LAKE PLACID - There are a few skaters whose legacy will live forever and are remembered by skating fans and non-skaters alike: Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano, Michelle Kwan, Kurt Browning and 1992 Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie.
The past few weeks, Wylie has been in Lake Placid, teaching skating and enjoying his time spent in the home of figure skating.
Like many of his fellow competitors, Wylie joined Stars on Ice in 1993, performing alongside world-class skaters such as Yamaguchi, Hamilton and Brian Orser. Wylie is perhaps best remembered for his artistry and memorable performances, both as an amateur and as a professional skater.
Paul Wylie, right, with fellow Olympians Oleg and Ludmila Protopopov, the 1964 and 1968 Olympic pairs champions, pose for a photo at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
Photo by Christie Sausa
Wylie has many fond memories of Lake Placid.
"I remember Lake Placid because of what was one of my biggest accomplishments, winning the U.S. Collegiate Championships," Wylie said. "I also fondly remember my time here with Stars on Ice. We put the show together here so I spent a lot of time in Lake Placid."
Like many other coaches and skaters who visit the Olympic Village, Wylie is also enjoying a much-needed vacation.
"I have friends here and I enjoy spending time with them, and take part in activities like waterskiing and hiking," Wylie said. "It's a great chance for me to be with my family, work hard and have a vacation. I love this area."
Wylie is a coach and motivational speaker who hosts seminars throughout the country. For the past few weeks, he has been in the Olympic Center teaching private and group lessons to skaters of all ages and abilities. This week is Adult Week, which attracts skaters over 21 from throughout the country to participate in off-ice and on-ice classes designed specifically for them.
Wylie joins other well-known coaches at the Adult Week, including Olympic ice dancers Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, 2011 national champion Ryan Bradley, 1964 and 1968 Olympic pairs champions Oleg and Ludmila Protopopov and Olympian Karen Courtland Kelly.
One can catch a glimpse of Wylie and the other elite coaches skating and coaching on one of the rinks in the Olympic Center during this last week of the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Camp.
After all those years of skating, competing and performing, Wylie has not lost his love for the sport.
"I love the way it feels to glide across the ice, and the gift that skating is," Wylie said. "When I am gliding on the outside edge of my skate blade, I feel the sheer joy of skating."