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One Slip or Fall in Ice Dancing Ruins Everything – I Hate It!

One Slip or Fall in Ice Dancing Ruins Everything – I Hate It!

Although falling in figure skating is normal and can be minor for single and pair skaters, falling or stumbling for ice dancers is disastrous.

A fall in ice dancing has always equaled disaster and disappointment for as long as I can remember, so every time I see an ice dance team stumble or fall, my heart just breaks.  When ice dancers compete, I hold my breath since I know one little “bobble” or fall can destroy an ice dance team’s chances.

I am so, so sad for 2018 US Olympic Ice Dancers Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue and Madison Chock & Evan Bates.  Both teams may or may not return to compete in the Winter Olympics again four years from now.  Both teams will remember how in a matter of seconds their Olympic chances came to an end.

The thing is that the partner that stumbles or falls feels so bad!  Years and years and hours and hours of practice are destroyed in a matter of seconds.  I hate it.  I wish the International Skating Union would change the scoring system somehow so that an unexpected mishap in ice dancing would not ruin everything….

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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