Melanie Hoyt

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04/18/11  •  Articles

SkateWeb: A Haven for List-Lovers

SkateWeb, one of the stalwarts of the Internet’s figure-skating realm, has been online since 1994. Webmaster Sandra Loosemore is a long-time skating fan with diverse interests. The site now functions primarily as an archive, but it still has a lot to offer...

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04/12/11  •  Articles

Green Light for “Be Good Johnny Weir”

Logo, an MTV Networks cable channel, gave the green light for the return of Johnny Weir’s reality television show to the airwaves in 2011. In season one, “Be Good Johnny Weir” chronicled Weir’s journey leading up to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The show...

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04/11/11

Ilia Kulik: Is Looking This Good Even Legal?

That is the question posed on the index page of Kulik’s Krew (www.kuliks-krew.com). Unless the entire site is illegal, the answer is “yes,” because it is chock-full of delightful visuals of 1998 Olympic champion Ilia Kulik. Since he no longer performs as...

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01/19/11  •  Articles

Japanese Twist

JapanSkates, www.japanskates.com, is a comprehensive resource for all things Japanese. Launched in Feb-ruary 2005, the site was originally focused on the Japanese ladies who were becoming a dominant power internationally. The sport’s popularity skyrocket...

01/19/11  •  Articles

Savchenko & Szolkowy Website Review

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy’s website, www.pixeleis.de, is not timid. Much like their skating, their site is flashy and eye-catching. On the splash page, there are three options—the flash-driven site can stretch the limits of slow connections. I...

01/19/11  •  Articles

A Battle of the Blades

Canada’s “Battle of the Blades” enjoyed a successful second season on Canada’s CBC network this fall. The show paired eight former NHL stars with professional female figure skaters who competed on behalf of charities of their choice. Season two had all the...

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01/19/11  •  Articles

Artful Ice

Following a wildly successful series of six sold-out shows in 2010, “Art on Ice” plans a February return to Switzerland, with what it is hailing as “the best gala ensemble ever.” Along with vocal performances from disco diva Donna Summer and classical crossover...

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01/19/11  •  Articles

Magical Skating: Book Relview

Set in an icy, mystical land, Olga Jaffae’s Skateland series is perfect for young readers who love both figure skating and the Harry Potter collection. The third book in the series, “Cammie and Alex’s Adventures in Skating History,” was released in December...

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01/19/11  •  Articles

Virtue & Moir: Golden Biography

“Tessa and Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold” was released in early November. The hardcover volume is bursting with full-page photographs, more at home on a coffee table than tucked into a bookshelf. Though the book is publicized as an autobiography...

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