January 2003

Champions on Ice Celebrates 25 Years

Growing up in the gold-mining town of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Tom Collins never expected to emerge as one of the most prominent men in figure skating. The way he tells it, it's amazing he ever got involved in the sport at all.

"We had nothing," Collins said of his childhood days. "We used to hang our socks on the side of the rail of the stove so they would dry. We wore out four sides of each sock before we threw them out."

Following in his father's footsteps, Collins even spent a couple of summers working in the mines. But he used the money he earned to pay for skating lessons and made his way into the touring world as a show skater. Eventually, he transitioned from skating in shows to producing them. This year, Collins will celebrate the 25th year of his touring production, Champions on Ice.

"I can't believe it. I really can't," he said of reaching this milestone year. "But I enjoy it as much today as I did when I first started."

Read more about the 25-year legacy of Champions on Ice and check out some behind-the-scenes photos in the January issue of SKATING.

Also featured in this issue ...

Grand Prix Events
by Jean-Christophe Berlot and Klaus-Reinhold Kany

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating held a few surprises. Check out the stories on the Bofrost Cup on Ice, Trophee Lalique, Cup of Russia and the NHK Trophy.

Adult Skating: Best Friend On and Off the Ice
by Shannon Keeler

Nancy Erickson, also known as "Aunt Nancy" at the Texas Gulf Coast Skating Club, is an inspiration to many of the young skaters at her rink. She's also successful in her own right at the adult competitive level.

In Synch In Pictures

What's so fun about being on a synchronized skating team? Let the skaters themselves tell you - in photos! SKATING presents the winners of its 2003 synchronized skating photo contest.

Takeoff: Victor Travis
by Alicia Clott

Meet Victor Travis, the 2002 U.S. juvenile silver medalist who is now attacking the intermediate ranks. This young skater from Ohio has dedicated himself to becoming the best skater he can be.