February 25, 2002 |
If one of the recurring musical themes in NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics seemed familiar to viewers, perhaps that's because it's been around for a while. We're not talking about "Bugler's Dream," the 1958 Leo Arnaud piece that has become the traditional Olympic fanfare, or the John Williams themes that have become a staple of Olympic coverage (particularly the 1984 fanfare, used extensively by NBC, along with his new "Call of the Champions," written for the Salt Lake City Games).
February 13, 1994 |
Yes, America, there is more to the Winter Olympic figure skating competition than Tonya vs. Nancy. A brief look: MEN This will be the first time that two Olympic figure skating champions have faced one another. The United States' Brian Boitano won in 1988, Ukraine's Viktor Petrenko in 1992, and both enjoyed the spoils as professionals before the International Skating Union passed a rule enabling them to return to serious competition.
March 1, 1997 |
Michelle Kwan's fall from the throne of women's figure skating continued Friday night, and and Tara Lipinski again showed that youth is no barrier in the sport. Kwan, from Torrance, had fallen twice in the U.S. Nationals last month, and she showed in the Champions Series that her performance there was no aberration. Kwan came in third behind Lipinski and Russia's Maria Butryskaya, falling hard on her opening triple lutz and never finishing the required combination jump.
March 24, 1994 |
As figure skating's world turned Wednesday, the talk was of pairs. Off the ice, the waitress and the truck driver, Calla Urbanski and Rocky Marval, reunited. On the ice, Jenni Meno and Todd Sand, proved equally inseparable.
March 20, 1996 |
Encouraged for years to display more emotion, Todd Sand complied Tuesday night at figure skating's world championships in the Edmonton Coliseum. Unfortunately, he did it after the short program that he skated with partner Jenni Meno in the pairs competition, punching a hole in a wall in a corridor off the ice. "I'm just happy it wasn't the coach he hit," said John Nicks, who coaches Meno and Sand in Costa Mesa. Sand was upset because he double-footed his landing in a side-by-side double axel.
March 11, 1993 |
Kurt Browning of Canada led Mark Mitchell of the United States in the World Figure Skating Championships after the technical program of the men's competition Wednesday. Two other Canadians, Lloyd Eisler and Isabelle Brasseur, won the pairs event after winning a bronze medal at last year's Olympics.
March 4, 2000 |
Despite cameos by such real-life Olympic medalists as Elvis Stojko, Nancy Kerrigan and Rosalynn Summers, and an amiable co-starring role for gold medalist Tara Lipinski, "Ice Angel," Sunday's uninspired Fox Family Channel movie, skates on thin ice. Filled with gender stereotypes and glib bromides, it begins when hockey star Matt, who motivates his Olympic-bound team by castigating them for playing like "a bunch of pansies," dies and comes back as Sarah, a teenage ice-skating champ.
March 27, 1992 |
Although figure skating's World Championships formally opened Wednesday at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, connoisseurs of the sport know that no competition truly begins until the first scoring controversy. That usually does not take more than 24 hours, and these championships have proved no exception as some of the judges Thursday invited skepticism about their point of view or, at the least, their vision.
February 13, 1998 |
For some, the quad is the four-letter word in men's figure skating. Me? I think it should be a required element at the Olympics, like a Visa card. The quadruple jump separates the medalists from the boys. I don't really mean to challenge a skater's manhood if the best he brings to Saturday night's freestyle program at the White Ring is a triple axel, especially if it's done in combination with another triple jump. The triple axel requires 3 1/2 revolutions and should always be respected.