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Around the world of figure skating - Mar. 3

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Kimmie Meissner. (Michelle Harvath)

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(03/03/2008) - From tragedy on the BBC's Dancing on Ice to Kimberly Meissner's exhibition performance at the University of Delaware, around the world of figure skating has got all the news from the skating universe.

Ice skating is a family affair

"Wild Bill" Titcomb, 67, started ice skating as a child on local cranberry bogs. He and his father would drive to Weymouth for a hockey rink because there were none here. Then it was Hyannis, Falmouth and, finally, Tabor Academy. This family's passion for the ice is pure and enduring. More >

Pain on ice

Suzanne Shaw's dreams of Dancing on Ice glory remain alive as she danced her way through the pain on Sunday night's show. It was touch and go for a while after a disastrous fall led the ex-Hear'say singer to fracture her ankle in rehearsals. Suzanne was carried off the ice in agony and doctors discovered she had chipped a bone. More >

Life's slippery, get over it

One blogster muses about life and skating, and how the words of Michelle Kwan's father resonate for him as a mantra for life: "No matter how good you are, the ice is still slippery." More >

Shaky exhibition makes Meissner fans nervous

Kimberly Meissner's title wasn't on the line this time, but a shaky exhibition performance in Delaware has made some ice skating fans and experts nervous. Meissner skated at the World Figure Skating Send-Off Exhibition at the University of Delaware's Rust Ice Arena on Saturday. It was her first performance since switching to coach Richard Callaghan.

Several falls questioned what was next for Meissner.

"I don't know," said Ron Ludington, the director of the figure skating program at UD. "I guess a lot depends on what happens from this point on. We talked about it when she left, and she said it was a temporary thing through the worlds. So, we'll see." More >

Athlete of the month

Figure skater Ashley Belyea is a Grade 8 student at Collins Bay Public School. At 13 and in only her second season skating, the Kingston Silver Blades member is on the Special Olympics Figure Skating team.

You can vote Ashely athlete of the month. More >

If only...

Kevin Reynolds was left wondering "what if" after a so-so short program at junior worlds. If only he had turned in a better short program, his exceptional free skate would have gotten him on the podium. More >

Nicky Slater, wife welcome baby

Dancing On Ice judge Nicky Slater and his wife Christianne are the proud parents of a new baby boy, after welcoming a son yesterday. The former British ice dancer barely made it home in time for the birth, having gotten the call that Christianne was in labor during rehearsals for the UK reality show. More >