July 22, 2007
WHAT a great piece on ballerina Gelsey Kirkland, starring in the new staging of "The Sleeping Beauty" ["Return of the Lost Ballerina," July 15]. Her exceptional tell-all book, "Dancing on My Grave," was a must-read backstage among us chorus boys and showgirls in Ice Capades as the same extremes about weight and appearance were placed upon us as well as Las Vegas dancers.
February 26, 2006 |
OK, so the Winter Olympics are losing the cross-country channel-surfing race to "American Idol." Ice dancing, women's bobsledding, curling and the rest may not be getting their props from the viewing public, but they make ideal cartoon props. Not quite compulsory, and certainly not executed with high degrees of conceptual difficulty, these cartoons won't win us any Pulitzer medals or spark any worldwide riots, but hey, they're good, clean funny!
June 9, 2004 |
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. One exception: No products will be endorsed. * What: "NBA Hardwood Classics: The Player and the Coach." Where: History Channel, Friday, 8 p.m.
January 8, 2004 |
Tom DICKSON knew he wanted to be a figure skater when he saw the spinning cheese wedges. Growing up in Newport Beach, Dickson frequently vacationed with his family in Sun Valley, Idaho, where they would see elaborate ice shows. He was mesmerized. "I remember watching a segment that involved giant skating Swiss cheese wedges," he says, adding that a mouse figured into the scenario too. "I told my parents that's what I wanted to do."
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June 5, 2001
Freddie Trenkler, 88, the diminutive comic ice skater famous for his pratfalls in the Ice Capades and other shows over four decades, died May 21 in Canoga Park. Born in Vienna, Trenkler trained as a serious ice skater but preferred making people laugh. So he dressed in rags and a battered hat and perfected slips, stumbles and arm-waving recoveries. Because of the many ways he could fall--or almost fall--he came to be billed as the Bouncing Ball of the Ice.
January 17, 2001 |
Scott Hamilton will miss the friends he made in 15 years of touring with Stars on Ice, the show he co-founded and nurtured, and the friends he made during more than 30 years of figure skating. But after the four-time U.S. and world champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist does his last back flip and skates off the ice April 7, he will most miss the little moments that wove the tapestry of his life. "I'll miss the goofy stuff, the stuff behind the scenes," he said.