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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Has anyone ever completed ALL usfsa tests?
« Last post by Query on November 18, 2017, 01:59:12 AM »
Jaya Kanal, who I once took a few lessons from, has Gold tests in 3 disciplines (Figures, Freestyle, Moves), but only list herself as pre-gold in Dance. If I remember right, she started skating as an adult (she already had a strong background in land dance, especially Modern Dance). Perhaps she could get Gold in dance too if she really wanted to...

I had another coach who had competed, I think at or near a U.S. Junior National level, in Freestyle. She had switched to competing at a roughly similar level in Pairs, then Ice Dance, because coaches said that gave her a better chance of making it to the top. It is possible that she had had to pass all the USFSA tests in all 3 disciplines. (I think Moves didn't exist yet.) But she said she had loved Freestyle best, that the switches weren't her choice.

I suspect many serious competitive skaters concentrate on one discipline, and don't bother preparing for or taking the tests they don't need to compete.


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The Pro Shop / Re: Avanta Contact Info
« Last post by Query on November 18, 2017, 12:42:43 AM »
But last I knew, they wanted the casting to be done by a podiatrist - and the cost of the podiatrist, which can be quite high, has to be paid for by you, if you don't go to the Avanta factory/store for the fitting.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / New Synthetic Ice Rink
« Last post by ARoo on November 17, 2017, 11:29:18 PM »
This just went in at a mall near here:
https://www.facebook.com/skate.room.35

I can't really figure out what they are doing with this. It's $15 (not clear on for how long). You can see people have to really work hard to even glide just a few feet. No figure skates are allowed (but their web site includes almost all figure skate photos). It's so tiny that you almost can't do a crossover at the ends. I'm just looking at all that nice smooth reinforced concrete under the $60,000 worth of fake ice (according to the paper) and wondering why they didn't just make a roller rink instead.

I wasn't sure where to put this topic. Maybe worth noting that this mall is across the street from the Glacier Ice Arena (home to one of the biggest USFS clubs in the country) that offers public skating 5-6 days a week at a more affordable price AND is within a short driving distance of about a dozen other ice rinks.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Avanta Contact Info
« Last post by CutieDarkFae on November 17, 2017, 07:13:44 PM »
Hi :)

I emailed them asking if they have anybody who can do fittings in Australia, and got a reply :)  So they're still around, and yes they do offer the Rockerz soles as an extra.  Unfortunately they don't have anybody who'll do fittings in Australia, and don't know about the Mondo Point system either :(  But they will ship me a set of their STSSOX stuff for USD200 so I can get myself cast up and send them back.  That price comes off the price of the boots which helps.

I hope this helps.
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Events for Skaters / Re: Wyandotte Adult Competition (DBNAI) 2017
« Last post by techskater on November 17, 2017, 03:41:26 PM »
Yes, I have many times.   Pm me for details with specific questions
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Media Center / Re: Marylin House. Still skating at age 92.
« Last post by Bill_S on November 17, 2017, 11:10:04 AM »
After watching the video, I checked my own stash of books last night. I don't have a copy unfortunately.
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Media Center / Re: Marylin House. Still skating at age 92.
« Last post by lutefisk on November 17, 2017, 09:58:15 AM »
They show that she authored a skating book (Ice Skating Fundamentals, second ed.) during the recount of her skating career.  I wonder if anyone has that book and can provide a review?  I'm always interested in skating books even if they do tend to plough the same furrow.
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Media Center / Re: Marylin House. Still skating at age 92.
« Last post by Bill_S on November 16, 2017, 07:05:00 PM »
Hmmm - that's one of the Chiller rinks in Columbus in her skating video. I recognize it. The reporter begins the segment talking to the camera at the OSU rink, then switches to the video of her skating at one of the Chillers. While I've skated in Columbus on occasion, I've never seen her before, but I don't spend a lot of time at the Columbus rinks. I need to get out more.

When I skated on PIC inlines at the roller rink, there was a woman in her 80s who skated regularly. She also had hip replacements. Unfortunately she passed away a year ago. I miss seeing her - sometimes she was as ornery as a sailor on leave!

Imagine lacing up when you are in your 80s or beyond...



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Media Center / Marylin House. Still skating at age 92.
« Last post by lutefisk on November 16, 2017, 06:21:51 PM »
Saw this video on FB.  I wonder if I'll be alive at age 92, let alone still skating?  https://www.10tv.com/article/92-year-old-skating-through-her-golden-years
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The Pro Shop / Re: Knee pain
« Last post by DressmakingMomma on November 15, 2017, 03:35:09 PM »
My daughter had knee pain with Edeas. We discovered it was because she needed wedges to give her feet a more neutral position. I think that for some reason, the Edeas made her pronation more obvious than when wearing other skates. I would bring sandpaper to the rink and we would sand down the cork wedges a tiny bit at a time until we could get them just right. Once we got the wedges correct, she didn't have any pain in her knees.
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