During a recent trip to California, I stopped by Harlick & Co. to meet the people behind the magic and to get a tour of the factory. Inside the factory is an impressive photo display of current and former skaters skating in Harlick boots.
Current and former Olympians using Harlick boots include Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano, Scott Hamilton, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Kimmie Meissner, and ice dancing pair Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. Photos of them, and other skating figures, are displayed throughout the factory as well as listed on its website.
And every skater, celebrity or not, is assigned a box and file folder which contains their tracings and measurements information. I got a big kick out of seeing my idol Dorothy Hamill as well as Kyoko Ina, Tara Lipinski, Kristi and Scott's names on their boxes. Finally, Harlick has saved samples of some of the more unusual skate designs they've been asked to make.