A vintage picture of a group of figure skaters skating on an outdoor pond

Hey there, fellow figure skating lovers! Guess what? Skate Guard turned ten in 2023, but the excitement continues! In 2024, we're diving even deeper into the captivating world of figure skating history. 

In case you missed it, I released my fourth book last year, titled "Jackson Haines: The Skating King." If you enjoy the blog, I'm confident you'll find this book a fascinating read. I'd be thrilled if you could check it out and leave a review.

But that's not all! I had the absolute pleasure of contributing to a fantastic new book by Phillippa Cranston Baran called "Toller Cranston: Ice, Paint, Passion." It's a delightful celebration of Toller Cranston's life and skating, and I highly recommend adding it to your skating library.

Oh, and here's some exciting news: my fifth book is currently in the works! "Sequins, Scandals & Salchows: Figure Skating in the 1980s" will be released in September and you can pre-order your copy today where books are sold.

Now, if books aren't your cup of tea, don't worry! The blogs will keep coming at you twice a week. Throughout the year, we'll be featuring timelines and blogs for various heritage months, including Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month, Canadian Jewish Heritage Month, Latin American Heritage Month, LGBTQ+ History Month, National Indigenous History Month, Women's History Month, and German Heritage Month. It couldn't be more important to showcase diversity and representation in figure skating history, so if you have any additions to these timelines, please reach out. I'd love to hear from you!

Lastly, I want to remind you that Skate Guard has always been a 100% free resource. While donations of materials like old skating magazines, photographs, and show and competition programs were previously on pause, they are now welcome. Your contributions help us continue preserving and sharing the rich history of figure skating. Please note that I cannot accept donations shipping from the United States going forward.

Take care, stay safe and happy reading!


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