Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Golden Moments: Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Charlie White and Sharna Burgess

How great have they been on Dancing with the Stars this season??

Here are some highlights:

Meryl and Maks:



Charlie and Sharna:



Awesome on Ice: Stephane Lambiel

Let's just take a few minutes out of our busy schedules to appreciate the awesomeness of Stephane Lambiel:

2003 World Qualifying Round, "Chocolat" Soundtrack:

2006 World Championships, "Four Seasons" by Vivaldi:

2013 Art on Ice, "Paint it Black":

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Celebration of Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt

Yesterday I read the news about the retirement of 2012 U.S. pewter medalists Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt. Click HERE to read the article on Ice Network.

Click HERE to read the official retirement announcement on Logan and Lynn's official Web site

I was sorry to hear this news. Lynn and Logan have been one of my favorite U.S. ice dancers in the last few years. I have always enjoyed the concepts and choreography of their freedances. They bring so much warmth, passion, and musicality to their performances. I find them to be one of the more accessible U.S. dance teams in terms of performance---very genuine and open performers that really know how to reach audiences. They have contributed something special to the world of ice dance and they will be greatly missed. I wish them all the best!

I am grateful for You Tube so I can continue to enjoy their beautiful performances for years to come!

Here are some of their best freedances over the years:

2012: "Walking in the Sand"

2013: Adele medley

2014: Spartacus

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Busy Life of Charlie White

Click HERE to read the article "The Busy Life of Charlie White" from news.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Gold Standard: Meryl Davis and Charlie White's 2014 Stars on Ice Programs

Meryl Davis and Charlie White's skating sparkles like gold. So proud of these Olympic Champions! Congratulations to them on their exemplary season! They've made all their fans very proud.

A Masterpiece: Paul Wylie's "On the Waterfront" by Leonard Bernstein

I have been searching for Paul Wylie's "On the Waterfront" program for a long time. When I finally found it this week, the performance was even better than I remembered. I've watched this program several times this week, and each time I've been moved to tears. The combination of powerful music, perfectly-timed and skilled choreography, and inspired-skating with an artistic vision is a beautiful thing. Seeing what skating has become today, not in all cases, but in most, it is refreshing to watch this performance from a simpler time, when intricate choreography and exemplary skating skills trumped frenetic changes of edge, feverish transitions, and quadruple toe loops. I hope you enjoy this masterful performance. It's extraordinary. Bravo Paul Wylie!

Meryl Davis and Charlie White's "Notredame de Paris"

This performance from Meryl and Charlie is marvelous. Skated with their trademark speed, precision, and passion, this is a performance for the ages! This performanced clinched them their second World title and set them up as the favorites for the Olympics in Sochi, where they did not disappoint. I feel so proud watching this performance, knowing that they are now Olympic Champions!