Ask Nancy - Dec. 10

Two-time Olympian Nancy Kerrigan answers your questions!

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(12/10/2007) - In this week's Ask Nancy, two-time Olympian Nancy Kerrigan chats about whether or not she will write another book, and what it was like commentating at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships in Salt Lake City for

Tim: Do you think you will ever write another book?

NK: I would certainly be willing to consider writing another book. In fact, we have discussed putting together a book for kids using skating as the basis. With everything else that I am doing these days, I have not had a chance to really focus on this project, but perhaps someday. I think it would be fun and fulfilling to create something for kids.

Megan: Right now I am becoming an intermediate skater, but I still look like a little girl when I am skating. Do you have any suggestions on how to make myself appear as a more mature skater?

NK: It sounds like you are pretty young so I wouldn't worry too much about looking mature. Take advantage of the fact that you are young. If you are an Intermediate Lady, my advice is to focus on skating to the music and having fun on the ice. If you do both of these, the judges should look favorably on your programs and you will be just fine. You will have plenty of time to be a more mature skater. Enjoy yourself.

Lisa: I am having a really hard time with my double Axel. I can land it perfectly on the harness without any help, but as soon as I take the belt off my double Axel is a complete mess. Do you have any tips or suggestions? How long did it take you to land your double Axel?

NK: Since I never used a harness, it is hard for me to know exactly how difficult the transition is from using one to skating without it. However, if you are able to do the jumps with the harness, it sounds to me like it might be time to move on and practice your jumps without the harness. From a technical standpoint, you may want to try breathing in on the take off and making sure you bring your arms and knee through at the same time. I have tried to address some of these issues in my Topricin Skating Tips on Nancy Kerrigan's World of Skating which airs on CN8. You can see some of them on as well. Good luck.

Heather: Do the skaters and/or coaches listen to the on air comments of commentators like you, Susie Wynne, Tracey Wilson and take notice?

NK: Well, that is a great question and one that I can't really answer since I am not sitting there with the viewers! However, I know from watching other sports that the expert commentators really do have some great insights into the sports that they participated in. I have a lot of respect for people like John McEnroe in tennis, and Johnny Miller in golf. I learned a lot listening to Peggy Fleming and Dick Button. I know that we try hard to give a different perspective on what the skaters are dealing with on the ice when we broadcast on If the skaters and coaches listen and it helps them as a result, so much the better.

Joel: My dream is to go to the Olympics someday. The thing is that I'm already 13-years-old. Is that too old to become a great skater? And what was your skating schedule when you were young?

NK: I don't how far along you are in your learning curve, so the fact that you are 13 doesn't really tell me that much. However, I can tell you that I was an Intermediate Lady at age 13 and went to two Olympics, so I can only encourage you but with the understanding that it takes a lot of hard work. Also, while the top girls have become younger, I think on the men's side, you can mature and compete when you are a little older, so I wouldn't worry too much about your age. If you love skating, go for it with passion and you will go as far as you can. One thing that I do warn everyone though is that only a couple of American skaters each four years go to the Olympics. I hope you can put some other goals around your Olympic dream, so that skating can be fulfilling to you on many levels. Good luck.

Mike: Do you think Michelle Kwan will skate in the 2010 games? How hard would that be for her to do - as far as getting prepared, training, etc?

NK: I will be very surprised if Michelle tries to compete in the 2010 Games. As far as I know, she has pretty much stopped any competitive skating and, in fact, I am not sure she is skating at all at the moment. Having said that, Michelle Kwan went to three Olympics and is the most decorated American skater in history. I would never count Michelle out so if she decides to make a comeback, I would never think that the Olympics would be out of reach.

Tom: What was the best part of commentating in Salt Lake City as U.S. Juniors? Did you enjoy yourself?

NK: I always enjoy watching the young skaters. The U.S. Juniors are a great place to see the up and coming talent in America. It is great to give these kids the experience of competing on television, and seeing how they deal with the pressures on and off the ice. I have done the U.S. Juniors for Nancy Kerrigan's World of Skating, so it is fun to continue to cover this event for Hope you enjoyed the coverage.