Around the world of figure skating - Feb. 11

Yamaguchi was recently honored with a prestigious Thurman Munson Award.
Yamaguchi was recently honored with a prestigious Thurman Munson Award. (Getty Images)


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(02/11/2008) - From Kristi Yamaguchi's new award to a Special Olympian's dream and to the rise of figure skating thanks to "Dancing on Ice," this week's around the world of figure skating covers the ice news from all over the globe.

Yamaguchi honored with Thurman Munson Award

1992 Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi was among those honored in New York with the prestigious Thurman Munson Award. Other honorees included New York Mets third baseman David Wright, New York Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera and New York Knick guard Jamal Crawford. More >

Figure skating provides the dream for one Special Olympian

Figure skater Kyle Mayhew remembers what it was like when he won gold at the provincial championships last year: "I got off the ice, and I hadn't seen my marks, but I saw all my coaches crying in the hallway -- I didn't know what was going on."

That victory earned Mayhew a berth in the Special Olympics National Winter Games, where he will try to take his love of the ice one step further -- the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2009. More >

Figure skating is hailed in Port Huron, Mich.

Local skaters were able to show off what they've been working on for weeks, months or years last weekend at the Edith Scheonrock International Competition in Port Huron, Mich.

Showing the importance of figure skating in their lives, many veterans came back to Port Huron for this event to show how their coaches there affected their careers. More >

Baltimore County opens first rink

It's time to lace up your skates in Reisterstown, Md. The Baltimore County Revenue Authority put the finishing touches on the county's first skating rink, the 58,000-square-foot Reisterstown Sportsplex, last week, opening the soccer and lacrosse field to the public Feb. 2 and the ice rink Feb. 4. A ribbon-cutting and official opening was held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8-10. More >

Skating surge in southern England

Skating's popularity is enjoying a rapid surge this year in southern England. Rinks, like the one at the cathedral in Winchester, have seen more skaters hit the ice this year than ever before. A lot of the credit for this increase has been given to the celebrity TV show, "Dancing on Ice," hosted by Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield and starring singer Suzanne Shaw and ice dancers Torvill and Dean. More >

Behind the scenes of "Dancing on Ice"

One British reporter gets a behind-the-scenes look at the hit show, "Dancing on Ice," with one of its panelists, Nicky Slater. You can even see a little sneak preview. More >

Hann-McCurdy and Coreno show a little western pride

Canada's ice dancing used to be centered around Ontario and Quebec, where skaters from across the country would come in search of expert coaching and training. Well, that trend has changed.

Victor Kraatz, who made the trek east while competing and won the 2003 world championship with Shae-Lynn Bourne, has opened up shop as a coach in Vancouver, and he's having some success. Two of his pupils, Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno, won the bronze medal at the recent Canadian championships.

Hann-McCurdy and Coreno have clearly benefited from working with Kraatz, and they may be starting a new western trend in Canadian ice dancing. More >

One New Zealand woman is still young on the ice at 60

Ice skating was added to the New Zealand Masters Games in 1994, and it meant a re-birth into the sport for one skater.

Jeanne Begej won six ice skating titles in 1968 and '69, but she retired from competition until the masters came calling. And she's even helped more veterans get involved with the Canterbury Masters Figure Racing Club. More >