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Brilliance on Ice

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FC: Hannah Park | Brilliance on Ice

1: Hannah Park Production | An eZine for lovers of Figure Skating

2: Yuna Kim | Mao Asada | Joannie Rochette | Evan Lysacek | Patrick Chan | Takahiko Kozuka | My Favourite Figure Skaters

3: Charlie White | Johnny Weir | Jeffrey Buttle | Sasha Cohen | Mirai Nagasu | Irina Slutskaya | Since 2007

4: How Hannah Park fell in love with Figure Skating | My love for a sport called "Figure Skating" first sparked in 2007, when I was living in New Zealand. My interest back then, was on gymnastics because that was the sport I enjoyed doing. As time passed, I somehow turned my interest towards "gliding on ice" which implanted a deep passion inside of me. My friend's birthday party at the Paradise ice rink definitely became the start of my journey on ice. | "Even now I can't describe why I love skating so much." Nancy Kerrigan

5: My passion towards skating became so great that I began to practice, at least 6 hours a day, 4 days a week, at an ice rink, which was 3 hours away from my house. When my techniques began to improve and I was ready to try more complicated jumps, I was in need of new "figure skating" boots, not the plastic made ones. I begged my mom to buy me a pair of boots, however my mom would decline to consider any of my wishes. It was clearly visible that she did not like figure skating at all. | I was very disappointed by the fact that my mom wasn't supportive of the sport I love, but a few days later, a miracle happened. The ice rink was holding a colouring competition where the winner would receive a new pair of figure/hockey skates for free. Wanting my own pair of skates so desperately, I used all my artistic skills to beautifully colour the picture. My hope, hard work/effort, time and passion paid off in the end because now I have, my first own pair of skates that helped me to become a better skater that I am, today.

6: WHAT DO YOU NEED WHEN YOU'RE STARTING FIGURE SKATING? | Starting the sport, Figure Skating, automatically gives the person the title "Figure Skater". What this means is that, he/she has decided to explore this fabulous sport, out of mere interest or perhaps passion. Before proceeding the sport, one must have adequate skating equipment to mainly prevent serious injury from occurring. | For beginner skaters, skating boots are usually sold with the blades attached to it however, as one start skating competitively, there are a variety of blades to choose from, depending on which branch of the skating world he/she is going to pursue (ex/ Single, Pairs, Ice Dance, Synchronized) . The main differences of the blades are the size, colour, and the toe pick on the front of the blade. The toe pick also differs in shape depending on skating types. | Boots | Boots provide strong support for the feet and the ankle. The structure of the boot prevents the feet from getting further injury, whether it is from just skating back and forth, or landing competitive jumps. It is like our everyday shoe wear, except worn on ice. | Blades

7: Practice Clothing | When skating, you should wear: - Spandex sports leggings or skating skirts - Tights under the leggings or skirts--to avoid getting cold - A spare jacket - Gloves - Ankle pads - Boot covers (optional)--protect the boot from getting cuts from the blade and sometimes the rough ice | Blade Guards | Blade guards are a very important equipment in figure skating. It protects the blade from rusting and becoming dull. Walking without blades on normal ground can cause a ruining of the edges of the blades. | These hard plastic off-ice guards protect the blade when a skater is walking on ground, off-ice. It is like a shoe for the skating blades. | These soft blade guards are also called "blade covers". It protects the blade from rusting after skating. The blade covers come in different shapes and sizes, and the most popular cover amongst skaters is the animal covers.

8: The continuous rise in popularity of the queen of figure skating, Yuna Kim of South Korea, has developed what is known as the "Yuna-boom" in Korea. | The Lives of Little Yuna Kims | Ever since 2006, when Yuna won her first gold medal in the World's Figure Skating Championship, children all across Korea, has began to march to nearby ice-rinks with the hope to become the next Yuna Kim of Korea. Hundreds of kids, ages approximately ranging from as low as 5 to high as 18, tried to enroll in private or group lessons in a total of only 17 ice rinks in Korea, seriously disproportional to the number of people wanting so desperately to skate. From this chaos, arises many new dreamers, who have submitted everything to the world of figure skating.

9: Off-ice training is the death of almost all competitive figure skaters in Korea. The 1-2 hour training includes muscle development, core development, jumps, track, and stretching. It is a non-stop warm-up that helps the skaters to become better and stronger skaters however, the extremity of the training is unbearable for growing children. 13-year-old Soo Yeon Park quoted, "I wish there was a robot that looked exactly like me, that could do this warm-up for me. It's so hard that I sometimes think I'm going to die, while doing it!" | It is a mystery to the world of how such marvelous skaters can arise from a place that cannot provide the basic environment for figure skaters. Because of such limited number of ice rinks in Korea, there aren't individual sessions only provided to figure skaters nor hockey players. To skate during the afternoon, skaters have to be patient, skating with the public skating people, hockey players, and speed skaters. Figure skaters are given the round space in the middle of the rink, where at least 25 different skaters are practicing with their coaches. It's a chaos; a combination of everyone who can skate, but that's the only way the rink can offer. For extremely competitive skaters, they're restricted from coming to the afternoon sessions because of the reason that they may "injure" other people by doing their huge triple jumps. For these skaters, the evening session is open, but this time, it is only open to figure skaters. The evening session runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., with 1 hour off-ice warm-up trainings, before and after heading on the ice. The problem with this session is the fact that there are about 50 skaters on the ice, with a few national skaters. Having competitive skaters landing triples on one side of the rink, the remaining 40-somewhat skaters skate on the other side, all jammed together.

10: Though figure skaters in Korea sacrifice a lot, such as their time, effort, and normal life, it is not only themselves that go through hardships. The parents of these figure skaters show unlimited support, starting from transportation to finances and working as their children's 24-7 manager. Becoming a figure skater in Korea means more than the word itself; it all depends on whether or not a family can support their children in all possible ways.

11: It is clearly visible that becoming a figure skater is not an easy concern in Korea. However, even though skaters are facing great hardships still to this day, the number of competitive skaters are growing. From this fact, one can conclude that these children are all desperate to run towards the same goal, trying to work their best in a given environment others may consider unsuitable. I believe, because these skaters are provided with so little, they're trying to make the most of it. | My hope for the future Yuna Kims in Korea is to see a change in the rink environment so that these growing dreamers are given the right environment to excel more in the sport they love so much.

12: Figure Skating Glossary | Main Jumps - Waltz Jump: a big leap by jumping off of the toe, facing the front, and landing backwards Example: - Salchow Jump: an edge jump that requires 3-turns Example: - Toe-loop Jump: picking off of the back toe Example: - Flip Jump: left inside 3-turn before take-off (inside edge) Example:

13: - Loop Jump: gliding on a back edge and jumping Example: - Lutz Jump: picking off of the back toe (use outside edge) but start by gliding backwards Example: - Axel Jump: take off forward and do one-and-a-half rotations in the air Example: | Remember, skaters may rotate opposite directions, either left or right!

14: Skater's Edge URL: Phone 1-866-521-3343 (Toll Free) 604-521-5550 (Local) Fax 604-521-8828 Email Address (Canada Retail Store) Unit 10-145 Schoolhouse St. Coquitlam, BC V3K4X8 | Figure Skating Shops in British Columbia

15: The Leading Edge URL: Phone: Surrey/Fleetwood Shop Number: 1-604-598-0288 Alt. Shop Number: 1-604-594-4454 Toll Free Number: 1-866-888-4454 Email: Address: The Leading Edge Skate Shop #101 - 15685 Fraser Hwy Surrey, B.C. V4N 0Y6

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