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Figure skating is notoriously rife with drama and intrigue. Since its introduction to the Winter Olympics in 1924, figure skating has been one of the most popular, yet controversial competitions.
For the first time in the 106 years since the sport was introduced, figure skating will be a team event at the Sochi Games. In addition to their individual events, athletes from 10 countries will compete against each other as a squad, combining their efforts for a shot at a group medal in addition to individual crowns.
As Olympic events go, this one has the intrigue and secrecy of a Cold War spy novel. Countries have been guarding their playbooks like their national secrets for good reason.
Most recently Amanda won Battle of the Blades with retired NHLer and skating partner Scott Thornton.Amanda joins us to chat about her path to the Olympics and what it means to compete and sacrifice to get to the the top level of amateur sport in the world of figure skating.
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The common mindset is typically driven by the idea that "It is absolutely necessary for me to fugure him/her out.....in order to trust him/her with my feelings!!!" .....as if anyone is responsible for your feelings.....
Is this mindser practical?
Does it or can it translate to a better or longer-lasting relationship?
Is it possible that this eagerness to "figure" your partner out stems from personal insecurity and a deeper desire to fugure oneself out?
Join Jahwie and Nalagy this week as we discuss.
Everyone loves figure skating!
“Every winter, millions of Canadians take to the ice, indoors and outdoors, in search of fun and fitness," says Skate Canada, the governing body for the national sport.
In our country, you'll see many figure skating events on television throughout the year - Skate Canada, Canadian championships, world championships, and more. Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir stole the limelight at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 and Canada’s strength as a figure skating nation is a proven result of not only this type of exceptional talent.
A group of skaters and coaches who have been willing to take risks and be part of the continuous re-definition of the sport continue to extend our expectation of what is possible.
Join the conversation as we pull back the curtain on The Inside Edge of Figure Skating with Elvis Stojko and PJ Kwong, CBC Figure Skating Correspondent and author of “Taking The Ice”.
• Is the figure skating world in Canada thriving?
• Will be able to maintain our highest level of world class competitors?
• Internal rivalry, between skaters, has gained bad press for the sport.
• Has controversial judging tainted competition?
• Will the respect for the sport ever return?
These are just a few topics for our show airing LIVE at BEYONDtheCheers on Wednesday December 22nd at 7PM EST on blogtalkradio. Dial-in TOLL FREE 1-877-357-2448 in Canada and United States to ask a question or join the online chat.
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Dr. David D. Chaney is a successful 7 Figure earning chief executive, known as “Doc” in the business community, has run several profitable companies including his recently launched Crowdfunding portal “CrowdSponder” ,a first of it’s kind, is a personal donation platform that financially rewards campaign creators when they recommend others to create, share and raise funds with his system. Simultaneously he oversees the operation of a rapidly growing media firm NuMedia Ventures which in 2005 la served over 20,000 video’s and generated nearly $3.8M in sales within 60 months. Doc’s success as an entrepreneur & CEO has allowed him to be featured in Black Enterprise Magazine as well as other local and regional magazines. He has been seen on BET and TBN’s “Praise the Lord, as well as heard on a host of local and national radio shows. He is a much sought after international keynote speaker and marketing consultant whose past and current clients include Nike, American Airlines, Pepsi, Nissan, State Farm, Re/Max, Clear Channel and many other fortune 500 and 1000 companies. Many call him the business coaches coach and all call him friend. His educational background includes completing graduate level courses in business, psychology and theology from Harvard, Princeton Theological Seminary and University of Norte Dame. David is married to Barbara his wife of 24yrs and they have 3 children. I would like to present to some and introduce to others………...Dr. David D. Chaney
November 14, 1916 - Mabel Fairbanks, hall of fame figure skater and coach, was born in New York City. Fairbanks fell in love with figure skating in the 1930s. Despite her ability, she was not allowed to join skating clubs because of her race. She was often told, “We don’t have Negroes in ice shows.” She eventually left the United States and joined the Rhapsody on Ice Show where she wowed international audiences. When she returned to the U.S., Fairbanks found that the situation had not changed. After retiring from skating, Fairbanks started a skating club and coached many future champions, including Scott Hamilton, Tai Babilonia, Randy Gardner, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Tiffany Chin. In 1997, Fairbanks became the first African American to be inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Fairbanks died September 29, 2001.
Dr. Joshua Landy is an Internist and Critical Care Medicine Specialist as well as a co-founder of Figure 1. Prior to starting Figure 1, Landy was a visiting scholar at Stanford University where he researched online and multimedia-oriented approaches to health education. Landy’sunique perspective on healthcare is a result of his experiences in direct patient care, medical education research, and as the founder of a health-focused technology company.
DEREK PARRA, Olympian speed skater, Gold and Silver Medalist, 2002 Salt Lake City
In 1984, Derek began roller skating and by 1996 he had become the most decorated athlete in the history of the sport. As an inliner he was a three-time national champion, two-time overall World Champion, two-time World record holder (1500m and 42K) and earned eighteen individual gold medals. He was the most decorated athlete at 1995 Pan-Am Games winning 5 gold, 2 silver and a bronze medal. He had everything but an Olympic Medal. So in 1996, he switched from inlines to ice skates to chase after that medal. Just two years later he earned a spot on the 1998 US Olympic Team.
In February of 2001 he won a silver medal at the World Single Distance Championships (1500 meters) setting a new American Record and marking himself as "one to watch at the 2002 Olympic Games". Later that year, in November, he won a gold medal at the World Cup competition in Den Hague, Netherlands and became one of America's foremost medal contenders heading into the Olympics. In Salt Lake City he did not disappoint! After being selected to carry the World Trade Center flag into the opening ceremonies, the emotional evening inspired Derek through a remarkable 5000 meter performance on opening day of the Games. He briefly held the world record en route to a silver medal finish. That set the stage for a stunning world record finish and Olympic Gold Medal in the 1500 meter event!
Derek is also the first-ever Mexican American to compete in, and medal, in the Olympic Winter Games.
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Naomi Rose is a Baltimore born vocalist who has been singing since the age of five. She has been inspired by such artists as Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, and Phyllis Hyman with her roots stemming from gospel. Since making her debut on the local music scene in 2009, Naomi Rose has performed with Legacy Musiq of Upper Marlboro, MD and is a former member of the all girl rock/soul band Mzery (Misery) Loves Company. Naomi Rose’s sound is derived from soul, funk, and R&B combined with her gospel roots that she feels makes her an exceptional vocalist.
Naomi started honing her acting skills by starring in the play ‘In Her Words’ as the original character “Cass” with Liberated Muse of Washington, DC from 2012-2013, she will have a role in the upcoming stage play “Faith Was The Substance,” and serves in a leadership role as a member of Project Curve Appeal. She currently has seven song released, appears on the song and video for ‘Free Me’ with hip hop artist Prez from Virginia, and is set to release a solo project now that her relocation to Atlanta is complete.
Vikings come in all shapes and sizes, evidently. Born with a healthy appetite for competition, Noora Kuusivuori served on both the national women's swimming and baseball teams in her native Finland before spinning heads stateside in figure competitions across the country and now in the fitness modeling industry. You can find her in magazines like Muscle & Fitness Hers, Oxygen, Oxygen Magazines Glutes Special, Planet Muscle, BFW, Fitness X and the list continues to grow.
Noora has a natural edge over her competitors, and it's not just her 5'10" frame or charming smile, although they don't hurt. It's her genuine passion for her sport and every little detail comprising it. Just ask her about nutrition and you'd think she invented the subject herself. And judging by her abs, she may as well have. They don't make TVs with that kind of definition. But make no mistake, it's all the product of hard work.
And when you truly love what you do, it's hard to fail. Since joining the women's figure circuit in 2010, Noora has hit goals such as becoming a finalist at the Arnold Amateur IFBB International Figure Championships, making the top 10 at the biggest National Physique Committee (NPC) show in history, the USA Figure Championships, placing 4th at a European IFBB show and winning several other shows. Her relentless dedication is evident in every muscle fiber in her body.
When she's not readying her abs for world domination, Noora, who has an MBA and speaks multiple languages, spends her time working on her company NK Medical Group and raising her son, Thor. The left over time she spends modeling on the set of fitness photo shoots. Lately, we have seen Noora in many fitness magazines nationwide and internationally every month as well as modeling for companies like Nike and Under Armour.
Come with Travel Brigade to beautiful Sun Valley and the amazing Idaho mountains that surround it for a unique summer getaway. Slap on some sunscreen and go skating on the outdoor ice rink in the summer sun during the day, then watch Olympic figure skaters put on a show at night. Take the gondola up Bald Mountain and have lunch at the historic Roundhouse overlooking the Valley before hiking or mountain biking down back down. Learn to shoot skeet and trap in the place where Ernest Hemingway used to hunt with Hollywood stars, try golfing one of the 45 holes on three courses or hit an outdoor concert in a gorgeous venue. We’ll talk about great dining options both at Sun Valley Resort as well as in the town of Ketchum. Enjoy the trip! Follow us on Twitter @TravelBrigade.