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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, February THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 31 Beauty on blades at Sportsplex VIEW FROM THE SPORTSPLEX OF THE SPEEDSKATING OVAL How to make a big impression at the Canada Winter Games. In the interest of friendship and camaraderie we thought you might be interested in some facts collected from the Guinness Book of Records, to keep under your hat 'til you need them. Tobogganing Did you know the word toboggan comes from the Micmac American Indian word tobaakan? Speeds of 85 m.p.h. have been recorded at the finish lines. Boxing Did you know the quickest knock-out was seconds occuring on 26 1946 when Al Couture struck Ralph Walton at Lewiston, Maine, U.S.A.? The shortest fight on record appears to be one at Palmerston, New Zealand on 8 July, 1952 when Ross Cleverly floored D. Emerson with the first punch and the referee stopped the contest with a count 7 seconds after the bell. Ice Hockey Did you know the greatest number of goals in a world championship match has been 47-0 when Canada beat Denmark in 1947? The highest puck speed is attrib- uted to Bobby Hull (Winnipeg Jets) whose left-handed slap shot has been measured at 118-3 m.p.h. Ice Skating Did you know the most difficult jump is the triple Axel, performed by only Gordon McKellen the 1973 and 1974 U.S. champion? The longest race regularly held is the "Elfstedentocht" of the Eleven in the Netherlands. It covers 124 yards and the fastest time is 7 hrs. 35 min. by Jeen van den Berg on 3 Feb., 1954. Skiing Did you know the most Olympic gold medals won in men's alpine skiing is three, by Anton (Toni) Sailer in 1956, and Jean-Claude Killy in 1968? The highest speed claimed for any skier is 117.663 m.p.h. by Steve McKinney of Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A. on the Kilometre Lanciato, Cervima, Italy in 1974. Besides being the most beautiful sport at the Canada Winter Games figure skating is also the most misunderstood sport. It is wrongly assumed that figure skaters, par- ticularly the men, are not athletes. Put that thought out of your head. Figure skaters are among the best conditioned athletes who will be competing at the Games and there's many a hockey player'who would like to have the moves on skates that the male figure skaters demonstrate. Figure skating is a sport concerned with either an individual's or a pair's per- formance and therefore the scoring of a perfor- mance is determined on the ability of that in- dividual or the pair. Five judges will be used during the skating at the Winter Games and they will be working within the rules and regulations of the Canadian Figure Skating Association. The judges at the Games will all be gold test judges, who have had a minimum of eight years of judging experience in order to reach that stature. The main aspect of judging is consistency. The only two Southern Alberta figure skaters that qualified for the Alberta team are Billy and Corri- Joe Petrunik and they will be entered in the pairs competition. Billy is well known in figure skating circles in the province but this is the first time that he and Corri-Joe have teamed together in such a top calibre meet. The remainder of the Alberta team consists of Loi Anderson, Marice Brolund, David Cassel, Monica Fleming, Gordon Foster, Bruce Grant, Robert Scott, Kathy Singbeil, Kerry. Smith, and Tim Tone. Gregg Folk is the coach of the team. There will be as many as 144 skaters from the 10 provinces and two territories taking part in the Games' Figure skating competition. Each team will consist of six men and six women for the three day event, Feb. 19 to 21, at the new Sportsplex building in Lethbridge. They will be competing in men's and women's singles, dance and pairs skating. These com- petitions will be broken down into A and B classes. Competitors in the A class will be those who have passed the silver skating test, while those in the B class are skaters who have not yet attained the silver test classification. The only categories to be judged will be men's and women's freestyle, pairs and dance. There will be no compulsory figures skated at the Games. The freestyle skating program, by far the more glamorous part of the skating, shows the jumps, spins and intricate footwork of the skater to good advantage. Pairs competition differs from dance in that a program similar to that of the free skater is followed. There-are no lifts, spins or long separation of partners permitted in the dance. Skating is by no means a new sport. Its origins can be traced back as long ago as years. Bone skates. have even been unearthed that are dated at years of age. In the mid 1800s a young American named Jackson Haines first combined 'music and skating. His style of skating was soon adopted and figure skating slowly grew out of this ex- periment to become one of the most popular sports the world over. The figure skating com- mittee for the Winter Games is under the direc- tion of Gay Westwood while the remainder of the committee consists of: Wally Maguire, Betty Dorren, Phyllis McNally, Marg Ross, Lise Stewart, Helen Ikebuchi, Mina Andrews, Bill Petrunik, Marg Boyle, Clyde Matheson, Bev Paterson, Robert Lien, Rene Hurlburt, Kay McDonald, Beth Ingham, Charlie Lamer, Dorothy Meredith, Jana Rudd, Charlie Lanier, Ric Swihart and Dr. J. McNally. FIGURE SKATING CANADIAN IMPERIAL BANK OF COMMERCE rt. 7 A-171 I p m.-SporUptei-Meti'a B jJmtes-lTI 10 B-171 Ttanfey. Fck. M 7 B itmln-W 9 A, compnbwjr-W 18 pjiv-Sportsplw-PMra B-M7 Fck. a 7 A I p.m. 10 p m ;