I will be posting pictures and stories every day during the Sochi Games. For those of you that dont know, I am commentating on all of the figure skating and some of the short track for the Olympic Broadcasting Service.
Should be a lot of fun so share the Olympic experience with me by following this blog!
After watching teenage figure skater Gracie Gold win her first national championship in a landslide, NBC Olympic analyst Scott Hamilton believes she has the ability to live up to her last name at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"Realistically, I think she has a chance for a medal,'' Hamilton told Matt Lauer on TODAY Monday. "We are going to be in Russia against a couple of strong Russian skaters, but she's got everything. She's got the triple-triple combination, [and] she's got great presence on the ice. The new coaching relationship she has with Frank Carroll has given her another level of maturity, so she's doing everything right to put herself in position to medal at Sochi." Gold, 18, was the headliner at the U.S. National Championships in Boston on Saturday, defeating runner-up Polina Edmunds, 15, by 18 points. Gold, who will appear live on TODAY Tuesday, jumped to the top of the podium after a second-place finish at last year's national championships, while Edmunds earned a spot on the Olympic team with her second-place finish. However, there was controversy over the third and final selection to the U.S. women's figure skating team for Sochi, which was announced on Sunday.
Gracie trained at the Glacier up until the fall of last year with Alex Ouriachev and after a long and successful partnership which bought her the Junior National title and a silver medal at Nationals last year she decided to make the move to California.
What a fantastic first showing it was for Sophia Pearson and Keenan Prochnow in Boston last week.
In their first National Championships, 14 year old Sophia and 16 year old Keenan clinched the bronze medal in the Intermediate Pair Skating Championships. This success came on the back of winning the gold medal in the Midwestern Sectional Championships 6 weeks ago.
They skated a flawless short program to the music of Kung Fu Panda which got them into 4th place, however the scores were very tight. Then with another impeccable skate in the long to the music of The Holiday they pulled themselves up to 3rd place. It was an amazing achievement for this young team who are improving at a rapid rate of knots! We wish them every success for next season as they embark on new challenges.
The Glacier Ice Arena is Illinois' premier, state-of-the-art ice arena. Come watch a game, or skate in comfortable, modern surroundings. The Glacier was built in 1999, and features two NHL size ice surfaces and has been a place for families to have fun ever since.
The Glacier Ice Arena's modern lobby is bright, spacious and is illuminated with natural light from huge panoramic windows. You can keep up with the latest news or follow your favorite teams progress on one of the four high definition TV’s that are ideally located around the lobby. We also have an amazing selection of signed hockey shirts on display, so why not check them out to see if we have your favorite player?
We have two full size NHL ice surfaces that both have seating for 350 spectators. We are the proud home of the very successful Ice Dogs Hockey Club, which feature house and travel teams. There is a very active adult league, a rapidly growing figure skating program, Learn to skate classes for all ages and levels and much much more.
There is a concessions stand that offers a wide range of hot and cold drinks together with an extensive variety of light snacks. Their speciality is freshly made popcorn in a variety of flavors and to compliment that they serve freshly brewed Starbucks coffee.
We have public skating sessions every day of the week (although its always best to check as times and availability are subject to change). Our regular sessions throughout the season are Monday to Friday from 11:30am until 1:00pm and on the weekends from 12:00pm until 1:30pm. We also have over 300 pairs of skates available for rental, so no need to worry if you don't have your own skates.
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