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Around the world of figure skating - Nov. 27

Brea, California native Caroline Zhang.
Brea, California native Caroline Zhang. (Michelle Harvath)

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(11/27/2007) - Whether it's the U.S. Figure Skating Junior Championships or über cheesy figure skating murder mysteries, this week's around the world of figure skating has got you covered.

11-year-old prepares for U.S. Junior Championships

Jessica Schilkey of Kimball Township is set to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Junior Championships this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"I'm excited and looking forward to the competition," said Schilkey, a sixth-grader at Marysville Middle School. "I like it here so far, but it's a little weird being out in the middle of nowhere." More >

Death by skate blade

Just when the NASCAR Harlequin romance novellas had taken over the top spot in the list of weird sports marketing ploys, here comes a series of figure skating murder mysteries; titles include Death Drop, Murder on Ice, and by far the favorite: Axel of Evil. More >

Raising money to skate

The Helena Figure Skating club put on their annual Holiday on Ice show over the weekend in Montana to raise money for future competitions.

The skaters said they raised about $70,000, to be used for future training and competition travel. The non-profit organization teaches girls as young as five how to figure skate. More >

Li is still a trainer of champions

Coach Li Mingzhu says not to count her out. Despite training American Caroline Zhang for the last four years, the former Chinese national team figure skating coach wants to realize her Olympic dream again with Chinese skaters.

"Most of the young coaches and local team coaches in China have little contact with world's advanced training concept and methods, so if possible, I'm glad to be the bridge between them," said Li, who used to hold lectures for Chinese coaches years ago. "I would like to share my experience with them and do as much as possible for China's figure skating." More >

Golden Skate and Spotlight on Skating Magazine hosting contest

Think you know who is going to grab gold at the NHK Trophy in Japan this weekend? Then enter Spotlight on Skating Magazine and GoldenSkate.com's weekly contest. More >

Learn how to "stick it" online

Always wanted to land a quad Salchow? Well, now you can practice your figure skating skills without ever leaving the comfort of your couch. Candystand.com challenges you to "stick it" -- with their online figure skating game. It requires dedicated wrist action: if you fling poorly you will land flat on your rump. More >