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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...

I’m with the Band

What you see depends on where you’re looking! For my skating friends around the world who celebrate today’s holiday, Merry Christmas! Regardless of your holiday tradition, it seems like this time of year is ripe for spending time with friends and family and I hope you...

Skating Surprises!

This has been another one of those surprise-filled weeks. First of all, a friend (ok it was Paul) pointed me to a series on YouTube about a Japanese skater named Yuri. Paul's friend is not a skating person but has become a fan of the sport because of this show. The...

Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed

It is very early on Sunday morning, and I am sitting in the breakfast area in the lobby of a hotel while two girlfriends are asleep in the room. It has been a marathon weekend of holiday shopping! Marathon. Hmmm. Interesting word. Marathon is the word I would use to...

Ice is slippery after all!

I can’t quite get over my reaction to Adam Rippon’s obvious pain in his shoulder as he landed awkwardly on his opening quad Lutz jump. Two skaters before, Daniel Samohin fell awkwardly on a jump and dislocated his shoulder and consequently had to withdraw from the...

Over the Moon

“I see London, I see France ----” Ok, even I can’t believe I started this week’s blog with that, just because the skaters are headed there to compete! We are coming up to Week 5 of the Grand Prix Series and I want to talk a little bit about what’s been happening so...

First Things First

The Grand Prix series is headed to Japan for the NHK Trophy, but not before an interesting week of figure skating culminating in Beijing at the Cup of China. First things first, Patrick Chan withdrew from NHK Trophy to concentrate on training for nationals. Although I...