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Favorite Pre-Season Coverage

I have been loving all the pre-season and early competition season coverage over the past few months–from Ice Network’s Glacier Falls video coverage to The Skating Lesson‘s “TSL on the Road” video series to Jackie Wong’s Japan Open play-by-play on his skating website, Rocker.

Among all the great coverage, two pieces in particular stood out to me:

  1. The Open Kwong Dore podcast interview with Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje
    I have a long-ish commute to work, so I google-searched “figure skating podcasts” in an effort to help pass the time. I was thrilled to happen upon this one, narrated by Canadian coach and commentator PJ Kwong. Have a listen to hear Kaitlyn and Andrew talk about how their programs for the season came together–including the intense storyline behind their “addiction” themed free dance. I particularly enjoyed hearing about their approach to the season, especially after they did not win the world title last year. They sound refreshed, enthusiastic, and determined. Their focus on reaching their full potential and contributing to the sport over specific results reminded me of interviews with Olympic Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
  2. The Skating Lesson’s video feature on World Pair Champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford

    Jenny and Dave of TSL describe this as “a journey from disappointment to domination.” The World Champs talk about overhauling their approach to competition after “wanting it too much” ultimately kept them from achieving an individual Olympic medal in 2014. Watch to learn more about the strategy that led to their undefeated season last year, as well as their thoughts on the return of Russian Olympic Champions Volosozhar and Trankov. The only thing missing was more coverage of Meagan’s summer wedding to the pair’s coach, Bruno Marcotte!

What other pre-season coverage do I need to check out before the Grand Prix gets in full swing?


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Social Skaters

With both the Grand Prix Final and the holidays over, I feel like there is a bit of a lull in the skating season. (Though U.S. Nationals are just around the corner, and Japan and Russia have already held their national championships with some interesting results. Click the links for recaps of both events from The Skating Lesson.)

Things might be quiet on the ice, but you can still keep up with your favorite skaters on social media. Here are my current favorites to follow on Instagram:

@TaraandJohnny: Photos and short videos from the “glimmer twins” of figure skating commentary, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.

@meryledavis: I love the inspirational quotes and beautiful images that Meryl Davis posts.

@charlieawhite: Cute pictures of Charlie White’s puppies. Enough said.

@starsonice: Not only does this account post behind the scenes images and video from the Stars on Ice show, but it also includes skaters’ birthdays, reminders about when skating is on TV, and competition results and kudos.

Who are your favorite skaters to follow on social media?