The Inside Edge with Sarah and Drew
New Year's resolutions from across the skating community
|Johnny Weir poses with his doctors at a hospital in Korea. (courtesy of Johnny Weir)|
Happy New Year! We thoroughly enjoyed our year of bringing you all the behind-the-scenes news, stories and scandals of our fantastic sport, and we are looking forward to another year of dish, details, and, of course, drama.
According to National Public Radio, about half of all Americans make New Year's resolutions. Tips for keeping them: be realistic and use the buddy system. Our blog resolution is to be more organized.
We heard from several skaters about their resolutions for 2009. Here they are in very organized, alphabetical order:
Jeremy Abbott: To stop swearing in the Kiss and Cry.
Ryan Bradley: To stop getting so mad at myself at the rink.
John Coughlin: To limit my chocolate-milk intake from the Olympic Training Center, as it cannot be good for my health.
Meryl Davis: Every year, around this time, I think about little things I can do in the upcoming year to live my life better. I usually set my sights on things like drinking more water, spending more time with my grandparents and becoming more environmentally friendly.
Elene Gedevanishvili may have confused "resolution" with "tradition" and said, "New Years Eve I usually spend drinking champagne with my family."
Melissa Gregory: To stay healthy and help all of our family and friends to be in good health.
Tugba Karademir: To be more patient. I feel like I probably use up much of my patience on the ice and have very little left over for things like traffic and malls, especially this time of year.
John Kerr: To 100 percent of the time remember to bring my music to exhibition performances (I forgot to bring it twice this year).
Stephanie Kuban: To start calling my partner by his real name, instead of "Creeps."
Garrett Lucash: To start saving money for a house.
Morgan Matthews: To get outdoors more. I want to see as many of the beautiful sights and scenes that this planet of ours has to offer before they are depleted, polluted, melted or who knows what.
Drew Meekins: To stop being late, which includes leaving the time to properly do my hair before leaving the house.
Denis Petukhov: To make a trip back to Russia to see my family, which Melissa [Gregory, his wife] and I haven't been able to do in over two years.
Viktor Pfeifer: I want to keep improving on the ice and keep loving what I do.
Andy Seitz: To skate more frequently than I do and show my students I've still got it!
Jane Summersett: To make an active effort to become a more informed individual on world affairs and to take time each week to connect it to my life.
Johnny Weir: To enjoy life more and to take nothing for granted. I also want to speak better Russian and improve my Korean and Japanese in the New Year.
Jason Wong: To finish college.
An IV for Christmas
A week after he got home from the SBS ISU Grand Prix Final, Johnny Weir headed back to Korea for a Christmas Day fund-raiser with Yu-Na Kim. With all the travel, it's hardly surprising he got sick, and he called from Korea to tell us.
"At first, I though it was food poisoning," he said, "but then I found out it was a 24-hour bug. The doctor said it was gastro-enteritis."
Johnny ended up in the hospital on Christmas night.
"I was in Mokdong University [hospital] and had an IV of fluids for exhaustion and dehydration. I was assured that there were minimal calories."
Johnny is quite the celebrity in Korea. Even the doctors and nurses at the hospital asked for autographs and wanted to pose with him, as you can see in the picture above. And, luckily, he felt much better the next day, well enough to go shopping with his agent Tara Modlin.
Singles, pairs, ballet, and would you care to see a menu?
Michael Chau will be competing at the 2009 U.S. Figure Skating Championships (as a junior) in both singles and pairs, an impressive achievement on its own. But that's not everything. We recently spoke to Mike about his other passion: ballet.
"I started ballet when I was a kid and kept it up when I moved down to Florida," he said. "I dance two performances a year -- one during May and one during December. The Christmas one is always The Nutcracker. I have performed in Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Swan Lake."
Mike has been performing in the ballet for four years, and, in his copious spare time, he is also a waiter at an Italian restaurant. We wondered if the graceful waiter ever finds time to get off his feet?
"I find a few hours in the day to sleep," the 18-year-old said. "It certainly is tiring, but, in the end, it is all worth it. I find time to do all these things. As for doing both singles and pairs at nationals this year, I'm really excited because it has been one of my goals for a long time."
Happy 2009 to all!
Sarah and Drew