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Around the world of figure skating - April 14

Kassy Kova and Justin Ross at the 2008 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Kassy Kova and Justin Ross at the 2008 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships. (Mickey Brown )

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(04/14/2008) - From synchro success in the Steel City to the first African-American ice dance team, around the world of figure skating has all the news from the figure skating universe.

Steel City Blades

Little Elspeth Cunningham spends about eight hours a day on the ice.

The North Allegheny School District pupil is part of a synchronized ice skating team. For the past two years, Elspeth, of Marshall, has skated with the Steel City Blades, a group affiliated with Robert Morris University that was started in 2004 to further competitive synchronized ice skating in the greater Pittsburgh area. More >

Scott to be inducted

Barbara Scott will be inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame as part of the 2008 class.

Scott (Canadian Olympic Order, Ottawa) was Canada's first gold medal-winning figure skater at the 1948 Olympic Winter Games. Her athletic career started early, when she won the Canadian national junior title at the age of 11. Two years later, she became the first woman ever to land a double Lutz in competition. Scott was named the country's top athlete in 1945, 1947 and 1948. She is a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In 1991, she was awarded the Order of Canada and in 1998, she was named to Canada's Walk of Fame. More >

Spokane, again

The Olympics are coming to the Pacific Northwest in 2010, and Spokane may take center ice once again. It has been named one of four finalists to host the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. That competition will be critical, determining who will go on to represent the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. More >

McCorkell finalist for sports award

Jenna McCorkell, Coleraine's five-time British senior champion, has been named as one of the five short-listed finalists in the 2008 Dale Farm Sports Award. More >

African-American ice dancers hope to make history

Kassy Kova and Justin Ross are the only African-American ice dancing team in the country. There are other African-American ice dancers, but they don't have African-American partners. Kassy, 15, and Justin, 17, are beginning a new season of competition. They hope to compete at nationals and eventually, the Olympics. Their next big competition is the Lake Placid Ice Dancing Championships on July 30. More >

Not a 'whim' anymore

Kristen Loritz tried synchronized skating on a whim. The 15-year-old just completed her first year with the prestigious Gold Ice junior competitive team, a season that included winning the national championships in February and a silver medal at the 2008 World Challenge Cup for Juniors in Rouen, France, from March 6-8.

Loritz said she is overwhelmed by the success of her team. More >