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Artistry Asian Stars On Ice 2016 – 安麗雅芝亞洲冰上盛典

And….that’s a wrap! Artistry Asia Stars On Ice 2016 was AMAZING! Thank you to everyone who played a part in organizing the event, to all the people who took the time to come watch, to all the skaters for a memorable time, and especially to kana Muramoto and Chris Reed for the lovely choreography! I’m so glad I got the chance to participate and hopefully I’ll be coming back next year! THANK YOU!!!

My “Slumdog Millionaire” Short Program

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Looking Back at 2014 – and Looking Ahead to 2015

Last year didn’t quite go the way I hoped, but I gained a lot of valuable experience both as an athlete and as a person.  I feel that now is the time to embrace new ideas and look for opportunities, even if that means going back to the roots.  At any rate, I am still proud of what I managed to accomplish last season, and I am determined to keep building upon my previous successes, no matter how small.

I hope you’ll enjoy these videos, which are the culmination of all my hard work throughout 2014.

And, as a bonus, here is a little sneak peek at what’s in store for 2015!

P.S. For more update on my very interesting life, follow me on Twitter at: @theskatingcat

I’ve come full circle!

On Friday, April 26th, 2013, I passed the last two standard gold pattern dances sat the Nazareth Ice Oasis in Redwood City. I am officially a Gold Medalist in ice dancing!

I actually started learning ice dance in Redwood City, when I was seven years old. My first coach, John Dowding, was one of the best coaches I could have asked for. He was gentle, he was kind, and he was always very patient with me, going over the exercises and fundamentals until he was sure that I had mastered the skill. I have much to thank him for.

But there is still a lot to appreciate, most of it in the form of my current coach, Sergei Ponomarenko, and his wife and former dance partner, Marina Klimova. Both of them have helped me expand upon my dance fundamentals and allowed them to grow and improve greatly. I especially must thank Sergei for constantly adapting to my irregular schedule, always making time for me on the weekends whenever I come back to northern California to visit my family.

In the past couple of years, I have also had a lot of fun participating in the annual Bay Area Ice Dance Weekend with the BAID (Bay Area Ice Dancers). And I always enjoy skating with my friends during the social ice dance sessions on Sundays at San Jose.

Gambill’s pupils young but talented

by Jim Alexander, for The Press-Enterprise
 
From left, Shotoro Omori, Tyler Pierce, Amy Lin, Vincent Zhou. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

From left, Shotoro Omori, Tyler Pierce, Amy Lin, Vincent Zhou. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

RIVERSIDE — Tammy Gambill has coached figure skating champions before. But weeks like the one she and her skaters spent in Omaha, for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Jan. 21-27, are the types from which spring daydreams of Olympic medal podiums.

It can’t be helped.

“For some of them, it’s very realistic,” Gambill said. “It’s just a matter of time.”

Tammy Gambill (center), with the 10 skaters she took to the recent U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. Back: Sean Rabbitt, Philip Warren, Shotaro Omori, Richard Dornbush. Middle row: Tyler Pierce, Elizabeth Nguyen, Vincent Zhou, Amy Lin. Front row: Ai Setoyama, Caitlin Nguyen. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

Tammy Gambill (center), with the 10 skaters she took to the recent U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. Back: Sean Rabbitt, Philip Warren, Shotaro Omori, Richard Dornbush. Middle row: Tyler Pierce, Elizabeth Nguyen, Vincent Zhou, Amy Lin. Front row: Ai Setoyama, Caitlin Nguyen. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

Amy Lin – 2013 US Figure Skating Championships Novice Ladies Free Skate

Amy Lin – 2013 US Figure Skating Championships Novice Ladies Short Program

2013 US Figure Skating Championships Novice Ladies Medalists

The Novice Ladies Medalist (L-R): Amy Lin (Silver), Tyler Pierce (Gold), Bradie Tennell (Bronze), and Morgan Flood (Pewter).

 

Amy Lin wins silver in novice ladies at 2013 US Figure Skating Championships

It was a day of firsts for Lin — her first U.S medal and her first triple Lutz in competition. She opened her “Spirited Away” program with that element and received a positive grade of execution on it.

By Renee Felton, special to icenetwork.com

Commentaries on Novice Ladies Short Program for 2013 US National Championships

Amy Lin, who is the youngest skater in this competition (she just turned thirteen in November), finished in second place in the short program with a score of 44.86. Like Pierce, Lin chose to skate to the soundtrack of a feature length cartoon, “Kung Fu Panda.” The gold medalist at the 2012 Pacific Regionals demonstrated a playful martial arts style that matched her music well. All of her elements received positive grades of execution. The highlight of her routine was her blazingly fast, martial arts – themed step sequence, choreographed for her by Justin Dillon and Cindy Stuart.

 by Doris Spicer Pulaski, to Ice Skating International