broke my heart.

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    IIRC, Shepherd is the same age as Todd Eldredge which would make him 32? Lots of fun to watch but unless you are successful internationally, I don't think you will continue to compete into your 30's. I think injuries, also, took their toll.

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    I remember him--he was always fun to watch even when he made mistakes. I was shocked to see him dissapear, too. :(

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    Shocked to see him disapear? He skated at nats for a decade! Sometimes I really wonder about fan expectations.

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    Originally posted by berthes ghost
    Shocked to see him disapear? He skated at nats for a decade! Sometimes I really wonder about fan expectations.


    He hasn't been gone for very long- we saw him at 2003 nationals, though he withdrew before the long program. Thought he might stick around one more year since he's from Atlanta, but I guess not.

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    Shep actually turned 33 March 1.

    He's also one of my long-time favorite skaters - I was joking to someone the other day that he was one of those skaters who make me want to alternate between giving his hair a good tugging sometimes and just giving him a *big* hug, LOL.

    I appreciate the fact that he has struggled with ADD, but I've also felt at times that Shep could also be a wee bit more disciplined, LOL. All the same, for the most part he's quite a joy to watch - a wonderfully elegant and expressive skater who's also powerful and fast. I've heard he's a real sweetheart too - especially when it comes to fans and admirers.

    I was sad at what happened in 2000 - I was glad he was able to come back and compete in '02. I knew that he withdrew last year before the free skate got underway - such a shame. :(

    I heard very recently from someone who knows someone who knows about Shep that he's still training at the Skating Club of Boston. If he wants to come back and try to compete at Nationals next year, I think that would be really cool.

    I've heard he's running a fairly successful small jewelry business and even has his own line of jewelry - I've heard of something in particular called the "Shep spiral". Does anyone know about it?

    I wish him the best, at any rate, now and in the future.

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    **BUMP!**

    I thought someone might be able to answer that last question if I bumped it up.

    Also - he was a silver medalist at Jr. Worlds : can anyone tell me if it was the 89 Jr. Worlds or the 90 Jr Worlds (Jr Worlds used to be held in December, so 89 Jr Worlds would have been held in December 88, for example). Also, what country were the championships held in! Any information would be helpful!

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    I read a couple of years ago that he designed a skating costume completely encrusted in diamonds. It even covered the gloves! It was some kind of rare american dimond. I guess his business was doing fairly well

    I need to dig up the magazine with this feature.

    Yana

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    It was in TV Guide. I was looking forward to looking at that costume but he pulled out of Nationals b/c of injury. I think the diamonds were from the Appalachian mountains or some mountains in NY.

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    hi soogar, the article was in a magazine that covers different topics every issue - the name escapes me. They did a whole issue devoted to FS, maybe back in 2000? I picked it up in a supermarket. When I dig it up I could scan the article if you want to see it.

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    He did sew 100 of a gemstone called a Herkimer Diamond into a costume he was going to wear during the 2000 Nationals free skate - before he had to withdraw. :(

    Herkimer Diamonds are actually a kind of quartz crystal ( double-terminating, if you really want to get technical ) and are formed in clay instead of rock so they form a more perfect "diamond-shaped" gemstone.

    I think that outfit turned up at '02 Nationals - it was a black outfit with red designs on the top and tights and the designs were completely outlined with something that shone like crazy. It sent beams of white light right into my eyes and made me shade my eyes just watching the videotape I have.

    On a personal note, reading about the Herkimer Diamonds, jewelry design, etc. reminded me that I was once interested in gemology and even checked out some colleges which taught courses in the field.

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    Yana,
    Please do. I think he was going to skate to music from Cats in that costume. I remember TV Guide did a decent size caption with a photo of Shep in the costume and he had diamonds along the sleeves.

    In Christine Brennan's book, she was writing about Mike Weiss and was discussing how Weiss felt uncomfortable with gay guys in skating. He told her that during some seminar, the boys were introducing themselves to eachother and one of them said that he liked to make jewelry. The other guys snickered and when it was Mike's turn, he said his name and "I do not make jewelry". I wonder if he was talking about Shep Clark.

    I always thought Shepard , Mark Mitchell and Michael Chack looked alike.

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    If it's 1) quoted in a Brennan book and 2) quoted by Mike I would take the statement with not only a grain, but a pound of salt.

    Just for a parting shot at that remark, I think that jewelry making and design is, well, kind of **sexy**.

    And yes, I think that the program Shep was supposed to skate to in 2000 wearing the outfit was from "Cats".

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