Let’s get ready to R-u-m-m-m-b-b-b-l-l-l-l-l-e

October 1, 2011

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OK, wrong sport…but you get the idea. The U.S. short track season gets under way tomorrow at the Hardees Iceplex in St Louis…(and I have to work – bummer)

But YOU can watch Tony Chung’s live stream. (Don’t forget to toss a few bucks his way to say Thanks! Otherwise, you’d be sitting at home with no way of knowing WHAT was going on unless you had some inside connections at the rink)

Here’s the link to the live feed:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shorttrackhd

…and don’t forget the tweets…
http://twitter.com/#!/shorttrackHD

Check out here to see who is entered:
https://webpoint.usspeedskating.org/wp/Events/ViewMeet.asp?EventID=1917&isPopup=true&Template=Event+Entries

To the fans in St Louis, have fun!
To the skaters, SKATE GREAT!

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Congrats to Simon Cho!

April 2, 2011

I apologize to Simon, this is WAY overdue! (my internet access has been pretty spotty for the last several months)

Simon has some wonderful photos on his facebook page of his GOLD MEDAL win in the 500m at the 2011 World Short Track Speedskating Championships in March. Congratulations to you Simon!

Simon Cho of the USA celebrates after taking the gold medal in the final of the Mens 500m at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, northern England, on March 12, 2011. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

You can follow Simon on his facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=162386637149400#!/photo.php?fbid=10150139621256612&set=a.10150139621046612.282376.181314096611

and you can follow him on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/TheRealSimonCho


Skater’s Care – A benefit for Japan tsunami relief efforts

April 2, 2011

For those in Southern California:

This Sunday is the Skaters Care event in Ontario, California from 3:30-6:30 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. If you haven’t gotten tickets yet to this event, try to fit it into your weekend schedule. Not only will you be treated to some great skating by some formidable talents but your money will go to help the relief efforts in Japan.
Here’s the link for more information:

http://www.cbbankarena.com/default.asp?cbba=33&urlkeyword=event-detail&objId=760

Short track speedskaters who will be there:
Olympians J.R. Celski, China’s Meng Wang and Sun Linlin , US Team member Kyle Uyehara and US Junior Team member Kendal Pumphrey.

Figure skaters in attendance:
* Jeremy Abbott
* Lindsay Davis and Themi Leftheris
* Derrick Delmore
* Richard Dornbush
* Alexe Gilles
* Courtney Hicks
* Ice Club Demorra-Short Track Speed Skating Exhibition

…and much more!
See the following link for the skaterscare.com website:
http://www.skaterscare.com/skaters

To order tickets:
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2C004675DABE541D?artistid=1573687&majorcatid=10003&minorcatid=22

And of course, there’s always information on the BB forum:
http://therockerforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=st&action=display&thread=510&page=1


USA off to a GREAT start during World Short Track Speedskating Championships

March 13, 2011

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I know this site has been MIA most of the season due to marginal internet service along with personal issues, but I do need to get some congrats in:

Katherine Reutter takes the GOLD in the 1500m!

Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Jeff Simon takes the BRONZE!


Alex Livesey/Getty Images

To see more photos from Getty today, go here:
http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=109102304&EditorialProduct=Sport
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Results from Day 1:

Ladies 1500m

1 REUTTER Katherine USA 34
2 PARK Seung-Hi KOR 21
3 CHO Ha-Ri KOR 13
4 FONTANA Arianna ITA 8
5 LI Jianrou CHN 5
6 YANG Shin-Young KOR

Men 1500m

1 NOH Jinkyu KOR 34
2 HAMELIN Charles CAN 21
3 SIMON Jeff USA 13
4 SONG Weilong CHN 8
5 CHO Simon USA 5
6 UM Cheon-Ho KOR 3
7 LEE Ho-Suk KOR 2

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The Ladies didn’t make it out of their race to move on in the Relay. The Men skate tomorrow for their chance to move on towards their spot on the podium.

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You can follow along at the BB forum:
http://therockerforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=trips&action=display&thread=566&page=12

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Here are a few links to try courtesy of Dose on the BB forum:

http://www.tv007.com/tv/4.html

http://bugu.cntv.cn/live_cctv5/index.shtml


http://www.dj533.cn/tv-dianshi-cctv5/

http://www.tiyuba.net/tv/sbs_pplive.html

You can try this one in the UK
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/amateur/story/2010/10/24/sp-speedskating-cbc-schedule.html
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I haven’t had any luck with any of them myself…so if you’re like me, you’ll just be watching the ‘blinking numbers’ here:

http://www.sportresult.com/federations/ISU/ShortTrack/?evt=11210300000009
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Racing starts at 2pm in Sheffield, England
9am Eastern
6am Pacific

…and don’t forget to set those clocks back! (Ahrrrg!)


Crash propels Jeff Simon to short track victory

December 30, 2010

By Amy Donaldson, Deseret News
Published: Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 11:45 p.m. MST

To see more photos and articles, go here:
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700093309/Crash-propels-Jeff-Simon-to-short-track-victory.html?pg=1

Jeff Simon skates past Simon Cho from the outside in the Men’s 1000 meter event for the 2010 U.S. Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns on Sunday. (Mike Terry, Deseret News)

KEARNS — Simon Cho was 70 points ahead going into the final race of the U.S. Championships Sunday afternoon.

And then, as it often does in short track speed skating, a mistake by one athlete cost him the race. Ryan Bedford, who was disqualified after the race, caused a collision between himself and two other competitors. Jeff Simon narrowly avoided the crash that sent two skaters into the pads, but Cho fell because of it.
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After pulling away from the pack, Katherine Reutter skates alone in the women’s 3000 meter event at the 2010 U.S. Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns on Sunday.
Mike Terry, Deseret News

“It happens in short track,” Cho said with a shrug. “The real battle was between me and Jeff.”

So Cho’s plan was to watch Simon and plan his strategy around Simon’s moves. And then the collision happened right in front of him, causing him to wreck as well.

“There was a split second where I thought I had cleared it,” said Cho, who made the World Cup team and finished second behind Simon in the standings. “But unfortunately, three guys fall in front of you, there is not much room to maneuver.”

For Simon his first National Championship was sweeter after a disappointing — and painful — year. He narrowly missed making the 2010 Olympic Team and then he broke his back when another skater pushed him and he crashed into the wall surrounding the ice.

“I honestly just wanted to get those points,” he said of the final race in which Cho crashed, the 3,000-meter race. Simon finished fourth, while Cho was seventh. He felt for Cho getting tangled in the crash, but knew all he had to do was stay on his feet to earn the U.S. title.

“I just had to finish,” he said. “Now I just want to continue this momentum. I’m very pleased, very happy.”

To be the national champion after 11 weeks in a back brace and missing out on three months of training is just the kind of vindication Simon was hoping for this weekend.

“I’m exhausted from racing,” he said, “from pushing my body to its limit. I had to dig pretty deep.”

Simon and Cho are friends off the ice and said they enjoyed battling it out physically and intellectually.

“You only get smart by playing smarter,” said Simon. Cho was happy to see Simon win the title after a tough year, and took the fall in stride.

“I felt like I was at the top of my game,” he said. “It all came down to that last race. Falls like that happen all the time in short track. Every athlete just has to take it in stride.”

On the women’s side, Katherine Reutter continued her dominance with a win in both the 1,000-meter race and 3,000-meter contest. She put on a show in the 3,000-meter race when she took off nine laps into the race and eventually lapped the pack. She hung near the back of the group for the remainder of the race, finishing a full lap ahead of second place.


Jonathan Garcia skates to a first place finish in the men’s 3000 meter event in the 2010 U.S. Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearnon Sunday. (Mike Terry, Deseret News)

Watch the Men’s 3000m wild ride here on Tony Chung’s shorttrackhd: (and don’t forget to donate!)
http://www.shorttrackhd.com/USChamps3kA.html

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Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2010

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Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and a happy & prosperous New Year!


US Championships Update…and Other Stuff…

December 21, 2010

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More Kudos today for Morgan Izykowski and Kyle Uyehara as the coaches pick for the last spot on the National Team. Congratulations to both of you!

OK, here’s the info on the 3000m I couldn’t find yesterday. (Thank You Tony Chung…more on him later)

LADIES 3000M A FINAL

Katherine Reutter
Lana Gehring
Jessica Smith
Emily Scott
Allison Baver
Morgan Izykowski
Sarah Chen
Alyson Dudek (PEN)

LADIES 3000M B FINAL

Kendal Pumphrey
Tamara Frederick
Brittany Salmon
Rachel Skrocki
Cherise Wilkins
Erin Bartlett
Kimberly Derrick (PEN)
Katherine Ralston (PEN)

MEN’S 3000M A FINAL

Jonathan Garcia
Anthony Lobello
Kyle Uyehara
Jeff Simon
Travis Jayner
Kyle Carr
Simon Cho
Ryan Bedford (PEN)

MEN’S 3000M B FINAL

John Henry Krueger
Cole Krueger
Adam Callister
Levi Kirkpatrick
Michael Burdekin
James Rodowsky
Robert Lawrence
Chris Creveling (DNS)

(Chris C, if you DNS due to injury and I missed it, please accept my apology in not wishing you a speedy recovery with the other skaters! Heal fast and heal well! And to any skaters I may have missed on that account… you do the same!

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But on to other news….

Tony Chung has been great on keeping us unfortunate souls who can’t make it to the competitions updated with tweets and WOW! …can you imagine???…VIDEO! Actual live moving pictures!

But that costs money.
Lest Tony think we don’t appreciate, love and adore him, please go to his site and donate whatever you can to keep these little pieces of heaven available to us.

Thank you Tony!

And here’s the link (FYI- note that Internet ‘Exploder’…er, I mean Explorer, is testy with this page, so I recommend you choose a different browser when accessing it):
http://www.shorttrackhd.com/Donation.html

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ALSO: Anthony Lobello made another National Team, and his friends set up a donation page for him.

Here’s the link so you can help Anthony keep doing that thing he does:
http://www.goforgoldlobello.com/
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…and Anthony, you might want to get this link set up permanently on your Facebook page…(or gasp!)…consider attaching a fanpage there too! It’s super easy – and free! (Hey, just sayin’…)

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AND…you can go to the Boots and Blades Forum for more info on this weekends races and information on all the skaters.
(…for which the link isn’t working for me at the moment…must be a proboards thing…)

http://therockerforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?

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…AND…just one more thing.

Jordan Malone, wherever you are – We Miss You!!!


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