He was the opposite of the sycophant and in consequence he was not always popular even in those enlightened days. Had he been in skating today, when more than ever, skating tends to come under the direction of the good committee man, who knows all about rules, and little about the sport, I fear his position would not have been a very comfortable one. But shadow skating and the old-fashioned notion of pair skating became reconciled in such fine partnerships as Fri. Engiemann and Herr Berger of Vienna, who won the 1924 Olympic and the 1922 and 1924 World titles, and then again in those of Jaros-Szabo and Ludwig Wrede; and of Liii Schoiz, and Otto Kaiser, both also of Vienna. But I think its greatest fillip at about this period was given by the great French pair, Andree Joly and Pierre Brunet, winners of four World and two Olympic crowns. The Brunets, now husband and wife, live in the U.S.A. where they have again become famous, this time as teachers. They were both top-ranking solo skaters, equally proficient in the school and in the free and, as a consequence jumps (out of hold), spins side by side, such as sit spins, parallels, jump sits and parallels, quite beyond the skating capacity of the pairs of a few years before, were performed by them in absolute unison, with the greatest aplomb and at a tremendous speed.
On the other hand, no less an authority than the late Mr. H. R. Yglesias said to me, on the night before the pairs at Chamonix: I don’t call it pair skating and I cannot mark it as such, therefore I regret that you will be last on my card ! This was not very encouraging. But I knew Mr. Yglesias very well. He was one of the most direct and splendid men that ever put on a skate. He was never afraid to express his opinion very strongly because he was a man who felt very strongly.