Skate Today was created in November 2004 to showcase the people of the skating world, skaters and coaches and others, who make figure skating and ice dancing a pleasure to watch for fans from around the world. The goal was to create a site that would give viewers an insight into the personalities of the people involved in this sport and to give you a more personal connection when watching them live at an event or on the television. Our staff knows how much time and dedication is put into this sport and that’s why Skate Today was created.


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Brett Barden

  • Owner, Editor, Webmaster, Advertising, Photography

Brett is the owner and senior editor of Brett co-founded in 2004 with the support of Barry Mittan. He has travelled across Canada and Internationally taking 1000s of photographs from competitions and shows. He was an official Skate Canada photographer as well as a credentialed photographer for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC. After a small hiatus, Brett returns to

Sarah Bumstead

  • Editor & Webmaster

Active in the skating world for a number of years, Sarah has designed the official web site in both English and French for Canada’s Joannie Rochette. She also has worked on a number of other skating fan sites and official skating sites.

Robin Ritoss

  • Photographer& Journalist

Robin joined Skate Today in late 2006. Since then, she has covered many events including the Canadian Championships, ISU Junior Grand Prixs, Skate America, Skate Canada, Trophee Eric Bompard, NHK Trophy, Four Continents and the World Championships.

David Carmichael

  • Photographer

David has been a contributing photographer since 2011. Dave has been fortunate to have travelled around the globe photographing competitions and shows. Dave’s photos have been published in skating magazines around the globe as well as many National newspapers as requested by his skater friends when they want their images published in their home countries.

Courtney Rubin

  • Journalist

Courtney joined the SkateToday team in October 2012 and has covered many events including Skate Canada, Skate America and the World Championships.

Anne Calder

  • Journalist

Anne Calder is a Cambridge, Massachusetts native. The life-long figure skating enthusiast learned to skate on Boston’s famous Charles River. She attended her first US Nationals in 1991. The retired teacher currently resides in Chandler, Arizona.

Eleonora D’Eredità

  • Journalist

Eleonora joined SkateToday as a journalist in November 2013. She looks forward to covering many events around the world.

Laura Sciarrillo

  • Journalist

SkateToday welcomed Laura to our team of journalists in November 2013.


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TAD017883-1_20130124J. Barry Mittan (1949-2013)

Skate Today will always remember J. Barry Mittan, one of the world’s top skating photographers and writers. His photographs and stories have appeared in over 30 skating publications in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United States in addition to skating books, calendars, newspapers, television shows, movies, and other media. He received numerous awards for his work, including the Professional Skaters Association Edi Scholden Award for Best Figure Skating Photograph of the Year in 1996 and 1998. Barry was one of the founding members of Skate Today in 2004 and travelled the globe taking photographs and interviewing hundreds of skaters for weekly articles. Barry tragically passed away  following a serious automobile accident on January 23, 2013.