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Ryan Stevens
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Figure skating blogger, historian at http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca . Former figure skater, drag queen. Book lover. Spiritual/new age student. Free spirit.
Figure skating blogger, historian at http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca . Former figure skater, drag queen. Book lover. Spiritual/new age student. Free spirit.

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The Sabena Aftermath, Part Three: The Patterson And Radix Report
Even so many years later, the 1961 Sabena crash seems almost surreal. How could have something so horrific have even happened? Why were they all travelling on the same airplane, anyway? Initially, the plan had been for the U.S. figure skating team to travel...

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The Sabena Aftermath, Part Two: Gertrude The Gallant
They say that no parent should ever have to bury their own child. Horrifically, as a result of the 1961 Sabena plane crash that killed the entire U.S. figure skating team, not only did Gertrude Vinson have to bury her daughter... but also both of her grandd...

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The Sabena Aftermath, Part One: An Unlikely Comeback
One question I always seem to get asked is why I haven't really covered the 1961 plane crash that tragically claimed the lives of the entire U.S. figure skating team. Well, there's honestly a great reason. Between the RISE documentary, Patricia Shelley Bush...

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Patinage Poetry: The Language Of The Ice (Part Six)
How doth I love skating? Let me count the ways... Just prior to the Sochi Olympics, I put together the blog's first collection of poetry about skating called " Patinage Poetry: The Language Of The Ice ". The topic of skating poetry has recurred often on the...

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Patinage Poetry: The Language Of The Ice (Part Six)
How doth I love skating? Let me count the ways... Just prior to the Sochi Olympics, I put together the blog's first collection of poetry about skating called " Patinage Poetry: The Language Of The Ice ". The topic of skating poetry has recurred often on the...

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The History Of Figure Skating In Harlem
Winter scene in Harlem. Photo courtesy New York Public Library. Founded in the nineties by Sharon Cohen, Figure Skating In Harlem has enriched the lives of countless young people living in New York City... in particular, young people of colour. In December ...

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Making History: Three Decades Of African American Figure Skating Pioneers
In the sixties, seventies and eighties, several American figure skaters made history as the first people of colour to make a real impact in national and international level figure skating competitions. In the last Skate Guard blog, we looked at the incredib...

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From Cotton Club To Camel Spins: The Eddie B. Henderson Story
"Music and medicine are both divine disciplines. You're dealing with the human body, which is a divine creation, on one hand. And then you're dealing with the divine creation of music. The universe is made of music. Everybody's billions of cells in their bo...

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Skating Puts It Skate In Its Mouth: Blackface Minstrel Shows On Ice
I was really hesitant as to how I was going to approach the subject matter of today's blog. It's definitely a touchy subject and quite honestly, one that offends me personally. However, it is still a footnote from figure skating's history that I think absol...

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Racism At The Rink
"Puck" magazine political cartoon depicting a person of colour on a skating chair at the Union Skating Pond One year after civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the Mar...
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