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Around the world of figure skating - Nov. 6

Kimmie Meissner performs at 2007 Skate America.
Kimmie Meissner performs at 2007 Skate America. (Michelle Harvath)

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(11/06/2007) - Kimmie Meissner thinks the judges were tough at Skate America, and former Canadian Olympian Sandra Bezic questions the future of figure skating in this week's Around the World of Figure Skating.

Browning makes theatrical debut
Four-time World and Canadian Champion Kurt Browning made his musical theatre debut as Peter Pan, in a production in conjunction with Skate Canada this past weekend. In this updated production of the children's classic; it is modern day 2007, where spectators can expect to see the classic Peter Pan characters experience adventures such as downloading music off the Internet, and daydreaming of becoming a rock star.

In addition, watch Kurt Browning's Gotta Skate VII with Sasha Cohen, airing Nov. 11th on NBC at 4:00 pm ET. More >

Hamill to star in Broadway on Ice
Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill and singing star Kevin Spirtas of Days of Our Lives, will headline Willy Bietak's Broadway on Ice.The production will run from Nov. 13 - 18 at the Red Robinson Theater in Coquitlam, Vancouver, BC, Canada. More >

Where's the magic?
One skating expert contemplates the future of figure skating: "With all the rules and points and categories of marking, there is no box for magic," says choreographer, NBC analyst, and former Canadian Olympian Sandra Bezic. "That individuality is what drew in the audience. The human element is what was most alluring, the ability to develop a unique artistic voice." More >

Meissner surprised by tough judges
Skate America gold medalist Kimmie Meissner was surprised at how tough the technical specialists were at the first ISU Grand Prix event.

"The callers are a lot more strict with everything," Meissner said. "On jumps and especially on the sit spins if they are not at a certain degree. You have to be sure about what you put in the programs. "I was surprised to see how much they downgraded all the skaters." More >

Four-year-old future star
Riedell Skate Company announced last week that they will sponsor four-year-old skater Hailey Blodgett. She joins a pretty elite group of skaters under the Riedell umbrella, including American favorite Johnny Weir. More >

R.I.P.: John R. Walsh
John R. Walsh, a former figure skating partner of Olympic champion Sonja Henie, passed away Thursday after complications following a stroke. Walsh was 85. Long retired from professional skating, Walsh worked with CBS-TV as a skating expert. More >

Love on thin ice
This goes back to the old adage: don't you know what where you eat. Apparently, there are a lot of unions on and off the ice, and scattered about the rink. When romance turns sour, however, pairs can become single-skaters in the jam of a toe pick. More >