2006年07月07日

'Champions on Ice' stars skating for the fun of it【Star-Telegram】

the Star-Telegram
Jul. 07, 2006
'Champions on Ice' stars skating for the fun of it
By MILENKO MARTINOVICH

The biggest names in international figure skating are returning to North Texas for the first time in four years.

Sasha Cohen, Michelle Kwan and Johnny Weir join Olympic and world champions performing at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tom Collins presents John Hancock Champions on Ice tour at American Airlines Center.

The field is as star-studded as ever. The top three finishers in the ladies Olympic competition -- gold medalist Shizuka Arakawa, silver medalist Cohen and bronze medalist Irina Slutskaya -- are scheduled to perform, as is men's gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko. Also scheduled to perform are Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto -- the first American ice dancing pair to win an Olympic medal in 30 years; American Evan Lysacek, who finished fourth in the men's competition; and former world European and Olympic champion Viktor Petrenko. The Champions on Ice tour is an exhibition free of judges and scoring. It gives the participants an opportunity to be more carefree and artistic in their skating. Basically, it's a chance for the skaters to perform without pressure and have fun.
"You get to perform every night, and that's what I love to do," said Weir, the three-time defending U.S. champion who placed fifth at the Olympics. "If you're on this tour, it also means you're one of the best in the world." The pressure-free environment of Champions on Ice is a welcome sight for Weir, who was a magnet for attention at the Olympics because of his colorful comments and flamboyance. He was America's best hope for a medal and was in second place after the short program. But Weir struggled in the long program, took fifth, and was widely criticized. "I got a lot of media attention at the Olympics and it was not always good," Weir said. "This has been a growing year for me. "Although a cross-country tour lasting four months can be exhausting, Weir, 22, said he is enjoying the tour. He admits he's a little envious of some of the older skaters who aren't in training. "It can be tough when they're going out to restaurants and shopping and I have to go to bed early," Weir said.

The tour's stop in Dallas is poignant for Slutskaya, who has won silver and bronze medals in the past two Olympics. Dallas is the headquarters of the American Heart Association and Slutskaya has joined its "Go Red For Women" movement, raising awareness of heart disease.
ツアーがダラスに立ち寄ることは、2つのオリンピックで銀・銅メダルを得たスルツカヤの胸を打つ出来事だ。ダラスにはアメリカ心臓病協会の本部があり、スルツカヤはその「Go Red For Women」運動に参加し、心臓病への関心を高めようとしているからだ。

Slutskaya was initially diagnosed with pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart in 2003. She was then found to have vasculitis, an ailment which inflames blood vessels. With medication and almost a year's rest, she returned to competition.
2003年、スルツカヤは「心膜炎」(心臓を囲む嚢の炎症)と診断されたが、その後「血管炎」、血管に炎症を起こす病気だと分かった。薬物療法と約1年の休息により、彼女は競技に戻ることができた。

"I want to help people," said Slutskaya, who is in her 10th year with Champions on Ice. "I want them to eat right and take care of their heart."
「人々を助けたいのです」と、チャンピオンズオンアイスに参加して10年になるスルツカヤは言う。「正しい食事をし、心臓を大切にして欲しい。」

IN THE KNOW
John Hancock Champions on Ice
3 p.m. Saturday,
American Airlines Center
Tickets: Ranging from $30-$65. Call 214-373-8000.
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