Skating Fridays

Back in the Bay

Hello all! I was back in the Bay Area last week and got the wonderful opportunity to take a lesson with Phillip DiGuglielmo, who is Alysa Liu’s former coach. He also happens to be a national technical specialist, so he really knows his stuff.

I asked him to work with me on double toe loops. He took a look at all of my single jumps first and gave me the ultimate compliment – he said that I did not skate like an adult! 😱

We spent some time going over some of the basics of how the double toe worked and then tried a few. Of course, I was nowhere close to landing it, but Phillip said that I should be able to land these soon.

He was such an encouraging and knowledgeable coach, and I am grateful to have learned from him! I am hopeful that I can land this jump some day.


  1. Cathy Durrett
    February 24, 2023 / 7:09 pm

    I continue to be so proud of you and love the way you push yourself to learn. Yes you will land it soon.

    • evabakes
      February 25, 2023 / 7:30 am

      Thanks, Cathy! You continue to inspire me!

  2. April 19, 2023 / 8:12 pm

    Such great smiles from two lovers of the ice!

    • evabakes
      April 21, 2023 / 7:07 am


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