Lögberg-Heimskringla - 07.07.2000, Blaðsíða 1

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 07.07.2000, Blaðsíða 1
Week at a glance The Search for Vínland A new exhibit at the Cultural House in Reykjavík highlights lceland's history Guest instructors for ILCC Guðrún Ágústsdóttir and Svavar Gestsson to teach at lcelandic Camp Friday 7 July 2000 • Number 23 / Föstudagur 7. júlí 2000 • Númer 23 LÖGBERG Lögberg stofnað 14. janúar 1888 Heimskringla stofnað 9. september 1886 Sameinuð 20. ágúst 1959 Heimskringla The Icelandic Weekly Registration no. 08000 Agreement no. 1402161 114th year/114. Argangur "The oldest ethnic periodical still publishing in Canada" Young team to train at Waterloo News Historical painúng showing settle- ment in Utah. Plwio: Morgunblaitið Exhibits from Manitoba and Utah Many curious events are on the agenda of the Westfarers' Museum at Hofsós tbis summer. In early June a travelling exhibit from Gimli, Manitoba was brought to the museum, which opened on June 10 There the history of the Icelandic set- tlement in Manitoba is shown from its beginning. The history of what led to the migration West and the reasons for them have already been dealt with at the Westfarers' Museum itself- and thus the history is now complete. A new building is being erected by the museum and it will house, besides the aforementioned exhibit. an exhibit on Icelandic emigration to Utah, USA. That exhibit opened on July 3 this summer. "This will be a particularly unusual show, including various pre- cious pictures from Utah, cast in bronze and marble, for example a sacred picture of Christ," said Valgeir Þorvaldsson, manager of the muse- um. "This is a piece of art by the sculptor Bertil Thorvaldsen, and the show will include many others linked to the emigration West. At this show we will first and foremost focus on the emigration of Icelanders to Utah." According to Valgeir the new building will also have a suite for a scholar, a library, and a genealogy facility. Translatedfrom Morgunblaðið News cont'mues on page 5 Lauren Flynn and Leifur Gislason, Canadian National Novice Ice Dance Gold Medalists, acted as flag-bearers for the Icelandic Independence Day cel- ebrations ort 17 June, 2000, at the Grounds of the Manitoba Legislature. Earlier in the week Elva Jónasson had the opportunity to meet with them and talk to them cibout their skating accomplishments, training program, sponsorships, and future goals and aspirations. Lauren and Leifur began their skating individually, becoming a team approximately five years ago. Lauren staíted figure skating at the early age of three with additional train- ing in ballet for several years. Leifur was involved primarily with hockey until he attended a power skating semi- nar where it was suggested to him that hi's level of skill might be better applied to figure skating. Both Lauren and Leifur, skating as singles, were winners at various competitions and meets in their levels. They paired up in Ice Dance at ages 10 and 11 respectively, and have successfully skated and com- peted as a team since. They both partic- ipate in additional off-ice training in ballet and ballroom dancing to enhance their Ice Dance skills. Joanne Tokaryk has been assisting them with jazz dance training also. A major breakthrough for this young team is about to occur this month. Here in Winnipeg, Lauren and Leifur have worked with their coach Erin Zuk-Meyers, developing their skills within the rather limited ice time available at the Dakota Community Club. This past year, they consider themselves fortunate that they have been able to work with Paul Mclntosh, coach, and Susan Killing, choreogra- pher, from Kitchener-Waterloo. They would travel east to spend a couple of weeks with them and then return to wörk pretty well on their own during their allotted time at the Dakota Community Club. With support of fam- ily and friends, a very successful social evening was held last month to raise a portion of the funds needed, for their Lauren Flynn and Leifur Gislason. Photo: U'í'.v/ Siííf Pkotography move to Kitchener-Waterloo, 22 June, 2000. Stefan, Leifur's father, informed me that the cost of training for figure skaters is in the range of $42,000 to $45,000 per year. Several individuals have made generous contributions to aid them and there is a possible corpo- rate sponsorship pending. If anyone is so inclined, he suggests that enquiries be made through the Canada-Iceland Foundation in regard to contributions or donations. Words just tumble out with their excitement over the advantages they will have working out of the Kitchener- Waterloo facility. Most importantly, the facilities are much better, and the coach- ing staff is first rate. There is a compre- hensive gym available as well as off-ice classes and lectures and seminars for the National team. During the extended practice time (approximately six hours per day) there will be twelve dance teams of various levels on the ice, all practicing at the same time so the oppor- tunity for comparison, exchange of ideas, and interaction between teams and levels is priceless. As well, there will be three Ice Dance champions on the ice every day, giving all of the skaters invaluable experience as they work towards their individual goals. To be able to work and train at Kitchener- Waterloo until after the Canadian Please see WaterlOO on page 6 <m ir unw riii* xm mv wwm hri u tm\w Niirnir-m & rin* \ nn w^inMr



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