by Smith1942 » Jan 13, 2014 Anybody follow figure skating? I love it. My best friend at home was a figure skater, which was wonderful. We used to watch Torvill and Dean over and over - it was that era, the Eighties. As luck would have it, the US Figure Skating Championships were held in Boston this year, and the arena is a ten-minute walk from us. We attended the pairs and ice dance free skates this weekend, and the ladies' long programme. It was amazing to be there in person. The ice was smaller than I'd have thought. It was fascinating to see some skating stars that I remember watching on TV during the Vancouver Games, and to know that we'll be watching them on TV in Sochi next month. Mostly I was busy watching, but I managed to get a few photos. (That was allowed as long as no flash was used.) Yesterday evening I attended the skating gala, which was fun. Gracie Gold did a sparkling, stylish gala routine to All That Jazz wearing a slinky black costume, complete with trilby and evening gloves. The gala showings allow the skaters to do all manner of things that they can't do in competitions, like using props and spinning on their knees, and comedy routines. I can't believe that the World Championships are going to be held in Boston March 2016! Yay!!