Halifax Skating Oval Could Be Kept for 50 Cents to $2 per Use (A Cost-Benefit Analysis)

Halifax Skating Oval

For about $1 of tax per person per year, or a $2 (toonie) charge per use, the Halifax Skating Oval can be sustained, at the highest cost estimates. It could be as low as 50 cents per use. I’m not encouraging this, but if paying for use of the Oval were a last resort, it could be very affordable and definitely worth its value!

There’s a big debate on whether or not to keep the Canada Winter Games Skating Oval on the Halifax Commons (CBC, Jan 4 2011). A lot of the public is enjoying the facility, but the worry is the cost of maintaining the Oval after the Canada Games are over. The hope is that business support can be found to pay the costs, rather than increasing taxes or having to charge skaters. However, that’s a political solution. This analysis looks at the business case of keeping the oval if the public had to pay for it.

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Nam Nguyen is Why the Vietnamese Will Be Watching Men’s Figure Skating at 2018 Winter Olympics

Nam Nguyen at the 2010 Olympics Figure Skating Exhibition Gala Skate

Viet Nam is a country in Southeast Asia not exactly keen on winter sports, never mind figure skating, never mind men’s figure skating in its macho patriarchal culture. I know. I’m Vietnamese. It also means I can also tell you it’s a hypocritical patriarchal society because everybody knows the Mother runs the house. That’s why our ultimate cursing is towards the Mother, and nobody cares much for cursing our Fathers.

Wow, that link was insightful! I just looked up a link to demonstrate what I knew of Vietnamese cursing and never knew there were so many. But trust me, all of it is mostly rare compared to the curses towards one’s Mother.

Anyhow, at the 2018 Winter Olympics, wherever it may be held, there just might be huge Vietnamese interest in men’s figure skating. That would be due to a kid named Nam Nguyen from Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. At just eight years old, Nam was the youngest skater ever to become the Canadian National Juvenile Men’s Champion. His outstanding free skate there is below. The kid didn’t miss a jump and was also very artistic.

Just in January, Nam finished 3rd in the Junior Men’s category as an 11 year old, behind two 17 year olds (thanks for the correction by Britt in the comments #3 and #4 below). That placement earned Nam a chance to perform at the 2010 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Exhibition Gala Saturday night. He was quite the showman there, though nerves probably caused him to fall on his first jump. Watching him, the only show man in the building who could have outdone him was Evgeni Plushenko. Canadian champion Patrick Chan had better watch out! This kid could jump and punch the lights out and has a ton of charisma to boot!

That said, the nerdy get up they dressed Nam in didn’t exactly do his image a lot of good, despite tearing off a jump suit to start his routine.

It’s hard to predict the future, of course. Lots of people who try don’t do very well, whether their name is Nostradamus or Not a Damn Chance. However, if Nam continues to work hard, stays injury free and his Parents don’t make him study more than he skates as Vietnamese Parents are prone to do in a culture that values education so much, the kid has got an incredible future in figure skating. He won’t be able to compete until the 2018 Winter Olympics due to age restrictions. However, he should be able to make an impression on the Canadian national titles a few years before that.

Can’t wait!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.6

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Joannie Rochette Delivers BEST Moment of Olympics So Far with Short Program Skate

Canadian female figure skater Joannie Rochette has delivered a personal best short program skate in the BEST moment of the Olympics so far, by a long shot (CTV Video).

Just three days ago, on Feb 21, Joannie was getting ready for the biggest competition of her life, the Olympics on her home soil. That was when her Father had to go to the Olympic Athletes’ Village and tell her that her Mother Therese passed away suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 55 (CTV).

It would have been easy for Joannie to withdraw. However, she drew herself together and delivered a gutsy and emotional short program of her life tonight in front of a packed house of her fellow Canadians. Joannie skated a clean short program to the famous tango, La Cumparsita, by Gerardo Hernando Matos Rodriguez.

It was her first competition skate without her Mother.

The skate was excellent, earning her 71.36 points. However, considering the circumstances, is one of the greatest and inspirational skating performances you will ever see. I was in tears the whole way through just watching, right when she posed to start, never mind doing as she was! Joannie understandably burst into tears after it was over, and is still in tears now as I write 10 minutes later. So brave, yet so heart touching.

We’re all so proud of you, Joannie… almost as much as your Mother is right now.

Joannie currently sits third overall after the short program.

Best of luck Thursday night in the free skate, Joannie. We’ll all be watching and our hearts will be with you.

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Joannie Rochette has a big 6.5 point gap on fourth place Japanese Miki Ando. Mao Asada of Japan sits in second and Yu-Na Kim of South Korea is in first after just a dazzling skate. This was my first time seeing her skate and she stunned me, though did not move me anywhere near Joannie did, of course. Yu-Na Kim calls herself that way, in case you were thinking it was Kim Yu-Na. She calls herself that. It’s good enough for me!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.9

Bridges in the elemental valley blog of shotblogstole this.

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