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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

Figure Skater Fran Tait’s Story Needs to Be Told!

I wish that an ice skating movie would be made about a skater that overcame tremendous obstacles and went on to do great things in life.  One such individual is Fran Tait who not only became a US Figure Skating Gold Medalist, but is about to become a lawyer!  She overcame so many obstacles to […]

My Review of Ice The Movie

Ice The Movie’s plot is similar to many figure skating movies.  It’s about a girl with much talent who pursues Olympic dreams.  It’s about her struggles and it is about what she gives up in order to pursue those Olympic dreams. What Maddison Bullock has accomplished is really impressive.  Like many figure skaters, she completed a goal that seemed […]

Some Skating Mothers Are Like the Mother In “I, Tonya”

Actress Allison Janney won an Oscar on March 4, 2018 for her role as best supporting actress for the amazing job she did at portraying Tonya Harding’s mother in the movie “I, Tonya.”  Janney shows a skating mom who would do about anything to make her daughter a champion. Although not all the parents in […]

My Thoughts Now That 2018 Olympic Figure Skating Is Over

Well, figure skating is over for another Olympics.  I admit I enjoyed watching all that skating from the comfort of my living room.  I loved being a member of the press at the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, but seeing the skating from the comfort of home sure is less exhausting.  Today’s modern and huge […]

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 […]

Olympic Figure Skating Team Medals – How Great Is That?!

How wonderful it is to see Olympic medals around the necks of some of my figure skating friends!  I’m especially happy for Alexa and Chris Knierim since I’ve known Chris for so many years.  And…their coach Dalilah Sappenfield was my own three children’s wonderful primary coach.  I’m so excited for them! I remember when Maia and Alex […]

Remembering What It Is Like Behind the Scenes At the Winter Olympic Games

When I went to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics as a member of the press, it felt like I “made” the Olympics since the press was treated like royalty! I soaked in every moment. Summary of Jo Ann’s and Annabelle’s Olympic Vancouver Adventure Memories From the 2010 Olympic Figure Skating Competition in Vancouver I am […]

Take a Step-By-Step Tour Through the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Saga

The Tonya-Nancy figure skating scandal may be considered the most bizarre story in ice skating history.  The story involves lying and cheating, comedy, denial, the FBI, a get away car, and even a hit man. It seems like fiction, but did really happen and changed figure skating forever.  Scroll through this step-by-step summary of what happened and enjoy “the […]

“I, Tonya” Tells Figure Skater Tonya Harding’s Side of the Story

If you haven’t seen “I, Tonya” yet, by all means go see it. The bottom line is that it is probably the most realistic figure skating movie I’ve ever seen. The movie accurately shows what the figure skating world is really like; Tonya Harding just didn’t quite fit into that figure skating world.  She never […]

Is American Figure Skating Fixed….Again?

Several years ago, I wrote an article saying that elite American figure skating was FIXED. but that article didn’t stay live long, since one of my children’s coaches contacted me immediately after I published my thoughts and told me that saying such things was not a good idea for me politically since, at the time, […]