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Bring on the Memories

By on Feb 19, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Olympics, Skating

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 country means you won’t be working necessarily in the same way you do at home. Once here, the...

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Life in PyeongChang

By on Feb 12, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Olympics

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 capacity is very special and one that I feel privileged to know first hand. I started in 2002 at...

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A Graceful Finish

By on Jan 29, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Olympics, Skating

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 Continents Championships from Taipei, I heard David Pelletier say (I think) that this might be...

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Now What?

By on Jan 22, 2018 in @SkatingPj, Olympics, Skating

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 next. Making decisions and changes isn’t always easy. I am lucky in that once I arrive at a decision,...

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Sabbatical

By on Jan 12, 2018 in @SkatingPj

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 lucky! On the way to Vancouver, I was seated across the aisle from a woman named Becky whose kids skate...

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In the Moment

By on Jan 8, 2018 in @SkatingPj

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 figure skating can be and that goes double in an Olympic year. Yikes. Unbelievable pressure. Hats off...

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