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January 8, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
One daughter, barely 16, lives in Houston, where she has developed into the country's best gymnast. Another daughter, 14, lives in Southern California, where she is making a name for herself as a figure skater. A son, 18, the eldest of half a dozen children, has returned to the family nest in Northfield, Ill., an upper middle-class suburb of Chicago, after sharpening his speed skating skills for a year in Butte, Mont., and Calgary.
February 16, 2014 | Philip Hersh
Yulia Lipnitskaya has gone back to the Moscow area to train for a few days at her home rink. But her 5-foot-2 presence remains overwhelming in Sochi. Her two dazzling performances that helped Russia win the team figure skating event a week ago have turned the 15-year-old into the talk of this Olympic town, her entire country and the figure skating world. "At the beginning of the season, her name wasn't even at the top two of the women's list to make the Olympic team," said Oleg Vasiliev of St. Petersburg, the 1984 Olympic pairs champion.
November 9, 1991
World champion Kristi Yamaguchi of Fremont, Calif., took the lead in the singles events Friday in the Lalique Trophy figure skating competition. Yamaguchi won the original portion which started the women's competition. She hit all the elements to a flowing version of the waltz, "Blue Danube." Midori Ito of Japan, 1989 world champion, was second. Ito missed a difficult jump combination slightly. It put her a notch below the American after the portion that counts for one-third of the total mark.
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Martha Groves
Skating fans in Culver City were celebrating a temporary victory after city officials dug out an obscure document that advocates hope can keep an ice rink in the neighborhood. City officials informed the owner of Culver City Ice Arena of its findings last week. They said a use variance granted in 1960 prohibits the use of the property for anything except an ice rink. The new lessee, Planet Granite, plans to convert the 52-year-old rink into a rock climbing, fitness and yoga facility.
February 5, 1994 | ROBERT BARKER
Nearly 50 young athletes participated in the 21st annual Orange County Special Olympics ice skating competition Friday. Some raced around the Huntington Beach rink with great speed. Others required help from coaches to steady them as they competed in shorter and slower-paced races. Winning didn't seem to be everything to many.
June 19, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
Like thousands of high school seniors in the county, Jennifer Heyl is waiting with anticipation for graduation day. But unlike most students who attended high schools, Heyl is one of many who took the less traveled route, having earned her diploma through an independent study program while pursuing her dream of becoming a professional ice skater. Today, as valedictorian, Heyl will give the commencement speech as she graduates with 67 of her peers from Silverado Continuation High School.
February 16, 1994 | STEVE SPRINGER
Tonya Harding vs. Nancy Kerrigan. In the minds of many, it's villainess vs. victim. But what about the minds of the only people who really matter, those who will judge them on the ice in the figure skating competition at the Winter Olympics. Can the judges totally block out the constant barrage of information about the attack on Kerrigan, which has bombarded them from every media outlet, and fairly assess these two skaters and the other competitors solely on the basis of their performances?
September 1, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Owing $450,000 in rent and mired in financial trouble, the Irvine Ice Arena shut down Thursday evening as a synagogue prepared to complete its purchase of the property. "There goes my office," arena hockey director Mike Jones said as he carried his belongings from the red barn-like building into his car. Workers carried out the soft drink machine, others packed up the sports shop.
December 23, 1988 | LIBBY SLATE
Ice skating shows, long synonymous with the holiday season, have been gliding off in new directions, and viewers will get a look at some of these hot new acts as the curtain goes up on three live productions and a TV special next week. Opening are "Christmas Ice Spectacular" Monday to Jan. 2 at Knott's Berry Farm, Dorothy Hamill's "Winter Wonderland" Tuesday and Wednesday at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells and "Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom on Ice Starring Pinocchio" at the L.A.
December 27, 1988 | LIBBY SLATE
Ice skating shows, long synonymous with the holiday season, have been gliding off in new directions lately. Viewers will get a look at some of these hot new acts as the curtain goes up on three live productions and a TV special this week. Opening are "Holiday Festival on Ice" (Friday to Monday) at Knott's Berry Farm, Dorothy Hamill's "Winter Wonderland" today and Wednesday at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells and "Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom on Ice Starring Pinocchio" at the L.A.
January 29, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 30-year-old former ice skating coach has been convicted of sexually abusing two of his underage students, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday. Donald James Vincent was convicted of felonies including forcible lewd acts upon a child and oral copulation/sexual penetration with a child under 10, district attorney's officials said in a statement. Vincent was a coach at Paramount Iceland, and abused the students at his homes in Downey and Hacienda Heights between 2007 and 2011, according to prosecutors.
January 10, 2014 | Philip Hersh
Polina Edmunds got a wake-up call two years ago. And she gave the top women in U.S. figure skating one Thursday night. The 15-year-old from San Jose made her senior-level debut by finishing what only she thought was an unsurprising second on a night of short-program surprises at the U.S. championships. Two-time defending champion Ashley Wagner wound up fourth. The unpredictable Mirai Nagasu was third. Gracie Gold, for whom short programs have been a nemesis, was in utter command of this one. In her competitive debut of a new program, set to Grieg's "A Minor Piano Concerto," Gold rolled up 72.12 points for a lead of 5.37 over Edmunds going into Saturday's free skate.
January 2, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Skating at an Alpine lodge. Playing beer pong around the clock. Shopping for the most-blogged-about gifts. Such dreams can now come true along Las Vegas Boulevard. Through Jan. 20, Caesars Palace is creating a winter wonderland at its Caesars Chalet . Overlooking the Strip, the chalet features an outdoor ice-skating rink, falling snow and hot drinks, with and without alcohol. Skating sessions are available 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. The half-hour sessions cost $11, and skate rental is available for $5. Just across the Strip, the first properties at the Linq have opened.
December 14, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Christmas makes old men of us all, particularly the women, who grow grumpy and put-upon because most of the holiday prep falls to them. Christmas is a glorious celebration till it gets its claws into you. If you're not too careful, you grow cynical over the drumbeat of sales-sales-sales, the idiot radio stations that start the yuletide tunes in mid-November, the whole colossal runaway holiday sled. Our Thanksgiving was a triumph of the human spirit, and by Sunday of that weekend I was nearly Christmased out. I'd had just the right amount, yet there stood before us several more weeks of holiday mayhem.
December 6, 2013 | By Connie Stewart
A powerful pre-winter storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin, drove the wind-chill factor to minus 40 in North Dakota and kept shivering ice skaters huddled next to the hearth in South Dakota. And with more than two weeks until winter officially arrives, a swath of the nation less accustomed to ice and snow braced for impact on Friday. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, southern Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Missouri.
April 9, 2013 | By Mary Forgione
Big Bear Lake is getting ready to offer some cold comfort all year long. The Southern California resort town known for its ski resorts and cool mountain climate will open a new indoor ice-skating rink Saturday. The 1,300-square-foot rink in the Big Bear Funplex will be open daily for recreational skating. "Big Bear will now have a piece of winter 365 days a year," owner Lisa Brogan said in a statement. Brogan and her husband, Raymond, will operate the business, called simply the Ice Rink.
January 30, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
The great thing about visiting Moscow from Los Angeles is you don't have to reset your watch. It's a 12-hour time difference, so all you have to do is think about the time in a different way. Of course, winter in Russia is a little bit different from winter in Southern California. As the sun sets on Moscow, it's 7 degrees below zero and your guide is giving thanks for the mild weather. "It was 20 below zero last night," one local told me when I arrived Tuesday. "Be careful of icicles," said another.
November 18, 2011
MUSIC Noel Gallagher The former Oasis staple is front and center, both live and on his solo debut, "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. " Not as memorable as Oasis' best anthems in the '90s or as nasally rock-ready as his brother's latest incarnation, Beady Eye, but the album hovers within a melodic good-to-average middle ground. The album encircles themes of love, melancholy and aging. Royce Hall, UCLA. 8 p.m. $37-$77. . Kyuss Lives! Ax wielder Josh Homme may have moved on to Queens of the Stone Age, but the band he helped jump-start two decades ago in Palm Desert lives on. Vocalist John Garcia has reunited with Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri to continue the group's heavy metal desert rock assault.
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