Inspiration from the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Ice Dance Champions, Meryl Davis and Charlie White

I’ve known this ice-dance team for many years, and we were members of Team USA together at a number of international competitions.  Both nice people, they definitely deserve this second title.  They have great footwork, intricate lifts, and amazing twizzles!

Watch this video of Meryl and Charlie’s awesome free dance from the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  And don’t forget to watch Meryl and Charlie at the Olympics!  They compete in the compulsory dance on Friday, February 19, in the original dance on Sunday, February 21, and in the free dance on Monday, February 22.

February 18, 2010

Inspiration from the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Men’s Champion, Jeremy Abbott

Wow, brings back the memories.  It’s great to see a nice guy have success!  I’ve known Jeremy since he lived in Aspen, Colorado.  Jeremy and I trained together at the World Arena in Colorado Springs for almost 10 years.  I remember when Jeremy did pairs for a period.  Jeremy, his pair partner, Brittany Vise, and my sister, Christina, and I all medaled in Open Juvenile Pairs at the 1999 Junior Nationals (then called Junior Olympics).

This is an inspiring video of Jeremy from his 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships long program in Spokane, Washington.  Jeremy overcomes the pressure of trying to defend his national title and make it to the Olympics. He keeps his focus throughout each element in his four-and-a-half minute long program.  Not only does Jeremy have great technical ability, but he’s also one of the most artistic male skaters in the world.

Watch Jeremy at the Olympics!  He competes in the short program on Tuesday, February 16, and the long program on Thursday, February 18.

February 15, 2010

Inspiration from the 2010 U.S. Pairs Champions, Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett

I remember when I competed against Jeremy and his former partner, Shantel Jordan, at the 2004 North American Challenge Skate in Waterloo, Canada.  We both were on the podium at that event!

Watch Caydee and Jeremy’s speed, aggressiveness, and strength of technical elements in this video of their long program from the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  Very impressive!

Be sure to watch Caydee and Jeremy at the Olympics!  They compete in the short program on Sunday, February 14, and the long program on Monday, February 15.

February 13, 2010