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Around the world of figure skating - March 31

Tai Babilonia and Atoy Wilson at a past Figure Skating of Harlem gala.
Tai Babilonia and Atoy Wilson at a past Figure Skating of Harlem gala. (Lois Elfman)

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(03/31/2008) - From The Lion King on skates to the Figure Skating Club of Harlem's annual gala, icenetwork.com has a smattering of news from around the figure skating universe.

Figure Skating Club of Harlem's gala in Central Park Monday night

Skating with the Stars, Under the Stars, a gala benefit for Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH), takes place Monday night in New York's Central Park at Wollman Rink. Founded in 1997, FSH combines on-ice lessons with off-ice programs such as tutoring, career guidance and public speaking for girls ages 6-17. This year's event honors Dorothy Hamill and is hosted by Donald Trump.

Tickets are still available for the gala. Go to Figure Skating in Harlem for more information. More >

U.S. Figure Skating pairs up with Van Wagner

U.S. Figure Skating, the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States, and New York-based Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment announced today a multi-year partnership that will see Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment serve as U.S. Figure Skating's sponsorship and media sales agency.

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Skating the whole family can enjoy

When Fran Schiff's family was stationed at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base in the 1980s, she wanted to get her kids involved in a winter activity. She picked figure skating, but her son, Jeff, decided at 10-years-old that he wasn't going to wear tights in the show, and that was pretty much that.

Now, Jeff's children, Lia, 10, and Jacob, 7, will perform with the 80-member cast of Ice Magic 2008: The Lion King, presented by the Skating Club of the Adirondacks.

"It's fun to be there with them and watch their progress and how they love it," Fran said. More >

Hughes back on the ice

Emily Hughes is set to headline with Kurt Browning, Stephen Carriere and over 200 outstanding performers in the 96th annual Ice Chips Show of Champions.

Ice Chips has become one of the most important annual events of The Skating Club of Boston with proceeds benefiting the Children's Hospital Boston and Project Bridge for the Homeless.

This year's Viva Las Vegas theme will celebrate the grandeur of the entertainment capital of the world, including heart-pumping music and dazzling performances by the talented performers.More >

Buttle's victory brings back memories

The surprising gold-medal win by Jeffrey Buttle at the 2008 ISU World Figure Skating Championships has left a lasting impression on many in Simcoe County in recent days. More >

Figure skater comes through

Lauren Kolar's goals became clearer after last year's World Challenge Cup for Juniors Synchronized Skating Championships in Nottingham, England.

Two members of the Brampton Gold Ice junior team that Kolar skates with fell during the short program, and the team headed into the free program in eighth place. The squad, which won bronze at the event in 2004 and 2005 and was fourth in 2006, ended up winning the longer free program, but their performance in the short program relegated the team to fourth over

"A core group of us came back to the team thinking we wanted this really bad," Kolar said. "We wanted to place really well at the worlds and know we had finished our business."

She came back with the silver medal win at the World Challenge Cup for Juniors. More >

An Olympic wish

Madison Smallwood skated during an Olympic-themed routine during the Fort William Figure Skating Club's Around the World ice show held at Fort William Gardens on Sunday.

Her theme was "A Wish for Olympic Dream" and because of its nature, it caught the attention of anyone of Greek descent in the audience, which was reaching a few hundred by the program's one-hour midway point. Like many on this blistering afternoon, her performance was flawless. Done well and done right. Flowers thrown to the white surface. Showers of applause following her as she left it. More >