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Monday on Frozen Pond

The ice outside has melted so Tony took his show on the road to South Charleston for some indoor sports ice fun!

Finding Ice Time

When you enjoy ice skating as much as I do, you will go out of your way to find ice time. So it was on this MLK Day that I found myself lacing up my Bauers for a rush around the South Charleston Memorial Ice Rink.

Granted I hadn’t skated in more than a year, but with the Olympics just 4 weeks away and the kids off from school on a rare quiet weather day, I knew it was time for me to test my mettle on frozen pond.

My intentions were to shoot 2 stories at the rink, one to run during the Vancouver games (young aspiring girl figure skaters) and the other to run in my weekly First at 5 slot (kids having fun on the ice on their day off).

As to why I enjoy the ice so much, I guess it just is in my blood having skated since I was a kid growing up in Philly. I was a rink rat through and through!

Here’s something I bet you didn’t know. I played college hockey at Drexel University. Granted it was a club league, but when it came to hockey nobody had more of a passion for the game back in the 1970s.

Of course all childhood sports fantasies must come to an end when you get older. Fact is I lost my interest in hockey when the Iron Curtain fell. You see back in the 1970s and 1980s, the best hockey in the world was played in the eastern Bloc countries of Europe and Asia. The Soviets were at the top of the world in hockey and I gauged all North American teams, including my beloved Philadelphia Flyers, versus the Soviets.

I still recall cheering loudly against those Commies back in the 1970s as the best players in North America tried in vain to beat the Red Army. To this day, I brag the single most thrilling sporting event I have ever watched was the 1980 “miracle on ice” when our college kids beat the Soviets.

Fast forward to 2010 and we are now just a month from the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. While most sports fans are in Super Bowl mode, I am prepping for the Winter Olympics and 2 weeks of cold weather sports that will keep me watching morning, noon and night!

So get set to enjoy the games here on WSAZ and my stories which air this Friday (kids day off) and in 4 weeks (lady figure skaters).
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