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I, Tonya

This past week was a whole lot of fun. As I mentioned in that very brief Facebook Live on Wednesday, I was invited to a screening (with snacks!) to see I, Tonya. Producer Paul came with me. It was a great evening. I remember ‘the incident’ where Nancy Kerrigan was...

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...

The MathBroker

Curses to you Kurt Browning! While working in my ‘support the commentators’ role at CBC this weekend, Kurt was asking me math questions!!! Doesn’t he know I am a WordBroker? (My own made-up term for what I do – as in: WordBroker: I work with words: I read them, I...

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...

Patrick Chan and books for children 🙂

Two of my favourite worlds collided on Thursday evening: books and figure skating. First Book Canada, on behalf of Patrick Chan, donated over 3,000 books to Ronald McDonald House Charities across Canada. The books have been divided amongst the 15 locations...

Catching up with Elvis Stojko

I have to say - it doesn't matter that I first met this man while he was still a teenager, I am amazed at how Elvis Stojko continues to evolve and it is a treat to see. Most recently we found ourselves in the media room at Skate Canada where he was the athlete...

Farewell for a friend – David Dore

I was so sad on Friday to hear that David Dore had passed away. With the sadness came so many memories of a man that I have known practically my whole life and one who has been instrumental in the path that my professional life has taken. When I was young and skating,...

It’s Not What You Say….

JP Wong is back! Why JP Wong and not Pj Kwong? That is a very good question. All I know is, there was some confusion when I went to check in to get my uniform for the recent Synchronized Swimming event in Rio where I was the PA announcer. Turns out that it was listed...

Stop The Meal Madness or Quinoa Quazy

After a lengthy absence, as a result of a year(ish) long 'big girl' contract, I haven't been blogging as much as I would have liked. That's all changing now. I am inspired. I want to share. My inspiration comes as a result of several different 'bon voyage' meals in a...

Toller Cranston Memorial Fund Launch

Wow - what a night! The launch of the Toller Cranston Memorial Fund took place at the Art Gallery of Ontario on June 25, 2015 and, like him or hate him, Toller Cranston was still the kind of man who could draw a crowd. The people who came to pay tribute to the...