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Around the world of figure skating - April 28

Jeffrey Buttle shows off his men's gold men from world championships in Sweden.
Jeffrey Buttle shows off his men's gold men from world championships in Sweden. (Getty Images)

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(04/28/2008) - From Jeff Buttle's new found fame to Russia's Beauty and the Beast on ice -- around the world of figure skating has all the news.

Figure skater to make final appearance in local, annual event

Ryan Coombs will skate her final appearance in Excellence On Ice this Saturday at Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena in Jamestown, N.Y.

The 18-year-old is fielding offers to skate with Disney on Ice and Holiday on Ice. More >

For Bressler, skating is a labor of love

Brittany Bressler fell in love with skating at the age of two, when she strapped on her first pair of skates, with help from her mom, Karen, who coached the sport.

And it grew through her childhood, when she attended several exhibitions in Boston, watching and idolizing skaters like Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski.

"I knew that all I wanted to do was to be like them," remembers Bressler, a 17-year-old Franklin High School senior. More >

State Games of the West

Registration is open for Colorado amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels for the inaugural State Games of the West, July 24-27, at sites throughout the city. There are 31 sports offered. Opening ceremony July 24 at the World Arena. Athletes from 13 Western states will participate. More >

Art found by skating coach

"Marei von Saher stood in the offices of the Bruce Museum here a few weeks ago in front of "The Sacrifice of Iphigenia" (1671), an old master painting by the 17th-century Dutch artist Jan Steen. Mrs. von Saher, a coach at the Greenwich Skating Club and a former professional figure skater, said she was still in "a little bit of shock" that the painting, which had been hanging in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam until February 2006, had come into her possession." More >

From Russia with love

Beauty and the Beast on ice is a spectacular production by the internationally acclaimed Russian Ice Stars. the show opened at the Sands Center, in the United Kingdom, last week and includes all the characters from the original fairytale. The family show features the acrobatic and aerial skills of skaters.

Andrey Chuvilyaev plays the part of the cursed prince and comes fresh from the 2006 Russian Olympic team. Born in Moscow in 1978, he began skating when he was four, he performs the world's highest lifts with partner Olga Pershankova, who plays Beauty. More >

Everything is rosy for Jeff Buttle

Ever since Jeff Buttle won the world figure skating championships last month, people recognize him, tip their hats to him and even thank him. "It's overwhelming," he said. "But it's cool." More >

Sad news

Werner Groebli, a Swiss-born ice skating comedian popular for years in the U.S., has died, his family announced. He was 92. More >