Jackie Wong: the polymath who is a "life saver" for figure skating

Masthead of Jackie Wong's web site.

Masthead of Jackie Wong's web site.

On Wednesday night, Jackie Wong plans to go to bed in his Manhattan apartment at 9 p.m. Wong will set his alarm for 1 a.m. Thursday to be up and alert in time for his volunteer labor of love, as he covers the men's short program at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan.

Working at Skate America (Jay Adeff photo)

Working at Skate America (Jay Adeff photo)

He will work on that and other Grand Prix Final events until about 9 a.m. Thursday, then nap for an hour before moving on to the client services job for which he is paid. He will be back to skating, with the senior ladies short program at the Golden Spin of Zagreb, at about 4:30 p.m.

His Friday schedule will be a little less taxing, with the same bedtime but a 3 a.m. wakeup. Saturday will allow him to focus only on figure skating.

Wong's willingness to burn the candle at both ends -- and his technical and historical knowledge of the sport -- have helped make him the most unequivocally appreciated reporter in the world of figure skating.

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This business consultant and former architect is the walking, talking, typing, tweeting, blogging and figure skating definition of a polymath. That he uses all those skills, sometimes simultaneously, to share his wisdom freely and provide up-to-the-second information about skating competitions reflects an intellect, work ethic and generosity of spirit that inspires no small degree of awe in anyone who has worked alongside him at an event.

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At right: the Muqarnas Tower under construction in King Abdullah financial district in Riyadh, Saudi, Arabia. Wong was the building's design architect (Jackie Wong photo)