Speedskating


Broadmoor Speedskating Club

When I was much younger than I am now, roughly during the years 1987–1993, I was a member of the Broadmoor Speedskating Club (now known as the Colorado Gold Speedskating Club), founded and then coached by Mary Polaski. I was never very good, and only ever competed in one race (in which, I believe, I was lapped by every other competitor). But the club used to perform barrel-jumping shows during figure-skating events held twice each year at the old Broadmoor World Arena: the Broadmoor Ice Revue, typically held in early August, and the Christmas Pops on Ice, held mid-December. I didn’t know it at the time, but barrel-jumping on ice has a long history. I performed in shows from at least December 1987 through December 1993.

My family had several old VHS recordings of performances by the Broadmoor Speedskating Club in Broadmoor Ice Revues and Broadmoor Christmas Pops on Ice shows from 1987 to 1993. The video quality is, not surprisingly, horrible, but I have converted them to digital video. I have had some difficulty identifying myself in some of these videos, but as a general rule, if you see someone who appears to be rather awkward on the ice (flailing arms, balance problems, etc.), there’s a solid chance it’s me.

Warning: While I have made the videos available for download below, I would strongly suggest watching them on YouTube instead. Download speeds will be dreadful: I host these on my home computer, and Comcast limits uploads significantly. Additionally, the files are huge to avoid making the image quality even worse. But, if you’re so inclined, to download the files: right-click the “Download” link and select “Save as….”

  • 1987 Broadmoor Christmas Pops on Ice (William Tell Overture – Rossini)
    [Watch on YouTube] [Download (145 Mb)] [Program excerpt (pdf, 298 Kb)]

    Skaters listed in the program: Kitty Kelly, Kenneth Polaski, Chris Mann, Steve Jackson, Diana Polaski, Shawna Romito, Michael Hoke, Jamey Cearley, Jesse Kerns, Betsy Colvin, Scott Polaski, Brandi Kerns.

  • 1989 Broadmoor Ice Revue (Rocky)
    [Watch on YouTube] [Download (186 Mb)] [Program excerpt (pdf, 443 Kb)]

    Skaters listed in the program: Scott Polaski, Nic Polaski, Jonathan Gerdes, Brandi Kerns, Michael Hoke, Derek Malmgren, Emily Jones, Jesse Kerns, Diana Polaski, Ken Polaski, Steve Jackson, Shawna Romito.

  • 1991 Broadmoor Ice Revue (1812 Overture)
    [Watch on YouTube] [Download (123 Mb)] [Program excerpt (pdf, 420 Kb)]

    Skaters listed in the program: Nic Polaski, Scott Polaski, Brian Jewell, Ken Polaski, Ben Lovejoy, Neil Komadoski, Brian Richie, Michael Hoke, Jesse Kerns, Emily Jones, Brandi Kerns.

  • 1992 Broadmoor Ice Revue (Light Cavalry Overture – Suppe)
    [Watch on YouTube] [Download (239 Mb)] [Program excerpt (pdf, 404 Kb)]

    Skaters listed in the program: Ken Polaski, Diana Polaski, Scott Polaski, Nic Polaski, Steve Jackson, Derek Malmgren, Michael Hoke, Katie Krall, Emily Jones, Brandi Kerns, Brian Richie, Brian Jewell, Heather Jewell, Ben Lovejoy, Sam Lovejoy, Tommy Watkins, Charlie Watkins.

  • 1992 or 1993 Broadmoor Christmas Pops on Ice (William Tell Overture – Rossini)
    [Watch on YouTube] [Download (206 Mb)] [1992 Program excerpt (pdf, 512 Kb)] [1993 Program excerpt (pdf, 557 Kb)]

    Skaters listed in the 1992 program: Scott Eskestrand, Michael Hoke, Steve Jackson, Bryan Jewell, Heather Jewell, Brandi Kerns, Jesse Kerns, Katie Krall, Ryan Lewis, Derek Malmgren, Diana Polaski, Kenneth Polaski, Nicholas Polaski, Scott Polaski, Johnny Watkins, Tom Watkins.

    Skaters listed in the 1993 program: Michael Hoke, Steve Jackson, Bryan Jewell, Heather Jewell, Ryan Lewis, Ben Lovejoy, Sam Lovejoy, Derek Malmgren, Gary Meyer, Diana Polaski, Kenneth Polaski, Nic Polaski, Scott Polaski, Johnny Watkins, Tommy Watkins.

  • 1993 Broadmoor Ice Revue (Olympic Theme) (version 1)
    [Watch on YouTube] [Download (160 Mb)] [Program excerpt (pdf, 411 Kb)]

    Skaters listed in the program: Sam Lovejoy, Johnny Watkins, Ben Lovejoy, Heather Jewell, Nic Polaski, Mary Polaski (coach), Gary Meyer, Brandi Kerns, Derek Malmgren, Tommy Watkins, Scott Polaski, Bryan Jewell.

  • 1993 Broadmoor Ice Revue (Olympic Theme) (version 2)
    [Watch on YouTube] [Download (143 Mb)] [Program excerpt (pdf, 411 Kb)]

    Skaters listed in the program: Sam Lovejoy, Johnny Watkins, Ben Lovejoy, Heather Jewell, Nic Polaski, Mary Polaski (coach), Gary Meyer, Brandi Kerns, Derek Malmgren, Tommy Watkins, Scott Polaski, Bryan Jewell.