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Japan's 'World-First' Ice Rink Blasted as 'Immoral'

Apparently not everyone likes the idea of skating on top of 5K dead fish

(Newser) - A recently opened ice rink in Japan was advertised as a "world first"—only to subsequently be accused of being "immoral" and "weird" and having "no soul," CNN and the Guardian report. The skating rink in the Space World theme park in Kitakyushu came... More »

Holocaust-Themed Skating Number Doesn't Go Over Well

One of the skaters on Russian reality-TV show is wife of Putin's spokesman

(Newser) - Using the theme song from the 1997 Holocaust film Life Is Beautiful wasn't what raised eyebrows Saturday during an ice-skating performance for a Russian reality show. It was the overall Holocaust theme that produced what the Jerusalem Post calls a "largely cold reception" to Olympic champion Tatiana Navka... More »

Canadian City May Build 'Freezeway' for Skating Commuters

Edmonton student proposes an alternative way to get around

(Newser) - Edmonton, Alberta averages below-freezing temperatures from October to April—and some locals have decided it's time to make winter work for them, the BBC reports. City officials have latched onto an idea by a landscape architecture student, who himself was inspired by a city councilperson's joke decades ago:... More »

National Mall's $700M Plan: Skating, Theater, Gardens

'Overused' lawn set for major renovations

(Newser) - The National Mall is getting a serious facelift: Soon, we'll be going skating, watching outdoor theater, and exploring vibrant gardens in America's so-called "front yard." The $700 million project will mark a big change from the "overused" grass currently between the Lincoln Memorial and Capitol... More »

Frigid Weather Paving Way for Epic Ice Race

124-mile Dutch race may be held for first time in 15 years

(Newser) - A brutal cold snap has brought misery to much of Europe, but in the Netherlands they're hoping the cold lasts long enough to allow the return of the world's biggest ice race. The Elfstedentocht—11 Cities Tour—race is only held when the ice is thick enough along... More »

Canada's Virtue-Moir Capture Ice Dance Gold

Russians knocked out of long-standing domination on podium

(Newser) - Long after the arena emptied, ice dancer Scott Moir stole back onto the ice. Clutching his gold medal, he knelt down and kissed the Olympic rings at center ice. He and partner Tessa Virtue had knocked the Russians from their traditional perch atop the ice dance podium—only the third... More »

Ohno's 7th Medal Breaks US Record

Overcomes rare misstep to grab bronze; two more chances remain

(Newser) - Apolo Anton Ohno made history the hard way, overcoming a rare mistake that dropped him to last place before rallying to earn his record seventh Olympic medal. Ohno overtook two skaters on the last lap of the 1,500-meter short track final last night for a bronze, surpassing speedskater Bonnie... More »

Figure Skating Talks Up Its Tough Side

Canadian campaign aims to ice sport's sissy stereotype

(Newser) - Canada's figure skating authorities have launched a controversial campaign to convince people the sport is as manly as any other, the Globe & Mail reports. Skate Canada, concerned about dwindling interest in the sport, is trying to scrap figure skating's sissy stereotype and play up "the danger, speed, risk,... More »

'Bowman the Showman' Found Dead

Figure skating champ's body in LA motel, overdose suspected

(Newser) - Former US figure skating champion Christopher Bowman was found dead yesterday in a Los Angeles motel room, AP reports. Authorities suspect a drug overdose. Bowman, 40, won US figure skating titles in 1988 and 1992 and wowed the crowds at the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics. His flamboyant personality and... More »

Mexicans Chill on Free Rink

Populist mayor gives city residents world's biggest ice rink

(Newser) - People in sun-drenched Mexico City are waiting as long as six hours for the thrilling opportunity to skate on what officials say is the world's biggest ice rink—at no charge, the Washington Post reports. The free 34,000-square-foot rink—with free skate rental—highlights the class divide in Mexico,... More »

Kerrigan Plotter Dies at Age 40

Ex-bodyguard changed name, 'died a long time ago,' brother says

(Newser) - A plotter in the 1994 attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan died this week of natural causes at age 40, the AP reports. Brian Sean Griffith, ex-bodyguard to figure-skating Olympic hopeful Tonya Harding, confessed to helping organize the attack on Kerrigan days after it happened. Griffith served 14 months and... More »

Kids Skate on Heelys to Emergency Room

Skater shoes set off scraped knees epidemic

(Newser) - A new craze has kids gliding across hard surfaces on tiny skate wheels built into their sneakers—but the "heelys" are deceptively unsafe, a new study says. The report claims the skate shoes sent 1,600 youngsters to the emergency room last year. More »

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