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U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football – Week 7 Recap

21 Oct

After the seventh week of the first annual U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football League, Ashley Wagner is undefeated but not unscathed as Max Aaron’s team tied Wagner’s team. Here’s what happened this week:

Team Bates (Evan Bates | @Evan_Bates) def. Snowplow Sam, 89-68

Snowplow Sam’s team continued its miserable path this weekend, losing its fifth game in a row, this time to Evan Bates’ squad. Bates was propelled by Aaron Rodgers’ 24-point performance on Sunday, as well as a 15-point showing from Andre Ellington. Snowplow Sam, who originally hoped for a strong season from his running backs, got just 10 points total from the position this week. Bates, now with three wins, is right back in the thick of the playoff race.

Team Thah ‘D’(Ricky Dornbush | @RichardDornbush) def. Team Bradley (Ryan Bradley | @RyanSBradley), 90-79

Dornbush’s team put together a dominant week behind six double-digit scoring performances, which tied a season high in the league. Bradley, who was the recipient of strong performances from Peyton Manning and Le’Veon Bell, had two zero-point spots and two, two-point spots. After a strong start, Bradley’s team has lost two straight.

Coach Coughlin (John Coughlin |@JohnCoughlinUSA) def. Team White (Charlie White | @CharlieaWhite), 70-63

It took seven weeks, but John Coughlin’s team finally got a win. Thirty-six points from Russell Wilson and 23 points from Shane Vereen led a powerful Coughlin attack over Charlie White’s squad. White, who was hurt by unexpected poor performances from Mark Ingram, Larry Fitzgerald and the Lions’ defense, would have been very competitive against nearly every other team in the league this week.

Team Knierim (Chris Knierim | @ChrisKnierim) def. Miner Problem (Ross Miner | @rossminer), 100-97

A 13-point performance from Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown completed Chris Knierim’s come-from-behind win over Ross Miner’s miner problem. This was by far the most competitive match-up of the week—Knierim went 8-1 against the league; Miner went 7-2. Both teams are clearly in the upper half of the league and will continue to make noise as the playoffs approach.

Team A-Wags (Ashley Wagner | @AshWagner2010) vs. Team Aaron (Max Aaron | @MaxTAaron), Tie, 81-81

In perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the season so far, Max Aaron fell just short in unseating the undefeated Ashley Wagner, but wasn’t handed a loss either. Aaron, who had made several trades coming into the week in preparation for the match-up, would have won if not for an interception thrown by Phillip Rivers in a time-expiring Hail Mary pass. Ironically, both teams had one of their poorer weeks, scoring just 81 points while going 3-4-1 against the league.

More with the Shib Sibs

9 Oct

This year at Champs Camp, reigning U.S. bronze medalists and 2014 Olympians Maia and Alex Shibutani took part in a photo shoot with Hans Rosemond for their October cover and spread in SKATING magazine. Want to see which photos didn’t make it into the magazine? Click through the gallery below!

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U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football – Week 5 Recap

7 Oct

After the fifth week of the first annual U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football League, Ashley Wagner remains alone atop the league standings as the only undefeated team with Chris Knierim close behind at 4-1. Here’s what happened this week:

Team Bradley (Ryan Bradley | @RyanSBradley) def. Snowplow Sam, 93-69

It was another rough week for Snowplow Sam’s squad, dropping to 1-4 after losing to Team Bradley. Bradley was once again led by Peyton Manning (31 points), but got a surprising 21 points from Patriots’ kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Snowplow Sam’s team, which is still playing without first round pick Adrian Peterson, had three players on its bench outscore starters which just added insult to injury. Snowplow Sam will attempt to hand Ashley Wagner her team’s first loss next week.

Team A-Wags (Ashley Wagner | @AshWagner2010) def. Miner Problem (Ross Miner | @rossminer), 95-82

Twenty-point performances from Matt Forte and Phil Dawson, in addition to 19 points from Andrew Luck, paced Wagner’s team of Ross Miner’s ‘miner problem’ this week. Miner’s team had four double-digit performers, but they only averaged 14 points apiece and couldn’t outdo a strong week from Team A-Wags. This week shouldn’t be a struggle for Wagner’s squad (vs. Snowplow Sam, 1-4, but all eyes will turn to her matchup with Max Aaron (4-1) in Week 7.

Team Bates (Evan Bates | @Evan_Bates) def. Team White (Charlie White | @CharlieaWhite), 70-63

Evan Bates’ team won the ‘Battle of Go Blue’ as he took down Charlie White’s team in dominating fashion. Bates, who outscored everyone in the league by 29 points, had two twenty-plus point scorers, and all but two of his team members scored over eight points. White’s team, meanwhile, had just three double-digit scores and two players (Calvin Johnson, Nick Folk) who didn’t score.

Team Aaron (Max Aaron | @MaxTAaron) def. Coach Coughlin (John Coughlin |@JohnCoughlinUSA), 96-89

John Coughlin’s team had its first win in sight, but fell just short after single digit performances from all but two players. Russell Wilson scored 34 points on Monday night for Coach Coughlin, but that wasn’t enough to recover from an otherwise lackluster performance. Aaron, whose team hasn’t lost since the first week of the season (also, coincidentally, since he won the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City), was left by Philip Rivers and Brian Quick, who scored 21 and 20 points, respectively.

Team Knierim (Chris Knierim | @ChrisKnierim) def Team Thah ‘D’ (Ricky Dornbush | @RichardDornbush), 96-50

Chris Knierim kept pace with league leader Ashley Wagner, beating Richard Dornbush’s Team Thah ‘D’ by over 40 points. Despite his defense earning negative (yes, negative) points, Demaryius Thomas scored 34 points and Aaron Rodgers and Antonio Gates each notched 18 to help Knierim to victory. Most impressive, however, was that Knierim left 66 points on his bench…making him one of the more dangerous teams in the entire league. Dornbush had just two players score over 13 points, and had six score under four.

Gracie shares some of her favorite recipes

3 Oct

Be sure to check out the story on Gracie’s love for cooking in the October issue of SKATING magazine.

One of Gracie Gold’s favorite things to do when she’s not skating is prepare tasty dishes for friends and family.

The U.S. champion and Olympic medalist draws culinary inspiration from her travels around the world and is always looking to experience interesting cuisines and cooking styles.

Below are three of her favorite recipes that she wants to share with SKATING magazine readers.

Bon Appétit!

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Gracie Gold

Asparagus Quiche (gluten-free)
What you need…
13 oz asparagus
1/2 yellow onion
2 garlic cloves
1tsp. olive oil
5 eggs
1 cup dairy milk or almond milk
1/2 cup cheese (Any cheese is delicious, shredded or non-shredded. Dairy-free cheese is a great alternative, too.)
Salt and pepper to taste
3 cups cooked spaghetti squash (about 1 whole medium squash).

What to do…
1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
2. Cut off the woody ends of the asparagus.
3. Chop the onion, mince the garlic, and cut the asparagus spears into 1-inch pieces.
4. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat, and saute onion and garlic for several minutes, until the onion is soft. Add the asparagus and continue to saute until the asparagus has turned bright green and is soft but not limp.
5. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cheese, salt, and pepper.
6. Grease a pie pan. Press the cooked spaghetti squash to the sides and bottom of the pan, forming an even crust. Pour the egg mixture into the pan. Add the asparagus, onion, and garlic on top of the egg mixture; be sure it sinks in.
7. Bake for 40 minutes until quiche is firm.


SO EASY Summer Salad (gluten-free)
What you need…
8 cups cubed watermelon
2 tbs lime juice
5 oz baby arugula
1/3 cup feta cheese crumbles (or more :))
Salt and pepper to taste
4 oz fresh basil leaves
3 tbs balsamic glaze. (Different than regular balsamic vinegar. Can be found in most supermarket vinegar aisles. The glaze is less acidic and sweeter).

What to do…
Combine watermelon and lime juice in a medium-sized bowl. Drizzle watermelon with balsamic glaze, to taste. Top with basil leaves and feta cheese.



Fig Crumble (vegan, gluten-free, soy-free):
What you need…
8 oz fresh figs
4 oz pitted dates
2 tbs. chopped almonds
2 tbs water
1 tbs Lemon juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ginger

1 cup quick oats (ground in blender until fine)
1 cup quick oats, unground
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3 tbs agave nectar or liquid honey
1/4 cup water (or less. Too much water will make the batter sticky).

What to do…
1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Make the filling: Snip off the figs’ stems, and put the figs, dates and almonds into the food processor. Grind to a coarse paste. Stir in the remaining filling ingredients and process until mixed. Set aside.
3. For the crust, combine the oats (ground and unground), baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir in the apple sauce, agave nectar, and water, mixing well to a thick consistency.
4. Press half the crust mixture into the bottom of an oiled, eight-inch square cake pan (use a wooden spoon or your hands). Spread the fig mixture evenly over the crust. Smooth the remaining crust mixture over the filling.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
6. Icing (optional): Mix powdered sugar (about 3 tbsp.) with a little water (Start with 1/2 tsp.) until the right consistency. Add vanilla or almond extract to taste (just drops). Drizzle over top of bars before cutting.


White Chocolate Lemon Brownies: 

(These are my new favorite baking goodies.)

What you need…
2 oz white chocolate baking bar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup RAW sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil, softened (butter works too)
2 eggs
1 tbs lemon zest
2 tbs lemon juice

Optional glaze :
3/4 powdered sugar
1 1/2 tbs lemon juice

What to do…
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line bottom and sides of 8×8 inch nonstick pan with parchment paper/or grease well.
2. In a microwave bowl, melt white chocolate. (Note: Do not put HOT white chocolate into batter. It should be cool, but melted.)
3. In a bowl with electric or stand mixer, cream together flour, sugars, salt, and butter.
4. Mix in the melted white chocolate.
5. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add to flour mixture and combine until smooth.
6. Transfer batter to baking pan.
7. Bake 20-25 minutes, until edges are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Allow bars to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before slicing into bars. Allow bars to cool completely on a cooling rack.
9. Glaze brownies after they have completely cooled.

SKATING magazine – October Issue

2 Oct

Here’s the cover for the October issue of SKATING magazine.

October SKATING cover

And if you haven’t be sure to check out the all-new feature debuting this month in SKATING. Watch the video below for more:

U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football – Week 4 Recap

30 Sep

The fourth week of the inaugural U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football League is complete and Ashley Wagner sits alone atop the league standings after beating the previously undefeated Team Knierim. Here’s what happened this week:

Team Aaron (Max Aaron | @MaxTAaron) def. Snowplow Sam, 114-81

Jamaal Charles’ 28-point performance on Monday night sealed victory for Team Aaron over a struggling Snowplow Sam squad. Aaron, who’s team won its third game in a row, also got a 27-point performance out of Matt Asiata. Asiata is playing largely due to the absence of Adrian Peterson who, coincidentally, was drafted first overall by Snowplow Sam. Team Aaron has not lost since his Aaron won the 2014 International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Miner Problem (Ross Miner | @rossminer) def. Coach Coughlin (John Coughlin |@JohnCoughlinUSA), 94-75

Ross Miner’s ‘miner problem’ improved to 3-1 on the season and also handed John Coughlin’s squad its fourth straight loss. Miner got strong performances from DeMarco Murray (26 points), Randall Cobb (23 points) and Matt Ryan (19 points), while Coughlin had just one 19+ point performance (Alex Smith). Coughlin will need to start picking up some wins soon if he wants his team to make the postseason.

Team Thah ‘D’ (Ricky Dornbush | @RichardDornbush def. Team White (Charlie White | @CharlieaWhite), 70-63

While both teams had poor weeks, it was Ricky Dornbush’s Team That ‘D’ that came out on top over Charlie White’s squad. Dornbush’s squad had three double-digit performances while Team White had just two. White’s team also had five less-than-five point performances. Dornbush came from behind with a 19-point performance from Drew Brees on Sunday night to seal the win. Next week will be a critical week for both of these teams as the league starts to take shape.

Team Bates (Evan Bates | @Evan_Bates) def. Team Bradley (Ryan Bradley | @RyanSBradley), 102-74

What a big week for Evan Bates… First, he takes silver at Nebelhorn Trophy with partner Madison Chock and then he gets his first fantasy football win of the season. Bates’ win was dominate, beating Ryan Bradley’s squad by nearly 30 points. Team Bates had six players score in double figures while Bradley had just three.

Team A-Wags (Ashley Wagner | @AshWagner2010) def. Team Knierim (Chris Knierim | @ChrisKnierim), 124-66

The magical run of Ashley Wagner continued this week as she improved to 4-0 on the season with a 38-point win—the largest margin of victory this week—over Team Knierim. The first-time fantasy football player was led by Andrew Luck who scored 29 points. Steve Smith led three other double-digit performers for Wagner’s team. Knierim, who was the only other undefeated team entering the week, had just two 13+ point performances, but also had to count -8 points from the Carolina Panthers.

Kansas City fans Ryan Bradley and John Coughlin enjoyed the Chiefs big win over the Patriots.

Kansas City fans Ryan Bradley and John Coughlin enjoyed the Chiefs big win over the Patriots which was a nice change of pace from their fantasy results. (via

SKATING magazine launches new interactive experience

29 Sep

SKATING magazine readers, you are in for a treat this week when you receive your October issue with the Olympic ice dance team of Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani on the cover.

The Shibutanis are leaders when it comes to social media and they are helping SKATING magazine launch a new interactive experience that will bring the cover of each SKATING magazine to life.

Watch the video below to learn more about this exciting addition to SKATING magazine. Enjoy!



NOTE: Apple informed us this week that there are some bugs being worked out with its new IOS 8 upgrade. For those who have already upgraded to IOS 8, this will impact the Actable application until October 12. We are sorry for the inconvenience. For iOS 7 users and Android users, the experience is ready to go!


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