February 2, 1992 |
Insulated from the cold by thick-soled boots and a parkathat swallows him in its folds, John Nicks is a still and stolid figure in a tableau of bright and darting colors at the Ice Capades Chalet skating rink. As Nicks watches from a corner, U.S. men's figure skating champion Christopher Bowman flashes across the ice and soars toward the ceiling in an explosion of power. A few feet away, Jenni Meno and Scott Wendland, who were second in the pairs event at last month's U.S.
January 21, 1993 |
In the year since the 1992 U.S. figure skating championships, here are some of the questions with which followers of the pairs competition have been titillated: Will Calla dump Rocky the trucker? Are Jenni and Todd skating cheek to cheek on and off the ice? If so, can Natasha find happiness with Rocky? And what will become of Scott? Soap opera fans, do we have a sport for you.
February 5, 1992 |
By the time they get on the ice during the Olympics, they usually look like a match made in heaven. They glide and flow. They toe loop and double axel as one. It's a union of majesty and magic. Even a casual observer, who has never even strapped on a skate, figures it must take a lot of hard work to make anything look that easy. But success in pairs figure skating requires a good bit of luck, too. With desire, discipline and direction, a talented solo skater can push the edge of potential.
February 11, 2010 |
Kim Yuna had boot problems. The reigning world figure skating champion took the ice for her morning practice at the Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club, skated a few minutes, then limped off. Kim removed her right skate and gave it to her mother, Park Mee-Hee, who had been watching from beyond a glass wall that separates the club's lounge from the rink. This unremarkable episode two months before the Winter Olympics would have been headline news in South Korea, where three TV networks had shown her arrival at a November Grand Prix event in Lake Placid, N.Y., then run endless loops of her fall on a triple loop jump in . . . practice.
December 24, 2006 |
Sitting in a circle with her University of Denver classmates before her final exam in international studies, immersed in analyzing turmoil in Iraq and North Korea, Michelle Kwan discovered something about herself that a lifetime of figure skating hadn't taught her. "We were talking about a certain issue and somebody would jump in and then somebody else would jump in, and it was very interesting, very stimulating," she said.
January 12, 2008 |
For a year, Christopher Bowman had told John Baldwin Jr. he was coming home to Southern California, but he didn't follow through, and after a while Baldwin stopped believing him. Then, a few days before Baldwin was to leave for Tokyo to compete in the World Figure Skating Championships last March, Bowman called him, asking to be picked up at Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade. The man he saw was not the confident athlete who twice won the U.S.
February 27, 2010 |
It was nearly midnight Thursday, the day of triumph running into the day after, and both Kim Yuna and Brian Orser already were looking at the days ahead. The skater and her coach were in a car going from post-competition doping control to a news conference that would be aired live in South Korea, where half the country's 48 million people already had watched TV broadcasts of their national hero becoming their first Olympic figure skating champion. During the 20-minute ride, Kim and Orser could have sat back and looked at the gold medal she won three hours earlier with a performance of record-breaking, mind-boggling quality.
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February 21, 2010 |
Akari Nakahara wakes up at 4:30 a.m. six days a week. While most people are asleep, she races through breakfast before rushing off with her mother to an ice skating rink. Once there, Akari will spend two hours stretching, spinning and soaring through the air like a ballerina on ice. Only 7, Akari is one of a growing number of young Asian Americans who have fallen in love with figure skating and dream of becoming the next Michelle Kwan or Kristi Yamaguchi. "She loves to skate," said Akari's mother, Kaori Nakahara, a piano teacher from Japan who recently began driving her daughter from their home in Santa Clarita to the Pasadena Ice Skating Center to train with her favorite coach.
February 25, 2010 |
One Olympic singles champion, Robin Cousins, says Kim Yuna has the "it factor." Another, Scott Hamilton, calls her a gift to the sport "from some other place." A rival's coach, Frank Carroll, marvels at her speed. One of the sport's legendary skaters, Michelle Kwan, says Kim is "what the judges are looking for, when it comes to jump quality, spin quality and edges." All agree there is no way Kim will lose the Olympic gold medal in Thursday night's long program if the 19-year-old South Korean skates the way she did in winning Tuesday's short program.
December 22, 1989 |
Shortly after the figure skating team of Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin finished their first rehearsal for this holiday's edition of Knott's Berry Farm's "Festival on Ice," Korina had a question about a routine set to "Silent Night." "We have heard this music before," she said. "What is it?" Their ignorance of what is perhaps the world's best-known Christmas carol may be partly due to the fact that the couple is Jewish.