Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Vintage Video: Sandra and Val Bezic
1981 World Pros
Sandra Marie Bezic (born April 6, 1956 in Toronto) is a Canadian pair skater, figure skating choreographer, and television commentator. With partner and brother Val Bezic, she won the Canadian Figure Skating Championships from 1970–1974 and placed ninth at the 1972 Winter Olympics. Skate Canada announced on July 14, 2010, that she will be inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in the professional category.
Bezic choreographed the competitive programs skated by many Olympic and World champions, including Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini (1984 Worlds), Brian Boitano (1988 Winter Olympics), Kristi Yamaguchi (1992 Winter Olympics), Kurt Browning (1993 Worlds), and Tara Lipinski (1998 Winter Olympics). She has also choreographed programs for Jill Trenary, Chen Lu, Joannie Rochette, Kim Yu-Na, Takahiko Kozuka, and other skaters.
Bezic served as a commentator for NBC during the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Olympic games, the World Figure Skating Championships during the early 1990s, and numerous other skating events broadcast by NBC and CBC over the years.
For several years she was the director, co-producer, and choreographer for Stars on Ice, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2003. She has also choreographed for several television figure skating specials including Canvas of Ice, Carmen on Ice, and You Must Remember This.
Bezic is the author of The Passion to Skate (ISBN 1-57036-375-7), (ISBN 0-83626452-5). She also served as a judge on the CBC television program Battle of the Blades in both 2009 and 2010.
She is credited as Marlon Brando's Skating coach in The Freshman (1990) and appears with him in the skating rink scene.
Val Nickolas Bezic (born December 8, 1952 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian pair skater. With partner and sister Sandra Bezic, he won the Canadian Figure Skating Championships from 1970 - 1974 and placed ninth at the 1972 Winter Olympics.