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What’s what in Press Operations – Sam Corea fills us in

  As I sit here in one of the host cities in Russia for the soccer tournament, I am struck by the amount of work going on in the background. Hard work + expertise + insight/foresight makes me think of my friend Sam Corea. Sam and I first met (and became friends) when...

Larkyn Austman – Hard Work Pays Off

  I think that keeping your eye on the prize is a good strategy. If you’re not able to identify your target, it’s pretty tough to stay motivated.                 I find myself thinking of Canada’s 2018 Olympic figure skating team – maybe the best that ever represented...

Andi Petrillo?!? I know – Exciting – Right?

What happens on the Field of Play changes everything around it. This is the importance of sport. For athletes in pursuit of medals, their sport provides the backdrop. For the rest of us, it’s a chance to connect with like-minded people and share, discuss, debate and...

Forget the Realistic Life – I want more!

I have been reading a business book in the hopes of expanding my knowledge beyond the boards. It’s called the 10X Rule by Grant Cardone and it was recommended to me by a genius business friend. I wasn’t sure that I was going to plop down the 30 bucks to buy it, so I...

Getting it Right – A Conversation with Jackie Wong

Getting it right. I am assuming that, like many of you, waking up early on Saturday morning to watch the Royal Wedding was a great way to start the weekend. I know. You’re thinking I am off on another non-skating related tangent. Ha! The truth is, watching the Royal...

On the Ice or Off the Ice – that is the question

I always forget just how much information flies around in the off-season; from coaching changes to music announcements to injuries and retirements, there’s lots to talk about. One of the things that I find very interesting is what the skaters get up to away from the...

Fields of Gold

In a perfect world, I would like any skater who is ever asked to be in a show to review a tape of this season’s Stars on Ice Canada. The numbers were fantastic and showcased the individual performers talents perfectly. So often skaters in exhibition look bored and the...

Stars On Ice

I’m baaaaaaacccck! I didn’t realize that I was going to take 3 weeks off – until I did. I was sidetracked with home renovations, going through all of my papers from the season and preparing my taxes. In other words, April showers bring … er … get your house in order,...

Courage

Courage is the word of the week. I am in awe of Kaetlyn Osmond who just won the World Figure Skating title in Milan. I say this because if I had won an Olympic bronze medal one month ago in PyeongChang, I might have skipped this Worlds. Kaetlyn didn’t. She went out on...

Where does the time go?

Where does the time go? By the time you read this, I will be in Milan, Italy for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. It seems like just yesterday when Paul (aka The Boss) and I decided to create and promote figure skating content on a weekly basis during the...

Guest Blog: Planning, Flexibility and Responsibility

Hi, it's Paul Dore here - I am Pj's producing partner. Some of you might have heard me chime in from off-screen during Facebook Lives or heard me on the @SkatingPj Podcast. Pj graciously gave me the keys to her blog this week so I could share this article I wrote...

Springboard to Greatness

Figure skating: the sport that never sleeps! I can’t believe that I have only been home for a week and it’s already the ISU World Juniors this week! It started me thinking about World Juniors and the impact that it has on the sport. It is a fact of life that there are...

One Word: Wow!

Wow is the best word to describe what has transpired here in South Korea over the last couple of weeks. To have a front row seat, ok technically a second-row seat, to figure skating history being made is something from which I will not tire. I have no illusions about...

Bring on the Memories

The Olympic Games. This kind of work isn’t for everyone; but it sure suits me. There are a lot of moving parts in being an Olympic announcer. It is an enormous privilege. You have to have an open mind and flexible spirit because being a guest worker in someone else’s...

Life in PyeongChang

I am writing this in a rare free moment from PyeongChang Korea. Since this is my 8th Olympic Games, and I am often asked what it is like, I thought I would take the opportunity to fill you in. First of all, I am not going to play coy. Being at the Olympic Games in any...

A Graceful Finish

There is something really special about watching an athlete shake hands with their sport and walk away. What I mean by 'shaking hands' is that civilized way that we all share when we get ready to say goodbye. As I was watching the CBC broadcast of the ISU Four...

Now What?

Now what? All week long I have been thinking of the skaters I watched last weekend in Vancouver, at the Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships. Regardless of their success or failure, a door has opened (or closed) and it’s time to figure out what comes...

Sabbatical

By the time you are reading this, I will likely already be in the air returning from Vancouver where I was covering the Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships. Trips like these always bring me back to what skating has brought into my life. I am very...

In the Moment

I am sitting in my family room watching the US Ladies which I recorded earlier. US Nationals is one of the few competitions that I get to watch without the interruptions that working the event would normally interject. From time to time I forget just how difficult...

Clean Slate

I sat down several times to write this blog and came up empty. There is something about the ‘blank slate’ of a new year that I find a little daunting. I turned to the master of distraction, The Google, to find out if there was a special meaning for the year ahead and...