Around the world of figure skating - Dec. 18

Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier made the "Love Story" program famous in using it up to and including the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier made the "Love Story" program famous in using it up to and including the 2002 Winter Olympics. (Getty Images)


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(12/18/2007) - From what Sasha Cohen is doing in Toronto, to what Jamie Sale and David Pelletier have to say about the state of the sport, this week's around the world of figure skating has got you covered.

This kid's got it going on

Ten-year-old Peter Schmidt is the only boy on a girls synchronized skating team. What's the best part for Peter? "The girls" and "the wind in my hair." Skate on Peter! You are a star! Watch >

What would Brian Boitano do?

Did you miss Brian Boitano skating on The Today Show last week? Have no fear, his performance is now available online. Watch >

Bend it like Beckham

L.A. Galaxy star David Beckham, and Spice Girl wife Victoria, took to the ice last weekend in London. The pair visited the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink with sons Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz. The boys were good little skaters, but Mom and Dad decided to watch from the sidelines instead of lacing up. More >

Where in the world is Sasha

Sasha Cohen has been popping up in the most unusual places lately. Last week, she took a twirl at the public ice rink in Toronto, Canada. She was in town to promote Stars On Ice, which will tour Canada early next year.

"I can't remember the last time I skated in snow," the 23-year-old Californian said as she stepped onto the ice. More >

The art of sports

Always wanted to design an Olympic medal? Well, here's your chance. Olympic organizers are looking for Canadian or international designers and artists to create Olympic medals that "reflect the determination and heart of the athletes who will win those medals in 2010."

Each Olympic medal must be at least five millimeters thick and 70 mm in diameter. More >

Ice show on two capitals

Two-time figure skating champions Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski will participate in Ice Show on Two Capitals in Russia on December 19th. The program will be performed on a special ice skating rink located on Red Square. The world's best figure skaters are invited to participate. The Russian Figure Skating Federation is among the main organizers. More >

Pelletier and Sale speak out about skating

David Pelletier and Jamie Sale say that figure skating is not getting enough exposure, and the little it is getting has been muddied since the golden years of the 1990's. The 2002 Olympic pairs gold medalists went on to say: "It is very, very sad to see right now the amount of skating we have on television and what time it is on. You take Skate Canada or Nationals and I don't know where it will be in the scheduling. You're going into domestic [Olympic Games] and you will have a hard time finding your own skaters on [television]. That's kind of the state of figure skating right now." More >

Shales makes Canadian Nationals

Mississauga's Brian Shales and his new partner Becky Cosford will move on to Canadian National Championships in Vancouver. The pair turned in a strong performance at the 2008 Skate Canada Western and Eastern Challenges. Shales and Cosford placed seventh in the short program. In senior pairs competition, the top seven teams advance to the Nationals. More >

Oh Canada!

There's a lot going on in the world of Canadian figure skating. Five Canadian skaters reached the ISU Grand Prix Final. At ISU senior and junior GP events, Canadians have hit the podium 11 times. The federation looks forward to continuing their momentum, and building a strong Olympic team. With such a surge of competent young skaters, the youth movement should make things interesting at the 2008 Canadian Championships, which run Jan. 16 to 20 in Vancouver, and the 2009 Nationals in Saskatoon. More >