WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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would be virtually impossible today. In fact, I remember competing in Colorado during mid- terms at Harvard and having to take my exams at Colorado College at the same time that my peers were taking theirs in Memorial Hall," he reminisces with a chuckle. From his vantage point of his almost 50 years on the Olympic beat, John concurs with Paul about the rigors of the sport, explaining, "Figure skating has always been demanding, but even more so as the elements continue to ramp in difficulty. The quadruple jump is standard for men, not just one, but several in the long program. Skaters are expected to master the triple axel, which is actually 3.5 rotations. It is extremely hard on the body; skaters crash often." Amy compares the demands on a hockey player versus a figure skater, "I coach hockey players for power, agility, and technique. On the ice in my hockey skates, I put aside the grace, elegance, and poise competitive figure skaters need to display on top of sheer ath- leticism." She continues, "Figure skaters try to make their complex and demanding routines look easy, while hockey players showcase aggression." While Paul only skates occasionally these days, he remains connected to competitive sports. Since the 1970s, he has held substan- tive and influential roles in management and administration. Today, he is a member of the US Olympic Committee's Nominating and Governance Committee, president and trustee of the US Figure Skating Foundation, treasurer and director of the USA Hockey Foundation, and director of the Harvard Varsity Club. From 1996 to 2004, Paul served as vice president and director of the US Olympic Committee. And in 1998, as the Chef de Mission of the US Delegation at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, he walked proudly alongside the US athletes in the opening ceremony procession. 2016 World Figure Skating Championships 76 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 "It takes an enormously well-trained athlete to perform an athletically challenging and aesthetically impactful program on the world's biggest frozen stage. The Championships are always that." — A m y W e b s t e r B e r g , f o r m e r c o m p e t i t i v e s k a t e r a n d h o c k e y c o a c h

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