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Stars on Ice Canada

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      Let’s face it, if you’re Canadian, you are likely a figure skating fan. If not a fan, then at least someone who has a nodding acquaintance with the sport. This year the Canadian version of Stars on Ice celebrates 25 years and Kurt Browning has been there since the very beginning. As a fan, what I love about the show is seeing the skaters in a whole different light. I love the creativity, the various concepts over the years and the legendary choreography. This year is going to be a treat. All season long, in...

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Hockey Old Timers Fight Cancer

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Getting the chance to re-connect with someone from my past is a rare and unexpected treat and then finding out that we have something in common is even better. Meet John Thompson – a retired Vice-Principal. Did I say retired?? How is that possible that I have friends who are old enough to be retired? Clearly this is a blog post for a different day. John and I met again after more than a couple of decades at a social function and he subsequently contacted me to see if I could help get the word out about a fundraising initiative he was a part...

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Just for Fun – Judge for Yourself – Short Program Edition

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If you want to understand what is going on during the singles figure skating events at Worlds in Shanghai this week, then this is for you. I have updated our fun and interactive game that I call:  Judge for Yourself.  You get the chance to be the judging and technical panel from the comfort of your own home! As we have done in the past, we decided on giving you just the base level scores for the elements as a starting point for this year. There are obviously many more subtleties than I have included here – but hopefully you will get the idea....

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Volunteer at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games -says Patrick Chan

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        If you know me at all – you know I am a Winter Sport girl. All that has started to change. It started with an Instagram mini-video of 3x World Champion and 2X Olympic Silver medallist Patrick Chan working out on a trampoline. Patrick working on his summer Olympic skills! Rio 2016? / Patrick travaillant ses habiletés olympiques d’été ! Rio 2016 ? @pchan31 A post shared by Skate Canada / Patinage Canada (@skate_canada) on Jun 24, 2014 at 6:58am PDT Hmmmm…if the ultimate winter champion can make the switch...

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COS Margaret Garrison Annual Show

Posted by on 4:12 pm in Future Stars, Olympics, Personal, Skating, Sports, The Announcers | Comments Off on COS Margaret Garrison Annual Show

    I will admit that this is late. But teacher, I have an explanation: My computer, for no good reason that I could see, decided that it didn’t like my home address. It decided that my home was an unsafe place from which to blog. I am not sure why. But I do know that it has taken some days for the internet fairies to virtually cleanse my i-address with virtual sage and add it to some virtual ‘white list’ in order for me to post this. Nevertheless, I made it with 48 hours to spare! What I wanted to write about was...

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Terrific Turkey – Fairy Chimneys and Open Air Museum in Cappadocia

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    Getting the chance to holiday in Turkey between the Olympic and Paralympic Games offered me the opportunity to experience something different. From  Istanbul, my friend and I travelled to Cappadocia for a quick 2 day one night stay. It started off as a bit of an adventure (no rurpise there) since I thought the name of the town was Cappadocia where we were headed. We only knew that our Istanbul hotel had made our plane reservations but we didn’t think until moments before we climbed into a cab (literally) to go to the...

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Sochi Bagpipers – City Pipes Band

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    You read that right. Sochi and bagpipers in the same breath. I ended up at Wheelchair Curling for the last two weeks of my Sochi experience. Although the rink I skated at as a kid was open to the curling sheets beside it, the only thing that came back to me about the sport was the familiar sound of the curling rocks sliding up the ice. I didn’t have a clue as to what and how the actual sport event would unfold. What I have come to know is that: 1. Curling starts with pipers heralding the entry on to the field of play of...

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It’s Medical – I like to call it ‘Hurp-ful’ – Another Sochi Adventure

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Hello family and friends! I have shared with many of you (some of you would call it whining) that I have a sore shoulder that stems from having broken my stupid wrist while stupid skating. I found out from my Russian buddies here in Sochi that the massage therapists were great at our Sanatorium so I signed up for a course of 10 massages and 5 electronic stimulation treatments and I am seeing improvement but not without a price. (The actual price is less than $200 – so that’s great!!!) My first massage therapist – Misha the...

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Terrific Turkey – More Art #2

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        Coming from my country we tend to think if a building is Canadiancient – it is a couple of hundred years old and worth some serious consideration. Going to Turkey and exploring places that have been around for thousands rather than hundreds of years takes some thinking about.           The first thing that strikes me is the manpower required in the construction of some of the palaces, mosques, monuments and churches.Take this obelisk in Istanbul that was made in Egypt and transported...

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What’s in a Word? 2014 Edition

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            What’s in a word? Well, in my line of work – a lot. For instance you don’t want to say Silver when you mean Gold or Stop when you mean Go and as I sit in my appointed seat as close to the action as you can be without actually having to break sweat, I think a lot about words and when/where and how they should be used. Take the Russian word (spelled phonetically) Raz-mink-a or the plural Raz-mink-ee…definitely my ‘word of the Olympics’ – so much fun to say and...

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