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The Inside Edge: Harvard's 'EWC' cast revealed

Lepistö weds longtime boyfriend; Gold dishes on famous friends
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Former Soviet pairs skaters Ludmila and Oleg Protopopov will perform at Harvard University's "An Evening With Champions." -Sarah S. Brannen

The 45th edition of Harvard University's benefit show, An Evening with Champions, has announced its preliminary cast list.

The show, which will take place Sept. 18-19, boasts a long list of participants, including Kimmie Meissner, Karen Chen, Rachael Flatt, Ashley Cain, Courtney Hicks, Yasmin Siraj, Ryan Bradley, Shawn Sawyer, Richard Dornbush, Ross Miner, Shotaro Omori, Harrison Choate, Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus, Gretchen Donlan and Nate Bartholomay, the Haydenettes, Act I of Boston and, in a welcome return, Ludmila and Oleg Protopopov. More names may be added soon. Paul Wylie and Emily Hughes will return as co-hosts.

Run entirely by Harvard University students, An Evening with Champions has raised more than $2.7 million for the Jimmy Fund in support of adult and pediatric cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Tickets will be on sale soon at the Harvard Box Office. There is also an opportunity for teams to skate with the champions in the show through a fundraising initiative known as "Skating with Champions." For more information, visit their website.

Tickets are still available for another "Evening" with a phenomenal cast. "An Evening on Ice" will take place this Saturday, July 18, in Los Angeles. See usathleticfoundation.org for more info.

Couples

The "summer of love" continued, as 2010 world bronze medalist and 2009 European champion Laura Lepistö married her long-time boyfriend, Tommi Huovinen, at St. John's Church in Helsinki, Finland, on July 11. The couple has been together since 2007, when they met in high school. Lepistö dressed beautifully (as Finnish figure skaters always seem to do) in a simple white dress with a layered chiffon skirt, lacy straps and lace bodice details.

Huovinen, a former sprinter, is an entrepeneur, and Lepistö is studying sports management while running three different sports camps and doing some TV commentary.

Lepistö's close friend, Kiira Korpi, and Korpi's boyfriend, Arthur Borges Seppälä, attended the wedding.

Closer to home, Sasha Cohen announced on Instagram that she and Tom May are engaged.

"Engaged to the most incredible man…I've never been so happy," she posted, along with a photo of the couple on the beach.

According to People magazine, the two met at a Harvard Business School party last year. May is a 2009 graduate and Cohen is a student at Columbia University. May is an analyst with SAC Capital.

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim have set a date for their wedding: The 2015 U.S. pairs champions will be married June 26, 2016. 

Jyrki Pirkkalainen contributed to this article.

Famous friends

Back in the spring, we chatted with Gracie Gold about her superstar friend, Taylor Swift. Gold reminisced about a fun day she spent with Swift and several other pop stars in Catalina, California, last January.

"When Taylor said, 'A group of us are going to Catalina,' I didn't know really what that meant," Gold said, laughing. "You hope it will be somebody famous, but it could just be her family or her handlers. She texted me on Thursday, 'Hey, are you in L.A.? I'm in town. A group of us are going to Catalina Island...are you free on Friday?'"

"I didn't even look at my schedule. I said, 'Yes, I'm free!'" Gold said.

When she arrived at the boat, she saw not only Swift but Lorde, the Haim sisters (Este, Danielle and Alana) and actress Jaime King.

"I was speechless," Gold said. "It was incredible."

The girls had a fun day shopping on the island, and Gold enjoyed getting to know the rest of the group.

"Lorde is very upbeat -- she's much more regular than you might think," Gold said. "She's like the opposite of emo. She's still hipster: Her shirt said 'Lonely' in cursive, and she has the big black hair with the purple lipstick. She's kind of the definition of alternative. She's really quirky, but fun and upbeat. And the Haim sisters are awesome. I knew who they were, but I had never seen them."

Gold said she and Swift haven't been able to hang out much since.

"She's in New York a lot, and we just haven't had much time to connect," Gold said. "But we still keep in touch."

Riley on ice

One of the top movies in America, Inside Out, is full of skating scenes. The main character, an 11-year-old girl named Riley, is a passionate hockey player. However, there are many scenes of her skating on a pond and doing mostly figure skating moves, including a waltz jump, a spiral, a two-foot spin and a sort of weird reverse salchow/inside loop jump.

Her emotions seemed destined to be on-ice characters as well. In one scene, Joy mimics Riley's skating moves, and the two do a sweet sort of duet. We will not be one bit surprised if this eventually appears on ice for real, in figure skates, in a future Disney on Ice show.

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