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Interview with Frank Carroll

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Photo Courtesy Carroll Private Archive

I had the chance to speak with the great Frank Carroll for a story about the Ice Theatre of New York, which is honoring him with a lifetime achievement award on Monday. Carroll has always been one of my dream interviews, because of his incredible coaching expertise and longevity in the sport. It was so much fun to talk to him about his decades on the ice, as a skater, performer, and coach.

Check out this Q&A for how Carroll approached big competitions, the advice he gives other coaches, his thoughts on Gracie Gold’s comeback, and why he never makes predictions in figure skating:

Legendary Coach Frank Carroll Talks Skating with Figure Skaters Online

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Photo Courtesy Carroll Private Archive


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Ice Theatre of New York to Honor Frank Carroll, Hughes Family at Annual Benefit Gala and Performance

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It has become a bit of an annual tradition for me to cover the Ice Theatre of New York for Figure Skaters Online, and it is always a treat. I love writing about their work, because their performances emphasize the joy of skating and the many ways skaters can enjoy the ice outside of competition, as an art form. Plus, they do outreach programs in the NYC public schools that introduce a whole new generation to my favorite sport.

This year, their annual benefit gala and fundraiser takes place on Monday, Oct. 21, and the ITNY will be honoring legendary coach Frank Carroll and the Hughes family for their contributions to the world of figure skating.

Read the full story on FSO for all the details on the show, and why they chose to honor Carroll and the Hughes family this year:

Ice Theatre of New York to honor Frank Carroll, Hughes Family at Annual Benefit Gala


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Jason Brown Stars on Ice 2019 Interview

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Photo by me; Enthusiasm by Jason

When I went to the Chicago stop of the Stars on Ice tour in May, I had the chance to chat with both Ashley Wagner and Jason Brown. You can check out my interview with Ashley here, and today I’m sharing my Q&A with Jason:

2015 U.S. Champion and 2014 Olympic team bronze medalist Jason Brown took some time out of his pre-show warmup at the Chicago stop of the Stars on Ice tour—his hometown show—to catch up with Figure Skaters Online. He only appeared in one weekend of shows on the tour to maximize his off-season training. Read on for more about his first year training with his new coaching team of Tracy Wilson and Brian Orser, and his friendships with other skaters at the Toronto Cricket and Curling Club.

Check out the Q&A interview on Figure Skaters Online!


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Ashley Wagner Stars on Ice 2019 Interview

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Photo by Robin Ritoss for Figure Skaters Online

I chatted with Ashley Wagner before the Chicago performance of Stars on Ice and got all the details on her new podcast, launching this summer! I was at the show reporting for Figure Skaters Online, and wrote a story for the site about our conversation:

Ashley Wagner doesn’t know what she’s doing.

She’s busy—coaching at seminars and the Skating Club of Boston, performing in Stars on Ice and other shows, commentating skating events for the Olympic Channel, documenting life on her new website and her Instagram account—but she doesn’t have a plan like she did when she was training for the Olympics.

It’s an unfamiliar spot for the three-time U.S. Champion, 2014 Olympic Team Bronze Medalist, and 2016 World Silver Medalist, but she says it is still an “exciting” time.

“I love writing, and documenting the transition from being a professional athlete into being whatever I’m going to be—people don’t talk about that enough and it’s a really scary, uncomfortable transition,” Wagner said during a pre-show interview before the Chicago performance of Stars on Ice in May. “I feel like in the past, for athletes, it’s kind of a shameful thing to talk about, but everyone goes through it. The more I talked to retired athletes about what it was like, the better I felt.”

So she’s launching a podcast exploring that concept, inspired by a quote from actress and comedian Gilda Radner, who said these types of transitions are full of “delicious ambiguity.” Wagner plans to launch the podcast this summer, after wrapping up the 2019 Stars on Ice tour.

Read the rest in the full story on Figure Skaters Online for more on Wagner’s podcast plans, new life in Boston, and commentary gigs. And there is more to come from my day at Stars on Ice – check back later in the week for a Q&A with Jason Brown!


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Ice Theatre of New York Spring Show Preview

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Theron James in “Presence” – Choreography by Deneane Richburg – Photo by Josef Pinlac – Image Courtesy ITNY

The Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) is the first nonprofit ice dance company in the United States, and their annual spring show takes place this Thursday, May 2. I previewed the performance for Figure Skaters Online, and talked with ITNY founder and artistic director Moira North, as well as guest performer and Olympian Misha Ge for the story.

Read the full story on the FSO site to hear more about the new pieces that will be performed in the show, and updates on Misha Ge’s growing choreography and coaching career in retirement:

Ice Theatre of New York Spring Show to Feature Misha Ge and Honor Gracie Gold


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Alex Krasnozhon Q&A: Figure Skaters Online

The World Junior Championships kick off next week in Zagreb, Croatia, where Alex Krasnozhon will represent Team USA. I caught up with him for a Q&A for Figure Skaters Online before the event:

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Photo by Robin Ritoss, courtesy Figure Skaters Online

Alex Krasnozhon gets another chance at the World Junior Championships

At the 2018 World Junior Championships, Alex Krasnozhon was in the lead after the short program, poised to take the title. Then disaster struck on the first jump of his free skate: He injured his ankle and withdrew from the competition.

After months of rehab on his ankle and a solid season on the senior level—including a fifth place finish at the 2019 U.S. Championships—Krasnozhon returns to Junior Worlds with a fresh perspective, and goals of putting a quad back into his long program. He says they will assess whether to include the quad after the short program. This will be his last competition at the junior level, and he says that he is looking forward to competing at Junior Worlds one more time.

Before leaving for the competition in Zagreb, Croatia, Krasnozhon chatted with Figure Skaters Online for a brief question and answer session.

Read the Q&A on Figure Skaters Online!