Now you’re lucky if there is a single competition or event near you each season and fans scramble to snatch up tickets for the privilege of driving mega hours just to see their favorites either compete or perform.N Stars On Ice has had to scale back and this year it will visit only a tiny handful of cities. Itinerary and I would suggest if you’re near a tour stop then grab yourself some tickets because the worst part of this two hour skating spectacular is the fact that so few people will ultimately get to see it.Patrick Chan has jumped back into figure skating’s competitive realm.And there are increasing signs 2010 Olympic champs Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, heading home for the Stars on Ice Canadian tour stop at Budweiser Gardens Sunday, will be next.This past weekend the 2013 show debuted in Lake Placid, NY, followed by a New Year’s Eve performance in Hershey, PA. Dubbed the “Now and Then Tour”, the 2013 show has been choreographed by World Champion Jeffrey Buttle, with great assistance from former Stars on Ice cast member, Renée Roca.
Roca also tapped into the Stars’ of old, back in the days when Sandra Bezic was at the helm and individual numbers overlapped with an effortless flow.The arenas were packed and the market for skating was massive.Fast forward a decade and the landscape for figure skating fans has radically changed.In addition to two Scottish and seven British titles, the duo from Edinburgh won two European bronze medals, competed at seven World Championships (placing as high as fifth in 2010) and placed in the top ten at both the Torino and Vancouver Winter Olympics. Please note that SINCE this interview Sinead and John have been announced as part of this year's U. Stars On Ice cast, which I think is just wonderful.It was my absolute pleasure to talk at length with Sinead about her and John's competitive career, her stint on Battle Of The Blades, touring with Stars On Ice and much more in this interview I am simply thrilled to have had chance to do: Q: You competed in two Olympics, seven World Championships and eight European Championships, in addition to winning two Scottish and seven British titles.The Wando Stakes on Sunday was a contest between Queen’s Plate winterbook favourite, Tiz A Slam and Sovereign Award champion 2-year-old from last year, King and His Court, both from powerful stables. Pounding in front of the grandstand for the first time.The following are photographs I took at Woodbine on Sunday: This is Tiz A Slam, trained by Hall of Famer Roger Attfield. Down the homestretch, King and His Court battles it out with Tiz A Slam, with Gus Schickedanz’s grey horse, Megagray between them. King and His Court, winning the Wando over Tiz A Slam.The first competition we really broke on to the international scene was the European Championships in Budapest in 2004.We skated to "The Matrix" and when we finished got such an amazing audience response!If Tiz A Slam wins the Queen’s Plate this year, it will give Attfield a record ninth victory in the classic race. In the other corner is King and His Court, ridden by veteran Gary (Boo) Boulanger. It appears the King is back after two lacklustre efforts in the United States earlier this spring on different racing surfaces. Gus Schickedanz presenting the trophy to Gary Boulanger.He is trained by Canada’s perennial top trainer Mark Casse, who had one of the favourites for the Kentucky Derby last Saturday.