An Evening with Champions 2010

This season's Evening with Champions show was, unusually, held in the spring rather than its traditional fall dates. As a special celebration of the show's 40th anniversary, very many past skaters from the show were on hand to make guest appearances.... and some of them even skated! And, there was a special surprise at the end of the show.

Photos taken at the Saturday evening show on April 17, 2010. Click on the thumbnails to see bigger versions.

Copyright (c) 2010, Sandra J. Loosemore. Photos are provided for personal viewing only; no other use is permitted without prior written consent.

Paul Wylie and Dorothy Hamill warm up before the show.
More Dorothy.
Paul and Dorothy.
John Powers (far right), co-founder of the original 1970 show, introduces Janet Lynn, with Sarah Hughes, Peggy Fleming, and Dick Button applauding. (Peggy's shoes sure look frightening, don't they?)
Judy Sladky introduced, with Paul Wylie and Suna Murray.
Left to right: Tenley Albright, John Misha Petkevich, Debi Thomas, Tai Babilonia, Randy Gardner, Julie Lynn Holmes.
Tai Babilonia, Randy Gardner, JoJo Starbuck, and Ken Shelley perform in the opening number. Both pair teams were coached by John Nicks during their competitive careers, and they occasionally performed together as a four at shows in the past.
Kitty and Peter Carruthers in the opening number.
Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov in the opening number, in strange glow-in-the-dark costumes and theatrical makeup. Their actual program was skated in such dim lighting that I didn't get any usable photos out of it, plus Melissa had a "wardrobe malfunction" at one point!
Peggy Fleming and Dick Button were the hosts of the show. The lighting was very bad over there and Peggy, in particular, was really having a hard time reading from her cue cards to make introductions.
Harvard University Figure Skating Club.
Bennett Gottlieb, one of the local Boston skaters.
Jessica Lin, another one of the local skaters.
Felicia Zhang and Taylor Toth.
Jason Wong skated a new-to-me program to "American Pie".
Jason is always a highlight skater for me.
More Jason.
Still more Jason.
Had enough Jason yet?
Maia and Alex Shibutani skated to Louis Armstrong's version of "La Vie en Rose".
In the first half, between the skating performances Peggy and Dick interviewed the special guests. Here, Judy Sladky talks about her second career performing Alice Snufalupagus on Sesame Street. "Somebody has to grow up to be a stuffed animal", she says. She's very funny. She also said that the only thing she remembers now about the original 1970 EWC show is the parties with all the good-looking Harvard men!
Harvard student Emily Hughes.
More Emily.
More Emily.
The Haydenettes closed out the first act. Their flow and unison was really impressive.
More Haydenettes.
Marisa Castelli and Simon Shnapir did a lot of adagio tricks in their program, including this split detroiter.
Ross Miner skated a hippie-themed program. Good to see him healthy again after the injuries that kept him out of Nationals and Junior Worlds.
Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre skated a bluesy program.
Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig skated a program to "On My Own" with a lot of lifts in it.
Emily Hughes skated a second program to a 1960's medley.
More Emily.
Still more Emily.
Dorothy Hamill.
More classic Dorothy.
Paul Wylie.
Paul does his thing.
Dorothy and Paul together. I never really thought about it before, but I suppose they must have known each other ever since they were both training with Carlo Fassi in Denver back in the mid-1970s.
More Dorothy and Paul. This program was really "special" -- Paul is mostly retired nowadays, and Dorothy's skating appearances are getting more rare as well.
Cast bows at the end of the show.
After the show, Paul gives Jason and Amanda a spin lesson.
Jason gives it a whirl.
Group photo of the cast and guest stars.
And another one for good measure. (Sorry about the pole in the middle....)
Here's a nice shot of John Misha Petkevich, talking to Denis Petukhov.
Janet Lynn with John Powers, Julie Lynn Holmes, and Suna Murray. Janet, Julie, and Suna were the 1972 US Ladies Olympic team, and I suppose it must be very rare for them all to be together in one place again.
As the group was breaking up, I noticed Paul was holding a trophy. The light bulb went on when I saw him talking to Misha about it.
Dick Button finished second at his first Worlds in Stockholm in 1947, but he was befriended by Ulrich Salchow (at that time president of the ISU), who did not want him to go home without a trophy. So Salchow gave him one of his own trophies. Dick gave the trophy to Misha in 1972, and now it appears Paul is its new owner. So, here's a shot of the three Harvard guys together with Ulrich Salchow's trophy.
This is the best zoomed-in/cropped-down shot I could get of the trophy itself. I can't make out all the engraving on the top part of the trophy, but it appears to say "Niagara, London, International Skating Competition", among other things. The visible part of the engraving on the bottom part of the trophy says " Richard T. Button, Stockholm 1947".

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