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

By on Jun 18, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Catching up with, Personal

  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 he was my boss at the Pan Am Games in 2015 in Toronto. It was under his guidance that I learned...

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Larkyn Austman – Hard Work Pays Off

By on Jun 11, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Catching up with, Olympics, Skating, Sports, Uncategorized

  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 this country. The countless days, no years, that went into preparation for PyeongChang last...

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

By on Jun 4, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Olympics, Skating, Sports, Uncategorized

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 experience the ‘thrill of victory and the agony of defeat’ from the comfortable and secure position...

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Forget the Realistic Life – I want more!

By on May 28, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Skating, Sports, Uncategorized

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 went to the book store to have a look. I am one of those people who likes the feel of books and the...

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Getting it Right – A Conversation with Jackie Wong

By on May 21, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Olympics, Skating, Sports, Uncategorized

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 Wedding inspired this blog for a couple of reasons. One: the ‘you only have one chance to get this...

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

By on May 14, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Olympics, Personal, Skating, Sports

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 rink. I just read that former Japanese competitor (one of my faves!) Takahiko Kozuka is involved in...

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