On June 8, two-time U.S. champion and 2014 Olympic team bronze medalist Ashley Wagner threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Los Angeles Angels at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Below are some photos from the occasion:
Editor’s note: In the last six months, Olympian Jason Brown has won over countless fans throughout the world, including first lady Michelle Obama and Russian superstar Evengi Plushenko. His Riverdance free skate has achieved cultlike success, with more than 4.3 million views on YouTube. While training for the post-Olympic Stars on Ice tour in Monument, Colo., Brown met two more of his young fans, Lucie Reizian and her friend Delaney Peterson, at the Colorado Sports Center. It was there that Brown also won over the admiration of Lucie’s father Greg, who shares his story below.
By Greg Reizian
Jason Brown wastes no time sharing smiles, ideas, encouragement, skating skills and most importantly, his humanity. In less than one month’s time, I went from recognizing him from TV clips to a chance meeting at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, leading to a second encounter at Colorado Sports Center. There was my daughter, Lucie, and her good friend Delaney, two hardworking pre-juv’s, sharing the ice with Jason and several other top-level skaters. Hearts anxiously pounding at first, the girls settled into their practice routines after a good warm-up. With far less fanfare, Jason did the same.
Jason, who will be touring with Stars on Ice, keeps mastering his world-famous Riverdance routine. His music begins. Most skaters take a break along the boards to watch. Others, including Lucie, continue trolling the ice, aware of but not conspicuously avoiding a certain male skater whizzing by. I watch from an open door as my wife captures everything on her phone’s video camera.
Lucie synchronizes a double loop with one of Jason’s triple Axels. Amazing! She’s becoming quite casual about this arrangement when midway into his routine, Jason’s footwork lands him all too quickly at her doorstep, forcing him to step out. Thankfully there is no contact.
She realizes her mistake and takes refuge at the east end of the rink with her friend. Jason, whose moves and footwork were interrupted for four to eight bars of the music, acts like nothing happened. No expression of anger, frustration or contempt. Calm, cool and focused.
Later, Lucie, still somewhat mortified, approaches Jason to apologize. He informs her she had nothing to apologize for, that the ice was everyone’s to share, and then smiled and hugged her. For saving my daughter in this way at that moment, Jason became my hero.
The Detroit Skating Club is excited to announce the 15th annual ice show, “Crystal Anniversary, 15 Years of Talent,” to be performed June 5-8 at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
The spectacular show will include skaters of all disciplines, from the littlest tot all the way to top international competitors. Skaters of all levels will perform singles, ice dance, pairs and synchronized skating in solo, group and feature performances.
Guest skaters will include 2014 Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan, 2014 World Team member Elladj Balde, 2014 World Team members Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny, 2014 World Junior champions Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker and four-time Greek champion Georgia Glastris. Guest skaters will only be featured at select performances.
Thursday, June 5: 7 p.m.
Friday, June 6: 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 7: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 8: 2 p.m.
Guest skater performance schedule:
Patrick Chan – June 8
Elladj Balde – June 6, June 7 (both shows)
Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton – all performances
Alissa Czisny – June 5-7 (both Saturday shows)
Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker – June 6, June 7 (7 p.m. show), June 8
Georgia Glastris – June 6, June 8
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased for $17 to $27 at www.dscclub.com.