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Media Center / Viral Black Ice Video
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 11, 2018, 11:21:56 AM »
This is a cute news piece on a guy who went down his driveway, sideways.  Of course, his wife posted the video on FB, lol.

I like the reporter - he's fun!
Off-Ice Training for Skaters / Re: Off-ice training reports
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 11, 2018, 11:07:13 AM »
I've found that keeping things simple works fine.  #overanalyzingcausesanalysisparalysis
Off-Ice Training for Skaters / Re: Off-ice training reports
« Last post by lutefisk on January 11, 2018, 10:13:01 AM »
I agree.  A small, carefully selected snack before a workout or a skating session is useful.  I wonder how the glucose gels which pro-cyclists use would work for skaters?  In theory one would only need to choke down a gel ten minutes prior to engaging in the physical activity rather than an hour--in the cyclist's case planning your next vicious attack, to be carefully implemented just as the road turns uphill.  An unanswered question is whether or not the gel would stave off hunger as well, post-exercise, as say a banana or a peanut butter sandwich.  My gut (haha) reaction is that it would not be as satiating post event as actual food.  But--the gel might be better tolerated during the activity--depending on the intensity of the activity.
Off-Ice Training for Skaters / Re: Off-ice training reports
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 11, 2018, 09:40:57 AM »
I worked out off-ice last night for the first time all year. ;-D  I think the last time I went to a gym was before Christmas.  Just too busy. 

At one of the coaching conferences, there was a discussion about "fueling workouts."  Basically, the premise is that skaters have to eat about an hour before working out, which helps those calories be put to use right away, rather than being converted and stored in the body.  I was hungry when I left the rink, so I had a snack on the way to the gym.  Success!  I wasn't tired and I wasn't starving when I finished my workout.  I went home and had a normal dinner.

Hopefully, I can get back to the fitness classes at some point. 
Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Ross Miner wuz robbed!
« Last post by Query on January 10, 2018, 01:06:03 PM »
Like almost everything in life, it's all about playing games.

Athletes are playing one game. If you know how to play the game, you can try to win it. It's difficult to know how to win the game, if there are no definite rules. So to athletes, it seems unfair if you have played the game to win, won, and don't get to claim the prize, because of the actions of a selection committee.

But to people on committees, it's a completely different game. The intermediate prize is getting on the committee, so you can have power and influence, the ultimate prize.

If the selection committee was required to automatically accept the people who had highest placement at Nationals, there would be no point to being on the committee.

Presumably they believe Ross Miner is less likely to do well in international competitions - i.e., that their primary purpose in being on the committee is to try to insure that U.S. athletes do as well as possible in international competitions, based criteria that include placement in US Nationals, but also on other factors up to their own best judgement. But if they aren't allowed to use their best judgement to make that happen, there is no point to being there.

Media Center / Re: I, Tonya -- 1994 FS Scandal Biopic
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 10, 2018, 12:24:57 PM »
Follow-up interview - meh.  Best part is the "Triple Axel" drink.  Something for your Olympic viewing parties:

... a drink the owner created just for her. It has vodka, Bacardi 151, watermelon liqueur, orange juice and pineapple juice. It is called the Triple Axel, because no one would understand if you called it the Tonya Price.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / UK test levels
« Last post by lyssykw on January 09, 2018, 10:33:46 PM »
Ok, this might be a long shot and possibly not posted in the right place.
I was just wondering whether any UK skaters might be able to shed some light on this.
Did you used to compete in the old testing system ( bronze, inter silver, silver, inter gold etc.)? And if so, do you know what the equivalent levels are now?
 I know that it goes from Level 1-10 now and from what I can gather, the old bronze is around Level 5 I think.
I live in Australia now, but don't want to have to re-take any tests that I have already done (albeit a loong time ago!)
Rink Roundups / Re: Public Skating in NYC
« Last post by Christy on January 09, 2018, 09:49:51 PM »
Thanks for the info on Chelsea Piers. It sounds like the public sessions can get really busy, and there's no way of knowing what to expect?
We're only there for a few days so not sure I'd want to head out of the city, but plans can change  ;)
Spectator Skating Discussions / Re: Ross Miner wuz robbed!
« Last post by icedancer on January 09, 2018, 03:37:26 PM »
Another Olympic cycle another controversial team selection - here we go again!

I wonder if it has something to do with trying to ensure (insure?) three spots for the Men's team for 2022? 

It sure doesn't seem fair to Ross Miner that is for sure!!
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