'When I Look at You' Montage

Another beautifully done montage by AmberNicole

2010 Champs Camp

(8/25/10) Thirty-nine athletes and their coaches will gather in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 26-29 for U.S. Figure Skating's fourth annual Champs Camp. The performance-based camp, which includes training sessions, seminars, and promotional video and photo shoots, will take place at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) and Colorado Springs World Arena. Continue reading HERE.

More to come with updates as the camp goes on!

"From This Moment On" montage

I thought this was a nicely done montage. Enjoy!

Greensboro local news interview

Detroit News: Meryl Davis, Charlie White second in rankings for ice dancing

August 25, 2010http://detnews.com/article/20100825/SPORTS07/8250458

Meryl Davis, Charlie White second in rankings for ice dancing

The Detroit News

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the Olympic and World Championship silver medalists in ice dancing for 2010, have fallen to second place in the initial icenetwork.com World Figure Skating Rankings for the opening of the 2010-11 season. Davis and White, who live in Ann Arbor and train in Canton, were overtaken by the duo that beat them in both events, Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

The battle between the teams, who are friends and share coaches, only increases a rivalry that may well persist until the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia, when both duos will be near the end of the prime years of their careers. Virtue and Moir also live in Metro Detroit, when they are in training in Canton.

Davis and White had led Virtue and Moir by a scant 6.5 points at the end of last season.

A third local pair, Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates, who like Davis and White are students at the University of Michigan, moved from 13th to ninth in the rankings.

Jeremy Abbott, who trains in Bloomfield Hills, remained fifth in the rankings among the men.

"My Favorite (childhood) Book" article

2010 Olympic Ice Dancing Silver Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White took time to talk about their favorite childhood books when they were in Spokane for the Stars on Ice Tour.

Meryl's childhood favorite was the classic "The Velveteen Rabbit."

"I think it really epitomizes that things are important to child that adults can't really grasp after they're grown up," Meryl said. "I just loved the stuffed toys and how things were so important to the little boy, and he just had this deep love for his bunny."

Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" was Charlie's childhood choice.

"I really liked the Lorax because of its imagery, the bright pictures, and the way Dr. Seuss rhymed everything," he remembered. "Looking back it was a big environmental statement, but it wasn't something I knew as a kid, and I just kind of liked the pictures!"

Charlie and Meryl were paired up as ice dancers in 1997, and are currently the longest running dance partnership in the United States. Both are students at the University of Michigan.

Meryl first laced on her skates at age 5. When she wasn't on the ice, she spent a lot of time reading with her parents.

"Reading was so important to me- not only did it create a bond between me and my parents and something special we could do together- it also helped me to really love reading," Meryl recalls. "Now that I'm in my 20's, I'm looking back and that really helped me enjoy my education."

"Reading is such a crucial part of education," says Charlie, who started skating at the tender age of three. "Becoming a better reader is really the first step in going as far as you can in the world. There are so many great things that come from reading- patience, imagination, critical thinking- these are all things kids need to know."

For Meryl, reading created a burst of creativity that stays with her in her skating career.

"Having my parents read to me really increased my love of books and it kind of increased my ability to imagine things and see things in my head and imagine anything is possible," she says. "I not only took that into my education, but also into my career as an athlete. It's helped me go as far as I have and make my dream come true."

Sun Valley reminder

Lysacek brings golden luster to Saturday ice show

Four more shows this summer, each with big stars

It's not often that the U.S. boasts an Olympic gold medalist in men's figure skating. But Uncle Sam has one now in Evan Lysacek—and Lysacek is coming to Sun Valley Saturday, Aug. 14 for one of the most eagerly awaited ice shows of 2010.

Lysacek's brilliant long program lifted the 25-year-old from Chicago past Russia's short program winner Yvgeni Plushenko for the gold medal in men's figure skating at Vancouver, British Columbia in February.

The biggest U.S. hope for a skating gold in Vancouver, Lysacek lived up to his hype. He became the first American to win the Olympic title in men's singles since Brian Boitano in 1988, and the first reigning world champion to prevail in the Olympics in 26 years (dating back to Scott Hamilton in 1984).

Only four shows remain in the 74th annual Sun Valley Ice Show season. They're filled with top Olympic skaters starting with Lysacek.

Also coming to Sun Valley Aug. 21 are reigning Olympic and World Championship ice dancing silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. At Vancouver the Americans placed second just behind ice dance gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.

Here's a headliner list:

Aug. 14—The big show features Lysacek, who in 2009 become the first U.S. men's singles world champion since Todd Eldredge in 1996.

Competing at the Los Angeles worlds with a stress fracture in his foot in March 2009, Lysacek won the free skate and placed second in the short program. The 2007-08 U.S. men's king, he is ranked #1 in the world by the ISU. Lysacek was fourth in the 2006 Torino Olympics and won 2010 gold at Vancouver.

Lysacek is coached by Frank Carroll and tours with Stars on Ice. Of Italian and Czech descent, Lysacek has become more well known since his Olympic gold by appearing as a "Dancing with the S

tars" contestant on television. He was the silver medalist in this year's nationals.

Aug. 21—Meryl Davis, 23, and Charlie White, 22, are currently the longest-running ice dance partnership in the U.S. They are reigning U.S. ice dancing champions, indeed, they also won the title in 2009.

Davis and White led the Americans with silver medals in both the 2010 Winter Olympics and this year's world championships.

Both Davis and White are from Royal Oak, Mich. They attended the University of Michigan. Having teamed up in 1997, they won the U.S. National Junior title in 2006 and climbed all the way up to fourth place in the 2009 World Championships.

Joining Davis and White for the Aug. 21 show is Missouri-born Ryan Bradley, 26, known for his back-flips and triple axels. Bradley, the 2007 U.S. silver medalist who trains in Colorado Springs, Colo., was fourth in the 2009 U.S. Nationals and fourth in national singles this year as well.

Aug. 28—Brian Boitano, 1988 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion in men's singles in 1986 and 1988. The first American to land a triple axel, the 46-year-old Boitano is a World Figure Skating Hall of Famer and still one of the top show performers. He is a three-time Olympian and four-time U.S. king.

Sept. 4—Sasha Cohen, 25, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist from Westwood, Ca. who won the 2006 world bronze medal. A two-time Olympian for the U.S., Cohen was a two-time world silver medalist in 2004-05 and a two-time Skate Canada gold medalist.

Each Sun Valley Ice Show lasts about 75 minutes. Sun Valley Resort offers a traditional dinner buffet and a show ticket for $98. For the show only, bleacher reserved seat prices range from $32 to $58 per person. Cost for the Sun Room Terrace (for the show only) is $62 per person.

Non-refundable tickets are now on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Office, 622-2135. Tickets may be purchased online at seats.sunvalley.com. All seating is reserved and advance reservations are recommended. You can also buy tickets at the gate before the shows.

Day care at the Sun Valley Playschool during ice shows is available by advance reservation at 622-2288.

Above Left photo is from HERE.

Ronald Reagan National Youth Leadership Committee

See what Meryl and Charlie have to say HERE.

Nick Jonas and Jordin Sparks Announced as Co-Chairs of the National Youth Leadership Committee of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration

38 Athletes, Entertainers, and Student Leaders Under Age 25 Inspired by President Reagan Will Honor the 100th Birthday of America's 40th President

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced today the formation of the National Youth Leadership Committee for the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration. Each of these 38 young athletes, entertainers, and student leaders has been inspired in a personal way by President Reagan's vision of freedom and the example of his leadership. Committee members will participate in the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration representing America's next generation of leaders.

"We need you. We need your youth. We need your strength. We need your idealism to help us make right that which is wrong," President Reagan declared on May 17, 1981, in a commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. "Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known."

Together, committee members have earned awards and accolades that include:

  • 18 Olympic Medals
  • 11 NCAA All-American Selections
  • 5 NCAA Championships
  • 2 NCAA Players of the Year
  • 2 Platinum Records
  • 1 Miss USA Crown

"Ronald Reagan is a personal hero of mine," said 18-year-old singer/songwriter Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. "I admire the way he stood up for causes he believed were right, no matter what."

"Ronald Reagan's optimism and graciousness is a model for me in my career," said 20-year-old Grammy-nominated, Platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks. "I'm honored to be a part of this leadership committee and give back just a fraction of the blessings I've received."

Members of the National Youth Leadership Committee will participate in many of the Reagan Centennial activities sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, including those found at www.reagancentennial.com.

"Honoring President Reagan during his centennial year is a tremendous privilege and responsibility. I believe my generation can learn from a man who was able to accomplish so much while still respecting all opinions," said Brodi Conover, a student at Georgetown University and founder of Community Honor Flight. "We've lost that capacity in our civic discourse today. I want to emulate President Reagan's leadership to always respect others while maintaining convictions."

Genevieve Ryan, Princeton University student and former White House intern, said, "I'm touched to be a part of this stellar group. There was something special about President Reagan. Only a legacy as enduring as President Reagan's would have the power to inspire multiple generations."

Ronald Reagan believed in American exceptionalism. This group of Olympians, professional athletes, entertainers, sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan, and student leaders representing colleges and universities from across America is truly that: exceptional.

Members of National Youth Leadership Committee include:

Nathan Adrian, Swimmer, Olympic Gold Medalist & NCAA Champion
Marco Andretti, Indy Car Driver, 21 Career Top 10 Finishes
Terrence Austin, Football Player, Washington Redskins
Katie Black, Student, Pepperdine University
Ellie Castine, Student, University of Virginia
Peter Castine, Student, Miami University
J.R. Celski, Speed Skater, Olympic Medalist & Eight-Time World Champion
Oliver Cole, Navy Sailor, USS Ronald Reagan
Brodi Conover, Student, Georgetown University
Meryl Davis, Ice Dancer, Olympian & World Championship Silver Medalist
Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010
Kendall Fisher, Student, Pepperdine University
Jimmer Fredette, Basketball Player, NCAA All-American
Richie Gregory, Student, Eureka College
Katie Hoff, Swimmer, Two-Time Olympian & World Champion
Hillary Hurd, Student, University of Virginia
Nicole Johnson, Miss California USA 2010
Nick Jonas, Musician
J.W. Krumpholz, Water Polo Player, Olympian & 2009 NCAA National Player of the Year
Nastia Liukin, Gymnast, Five-Time Olympic Medalist
Colin Mansfield, Cadet, United States West Point Military Academy
Greg McElroy, Quarterback & 2009 National Champion, University of Alabama
Kelley O'Hara, Soccer Player, FC Gold Pride & 2009 NCAA National Player of the Year
Anna Maria Perez De Tangle, Actress, Model & Singer
Jordan Pruitt, Recording Artist
Katherine Reutter, Speed Skater, Two-Time Olympic Medalist & World Cup Champion
Colleen Delaney Rigby, Student, Georgetown University
Katelyn Rowan, Student, Eureka College
Genevieve Ryan, Student, Princeton University
Alicia Sacramone, Gymnast, Olympic Medalist & World Champion
Ryan Sheckler, Skateboarder, X Games Gold Medalist & Drew Tour Athlete of the Year
Sharon Soileau, Navy Sailor, USS Ronald Reagan
Jordin Sparks, Musician
Hannah Teter, Snowboarder, Two-Time Olympian & X Games Gold Medalist
Charlie White, Ice Dancer, Olympian & Grand Prix Champion
David Will, Student, Princeton University
Bryon Wilson, Mogul Skier, Olympic Bronze Medalist
Ross Wilson, Baseball Player, Chicago White Sox Organization

Read more: http://www.centredaily.com/2010/08/02/v-print/2127679/nick-jonas-and-jordin-sparks-announced.html#ixzz0vTzkJWGm