What does “skating-news-by-the-numbers” mean? Check this out:
Number of new articles out this week about Yu-Na Kim: 1. Here it is, and in case you’d just like me to cut to the chase… she’s reportedly going to announce her new coach early next month, having now narrowed it down to 2 or 3 candidates.(Hey, that’s bonus numbers!) The part that intrigues me the most is where it points out that while former coach Orser was paid “hourly” fees, Kim is now likely to hire a “full-time coach”. Meaning what… the coach has to work with Kim exclusively? Meaning he or she has to be on call 24/7? Meaning they have to coach Kim on more than skating? The mind boggles…
Number of people comprising the 2011 class of the U.S.F.S. Hall of Fame: 34. With the 50th anniversary of the Sabena crash looming, the entire 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team (along with the coaches, judges, officials, and family members) has been announced as the inductees. Here’s where you can read more about it.
Number of days until the start of the first Senior ISU Grand Prix event: 36. I’ve no news about this; I just like counting it down.
(But meanwhile, the Junior Grand Prix is already underway…)
Number of U.S. skaters who have already medaled in the first two events: 10! Including a gold medal won in the Men’s division by Keegan Messing. If his name sounds familiar it’s because he competed at the senior level in the most recent U.S. Nationals, finishing 9th. As always, it appears the Skating Powers That Be are keeping Wikipedia very well informed; as you’ll see here. I’m not kidding; they do a very thorough and accurate job.
Another one of the names you’ll see there is GP Courchevel silver medalist (and reigning U.S. Junior Men’s Champ) Jason Brown. I found his free skate from that event on You Tube—it’s an amateur video, but it’s still the Clip of the Day. For now, 15 year-old Brown is easily distinguished from the pack by his ponytail. With any luck, in time he’ll be noticed for much more.