Discover The History Of Figure Skating!
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Learn all about the fascinating world of figure skating history with Skate Guard Blog.  Explore a treasure trove of articles on the history of figure skating, highlighting Olympic Medallists, World and National Champions and dazzling competitions, shows and tours. Written by former skater and judge Ryan Stevens, Skate Guard Blog also offers intriguing insights into the evolution of the sport over the decades. Delve into Stevens' five books for even more riveting stories and information about the history of everyone's favourite winter Olympic sport ..read more
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The 1954 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
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From March 18 to 20, 1954, the famed Polar Palace in Hollywood, California played host to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Though the U.S. Championships were held in California in 1947, the event marked the first time that Los Angeles had the distinction of playing host to the event. It was also the first time since 1947 that the event was held over a relatively short three-day span. The rink where Sonja Henie and Belita Jepson-Turner had once practiced couldn't have been a more regal setting for America's top skaters. Senior medallists in 1954. Photos courtesy "Skating" magazine. E ..read more
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Rest In Peace Frank Carroll
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1w ago
  Frank Carroll was a remarkable skater and coach. He first learned to skate on a pond and later joined The Skating Club of Boston. Under the tutelage of Maribel Vinson Owen, he was a medallist at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at both the novice and junior level. After winning the senior men's event at the 1960 New England and Eastern Championships, he turned professional and toured with the Ice Follies. His coaching career spanned decades. He coached numerous elite skaters over the years, including Michelle Kwan, Linda Fratianne, Evan Lysacek, Denis Ten, Timothy Goebel, Christoph ..read more
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Oral History: Interview With Austin Holt
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1w ago
You're in for a treat this week! Greg Hill got in touch with me in the spring of 2024 to donate several interviews he conducted between 2001 and 2006, for a project on Maribel Vinson Owen.  The first of these interviews I will be sharing is with Austin Holt, an American World Team member who was coached by Maribel.  This interview was conducted on February 27, 2003. I reorganized some of Hill's handwritten notes to group skaters and topics together.  I think you will agree that this oral history gives an interesting peek behind the scenes of figure skating in the 1940s and 195 ..read more
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Pioneering Pre-War Poles: The Stories Of Poland's Early Lesser-Known Champions
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1w ago
Though Poland joined the ISU in 1928, it was not always a nation that kept with 'the skating times'. By the mid-1950s, there were still no indoor rinks in the country and Mother Nature so limited the development of the sport outdoors that skaters could only train fifty to sixty days of the year on one of the country's two outdoor rinks. Despite their challenges, skaters persevered and had occasional successes internationally before World War II. However, weather, politics, and even war played a hand in the stories of many of Poland's early champions. In today's blog, we'll learn a little more ..read more
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Celebrate Figure Skating History This Pride Season!
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2w ago
Happy Pride Season! Check out Skate Guard's Pride Season page for a timeline of LGBTQ+ figure skating history, a required reading list and a Pinterest board highlighting how the history on the figure skating has intersected with LGBTQ+ history. To nominate LGBTQ+ skaters to the Skate Canada Hall Of Fame, click here ..read more
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The 1929 European Figure Skating Championships
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3w ago
Competitors and judges at the 1929 European Championships On January 18 and 19, 1929, a who's who of figure skating in Europe gathered in Davos, Switzerland to compete in the 1929 European Figure Skating Championships.  The event was held as part of a Winter Sports Week in Davos that included hockey games and speed skating races. Though Scandinavians dominated the speed skating races, not a single figure skater from any of the Scandinavian countries participated in this event. Lilly Scholz and Otto Kaiser. Photo courtesy Bildarchiv Austria. Though the International Skating Union ..read more
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Ice Originals By Lizette
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3w ago
Photo courtesy "Skating" magazine The year before the American skating community mourned the loss of a generation of talented skaters, coaches and judges in the Sabena Crash, Morris Adler, the founder of M. Adler Garment Co. in St. Louis, Missouri, passed away. Morris Adler's family company, which manufactured women's coats and dresses, had been an institution in St. Louis for fifty years. After his death, Morris' son Joseph took over the reins. However, it was Joseph's wife Henriette Lizabeth 'Lizette' Adler, who stole the show. Lizette's daughters Barbara, Maralin and Terri were all av ..read more
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Subterranean Skating
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1M ago
If you feel like you're barely scratching the surface of skating history, why not dive deep underground? Today, we're about to uncover the secrets of two extraordinary ice rinks! THE DOBŠINSKÁ ICE CAVE Part of the Stratená Cave System, the Dobšinská Ice Cave was naturally formed in the Middle Triassic period near the Slovenské Rudohorie mountains. Only a short distance from the mining town of Dobšiná, the Ice Cave was first discovered by royal mining engineer Eugen Ruffíni on July 15, 1870. Although its entrance was previously known by shepherds and hunters, what Ruffini and th ..read more
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The Land Of The Midnight Sun
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On January 6, 1930, cultures collided on the ice in the most magnificent of ways. The backdrop was New York City's majestic Madison Square Garden. Sponsored by the USFSA and the Skating Club Of New York, the event was "The Land Of The Midnight Sun" carnival (alternately titled "A Night In St. Moritz") and the undisputed star (in her first North American appearance) was none other than the reigning Olympic Gold Medallist, Sonja Henie of Norway. Fourteen thousand people attended that sold out-show which was" described as "New York's outstanding social event of the year."  Despite the s ..read more
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