Sometimes I'll be chatting about skating with a "youngster" and when I mention Todd Eldredge (see right) as one of my favorites, one of the best spinners, someone with great body line, I get a blank stare. Hereeee's YouTube to the rescue. Say what you want about YouTube (How many times can I watch an exploding bucket?), it's an invaluable resource for figure skating history.
I am a huge Todd Eldredge fan. In addition to winning the 1996 World Figure Skating Championships, Todd also won the U.S. National championships six times. I caught up with him in New York City when he was attending a benefit gala for Figure Skating in Harlem. Todd is still popular amongst us skating fans and has toured with Stars on Ice for seven years. He currently makes his home in Florida and also assists Richard Callaghan in coaching Kimmie Meissner. I was curious to find out what he thought about the state of U.S. figure skating and the apparent decline of skating's popularity. Todd definitely had his opinions and it was a real treat to talk to him.