News Briefs From the World of Skating

Jay Adeff
Johnny Weir

Johnny Be Good!

Things to look for this in the show this season: Weir's public coming out as gay and his whirlwind romance and marriage to American attorney Victor Voronov.

For a sneak peek of Johnny Weir's upcoming series (available only to American residents) copy the link to your browser to watch a preview:

North of the Border

If you are looking for a skating fix, Thornhill Summer Skate, one of the biggest competitions of the off-season, is set to take place August 16-19 at the Thornhill Community Centre. Full details can be found here:

Jennifer Robinson, a six-time Canadian ladies champion quit skating in 2010 and went into politics. But last week she resigned her position on the Barrie City Council, citing undisclosed health reasons. Robinson had two years left to serve in her term.

Skate Canada CEO William Thompson announced his retirement last week. No reason was given for his sudden departure.
On August 3 the organization released a statement indicating that a new leadership structure will be put in place and there are no immediate plans to hire a new CEO.

"We have a very experienced, capable senior management team," said president Benoît Lavoie. “We know that they will continue their fine work as a leadership group, while the Skate Canada board focuses on its role of governance of the association.”

Across the Pond

The joint organizers of Russia.Sochi.Park announced that Sochi.Park is free to visitors for the remainder of the London 2012 Olympic Games, thanks to one of Sochi 2014’s principal partners Rosneft.

Located in London’s Kensington Gardens, Sochi.Park is a winter wonderland providing a high-tech visitor experience that takes guests through Russia to Sochi via interactive digital experiences including a 4D chairlift ride up the Krasnodar mountains.

“We have always wanted as many people as possible to get a flavour of the Games in 2014. We are delighted that we are now able to share the amazing transformation that Sochi is undergoing and allow people to experience for themselves all that the Winter Games there in 2014 has to offer – all absolutely free to the public,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 President and CEO. “I hope that even more Londoners and those visiting these great Games will be able to come and see it for themselves.”

The ice spectacular: “Sochi - Small Stories of a Big City” starring six Olympic and 18 World champions including llya Averbukh and Tatiana Navka is receiving rave reviews. Tickets for the shows can be purchased at Sochi.Park.