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Write about figure skating history at http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca . Former skater, drag queen. Book lover. Free spirit.
Write about figure skating history at http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca . Former skater, drag queen. Book lover. Free spirit.

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Anchors Aweigh: True Tales Of Skaters On The High Seas
"Skaters' Island" by Louis Lozowick. Photo courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum. Karl Schäfer , Maribel Vinson Owen , Sonja Henie , Belita Jepson-Turner, Theresa Weld Blanchard , Andrée and Pierre Brunet , Megan Taylor, Cecilia Colledge... The one thing...
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Introducing... Fräulein Elsa Rendschmidt
Elsa Rendschmidt posing with a skeleton racer in Schierke in 1911 At times, life may have been anything but a cabaret for Germany's Elsa Rendschmidt, but somehow she made it through, making history more than once along the way. Although we know very little ...
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Champions: A Love Story
"Skating is filled with stories that are very intense - the romances, the hatreds. I don't think that story's ever been told. Skating is a loose fraternity. They share something, the early morning practice, the rigorous training. It's like war veterans with...
Champions: A Love Story
Champions: A Love Story
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SAISA Versus SASA: The Sixties South African Scandals
In 1960, four figure skaters from South Africa arrived in Squaw Valley, California, making history as the first athletes from their country to ever participate in the Winter Olympic Games. Sixteen year old Marion 'Penny' Sage and twelve year old Patricia Ea...
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From Jumps To Jell-O: The Mia Macklin Story
Bassano and Vandyk Studios photograph. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery . The daughter of Noel and Leslie (Cordery) Macklin, Mia Leslie Macklin was born October 28, 1920 in the town of Chertsey in Surrey, England. Her father was a well-known automobile an...
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#Unearthed: An Evening On Dutch Skates
When you dig through skating history, you never know what you will unearth. In the spirit of cataloguing fascinating tales from skating history, #Unearthed is a once a month 'special occasion' on Skate Guard where fascinating writings by others that are of ...
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The Hub Trio: Acro-Ice Pioneers From New Hampshire
The Hub Trio. Photo courtesy Anna Maria Mullen. From 1916 to 1918, three young men were born in Manchester, New Hampshire who would go on to greatness. Leonard 'Len' and Kenneth Mullen were born in 1916 and 1918 - just two of the seven mouths that James and...
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The Lost Years: Skating And The Great War
"La Patineuse" by artist Georges Barbier, 1916. Photo courtesy  Bibliothèque nationale de France. Between the sinking of the Lusitania, the Spanish flu pandemic, the Eastland disaster in Chicago, the White Friday avalanches in Italy, the Halifax Explosion a...
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A Taste Of Tatamagouche
Divided pond with behind Main Street in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia with areas blocked off for hockey and figure skating, circa 1961. Photo courtesy Tatamagouche Heritage Centre. "The old people of New Annan often used to tell how on a Sabbath that their Past...
A Taste Of Tatamagouche
A Taste Of Tatamagouche
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The Peace Bridge Arena Collapse
The Peace Bridge Arena. Photo courtesy Fort Erie Public Library. Built in 1928 and owned by wealthy philanthropist and industrialist Frank Burkett Baird, the Peace Bridge Arena in Fort Erie, Ontario was really an answer to the members of the Buffalo Skating...
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The Peace Bridge Arena Collapse
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