Sunday, November 12, 2017

Annabelle Passed the Yankee Polka! 11-12-17

Annabelle Schneider-Farris passed her 8th International Ice Dance, the Yankee Polka, on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Now, she only has two more International ice dances to go until she passes all 10 International Ice Dances and earns US Figure Skating Gold Medal NUMBER SEVEN! I'm "one very proud mom" and so excited and happy!

This is a timely tribute to the late Jim Sladky who invented the dance with Judy Schwomeyer.

Thanks to Quinn Chambers for partnering her through the test and to coach Tiffany Hyden-Dombeck.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Remembering Jeanne Passarella - 2/4/1926 --- 9/27/2017

Today, 10-24-17, I attended Jeanne Passarella's memorial service.  I just felt I needed to be there.

Jeanne was the Tog Shop Manager of Ice Capades Chalet in Brea, California, the first place I taught skating. On my first day of work at Ice Capades Chalets, on March 1, 1983, the first person who greeted me was Jeanne Passarella.

She had a great impact on my young life. I remember how hard she worked. I taught skating at the Brea mall rink alongside her daughter BJ and mention both of them in my book MY SKATING LIFE.

Hugs to her daughter BJ and the rest of Jeanne's family and friends at this time

These photos are from a wonderful collage that BJ put together and brought to the memorial service. I had no idea that Jeanne competed as an adult. Also, did you know she did roller derby and was president of the Polar Palace Figure Skating Club that was based at a rink in La Habra, California?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Annabelle's Austrian Waltz International Ice Dance Test Passed! 10-22-17

My daughter Annabelle passed her 7th international ice dance test, The Austrian Waltz, today, October 22, 2017.

Only three more ice dances to go towards her goal of earning US Figure Skating Gold Medal Number SEVEN! (She has already passed her Senior Moves, Senior Solo Free Dance, Senior Free Skate, Senior Pair, Gold Dance, and Senior Free Dance!)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Skating With Luke at the Air Force Academy 10-18-17

It was so fun skating in my ice hockey skates at the Air Force Academy with Luke.

He was my friend Rosie's neighbor in Belmont Shore in Long Beach and we met just before he moved away at Rosie's new beach apartment when I stopped by to visit Rosie after riding my scooter on the beach bike path.

Luke briefly lived in Florida after leaving California and is now in Colorado. It is very cool how skating connects people! We both wished Rosie was skating with us!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scans of Old Schneider Family Skating Photos

JO ANN - Just Before 1968 Southwest Pacific Championships
Billy Schneider - 1968
My first ice dance partner Corey Iseberg and JO ANN - I was thrilled to earn my first trophy
My brother Billy seemed to always be 2nd to Johnny Carlow - The 3rd place skater is Doug Varvais
Caddies at Pacific Coast
JO ANN, Cathy Nitz, Erika Susman, Janet Johnson, Kelly Burge, Lynnellen Schneider
I started skating with Gary Forman when I was 14 years old.  He was 19.  Here he is carry our skate bags to the car at the Santa Monica ice rink parking lot.
Rich Griffin and I placed 2nd at Southwesterns at The Broadmoor in 1973.  Paul Steiner and Barb Clare won.  I was thrilled to be going to Midwesterns!

Southwest Pacific Champions 1974

Pacific Coast Champions 1975

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Skating With Sue Knock at CC Homecoming 2017

Susan Knock and I were both members of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority at Colorado College. She graduated in 1975 and that is that last time we saw one another until we skated together at Honnen Ice Rink on 10-15-17!

I didn't know it until today that Sue had been a serious figure skater in Canada before she started CC and passed her Gold Dance and 7th Figure and Freestyle tests!

I keep thinking of the song "Remember Gamma Phi Beta.."....the idea we were "sisters" for life really came through!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rebekah In SKATING Magazine!

Rebekah's NINE International ice dances passed in one test session will be featured in the November, 2017 issue of SKATING Magazine!