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Around the world of figure skating - Dec. 4

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(12/04/2007) - In this week's around the world of figure skating we catch up with a former champ who now teaches young skaters, and check in to see what Johhny Weir has to say in his latest blog entry.

Former champ teaches young skaters

Tom Litz, gold-medalist in the 1963 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, made a visit to the ESL Skating School in Rochester, N.Y. last week. Litz held an open house and a skating demonstration, he now gives private lessons to young skaters. More >

Race car driver, actor, coach, figure skater

Fedor Andreev is returning to competitive figure skating. After taking nearly three years off to race cars, act in such movies as Disney's Enchanted, and teach up-and-coming skaters; Andreev is headed back to the ice.

He'll compete in the Eastern Challenge in Mississauga from Wednesday through Sunday, and hopes to qualify for the national championships. More >

Utah girl takes fourth at Junior Nationals

Nerves weren't on skater Angela Wang's mind last weekend at the U.S. Figure Skating Junior Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. Wang was focused on skating on her home ice, in front of family, friends and well-wishers.

"I just know this (routine)," said Wang. "I just went for it with everything I had."

The result was a fourth-place finish in the intermediate ladies free skate thanks to a score of 89.74. More >

India needs some rinks

The lack of ice-skating rinks in India has failed to popularize The Ice Skating Association of India(ISAI). The association was hoping to lure top international coaches to conduct a coaching camp to prepare competitors for the national ice-skating championship. There are only four ice-skating rinks in the entire country. More >

Johnny Weir is no "Ugly American"

In his new journal entry, Johnny Weir talks about winning at the Cup of Russia and how he attempts not to be an "Ugly American" when he travels.

Weir is back in his hometown, gearing up for the Grand Prix Final Dec. 13 - Dec. 16 in Turin, Italy.

"Now I'm back in New Jersey training and preparing for the Final," said Weir in his blog. "I think I have good chances to do well and everything is running in the right direction to becoming National and World champion this season. It's what I want and I expect nothing less than my best effort." More >