October 2001

Cruisin' with Todd Eldredge

Todd Eldredge is just months away from a possible spot on his third Olympic team. Eldredge, however, is quite a different person from the guy who went after Olympic glory in 1992 and 1998. More relaxed and in tune with life, he still hopes 2002 will be the year he reaches one of his ultimate dreams.

He concentrated, honing in on creating a move as he had done so many times before.

Bring the hips forward in perfect rotation. Time everything to the millisecond. Finish as strong as he starts.

Todd Eldredge studied just where he wanted to land it. He looked for the marks, thought it through, visualized it in his mind from start to finish.

He then stepped forward, wound up and launched a near perfect sho to the green on the 18th hole in Las Vegas. He two-putted for par, and thus carded his best-ever score in his second love - the game of golf - a 71.

That mirrors Eldredge's life in his first love, skating; that is, surely he could have taken his chances for a wild shot on the green that day in Vegas, one that would have allowed him a chance to shoot a 70. However, such a risk, at least on that hole, didn't outweigh the consequences of blowing the green or landing in a sand trap, which would have killed his chances for his best personal performance. ...

Read more about Todd Eldredge in SKATING magazine.

Also featured in this issue ...

Feature: Angela's Summer Journal
by Angela Nikodinov

So, you're a world-class skater fresh off your most successful season ever. What do you do for an encore? Well, if you're Angela Nikodinov, you tour, relax ... then get right back into the swing of things for the Olympic season. The 2001 U.S. bronze medalist took SKATING magazine into her own world to give you - the readers - a chance to find out how an elite athlete prepares for her biggest season yet.

Profile: Ice Time with Don Miller
by Laura Fawcett

Don Miller is the type of guy who never seems to stay in one place very long. Of course, that made him an excellent candidate for figure skating. He didn't start skating until he was 58 but quickly fell in love with the sport. Now living and working in the desert climate of Egypt, he is helping teach the sport to locals and has formed the Cairo International Skaters.

Feature: Friends of Minority Figure Skaters
by Jenny Driscoll

USFSA member Jackie Flournoy co-founded Friends of Minority Figure Skaters to financially and emotionally support minority figure skaters, parents and coaches.