Figure Skating in
Brian Orser gave a seminar at the
Sudbury Skating Club
Figure skating legend Brian Orser visited
Sudbury to host a skating seminar at the Sudbury Skating Club. The
living legend spent two days working with the skaters of the Sudbury
Skating Club and other skaters from northern Ontario.
has known Sudbury Skating Club coach Wendy Philion for a "long, long
time." He says that Wendy has always had a "great rapport" with the
coaches at Mariposa, so when Wendy called and asked him to come north to
do a seminar he was happy to come.
Forty three year old Brian Orser has long
been a beloved member of the figure skating world and one of the most
popular figure skaters ever.
his amateur career he won a World Championship, two Olympic silver
medals and a record eight National Senior championships.
the 1988 Olympic games in Calgary, Alberta, his accomplishments led him
to be selected as the flag-bearer for the Canadian delegation during the
Today he tours the world, dazzling people
with his outstanding skill.
We found it interesting to note that when
Brian Orser was here he had the following to say about the new figure
skating judging system...
judging system is great for skating, great for better skaters, skaters
like the Jeffrey Buttles of the world who will fare very very well under
the new system.”
He felt it will likely bring figure
skating up to a new level. “It allows a skater like Jeffrey, who may not
be able to do all the quads and big tricks but brings a fantastic
skating quality, a versatility and expressiveness, to be very
Jeff's winning of the Canadian Nationals this year, Coach Joanne McLeod
(Sandhu's coach) said "Credit Jeff. He made the most of the new judging
system. He's a skater who is meant for it.''
Jeff has this to say, "I'm not sure the
system fits me so much as I fit the system they just hadn't developed