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WatchdogMerrick's own Joelle Forte, profiled here, came to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this week with an interesting story. For one thing, she's 22, which in women's figure skating years makes her around, oh, 66. And the Fordham student last......
Max Aaron was the smallest guy on the Phoenix Firebirds, a select Bantam AAA travel hockey team in Arizona — so small, in fact, that teammates designed a goofy play for him. The idea was to have Aaron, about 5 feet and 100 pounds at the time,...
LONDON, Ontario. -- After covering figure skating for 33 years, you learn to accept the partly subjective nature of judging in the sport. That does not make the “reputation judging” that falsified the men’s and pairs results at the...
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It was Feb. 20, 1988, a Saturday night in Calgary, where the first week of the Winter Olympics was ending. And the figure skating event called “The Battle of the Brians,” had reached its final round. The champion would be whichever Brian...
They installed the first outdoor Olympic rings Wednesday in Sochi, Russia, a 60-by-30-foot reminder that Thursday marks a year to go before the opening of the 2014 Winter Games. The temperature was 61. That incongruity brings up the first of a baker's...
OMAHA, Neb. — Who's No. 2? That is the big question in the singles competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which begin Thursday with the women's and pairs short programs. The bigger question is whether whoever winds up as the No. 2...
College football Del. St. QB Elko is MEAC's best offensive player Delaware State senior quarterback Nick Elko (Arundel) was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and made the All-MEAC first team. He completed 259...
It will be a lost figure skating season for two-time U.S. pairs champion Rockne Brubaker of Algonquin. "I'll be sitting out this season," Brubaker told me in a Saturday email. Brubaker's skating future became uncertain when his partner of the past two...
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Doubt and inconsistency had been Ashley Wagner's faithful travel companions until this year. They followed Wagner when she left her home in northern Virginia to live and train for three seasons in Delaware with a new coach, Priscilla Hill. They came...
Gracie Gold's debut in a senior figure skating competition was solid. Gold, 16, who trains in suburban Chicago, overcame a mistake on a triple lutz jump to finish fourth in the short program Thursday at the World Team Trophy competition in Tokyo. The...
I was channel surfing in commercial breaks from an NFL playoff game last Sunday when a figure skating show, Improv-Ice, arrested my attention. There was Nicole Bobek, back on national television as a performer (for the second time in 15 days), looking...
One-third of the way into the Grand Prix "regular season," here are 10 things I know about the state of competitive figure skating: 1. The general performance level is as sloppy as ever, yet another piece of evidence that the demands of the sport's not-...
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