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I’m So Excited About the World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships and Festival!

I’m So Excited About the World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships and Festival!

In August of 2015, I attended the first ever World Figure Championship and Festival in Lake Placid, New York.  To sum things up, the event was “so cool!”

One of the “coolest” memories was that those who participated got to do figures on black ice.  Also, some of the greatest people in ice skating history, including Olympic figure skating champion Beatrix Schuba, judged the event.

This time, in 2017, the event is going to be in Vail, Colorado!

I’ve read that Olympic figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill will referee and that the late Olympic figure skating champion John Curry, will be inducted into the World Figure Hall of Fame.  Mr. Debonaire, Richard Dwyer, is coming!  In addition Olympic champion Barbara Wagner is judging and so is Olympian Tommy Litz. Slavka Kohout, the legendary coach of US figure skating legend, Janet Lynn, also will be judging!  (Janet Lynn judged in 2015 and 2016 and will come in the future to judge again, but will be cheering on the Championship.)

One thing I remember about this event in Lake Placid was how very friendly and happy all that participated were.  I truly believe that in the “old days of figure skating,” that ice skating competitions and events were fun.  The elite figure skaters mixed with the spectators and fans.  Everyone learned from one another and the joy of skating was the goal.  The same thing happened at the 2015 World Figure Championship and Festival in Lake Placid, so I believe Vail will be just as friendly and fun!

Vail, Colorado is not that far from a major international airport, so I encourage all my skating friends to attend the 2017 World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships and Festival memorable and historical event which will take place from September 28 through October 1, 2017.

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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