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Around the world of figure skating - May 5

World-renowned skater Evengi Plushenko.
World-renowned skater Evengi Plushenko. (Getty Images)

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(05/05/2008) - From Evgeni Plushenko's foray into portable plastics to Dancing on Ice live -- around the world of figure skating has all the news.

Plushenko and portable plastic

Reigning Olympic gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko will soon be performing in a rather unique venue. Later this month, he'll be skating on a portable plastic ice sheet while singer/songwriter Dima Bilan performs at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade (www.eurovision.tv). Renowned violinist Edvin Marton, who has worked with Plushenko many times, will also perform. Rehearsals begin on May 11 and they perform on May 24.

According to Plushenko's agent, Ari Zakarian, the three-time World Champion is heading back to competitive skating. On June 4, Plushenko will join longtime coach Alexei Mishin at a training camp in Italy. This coming autumn, he will continue to perform in shows and also compete. More >

Yu-Na Kim wants spotlight off her

``When you find me practicing on an ice rink, please watch and root for me in your heart,'' said Kim, who finished third for the second straight year at the World Championships in March despite a hip injury. ``As fans make noise while moving in crowds to watch me skate, other skaters training on the ice cannot focus on their exercises. I really feel sorry for them. ``Concentration is the top priority in practice. Although I fully understand your cheering, please don't distract them.'' More >

Staying young on the ice

Leola and Arnie Olson and their group of 55-plus seniors have been skating and socializing on and off the ice for more than two decades, they think it's part of what keeps them young.

"A lot of us grew up in the country and what else do you do but skate? It's something every kid did," says Leola, an organizer for Calgary Seniors Skaters who is also involved with curling, softball and volleyball.

"I've been skating as long as I can remember . . . about 60 years." More >

Local skaters get their 15 minutes

Carley Berry and Brittany Dunbar are opening and closing soloists in the 44th bi-annual Stouffville Skating Club's Ice Revue May 9 and 10 in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada. More >

Torvill and Dean live

The success of Dancing On Ice, on TV in the UK, has prompted a live nationwide arena tour. Center stage on that tour are Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

"We don't live near an ice rink, so I wasn't really skating," Torvill says. "Chris lives in America and near an ice rink and I know he had been doing some coaching and choreographing and was on the ice more than I was. It took a little while to get back into shape, there were a few aches and pains at first - there are bound to be -- but the pleasure of doing it outweighed that.

"Having worked together for so many years [they first paired up in 1975] the connection that Chris and I had came back pretty easily, so we have really enjoyed doing it again." More >

Skate Canada adding four to Hall of Fame

Donald Knight, Marijane Stong, Jim Proudfoot and George Gross are this years inductees to the Skate Canada Hall of Fame. More >

Governing Council

News from the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Governing Council meeting. More >

Korpi No. 38

Kiira Korpi was voted the No. 38th prettiest face in the world. The winner? American actress, Natalie Portman. More >