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A Funny Figure Skating Memory: My Skating Partner’s Wig Fell Off In Competition!

A Funny Figure Skating Memory:  My Skating Partner’s Wig Fell Off In Competition!

joanngary2This is a very amusing and true ice skating story that is an example of how a fall was handled at an ice skating event. It is a funny story that is “a classic” in the figure skating world, but it is not the story of a typical fall!

My ice skating partner, Gary Forman, and I were preparing to compete in an ice dancing event.

Gary was a very handsome twenty-year-old with long, brown hair. Even though this was a time when long hair was “in” for most young people, the style was not seen as appropriate for competitive skaters. As the competition approached, everyone involved with my partner’s skating bothered him to get his hair cut. He assured everyone that he would get it done.

The day of the competition came, and sure enough my Gary showed up at the ice rink with the perfect haircut … or so everyone thought.

My partner, newly groomed, and I skated to a second place in the initial round of the competition. Entering the final round, the competition was close. If we skated well, we could pull up to first place. Little did we know what waited in store for us during the warm-up for the final round!

At the end of the warm-up, the announcer made the call to clear the ice. We were the only skaters remaining on the ice. Gary insisted that we do one more Rocker Foxtrot mohawk. It was an ill-fated move.

Upon falling during the maneuver, I turned to Gary and said, “I told you we shouldn’t have done another mohawk!” IN SHOCK, I NOTICED THAT MY SKATING PARTNER’S NEW “HAIRDO,” WHICH WAS ACTUALLY A MAN’S WIG, HAD FALLEN OFF HIS HEAD! He was wearing a beanie over his hair and looked sillier than you could imagine. I grabbed the wig and placed it back on his head.

The judges, officials, audience (by the way, the rink was packed), and our coach, Darlene Gilbert, were laughing so hard! The laughing went on for a good five to ten minutes. We didn’t pull up – we dropped to fourth. We did not skate our best, but we sure have a good story and memory about that competition!

Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

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Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com


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