Around the world of figure skating - May 12

Dorothy Hamill.
Dorothy Hamill. (Getty Images)


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(05/12/2008) - From Dorothy Hamill to Barbara Scott -- around the world of figure skating has all the news.

Hamill delivers speech

Dorothy Hamill, who won an Olympic gold medal in figure skating in 1976, was the keynote speaker for the Working Woman's Workout workshop last week during Christus Hospitals' first-ever Live Well Women's Conference.

Hamill talked during lunch about achieving her Olympic dream, her ongoing battle with depression and her recent diagnosis of breast cancer.

"I find it ironic that I'm here, because one of the reasons I started ice skating was because it was the one place I could be by myself and not have to talk to anyone," said Hamill, 51.

"I achieved my lifelong dream at 19 and thought this would make my life perfect," she said. "I had every emotion running through my mind when I heard the national anthem. I was proud to be an American." More >

Skater returns home for benefit

Brandon Mroz was home in Afton, Missouri, for the third annual Oscars On Ice presented by the Metro Edge Figure Skating Club of Missouri. This year's show benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children.

In August 2005, Mroz's mother and younger brother, Spencer, were returning from a trip to Colorado, when their car was crushed by another vehicle outside Kansas City. Brandon's mother was critically injured. Spencer suffered a spinal cord injury that left him partially paralyzed.

"It was very tough, kind of opened my eyes, I guess," said Mroz. "I mean, we are all good people, but terrible things happen, and it was unfortunate, but for my skating, I guess it really matured me, made me stay on track and you know and know what I want, and not veer off."

While Spencer recieved treatment at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago, Brandon became determined to help any way he could.

"You know, when I came home with Spence, I saw kids at the hospital that were in his position and some even worse," says Mroz. "It's such a sad sight, so if we could get money for a show or anything it's great way to give back to what they've given us." More >

Port Hope figure skater makes history

Celina Kosmala made history for the Port Hope Figure Skating Club (PHFSC), becoming the area's first skater to pass gold level tests in all four figure skating disciplines -- skills, interpretive, dance and free skate.

"We've had many good skaters from our club and the surrounding area who have gone on and done big things, but usually they're specialized in dance, or they're good in free skate," said Beth Garland, Kosmala's PHFSC coach for almost a decade. "Celina's the first one that's been good enough and worked hard enough to get all four different disciplines. That makes her very well rounded."

Kosmala, a high school student, passed the final of the four tests in Belleville on April 27 -- the last chance she had to complete the "quadruple gold" this season.

"I didn't think we'd ever see a gold free skate," Kosmala admitted, because jumping -- the big requirement for the freeskate test -- was not something that came naturally to her. More >

Jessica Miller, Ian Moram and Lauren Senft retire from eligible figure skating competition

Skate Canada announced that effective today, Jessica Miller, Ian Moram and Lauren Senft, will retire from competitive skating. All three athletes once held spots on the Canadian National Figure Skating Team.

"They all have had many accomplishments in their careers and we hope that they continue to stay involved with the sport. We wish them nothing but the best of luck in the future," said Skate Canada Director High Performance Mike Slipchuk.

Jessica Miller, 27, of Villa Hills, Kentucky, and partner Ian Moram, 28, of Montreal, Que., have been skating in the pairs discipline together since August 2002. It did not take the team long to make it on to the national team, just two years after they partnered they placed fifth at the 2004 Canadian Championships. Miller and Moram had their best international results at the 2007 Cup of China finishing with a bronze medal and most recently at the 2008 ISU Four Continents Championships where they placed fifth.

"This past season has been quite amazing and memorable. But there are a few moments that stand out in our career for me," said Moram. "I will always remember our first national championships. Not only was it our first national championships as a pair, but it was also Bruno Marcotte's first national championships as a coach. The three of us were so proud of the work we did all season and proud of our results." More >

Ice Skating musical declared a hit

The Sun Valley Figure Skating Clubs 2008 Spring Show, Ice Rink Musical: School Daze, was a hit amongst local press.

Showcasing a cast of more than 60 professional, junior competitive, adult and developing club skaters elaborately costumed in Holly Wheelers designs, IRM entertained its audience at a fast pace. Directed by Gia Guddat and Produced by Karen Hold, ICM delivered more than just amazing figure skating talent. The set included a giant text book with pages created from the sheet styrofoam used in home construction. The artist, Michele Gentling, painted each 12 x 12 page with headings and scenes from each of the school subjects that came to life in the story. A life-sized Dora the Explorer and Diego turned the pages to change scenes. More >

Scott says "she lives in the moment"

One of Canada's best-known Olympic athletes, Barbara Ann Scott, turned 80 today. Sixty years ago, Barbara Scott won Canada's first figure-skating gold medal at the Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Over the weekend, Scott celebrated her 80th birthday.

When she retired from skating and broke all attendance records for her professional performances, mothers all over North America named their daughters Barbara Ann.

Scott lives with her husband of 52 years, Tom King, who had been her publicity agent during her pro career, in Northern Florida. They live in a house on the beach of Amelia Island with three cats.

She said she doesn't live in the past. "I believe in living for today and the future," she said recently. "I don't think it's good to dwell in the past. I have some happy memories, but I don't sit around thinking about them. If I see a friend from years ago, then it brings back memories, of course." More >

Junior Grand Prix announced

The ISU has announced the dates, places and plans for this season's ISU Junior Grand Prix of figure skating. More >

In addition you can read the agenda for the ISU's 52nd Ordinary Congress taking place in Monaco from June 14-22. Here >