March 26, 2000 |
To Dick Button, Ronnie Robertson was the best spinner he had ever seen, a fabulous athlete who certainly would have been landing quads if he were a figure skater of the present era. A silver medalist at the 1956 Olympics, Robertson didn't win the gold, says Button, because of those pesky school figures, the mundane ice tracings that were required of figure skaters until the early 1990s. To Linda Ko at the Irvine Ice Arena, Robertson wasn't an Olympic gold medalist.
February 9, 2000
Ronnie Robertson, an Olympic, world and U.S. figure skating silver medalist in 1956, died Friday at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley after a long illness. Robertson, 62, had coached at the Irvine Ice Arena for the past two years. Before that, he coached for several years in Paramount. Considered the fastest spinner in the history of figure skating, Robertson, who skated professionally for almost 22 years and earned more than $1.
February 14, 1998 |
STORYLINE: Lost in the uproar over Ilia Kulick's costume and the rivalry between Elvis Stojko of Canada and Todd Eldredge of the United States is Michael Weiss' attempt to become the first person to land a quadruple lutz. The American lands the quad lutz cleanly only about 10% of the time in practice. He's counting on the adrenaline of the competition to help him nail the jump in Nagano and raise the bar for the entire sport. HOW THEY STAND after the short program (factored placings): 1.
September 17, 1985 |
When Chris Bowman was growing up in the Valley, he was such a hyperactive little child, the neighbors wondered whether it wouldn't be a good idea for his mother to put him on ice for a while. So she did. For the next 15 years. A clear-cut case of child abuse? Not exactly. Chris Bowman got to love ice. So much so that after the first couple of years, his parents panicked and tried to lure him off it.
May 24, 1993 |
Carl Lewis complains that some among the media emphasize what they perceive to be his negatives--his flamboyance, his candor, his occasional lack of humility, even his singing voice. Either they don't particularly like him, or they have him confused with Roseanne Arnold. But one problem could be that Lewis does not emphasize his positives, such as a recent gift that not even his manager, Joe Douglas of the Santa Monica Track Club, learned of until told by a reporter last week.
August 16, 2002 |
It would have taken a lot more than a broken toe to keep Tabitha Yim out of the U.S. gymnastics championships. Or a broken toe and an injured hip. Or the broken toe, injured hip and fractured ankle the Irvine teenager suffered in miserable succession over six months within the last year. "It was pretty tough," she said of her enforced training break. "I did a lot of conditioning and strength exercises." That work served her well at last week's U.S.