March 27, 2009 |
It's not where the U.S. figure skating strength usually lies, in the ice dancing area, but that has changed. Besides the veteran team of Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, the U.S. has two other promising dance couples. Meryl Davis, 22, of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Charlie White, 21, of Royal Oak, Mich., are in fourth place overall after two of the three rounds of ice dancing competition.
April 20, 1989 |
Jane Ira Bloom, the soprano saxophonist who came to town this week for a three-day spell at Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood (she closes tonight), has moved beyond the tentative modernisms of her earliest recordings, more than a decade ago, into an adventurous realm of spirited sounds on the brink of the avant-garde. Appropriately, one of the most experimental works in her first show Tuesday was a movement from the suite of compositions she was commissioned to write for NASA after watching the Discovery launch.
June 29, 2002
Craig Dunkin's letter last Saturday regarding the World Cup had a nice ring to it, but it is inescapable that the game will never catch on in the U.S. as a spectator sport. Germany beat us with two shots on goal! I don't need an electrifying slam dunk from Kobe or another dinger from Shawn Green. I'll take Derek Fisher drawing a charge, or a David Eckstein sacrifice bunt (of course another grand slam would be even better) over "the world's game." Ken Feldman Granada Hills I constantly see complaints, here and elsewhere, about soccer styles, particularly the German and Italian styles.
August 1, 2002 |
Was the arrest of a reputed Russian crime figure on charges he attempted to fix the outcome of the Olympic pairs and ice dancing competition at Salt Lake City merely another dip into the judging cesspool exposed in February by French figure skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne? Or has it opened a new and more treacherous pit, one that could swallow the last of figure skating's tattered credibility?
October 21, 2005 |
Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto make ice dancing palatable, infusing athleticism and verve into a discipline known mostly for melodrama and crooked judging. Their silver medal at this year's world championships was the best result for a U.S. ice dance team in 30 years, and they're the best U.S. hope for a figure skating medal at the Turin Olympics. But only if Belbin's application for citizenship is granted in the next few months, and it's plodding through a bureaucratic maze.
January 13, 2000 |
Last year's edition of Stars on Ice welcomed five new cast members to its roster of figure skating champions, including current Olympic gold medalists Tara Lipinski and Ilia Kulik. The changes to this year's production, which plays San Diego, Anaheim and Los Angeles this weekend, involve what is being performed, not who is doing the performing. It's part of the show's continuing artistic evolution, according to Scott Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic skating champion.
February 21, 2002
The International Skating Union on Wednesday rejected a protest filed by Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas of Lithuania over what they felt was unfair judging in the free dance portion of the ice dancing competition. The couple contended judges didn't follow the rules in scoring the performances of the third-place Italian duo and the fourth-place Canadian duo. Both of them fell but still finished ahead of the Lithuanians, who were fifth.
January 23, 2010 |
For years, ice dance costumes and programs have been so over-the-top they made it almost ridiculous to think this was a sport worthy of Olympic medals. Then the International Skating Union turned what was only a farce into an opportunity for cultural insensitivity as well as bad taste when it decided the dancers should use folk themes for their original dance in this Olympic season. That led Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, the reigning world champions, to create a program with allegedly Australian aboriginal music and to perform it wearing brown face, tribal paint and costumes with clumps of faux foliage.