During the 1970's, my family and I watched ABC's Wide World of Sports every weekend. One day,
in 1974, the US Championships were on, that afternoon Dorothy Hamill skated right into my heart. I was hooked! (Ms. Hamill
has since "apologized" for getting me into this!) I loved her and her sport...following her through her Olympic and World
victories... and into the Ice Capades. Home from school due to a broken leg and subsequent surgery. I read everything I could
about skating, and began to follow skaters such as Linda Fratianne, Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner more closely.
In 1981, the World Championships were held in Hartford, CT, USA about three hours (by car) from my home on Long Island.
My mother said we could make a "one time only" trip. Through my dear friend, the late Barbara Cassella, I was able to meet
the lovely and gracious Ms. Hamill. I also met such skaters as JoJo Starbuck and Judy Blumberg. It was the trip of a lifetime...or
so I thought!
Somehow, my Dad decided I had to do this again the next year...in Copenhagen, Denmark? it was there that I made my first
true skating buddies: Elaine Zayak, Rosalynn Sumners, Kitty & Peter Carruthers...They are the reason I love skating...For
me, they were the beginning but not the end.
I continue to respect skating as a sport, and spend way too much money on travel expenses, because people such as: Kurt
Browning, Susie Wynne, Debi Thomas, Nicole Bobek, Michelle Kwan, Dick Button, Jirina Ribbens, Peter Burrows, Mary-Lynn Geldermann,
John Nicks, Ron Ludington, Peggy Fleming, Jill Watson, Jill Trenary, Peter Oppegard, Tonia Kwiatkowski, Nancy Kerrigan, Scott
Hamilton, Kyoko Ina, Jason Dungjen,Yuka Sato, Kristi Yamaguchi, Jenni Meno, Todd Sand, Christopher Bowman, Carolyn Kruse,
Carol Heiss-Jenkins, Lea-Ann Miller, Bill Fauver, Shae Lynn Bourne, Victor Kraatz, Brian Orser ...and many more to numerous
to list...have not only represented their sport with honor on the ice...but have also contributed to the quality
of my life off the ice. I don't attend many skating events anymore, but I will be forever grateful for all they have
done for me.
Shae Lynn Bourne
And Victor Kraatz
Ashley Wagner: U.S. Figure Skating made the right call (video) & OlympicTalk
Lol...please don’t let #MissUSA Be May 12 come on @IMG not again this year ! #fingerscrossed @AshWagner2010 @ShibSibs
@MissUSA Of course. My luck it ll be the 13 th... doable? We will see it’s my birthday weekend after all...lol!
Russia Banned From Winter Olympics by I.O.C. full story here..
in anti doping measures... clean athletes may compete under neutral flag
Response from Russian World Figure Skating Champion Read here...
U.S. Figure Skating ⛸ @usfigureskating
#figureskating Congrats to my friends US champions, World Medalists and Olympic Team Members Michael Weiss, John Zimmerman
and especially Kyoto Ina on their upcoming induction in the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame and To those who helped
them get there as well! Well deserved! So proud of you all! ⛸
Weiss headlines U.S. Figure Skating HOF class | icenetwork.com: Your home for figure skating and speed skating. more via @icenetwork
So glad @dish and @olympicchannel in time for @ISU_Figure Grand Prix #FigureSkating , and is replaying Worlds and Olympics
! Thanks ⛸⛸
And watch as Michael Jackson One by Cirque is the opening number for Miss USA 2017 which we attended rehearsals and also watched
from nearby as this was broadcast live! Praying it would work...amazing to see it all come together
The best way no commentary it outlines what is wrong with skating today, judging under a microscope what is meant for the
And if you missed it, here's the fabulous SP also no commentary! What a way to end the season ... Olympic season ahead!
Short Program from YouTube here!>/a>
#worldfigure notice for those who have asked, in pre-Olympic years (such as 2017) qualifying procedures apply to #Olympics
as well as the next World Championship
.... so this year the event has direct Olympic ramifications... read more at Wikipedia here
#WorldFigure #Helsinki2017 #TeamUSA
In fact, I think we are mostly where we need to be... and for the Record I predicted @AshWagner2010 music selections for next
season.... And Congrats to 2time World Champion Evgenia Medvedeva on her victory and her taste in skaters!
#FigureSkating #IceDance #ThenandNow #FlashbackFriday #FBF 30 years ago Judy Blumberg & Michael Seibert (USA)
skated to "Scherazade" and were placed 4th as some judges called the music "undance-able..." ; 30 years later Meryl Davis
and Charlie White win the USA's first GOLD MEDAL in ice dance also skating to "Scherazade!" What a difference 30 years
makes... Enjoy both these amazing performances and compare for yourself... The evolution of a sport and #TeamUSA!
I applaud all Olympians...you are a joy to watch, unfortunately we are forced to view these fine achievement through
media both mainstream and social who often filter their agenda through your achievements...this happens in all activities
including pageants, fan pages, we are a TMZ , we all have a voice and we have a responsibility to use these public commentary
opportunities respectfully... Sometimes I think of leaving FB/twitter because of this but I will not allow those I've net
never met to steal my joy... you shouldn't either... you are all heroes!!
Kitty & Peter Carruthers @ 1982 Worlds: Copenhagen, Denmark. JHB Online Photo by Jeanne Baker-Poggensee
Hi John, Thanks
for the nice congratulations for us on your website. I just stumbled upon your site and man its the biggest website I have
ever seen. The congratulations go to you my friend. Best, Peter Carruthers
(4-time US Pair Champion; 1982 World Bronze Medalist, 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist, and star of "Ice Capades"
and "Stars On Ice"-- with his sister Caitlin (aka "Kitty"). Currently, a skating commentator for ABC/ESPN.
I LOVE your site(s) -- what an amazing set of stories about Kurt -- and oh (!) all the skaters you've met!
was thrilled back in 1996 when I did a skating special with Ekaterina Gordeeva -- she skated the role of Belle while I sang
live ... sooo cool. And as I told you at the concert --- meeting Robin Cousins was beyond wonderful -- I always adored
his artistry. A few years back Sarah Hughes did a TV special -- and i learned later that she sang to my recording of
I'M FLYING in her Peter Pan segment! That was such an honor, too -- being such a skating fan!
Thanks so much
for sending me the links. =)
It was, as always, wonderful seeing you and your mom!! Have a great holiday, John!!
Susan Egan, Tony-award nominated star of "Disney's Beauty & the Beast" on Broadway (Broadway star of "Cabaret"
& "Throughly Modern Millie") ...also voice Megara in Disney's "Hercules" film... and a former skater!
KURT & ME
With 4-time Canadian & World Champ, Kurt Browning @ Stars on Ice in San Diego, CA (January 2003)
To me, the most important title Kurt holds is "My Buddy." We met in 1988 at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Kurt & I may not be as close as were once were, but I hope you'll enjoy reading about our backstage adventures!
This site is constantly under construction, so please visit again soon!
In 1981, I attended my 1st World #FigureSkating Championships in Hartford, CT (USA) Thanks to the help of the Late
but Amazing Barbara Cassella , mother of Claudyne Cassella Hutchinson and others. I was able to meet my skating idol Miss
Dorothy Hamill among many other fabulous friends I have made throughout the last 34 years! There are too many of you too mention
individually but I love and thank you all! The champions at that event are listed here:
#FigureSkating #ISU Does the #IJS seem to evaluate things you can't see (except in SUPER SLOW MOTION) better than what
is actually visible to the human eye...or is it just me?
If so, shouldn't a panel of SUPER HEROES be judging?
March 14, 2015
Congrats my friends @taiskates @therandygardner #FigureSkating Today in 1979 Tai Babilonia Randy
Gardner win world pair championship for #TeamUSA.... hopefully soon #USA will win again! https://youtu.be/63cmIfO-u6k with me & Kurt Browning yrs later at Stars on Ice https://youtu.be/34eA8XEu_J8
#starsonice #figureskating #Jeopardy A: in addition to this @jeopardy clue @KurtBrowning
& @KenJennings have him in common! Q: Who is John Baker! (Me)
John was actually in the front
row at the event to which this real Jeopardy! clue refers (World Championships: Budapest, 1988) Kurt and John me athe following
day and have been friends ever since. See http://www.jhbonline.net/kb/id8.html for more!
John has met Ken Jennings only once, but here is that story: http://www.jhbonline.net/tv/id13.html Notes: Jeopardy Tournament of the Decades Airdate: May 12, 2014 Correct Response (4) by Ken Jennings
#FigureSkating Check out a new website from US, World Champ & Olympic medalist Debi Thomas! Via Debi: I'm coming
out of the woodwork to try and help our young up and coming skaters learn some invaluable techniques that all elite athletes
use to achieve excellence. Help spread the word by sharing my new website: www.competitiveedgesecrets.com.
#RIP Hey #FigureSkating Friends, So sad to hear of the passing of Peter Burrows! He was always kind to us... and
we know he will be missed by the entire skating community... For those who don't know Peter Burrows was the coach of
many champions skaters (along with my dear friend Mary Lynn Gelderman) such as Elaine Zayak, Mike Chack, Kyoko Ina & Jason
Dungjen... and even Dorothy Hamill at one time... He'll be missed by all of them and the entire skating community! RIP... Love
#FigureSkating #RejectCinquanta Please Sign, Share & RT: Ottavio Cinquanta, President, ISU: Requesting the resignation
of Ottavio Cinquanta from the presidency of the International Skating Union
#FigureSkating #OLYMPICS Figure Skating
friends PLEASE SIGN HERE TO #RejectCinquanta #SaveTheShortProgram : http://chn.ge/1lR54AW
Cinquanta’s Radical Proposals: Why No Public Statement From U.S. Figure Skating? http://wp.me/p3DwOz-34 via @wordpressdotcom #FigureSkating
OK, so I'm not going to Miss Nevada USA next weekend & I will miss you all (You know who you are)...but I will
be anxiously "following" results of that & Canadian Figure Skating Championships while watching US Figure Skating Championships
(Olympic Trials) on NBC!... Oh, and of course, I am going to Miss California USA tomorrow... Why do I bring all this
tension into my life... and THINKING it will be FUN? .... and, yes, Jason Smith, I'll fill you in when it's all over...
I know you can't DO IT ALL! Then again, maybe you can... and yes Alyssa Campanella... It can be exhausting
being an American & an honoUrary Canadian at the same time, I sympathize! I love you all .... and wish I could be
everywhere to support EVERYONE! :) John PS: Remember, LIFE IS GOOD! No matter what, it beats the alternative!
It was a tough weekend but so proud of our amazing US OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATING TEAM ...Best Wishes for Sochi! Our team:
Why Ashley Wagner is one of my heroes. Don't always agree with Christine
Brennan but this time we're on the same page! Always respect both of these women though Ashley Wagner faces the music
about expectations http://usat.ly/1hNhVVu via @usatoday
Great New York Times article about my buddies Kurt Browning Sonia Rodriguez Jirina Ribbens and
the Ice Theatre of New York. Nobody understands how much I wish I could've joined them to support them as they have
always supported me... You are all family. <3 John Here's an article from NY Times! Sorry I missed it: NY TImes:
Seeking Inspiration, to Be Served Well Chilled http://nyti.ms/16HiIxq http://JHBOnline.net/sk8 JHBonline.net National Ballet of Canada The National Ballet of Canada
#Olympic schedule via Jeremy Abbott #Figureskating Sochi14 posted the official schedule of events and times for Olympics.
The schedule is PACKED with the introduction of the team event. Skating is in the Iceberg arena. http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/sport/olympic-games/
See Dorothy Hamill's recent interview & why she's looking forward to our show in Anaheim @HondaCenter With Kurt Browning
on is final US Tour on 3/2! http://www.facebook.com/starsonice @DorothyHamill on Dancing With the Stars! See her live @HondaCenter in @StarsOnIce Saturday w @KurtBrowning #DWTS http://soc.li/kEf5o1Z
Good Holiday Offer for fans of figure skating, Kurt Browning, and/or Stars On Ice! Find how you can order these classic
DVDs & Don't forget to find out how you can see the 2013 tour LIVE at http://starsonice.com
Retweeted by Honda Center Concerning
SOI TWICE! Excitement building! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Quads & rebounds highlight Grand Prix Final http://cbc.sh/o6bq0NM #figureskating podcast with @KurtBrowning
#figureskating @AshWagner2010 Congrats! Twelve Top Winter Sports Moments Of 2012: http://www.teamusa.org/News/2012/December/26/Twelve-Top-Winter-Sports-Moments-Of-2012.aspx#.UN3wKz5ak6M.twitter
Via @SarahandDrew January 1, 2013 #FigureSkating RIP, Nancy Meiss... You were a treasured friend and an amazing Ice
Dance judge! You will be missed! RIP judge and HOF member Nancy Meiss, who died last night. She was the one who gave
the Duchesnays a 5.8 in Calgary, I believe.
Just missed seeing Kurt, Kyoko & Company at Stars On Ice due to my Stupid kidney tubes! Between missing Miss
CA, Miss NV , and Stars on Ice I guess I finally just lost it! Everyone has a breaking point! Please pray get another chance
to see them. We could use some new photos! Lol!
In honor of the 24th anniversaryof the day I met @KurtBrowning at the World Championships in Budapest , Hungary
March 26, 1988! A day that changed my life :)Kurt Browning Website: New URL! New Design! http://www.jhbonline.net/kb/index.html
Figure Skating Video | 2011 Worlds: Ice dance medals ceremony | Universal Sports http://t.co/mvhvMZ4 Historic Day for US Ice Dance Davis/White Ist GOLD for USA ever! Shibutanis (USA) Bronze! GO USA...Can anyone who get
Universal Sports send me copy of coverage, Please...Canada Silver --All North American podium --another first-yeah!
Congrats to the USA's Ist EVER WORLD CHAMPS! Figure Skating Video | 2011 Worlds: Davis/White free dance | Universal Sports
http://t.co/3BE6dxV If anyone can record & send to me I'd appreciate it :)
Figure Skating Video | 2011 Worlds: Maia/Alex Shibutani free dance -- Bronze at 1st Worlds| Universal Sports#2011+http://t.co/IsA40DF
Congrats Canada! Figure Skating Video | 2011 Worlds: Patrick Chan free skate | Universal Sports http://t.co/HGvmsb5 ...and to the Germans for regaining the Worlds Pairs Title...
Skate America returning to California in 2011 AP via Yahoo! Sports
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:03 AM PST Skate America is returning to
California with Ontario being chosen to host this year's U.S. stop in figureskating's Grand Prix series. U.S.
FigureSkating said Thursday that the competition will be held Oct. 21-23 at Citizens Business
Bank Arena in Ontario, which is about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.
A GREAT CHOICE - LONG OVERDUE: U.S. Figure Skating Announces U.S. Hall of Fame Class of 2011: http://ping.fm/60OuD
Skating hall to honor 1961 U.S. team UPI Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:26 PM PDT COLORADO SPRINGS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The 1961 U.S. figure staking team, killed in a plane crash
while headed to the world championships, will be inducted into the U.S. FigureSkating Hall of Fame. Ice
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If you want a signed autograph copy you can get that when you buy the book. Please let me know what you think I value
your opinion. I think it going to be a... great inspirational book. Let all your friends know about it.Thanks,Scott