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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...

The Whole Story

As I mentioned, I was in Regina this past week covering the Skate Canada International. It was also a chance for me to visit my family in Regina. One funny thing before I continue with my skating stuff. Cousin Rhonda met me at the airport and after a quick hug, I...

Skate Canada Snapshot – Day Two

I am in Regina. I am having so much fun! The skating is great and the hospitality matches. Mind you, I am staying with family and the price is right! As I did yesterday, I am coming up with a snapshot of memorable moments from day 2 of competition here at the Skate...

Skate Canada Snapshot – Day One

Nothing is more thrilling for me than getting the chance to sit in the stands with the rest of you and watch figure skating. Today’s thrill were the short programs at the Skate Canada International in Regina, Saskatchewan. A snapshot of some of my favourites on the...

This one’s for you, cousins!

I am totally psyched about going to this year’s Skate Canada International in Regina. First of all, it’s a chance to have a visit with cousins who live there, and secondly, it’s a chance to see some great skating. My family is the perfect representation for many new...

Rostelecom Cup

I may be alone in this but I am only watching the pre-season competitions with one eye open. I am looking to see what’s happening in a very cursory way because for me, the Grand Prix series is where skating starts to get serious, especially in an Olympic season. The...

@SkatingPj

I can’t help myself – the start of a new year for me is always the Fall. From going back to school, to going back to the rink, it has always been my favourite time of year. When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for the school year to start because that meant that figure...

The Content Store

The Store is Open – The Content Store that is. For better or worse, my brain likes to look at most things in life as possibilities. My friendship with Paul Dore has been instrumental on capitalizing on some of those possibilities and when we realized just how much...