Around the world of figure skating - Mar. 10

Kurt Browning at the ballet; synchro demos at the Olympics

Kurt Browning is married to one of the principal dancers of the National Ballet of Canada, Sonia Rodriguez. They were married in 1996, and have two children.
Kurt Browning is married to one of the principal dancers of the National Ballet of Canada, Sonia Rodriguez. They were married in 1996, and have two children. (Tina Tyan)


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(03/10/2008) - From high school musicals to running into Kurt Browning at the ballet, brings you all the news from the figure skating universe.

At the Ballet with Soldiers and Kurt Browning

One blogster went to the ballet and got more than she bargained for. She bumped into Kurt Browning at the concession stand during intermission. Browning, a four-time world champion figure skater from Canada, is married to Sonia Rodriguez, a principal dancer with the Ballet. Judging by the amount of time he spent on his feet applauding, he's quite proud of his wife. More >

Figure skating is ageless at U.S. Adult Sectionals

The U.S. Adult Midwestern Figure Skating Sectionals dazzled the crowd at the Veterans Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The event, which is a national qualifier, is hosted by the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club. Competitors ranged in age from 19 to 70, according to Marie A. Sherry of Dexter, a member of the local organizing committee. More >

More on Witt's farewell

She has dazzled and delighted audiences for more than two decades with her powerful and memorable performances, adding controversy to a sometimes too clean cut sport by appearing in Playboy magazine.

Last week, three time Olympian Katarina Witt finally said goodbye to the ice with her last show performance to the music of Carmen, inspired by her Olympic performance, as shown in this clip. More >

Skaters head to Budapest to compete

Jenna Longo's membership in the Haydenettes, a synchronized skating team, has given her the opportunity to perform with a prize-winning group of young women for the last two years, and now she's heading for Budapest, Hungary, with her teammates to compete for a world title. More >

Young skater doesn't mind hard training

Janice Kwok doesn't mind getting up at 2:45 a.m. every morning to train. As a member of the synchronized skating team, California Gold, she is part of the team that will lead the synchronized skating demonstration event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. More >

Two skaters close out careers at annual ice show

The Riverside Figure Skating Club held it's 34th annual ice show last weekend in Riverside Arena. It was a bittersweet affair as two of the squad's seniors took to the ice for the final time. Tasha Striker of Austin, Texas, and Karen Pink of St. Angser, Iowa, closed their competitive careers with one final skate. More >

Canadian skater gets her chance at a musical with 'Ice Tour'

Amanda Billings never participated in any of her school's musicals. "In high school, I was a skater, and also really focused on [my studies]," the 21-year-old native of Hannah, Alberta, said. "I was in some honors classes and tried to have a bit of a social life, so it really didn't leave any time for musicals." Billings is getting her taste of musicals now. She's part of the cast of Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour. More >

Yagudin has emergency surgery

Four-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist Alexei Yagudin had his appendix removed in a Krasnodar, Russia hospital over the weekend. He has been appearing in the Ice Age show produced by Ilya Averbukh.

Yagudin was admitted after suffering abdominal pains, emergency surgery followed. The skater is expected to make a full recovery.

"Saturday night we brought Alexei to the hospital and performed an appendicitis operation," a spokesperson for the national Russian health care agency commented. "His condition is stable at the moment."

It is expected that Yagudin will remain in the hospital for seven to ten days. More >