After 52 years, Culver City Ice Arena Prepares to Skate Away

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Tai Babilonia was just 8 in 1968 when her skating coach suggested she grab the hand of an athletic 10-year-old named Randy Gardner and take a few turns around the Culver City Ice Arena.

Renowned ice rink is skating away

Families circle the rink at the venerable Culver City Ice Arena, which has lost its lease and is scheduled to close next month. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

The team went on to become five-time U.S. pair champions and 1979 world champions.

“Culver City Ice Arena was my second home,” Babilonia said Friday. “I know every nook and cranny…. It was the coolest rink.”

After half a century on Sepulveda Boulevard, the retro rink that served as a practice facility for “Taiandrandy,” Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan and Wayne Gretzky and his L.A. Kings hockey mates has lost its lease and is reluctantly preparing to shut down early next month.

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