Binder, Paper, Scissors – An Adolescence Well Documented

Interlake Precision Competition, 1990
Interlake Precision Competition, 1990

The 1988 Olympics in Calgary passed like a Chinook, and the winds of change came over the figure skating world, and the face of figure skating changed, too. New stars were emerging, such as American sweetheart Jill Trenary, pair strongholds Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler, and Canada’s Cowboy Kurt Browning. And I wanted to document it all. I started to collect newspaper clippings from every skating event I could find from Dodie Wardle’s to Skate Canada International to the Worlds.

I would skip ahead to the sports section of the Winnipeg Free Press and Interlake Spectator during figure skating season. My love of scissoring out who placed what, when and where grew with each competition. I would spend time painstakingly stapling my precious snippets into a bubble-gum pink binder.

The events skaters from my club participated in were highlighted, and when I would appear in the paper, I would note with my name, or simply “That’s Me,” for future generation to know. Some clippings have war-wounds, held together with tape and staples, after saving them from the entrance floor or the ravages of time.

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New ISU regulations for figure skating costumes, 1989
Clipping from Interlake Spectator, 1993
Clipping from Interlake Spectator, 1993

Some may not see the value in a book of tattered pieces of paper with old skating scores from 1993. Or stories about how figure skaters “must cover up,” circa 1989, and or that skaters from “Arborg and Riverton took home 31 medals” in 1993. And, yes, I even clipped the Nancy Kerrigan story.But, for me, I do. For one, because of this blog, it’s been a valuable resource. Plus, it’s always nice to look back on memories and your past accomplishments.

But in 1994 when Kurt Browning stepped down from the amateur figure skating world, so too did my time end with my clip book. I clipped a few more events, such a Elvis Stojko during his Elvis tour, but as for continuing to clip the world championships, that was it.

I closed the book – so to speak.

Kurt Browning retires, 1994
Kurt Browning retires, 1994
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