Off the ice

Opinion: Why Did Olympic Figure Skater Gracie Gold Have to Tell the World About Her Problems?

On September 1, 2017, Olympic figure skating medalist and US ladies figure skating champion Gracie Gold announced to the world that she was taking time off from skating to “seek some professional help.”  In October it was confirmed that she is being treated for an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression, and it was announced that she would skip […]

The 2017 World Figure & Fancy Skating Championship Was an Amazing Experience!

#WorldFigureChampionship WorldFigureSport.org #WorldFigureSport #VailLive I just returned from Vail, Colorado, the site of the 2017 World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships and Festival.  I expected to have a great time, but to sum things up, being at this particular event was truly an amazing experience! There is something magical that happens when people who love figure skating […]

How to Choose a Figure Skating Coach

Unlike ballet, dance, or gymnastics where learning occurs in a group lesson format, most of the time, figure skating is mastered through private lessons. So….if you are really interested in mastering figure skating, your first step is to select a private lesson coach.  Selecting a private figure skating coach should not be decided in haste; your private lesson […]

Parents of Figure Skaters Have to Adjust to Life Without Skating When a Child Retires From the Sport

An article on icenetwork that was published in 2016  by Sarah Brannen called  What’s next? Skaters detail coping with retirement – End of career can leave void after years devoted to training, competing recently appeared on my Facebook newsfeed.   The article includes statements from former elite figure skaters such as 2010 Olympian and US National Ladies […]
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