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Figure Skating/Sonja Henje technical expertise


I have watched numerous videos featuring Ms. Henje. Her skating style was delightful, but her technical expertise seems wanting.  I couldn't help notice that her knees are constantly bent, she achieves virtually no height in her jumps and appears to be a bit off balance with her turns.  How would she compare to today's skaters?

Sonja Henie was a huge risk taker for her era!  I think she would have kept up with the best in the sport at any time in history. No one even thought of trying things they do now.  Same can be said for any champion.  You cannot look at their performance and judge by today's standard.  I only did one triple in the Olympics because that was a big deal.  Requirements were different.  
So just enjoy her for entertainment and historical interest.

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Dianne DeLeeuw


I can answer questions about figure skating, choreography, ISI or USFS. Also questions about competing (my Olympic experience or your own competition). I`m a National referre for ISI. Recently I also have been appointed a National Technical Specialist for US Figure Skating. But remember I am not your substitute for a coach! They can see what you are doing! To correct or instruct you on manuevers is really not what I want to do.


Experience: World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, coaching all levels of skaters at in California. I coach all levels and ages of skating from tiny tots to adults, first timers to International competitors. I also do choreography, music editing, teach specialty classes and give seminars.

Organizations: US Figure Skating, ISI, PSA, All Year Figure Skating Club

Publications: Recreational Ice Skater, The Edge

Awards: 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist, 1975 World Champion, 1976 European Champion, 6 time National Champion, US and Canadian Double Gold Medalist, 1999 ISI Great Skate Award, 2002 Woman of the Year

US Figure Skating category A certification

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