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    Figure Skating and Ice Hockey, Closer-Knit Than We Thought.

    Apart from both sport using the same type of facilities, FS and hockey seem to be in a very opposite nature. Some skaters started with both before going full stream to their final choices. I just came across the article stated that Chan and Nyugen started FS to improve their hockey skills.
    http://www.theobserver.ca/2014/03/18...ter-nam-nguyen

    Brian Orser, who happened to have his name attached to one of the Hockey Arena, uses hockey power play techniques to improve skaters' speed in his coaching. Max Aaron is famously linked to hockey. Nathan Chen also involve in both sports.

    On the other hand, figure skating happened to be a part of NHL players training in the recent years.
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=590542

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    Quote Originally Posted by BusyMom View Post
    Apart from both sport using the same type of facilities, FS and hockey seem to be in a very opposite nature. Some skaters started with both before going full stream to their final choices. I just came across the article stated that Chan and Nyugen started FS to improve their hockey skills.
    http://www.theobserver.ca/2014/03/18...ter-nam-nguyen

    Brian Orser, who happened to have his name attached to one of the Hockey Arena, uses hockey power play techniques to improve skaters' speed in his coaching. Max Aaron is famously linked to hockey. Nathan Chen also involve in both sports.

    On the other hand, figure skating happened to be a part of NHL players training in the recent years.
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=590542
    More examples of those who were heavily involved in both hockey and figure skating :
    - Scott Moir
    - Charlie White
    - Liam Firus

    No doubt lots of others are out there ...

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    Charlie White played hockey until he broke his leg/ankle playing.

    What I found amusing is that the NHL website published this about Charlie

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=645293

    It developed over a childhood split between hockey and figure skating. As a playmaking center, White competed in the Detroit metro area playing AAA hockey for the Honeybaked Hockey Club, a prominent local organization that has sent more than 50 players to the NCAA ranks and seen 18 former players drafted by NHL teams since 2000 -- including Ryan Kesler, Tim Gleason and Jim Slater.

    While White developed world-class skating skills that would eventually earn him Olympic glory, he was also playing hockey at an incredibly high level, all while balancing both sports with school. Already established as a teen as one of the country's top junior skaters, White won a state hockey championship as well. But when it came time to choose one sport, he knew his future was in ice dancing with Davis; it's an on-ice relationship that remains one of the longest lasting in the country. White's hockey teammates were more than understanding.

    "I was such a good skater that they really respected what figure skating was able to do for my hockey. I think that led them to respect figure skating. Through the years, I've been in contact with the guys and they continue to be very supportive," said White, who followed up Olympic silver in 2010 by winning gold at the World Championships in 2011, the first by an American team in ice dancing. "They were very understanding when I decided to step away from hockey."
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    Question:
    Have any young ladies of note pursued both hockey and figure skating??

    I hope that they are out there too.

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    We know figure skating ladies who have trained hockey skaters in power skating. This lady has done it for 20 years.

    http://figureskating.about.com/od/ge...retshockey.htm

    And then there's "Battle of the Blades."

    And Kristi Yamaguchi marrying hockey player Hedican.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    And Kristi Yamaguchi marrying hockey player Hedican.
    And Phaneuf and Talbot.

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    And it goes the other way too. Jeff Buttle is part of an LGBT Hockey League in Toronto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    We know figure skating ladies who have trained hockey skaters in power skating. This lady has done it for 20 years.

    http://figureskating.about.com/od/ge...retshockey.htm

    And then there's "Battle of the Blades."

    And Kristi Yamaguchi marrying hockey player Hedican.
    Yes, all well and good, but let me try asking my original question in a different way:

    Who are elite figure skating ladies analogous to Max Aaron -- ladies who themselves got started as serious hockey players??

    (Hockey great Tessa Bonhomme [sp?], who won BOTB with partner David Pelletier, does not quite fill the bill, but she comes closest, I suppose.]

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    Anyway, thanks to BusyMom for giving me a good excuse to re-watch this great video montage of young Max in action in hockey mode. 2:32 in total length, all of which makes me smile -- although I know zilch about hockey. My favorite play begins at approx. 1:00, when speedy and persistent Max (#91) ends up taking a pass from himself (you'll see what I mean) to score a goal.

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    http://www.psmag.com/navigation/book...l-skate-76542/

    A really good article about Barbara Underhill coaching hockey players.

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    Petri Kokko started out playing hockey and took up ice dancing at age 14 to improve his skating skills for hockey.

    Wikipedia tells me that there are at least a couple members of the Turkish women's national ice hockey team who were also figure skaters:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elif_Ula%C5%9F
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gizem_%C3%96zta%C5%9Fdelen

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    http://www.sochi2014.com/en/athlete-kaetlyn-osmond

    Kaetlyn Osmond's parents wanted her to play hockey.

    Sarah Lopez started as a figure skater, but quit due to injuries. She now plays hockey.
    http://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey-play....html?mode=jqm

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    Two types of athletes, two types of skating, two groups that may not always find common ground — or in this case, ice.

    “Neither one understands the other, unless you try them both,” said Omahan Sarah Lopez, a former competitive figure skater who has also played her fair share of hockey. “Each sport feels ownership of the ice, and when there's limited availability, the claws really come out.”
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    Lopez grew up figure skating, but later, because of injuries, gave it up and played hockey in high school and also at the club level in college. She now coaches skills development to local hockey players.

    She's gotten concussions while competing in both sports, but has no doubt which is more dangerous.

    That would be the one in which — at 5-foot-4 and 110 pounds — she was one of the taller participants.

    “Figure skaters are moving at incredible speed and lobbing their bodies into the air while wearing tights and a lycra dress,” she said. “At least hockey players are wearing pads.”
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    Thanks for your responses, Brenda, Doris, and BusyMom.

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    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydne_Vogel

    1997 Ladies Junior World champion, Sydne Vogel, started skating as a hockey player, but switched to figure skating after two years in hockey.
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    Margaret Purdy (2013 world junior pairs medalist) started out as a hockey player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydne_Vogel

    1997 Ladies Junior World champion, Sydne Vogel, started skating as a hockey player, but switched to figure skating after two years in hockey.
    Quote Originally Posted by guenever View Post
    Margaret Purdy (2013 world junior pairs medalist) started out as a hockey player.

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