Happy Holidays on Ice Gangnam Style

For our annual Kroc Christmas show, I decided to have a little fun and use “Gangnam Syle” for one of my numbers. I got the idea when one of my students joked that we should skate to it.

The number starts in a serious mood with “Silver Bells” and then goes into “Gangnam Style” for the last part of the number. I make a surprise appearance at the end! It was a fun number, and the crowd really enjoyed it.

Happy Holidays Gangnam Style! πŸ™‚

“2012 GANGNAM STYLE ON ICE (San Diego, CA)”

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December 24, 2012

Halloween Skating Fun with Kurt Browning

Happy Halloween! Here is a video of four-time world champion Kurt Browning to get you in the Halloween spirit. πŸ™‚
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Also, my sister, Christina, and wife, Chea, are participating in a breast cancer fundraiser this Sunday, November 4th. It’s the 2012 San Diego Race for the Cure at Balboa Park! They chose to do this Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in honor of Grandma Judy, a breast cancer survivor.

Christina and Chea are taking donations at their team page: The Fabulous Chitwood Ladies Team.
October 31, 2012

Top Moments from the London 2012 Summer Olympics

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Every two years, the Olympics is a positive motivation for athletes all over the world. The Olympic images give athletes something exciting to work toward. During the Summer Olympics, seeing the triumphs and challenges of the events gives even the winter athletes hope.

In case you missed them, here are NBC’s videos of the top moments from the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games: Top NBC Moments of the London Games.

Here are some highlights from Yahoo Sports: Unforgettable Moments from the London Olympics.

Photo Credit: Photo by Foreign and Commonwealth Office at Flickr Creative Commons.

August 25, 2012

Ice Rink Maintenance

Newport, NS

Newport, NS by Avard Woolaver, on Flickr

I’ve talked about ice rinks before, but ice rink maintenance is a topic many skaters have questions about. Kroc Center Ice is closing for annual maintenance from July 1st to July 22nd this year. You may wonder what they do that takes that much time.

While the rink does some maintenance every year, this year’s maintenance is a bigger project because they are going to melt down the ice and check the pipes underneath. Also, they are going to replace the yellow kick boards around the rink. They have to take apart the bleachers to access the kick boards on one side of the rink, which takes extra time as well.

This article explains how the ice surface is made and maintained: How Ice Rinks Work.

Have a good July break and happy 4th! πŸ™‚
June 27, 2012

Build on Love and Skill at the Beginning of the Season

Today, I’d like to share a post my mom, Deb Chitwood, published at Raising Figure Skaters. It tells about the work skaters can do at the beginning of the season and the benefits for skaters attending summer skating school. It also has a motivational word-art freebie.

Here are the first two paragraphs:

Each sport has its pre-season time to build. And I think we can look at almost anything as pre-season whenever we’re starting a new project or new time of our lives.

This is the beginning of the season for many in competitive figure skating. I always enjoyed watching how skaters go through the process of finding the right music, choreographing programs, and designing costumes. At the same time, extra emphasis is placed on developing and refining skating skills at the beginning of the new season.

Read the entire article.

April 27, 2012