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Around the world of figure skating - Dec. 11

Banned for life from skating, Tonya Harding hits new lows.
Banned for life from skating, Tonya Harding hits new lows. (Getty Images)

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(12/11/2007) - Whether it's why Kimmie Meissner should promote the Baltimore Civic Arena, or what Phil Hersh has to say about a void of talent in the sport, this week's around the world of figure skating has got you covered.

Save Baltimore

This sports writer calls out to skating legends to help Baltimore's sagging sports legacy, and promote a new Civic Arena. Dan Rodricks writes: Dorothy Hamill and Kimmie Meissner should be summoned to lend their stature in figure skating to the place; they could establish an international competition and ice show here. More >

Lu is a world class coach

Former world figure skating champion Chen Lu is coaching a boy who some to believe to be Hong Kong's next great figure skating star. 14-year-old Denis To Hon-lam won his first amateur title in 2005, and he trains mainly in Shenzen with Lu and co-coach, Wang Huan. More >

Barry and Brian

Barry Manilow provided live musical accompaniment for the "Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular Starring Musical Guest Barry Manilow" at AT&T Park in San Francisco, the home of the San Francisco Giants. It was the first time the site had ever been the base for an ice show. Manilow talked about how great the historical event was to participate in on Good Morning America. More >

Hamill, Boitano visit sick children

Olympic figure skating stars Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill visited the George Mark Children's House in San Leandro, Calif. Hamill and Boitano spent time at the George Mark hospice, where terminally and seriously ill children are cared for. More >

Hardened Harding

What's a girl to do when she just can't land her triple Axel anymore? Beat the crap out of people! Something former skater Tonya Harding clearly knows a lot about. Harding will be in Kansas City on Dec. 14, for "Season's Beatings," a mixed martial arts competition that will be held starting at 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 100 S. 20th Street. One can only hope she's competing in one of the "cage matches" and is not one of the "scantily clad" ring girls.

Fingers crossed! More >

Dearth of talent?

Figure skating expert Phil Hersh says it's "the dearth of new talent that ails figure skating." He goes on to comment: "The sport's talent is as thin as it has been in the 27 years I have followed it. There is not a single skater whom one would call a star."

Ouch. More >