Figure Skating Tight to Final

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Joannie Rochette narrows the gap

Joannie Rochette narrowed the gap in figure skating on Tuesday, as she skated like never before. She finished her short program with 71.36 points, her highest score to date.
The world was watching in support as Rochette executed her program beautifully. In what must be the most difficult time for her, Rochette performed with confidence and poise. She goes into the free skate event today in third place. Continue reading

Rochette to Compete Despite Tragedy

Canadian figure skater, Joannie Rochette, will be competing today despite her sudden family tragedy. Rochette received the news early Sunday morning that her mother, who had only arrived in Vancouver a day earlier, had passed away Joannie Rochetteof heart failure.
Rochette is the greatest chance for Canada, who has not seen the women’s podium in over twenty years. Rochette has received much support, as condolences from her home in Montreal have flooded in. Her teammates have called her “courageous,” as Rochette places her focus toward her Olympic goal, and continues to compete.
Rochette is a six-time national champion. She is scheduled to compete at Pacific Coliseum tonight.
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A Look at Figure Skating

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Figure skating is one of the most popular sporting events held during the Winter Games. Interestingly, the eye catching sport was first introduced in an indoor arena during the Summer Games of 1908. Over the decades, fans have seen changes in the game as programs have increased in difficulty and intricacies. This season’s competition is sure to please the large fan-base.
Reigning world champion, Kim Yu-na, is heavily favored to win gold in the 2010 Winter Games. She is among the most watched in the sport. An icon in Korea, she has been called a “perfect skater” by those in the industry. Yu-na holds the world record for highest score ever achieved under the current judging system.
Not far behind is the Japanese singles skater, Mao Asada. For most of her career, she and Yu-na have rivaled neck and neck. Asada is currently ranked third in the world.
The Canadian favorite is six-time Canadian national champion, Joannie Rochette. The 2009 world silver medalist, Rochette has established herself as one of the major competitors in the world.
There is no shortage of showstoppers in the men’s figure skating category, with upcoming performances by Evan Lysacek and Patrick Chan.
American medal hopeful, Evan Lysacek is the 2009 world champion. He is considered the U.S. one to watch.
Canada looks to Patrick Chan as its top medal hopeful. In 2008, he became the youngest man to win a Canadian title at age seventeen. He is currently ranked sixth in the world.
Numerous other great skaters from around the world are making their way to Vancouver to take part in the Winter Games. Don’t miss your opportunity to see your country compete on the ice.
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2010 Winter Games Tickets Released

With the release of the 2010 Winter Games tickets this past week, ticket reselling has been a hot issue! Mario Livich, Founder & CEO of and Murray Pratt, VP of Business Development & Operations have been busy answering everyone’s questions. Check out the articles below from this week – or visit our News Room to see a full-list of stories we have been featured in!
VANOC to invalidate tickets sold by unauthorized vendors
December 12, 2008
Vancouver Sun
VANOC says they will use “secret shoppers” to ferret out unauthorized ticket resellers and invalidate their tickets; however, Mario Livich of says, “We’re connecting buyers and sellers in a legitimate transaction. It’s not illegal to resell tickets in British Columbia.”
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Missed out? Choose your scalper online
December 12, 2008
The Province
Sold-out Olympic tickets are already selling through ticket brokers online. Mario Livich of says, “We will sell thousands and thousands of tickets. We sold our first Olympic ticket today.” Livich is not concerned about VANOC officials trying to shut down the reselling of tickets while Caley Denton of VANOC says he fully expected this to happen.
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2010 tix for sale on web
December 12, 2008
Metro Vancouver
Hundreds of Olympic tickets are available online as lottery winners are selling tickets only hours after VANOC notified them which tickets they have received. Murray Pratt of says, “Some people aren’t comfortable making the decision (to buy) right now.”
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