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2019 Minto Madness


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It's the off season, but things are starting to happen in skating before the JGPs roll around, and in this episode we discuss a little bit of the skating we've seen in the last few weeks. We recap the 2019 Skate Ontario Minto Sectional competition, and get particularly excited about the Tea Time Foxtrot and junior ice dance, plus we recap last week's Skate Ontario Summer Stars fundraising gala and tell you a bit about our plans for our brand new Patreon!

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Lombardia Trophy 2019

September 16th, 2019


There were other competitions than just the Autumn Classic happening this weekend, and in this episode we play catch-up with the Lombardia Trophy! We get excited about how strong the competition was in the ladies event, …

Autumn Classic 2019: Men

September 15th, 2019


Finally, we wrap up with the men, AKA the Kevin Aymoz special, in which we try in vain to eloquently express our adoration for Kevin and his new programs, try to support all the young guys and new seniors with screams …

Autumn Classic 2019: Ladies

September 15th, 2019


We continue our Autumn Classic recap with the ladies in which we lament missing seeing an amazing short program live for work, worry about the health and happiness of everyone, and also talk about some jumps and stuff.

Autumn Classic 2019: Ice Dance

September 15th, 2019


We have returned home from Autumn Classic, so prepare yourself for a deluge of content! We begin with the small but mighty ice dance event, in which we get way too emotionally over-invested in literally every single …

JGP Riga 2019

September 8th, 2019


There was a ton of great skating at the third Junior Grand Prix event in Riga, Latvia, and we break down all three disciplines that competed! We …

JGP Lake Placid 2019: Men And Dance

September 3rd, 2019


In part two of our JGP Lake Placid recap we discuss the ice dance and the men, and assess the quads that were attempted in the men's event, discuss our horror over witnessing a disastrous RD event live in the front row, …

JGP Lake Placid 2019: Pairs And Ladies

September 3rd, 2019


We attended the second JGP event in Lake Placid and it was a big one! In part one we discuss the pairs and ladies events, including our frustration with some viewers overly criticizing junior skaters, our live in-arena …

JGP Courchevel 2019

August 25th, 2019


The 2019-2020 season is officially here! In this episode we recap the first junior grand prix event of the season and discuss the surprising lack of quads in the men's event, how altitude and immense pressure made for a …

Remembering Denis Ten's Best Programs

July 8th, 2019


As we approach the one year anniversary of Denis Ten's tragic and untimely death, we thought it would be fitting to remember him by rewatching some …

2019 Grand Prix Assignments

June 24th, 2019


The assignments for the 2019 Grand Prix Series are out, and we take a deep dive into the lists, and discuss last minute withdrawals shaking up the lists, potential skaters to fill the TBD spots, new team-ups, and the …

2018 19 Season's Best List: Pairs

June 16th, 2019


In our final episode recapping the best of the best in figure skating, we recap our top pairs programs from this past season.

We agree a lot, we talk about a lot of teams you may have never heard of and compliment a LOT …

2018/19 Seaon's Best List: Ladies

June 10th, 2019


We had very different lists for each of our top ten ladies programs of the season and we discuss a ton of programs, including the skaters with two …

2018/19 Season's Best List: Men

May 27th, 2019


We continue our recap of our favourite programs of the last season with the men, and discuss how glad we were to have a tie for best program of the season, how amazing it is when a choreographer can create a program …

2018/19 Season's Best List: Ice Dance

May 19th, 2019


This season has been a wild ride. There were some seriously rough times this season in ice dance, but we like to focus on the positives. So, we started our best of the season lists with the ice dance, our favourite …

Stars On Ice Canada 2019

May 12th, 2019


Skating's off-season means it's time for our yearly trip to Stars on Ice Canada, and this year's Toronto show was full of nostalgia for us. We gush …

Help, I don't Understand Ice Dance! With Guest Patrick

May 5th, 2019


This week we spend TWO HOURS introducing our internet friend and yours, Patrick (@team_pdd) to the wacky world of ice dance, including all the rule …

Help, I Need Skating Music! With Guest Rob Colling

April 27th, 2019


It's the off-season, and we're trying some new things, starting with our first ever podcast guest! You likely know our guest Rob Colling by his …

2019 World Team Trophy

April 14th, 2019


The season draws to a close with the World Team Trophy, and we test out a new way of recapping the event as we discuss Shoma Uno's crazy combination attempt, the increased jumping prowess on display in the ladies event, …

2019 Worlds - Ice Dance

March 28th, 2019


The depth in ice dance was insane at this year's World Championships, and we try to break down the minute differences that decided who was on the podium, how skaters from countries outside of the top ten at Worlds can …

2019 Worlds - Ladies

March 28th, 2019


The ladies event at the World Championships was a dramatic one in a variety of ways, and we consider whether a new era of quads and triple Axels has emerged in ladies skating, why the Japanese ladies might have …

2019 Worlds - Pairs

March 25th, 2019


The pairs event at the World Championships was yet another small but mighty event, and we use this opportunity to gush more about Sui and Han, about our love for the best Russian and Chinese pairs skating has to offer, …

2019 Worlds - Men

March 24th, 2019


The men closed out the competition at Worlds, and they did so with some fantastic skates, including consecutive world records. We discuss our awe …

Junior Worlds 2019 - Ladies

March 14th, 2019


We conclude our recap of the Junior World Championships with the ladies, and we discuss how the Russian ladies have a whole lot of jump math to do …

Junior Worlds 2019 - Pairs

March 10th, 2019


There was a somewhat small field of pairs at the Junior World Championships, but lots to get excited about as we gush about just how strong the Russian pairs are, and discuss some exciting young pairs from smaller …

Junior Worlds 2019 - Men

March 10th, 2019


Junior men's events are always volatile, and this year's Junior World Championship was no different. We try to explain why the short programs can be …

Junior Worlds 2019 - Ice Dance

March 10th, 2019


We enjoyed ice dance the most out of all disciplines at the 2019 Junior World Championships, and we discuss one of our favourite dance programs of the season, our favourite male junior ice dancer, and discuss why the …

Four Continents 2019 - Pairs

February 14th, 2019


There was a very small field at this pairs event, but loads to talk about as we gush some more about the genius of Sui and Han's free skate, lament the size of the pairs field here and potentially at Worlds, and discuss …

Four Continents 2019 - Men

February 14th, 2019


The men's event at Four Continents was one of the strongest of the season, and we discuss frustration over variations in tech calling, whether it's fair to have a free skate cutoff at this competition, and how different …

Four Continents 2019 - Ice Dance

February 13th, 2019


This ice dance event was one of the toughest fields of the season, and we break down the level issues in Hubbell and Donohue's free dance, try to parse out how you can possibly judge between so many strong teams, and …

Four Continents 2019 - Ladies

February 10th, 2019


There were lots of ups and downs in the Ladies event at the Four Continents Championships, and we break down Elizabet Tursynbaeva's quad Salchow, …

2019 Europeans - Ladies

February 4th, 2019


There were a number of surprises in the ladies event here, and we speculate on the exciting futures of Lindfors and Paganini, which Russian ladies …

2019 Europeans - Ice Dance

February 4th, 2019


There were a ton of amazing skates in dance at this year's European Championships, and we discuss how Papadakis and Cizeron have solidified their …

2019 Europeans - Men

February 4th, 2019


The men were a volatile bunch at this European Championships, and we discuss the amazing career and influence of Javier Fernandez, our dismay at the …

2019 Europeans - Pairs

February 2nd, 2019


The pairs event at this year's European Championships was small but mighty, and we discuss our love for James/Cipres and Tamara Moskvina, our excitement about pairs with tons of potential from small federations, and …

2019 US Nationals - Men

February 2nd, 2019


We had a lot of favourites competing in the men's event at US Nationals this year, and we break down our feelings about Vincent Zhou's and Jason Brown's quad attempts, debate which men might be sent to Junior Worlds, …

2019 US Nationals - Pairs

February 2nd, 2019


The pairs were a volatile bunch here, and we discuss the lift struggles faced by many teams, the amazing comeback of Cain and LeDuc, and the …

2019 US Nationals - Ice Dance

February 2nd, 2019


We continue our recap of US Nationals with the ice dance, the highlight event for us. We compare the strengths of the top two free dances here, gush over Christopher Dean's choreographic abilities, and try to guess how …

2019 US Nationals - Ladies

January 29th, 2019


We begin our recap of this crazy weekend of skating with the Ladies at US Nationals. We discuss how a clean triple Lutz could have changed the podium …

2019 Canadian Nationals - Ice Dance

January 22nd, 2019


We wrap up our Canadian Nationals recaps with the best discipline by far - the ice dance, junior and senior. We debate how the top three senior dance …

2019 Canadian Nationals Men

January 21st, 2019


Any time there's an incredibly talented youngster in an event, there's going to be some disagreement about the rankings.
Gogolev competed at his …

2019 Canadian Nationals Women

January 21st, 2019


The Canadian ladies can sometimes be a little underwhelming, and without Kaetly Osmond, this was a different nationals, BUT there were still some …

2019 Canadian Nationals Pairs

January 21st, 2019


This was an intense week in figure skating. We break down the skates from our senior competitors (including some amazing up and comers).
We also cover the ongoing controversy surrounding John Coughlin.
*****Note: We …

2019 South Korean And Chinese Nationals

January 14th, 2019


This week, we're doing an overview of two recent National competitions - both the South Korean and Chinese National Championships. We discuss how …

Japanese Nationals 2018 - Ladies And Pairs

January 2nd, 2019


The Japanese ladies had almost as strong a field as the Russian ladies, and we discuss the many amazing skates we saw at Japanese nationals this year. We discuss some amazing triple Axels, skaters struggling with injury …

Japanese Nationals 2018 - Men And Dance

January 2nd, 2019


We begin our recap of this year's Japanese Nationals with the men, and discuss our favourite step sequence of the competition, the quad troubles a …

Russian Nationals 2018 - Men

December 31st, 2018


And finally we recap the men of Russian Nationals, who had a very up and down event. We discuss our excitement over the return of Kovtun and his …

Russian Nationals 2018 - Ice Dance

December 31st, 2018


We return from our Christmas break to discuss the rest of Russian Nationals, starting with the ice dance. We discuss how close we think it is between the top two teams, our disappointment that Zagorski/Guerreiro were …

2018 Russian Nationals - Pairs

December 23rd, 2018


Russia has a history of producing some of the best ever pairs skaters, and the entrants in this year's nationals fit right in. We revel in seeing …

2018 Russian Nationals - Ladies

December 23rd, 2018


National championships season is starting, and what better way to start our full recaps of national competitions than with the Russian ladies! This …

Golden Spin 2018

December 17th, 2018


We rewind a bit to look back on last week's Challenger event, the Golden spin of Zagreb, and discuss why it's vitally important for the ISU to have a …

Grand Prix Final 2018 - Junior Pairs

December 10th, 2018


The junior pairs event at the Final was a preview of all the amazing teams to come at Russian nationals, and we discuss some of the best side by side jumps being done by pairs at any level here, our excitement at the …

Grand Prix Final 2018 - Junior Ice Dance

December 10th, 2018


The junior dance event at the Final was a nailbiter, and we discuss just how close the top four teams were to each other and the title, the relative …

Grand Prix Final 2018 - Junior Men

December 10th, 2018


The junior men at the Grand Prix Final had a pretty strong event, and we discuss our sadness over Pulkinen's rough free skate, our awe seeing …

Grand Prix Final 2018 - Junior Ladies

December 10th, 2018


The junior ladies were our most anticipated event of this Grand Prix Final, and they put on quite the show! We discuss our awe over the maturity of Kostornaia's skating, how little points a poor quad Lutz attempt can …

Grand Prix Final 2018 Ice Dance

December 9th, 2018


There were a lot of new faces at the Grand Prix Final in ice dance, which led to an exciting competition. We discuss our feelings about the changes made to Hubbell/Donohue's free dance, how Sinitsina/Katsalapov have …

Grand Prix Final 2018 - Men

December 9th, 2018


With Hanyu missing due to injury, the men at the Grand Prix Final were all in an exciting fight for the podium, and we break down Brezina's resurgence, Cha's amazing consistency, and question just what Uno can do to get …

Grand Prix Final 2018 - Pairs

December 9th, 2018


The senior pairs at the Grand Prix final had a lot of ups and downs, and we break down how James/Cipres can avoid short program throw issues that have them coming from behind, why a double Salchow is the only thing …

Grand Prix Final 2018 - Ladies

December 9th, 2018


The Grand Prix season is over! In our first of eight recaps of the final, we break down an intense senior ladies field, and discuss the consistency of Samodurova, compare the jump exits of Kihira and Zagitova, and …

2018 Grand Prix Final Preview

December 3rd, 2018


In this special preview episode we discuss both the Junior and Senior entrants in all four disciplines at the Grand Prix Final and break down the strength of the Russian junior skaters, how open some of the fields are …

GP France 2018 - Ladies

November 28th, 2018


The last ladies event of the Grand Prix was a tight one, and we break down the possible benefit of Rika Kihira having a not totally clean skate, our anguish over three different ladies who competed here and who were …

GP France 2018 - Pairs

November 26th, 2018


The results were wild and unpredictable in this last Grand Prix pairs event, and we break down the struggles both James and Cipres and Boikova and …

GP France 2018 - Men

November 26th, 2018


The final men's event of the series was a dramatic one, and we break down the in-country battles between the French and Russian skaters here, how Jason Brown proves that an easier clean skate can still score big, and …

GP France 2018 - Ice Dance

November 26th, 2018


The final Grand Prix ice dance event was a stacked event with lots of ups and downs, and we break down just what makes Papadakis and Cizeron's elements so good, which teams are really taking advantage of their …

Rostelecom 2018 - Men

November 21st, 2018


We wrap up our discussion of Rostelecom with the men, including a lengthy discussion of Yuzuru Hanyu's injury and the importance of being patient in recovery, how the pressure to live up to expectations might have …

Rostelecom 2018 - Ladies

November 20th, 2018


With the fifth grand prix competition completed, we begin our recap with a ladies field curtailed by withdrawals. We discuss how Samodurova and Yamashita handled the pressure of possibly making the final, our excitement …

Rostelecom 2018 - Ice Dance

November 20th, 2018


This was a bit of weaker ice dance field than some we've seen, and we gripe about Tango Romantica levels and pattern interruptions, before looking on the bright side to enthuse about our love for Stepanova/Bukin and …

Rostelecom 2018 - Pairs

November 20th, 2018


The pairs were a bit up and down, but we discuss confident skates from Tarasova/Morozov and Della Monica/Guarise, the resurgence of Ziegler/Kiefer with a strong final lift, and the struggles American pairs are having …

NHK 2018 - Pairs

November 12th, 2018


There were a number of pairs skating back-to-back events at NHK, but it was a much stronger event overall. We break down the classical Russian and classical Chinese pairs who booked their spots in the Final, the battle …

NHK 2018 - Men

November 12th, 2018


The men at NHK had a really rough week, and we break down all of the pops, falls, and under-rotations. We cover Shoma Uno's continued struggles with his combinations, the great consistency of Sergei Voronov, and discuss …

NHK 2018 - Ice Dance

November 12th, 2018


With the withdrawal of Papadakis and Cizeron, this dance event was wide open, and we break down the continuing Tango Romantica issues faced by the majority of teams, the continued rise of Fear and Gibson, and discuss …

NHK 2018 - Ladies

November 12th, 2018


We begin our recap of NHK 2018 with the strongest ladies event so far on the Grand Prix. We speculate on how Rika Kihira might handle the pressure of …

GP Helsinki 2018 - Ice Dance

November 6th, 2018


Our final recap for GP Helsinki is the ice dance, and we have a lot to talk about. We discuss our excitement over Stepanova and Bukin's new free dance, Mary's love of Mozart and her childhood dream skating music, and of …

GP Helsinki 2018 - Pairs

November 5th, 2018


The pairs at the first GP Helsinki were kind of a mess.
Was it the ice? Just a bad day? Who knows entirely? We sure don't.
There were definitely some highlights, but mostly we just hope for better skates for everyone …

GP Helsinki 2018 - Ladies

November 5th, 2018


The ladies were definitely a mixed batch. There weren't a ton of amazing skates, but definitely a lot of good ones, but these ladies really shouldn't …

GP Helsinki 2018 - Men

November 5th, 2018


This men's event had it all! The good, the bad and the ugly.
We finally got to see Hanyu's 4T+3A sequence, we had great skates from Michal Brezina and Junhwan Cha, but a lot of the other guys struggled. Not quite Cup of …

Skate Canada 2018 - Men

November 1st, 2018


The Skate Canada men's event was a really exciting one, and we have lots to say about different skaters' quad success rates, our excitement at seeing so many skaters have a strong short program, and why Kevin Aymoz was …

Skate Canada 2018 - Pairs

October 30th, 2018


The pairs event at Skate Canada was much stronger at the top than last week's event, and we discuss how much we loved all of the top four teams, how …

Skate Canada 2018 - Ice Dance

October 30th, 2018


We continue our Skate Canada recap with our impressions of seeing the dance event live, including our dismay at how little the teams practiced their Tango Romantica patterns, our horror over the number of falls, and our …

Skate Canada 2018 - Ladies

October 30th, 2018


We're home from Skate Canada, and have tons to discuss after watching all of the practices and events live in person! We start with the ladies, and discuss all the skaters here coming off of injury, the most consistent …

Skate America 2018 - Pairs

October 24th, 2018


Our last discipline to cover from Skate America is the Pairs event, and we break down the emergence of new teams in the post-Olympic season, the …

Skate America 2018 - Ladies

October 23rd, 2018


There was a smaller field in the Skate America Ladies event than we had hoped for, but we discuss some really amazing programs, some disastrous ones, and how tough it is to regain confidence after a bad skate, …

Skate America 2018 - Men

October 23rd, 2018


We continue our recap of the first Grand Prix of the season with the Men's event at Skate America, and discuss how ill fitting costumes can detract from the effect of detailed movements in a program, why under rotated …

Skate America 2018 - Ice Dance

October 22nd, 2018


The Grand Prix is officially here, and we break down the entirety of the first Ice Dance event of the series, including controversial skate colours, …

JGP Yerevan 2018

October 14th, 2018


The Junior Grand Prix season has come to an end, and we recap the emotional final competition, including how much stress skaters close to making the …

Finlandia 2018 - Men And Dance

October 11th, 2018


We conclude our Finlandia recap with the Men and Ice Dance, and discuss random confetti explosions (and how to deal with them), the importance of long limbs in the Tango Romantica, and the spin issues being had by a …

Finlandia 2018 - Pairs And Ladies

October 11th, 2018


We recap the last Challenger event before the Grand Prix, and discuss how hard it is to skate while sick, our excitement over Finland's female skaters, and a long digression on the literary themes of The Great Gatsby, …

JGP Ljubljana 2018

October 8th, 2018


It's the penultimate JGP event, and we had a lot of fantastic skates and JGP Final entrants to discuss. We break down all three disciplines and …

Japan Open 2018

October 8th, 2018


The Japan Open is a weird competition, and this year's edition featured some ambitious program debuts, some rough skates from veterans, and a fantastic skate from a retired competitor who we'd love to see make a …

JGP Ostrava 2018 - Ladies And Pairs

October 4th, 2018


We finish our recap of JGP Ostrava with a discussion of some rare mistakes from Alena Kostornaia, how excited we are to see a non-Russian pair in the final, and a break down of the JGP finalists and alternates for pairs …

JGP Ostrava 2018 - Men And Dance

October 4th, 2018


We break down the fifth Junior Grand Prix event by discussing how long it might be before we'll know which Junior men have made it into the final, how simplicity and consistency can be a winning strategy, and our …

Nebelhorn Trophy 2018 - Men And Dance

October 1st, 2018


We complete our recap of the 2018 Nebelhorn Trophy with the Mens and Ice Dance events, and break down the insane difficulty of a triple Lutz - triple …

Nebelhorn Trophy 2018 Paris And Ladies

September 30th, 2018


In the first half of our #InternationalPodcastDay Nebelhorn Trophy recap, we break down a super tough ladies field, including Zagitova, and discuss …

Ondrej Nepela Trophy 2018

September 27th, 2018


We push through rough video quality and YouTube music blocks to recap the entirety of the Ondrej Nepela Trophy, including strange timing deductions, a couple of gorgeous triple axels, and dying on ice.

Autumn Classic 2018 - Pairs And Dance

September 23rd, 2018


We wrap up our in person coverage of the 2018 Autumn Classic with the smaller disciplines, and discuss how harrowing watching pairs in person is, odd ice dance calling and judging, and us trying not to get too emotional …

Autumn Classic 2018 - Men

September 23rd, 2018


We have reached the 100th episode of the podcast! How fitting that it's about an event we attended, and the season debut of Yuzuru Hanyu! We discuss the jumping history that we almost witnessed, parse the musical …

Autumn Classic 2018 - Ladies

September 23rd, 2018


Our first in-person competition of the season was the 2018 Autumn Classic International, so we have a lot of thoughts about all of the disciplines! We start with the ladies, and break down Evgenia Medvedeva's new look …

JGP Richmond 2018 - Pairs And Ladies

September 18th, 2018


We complete our wrap-up of this crazy weekend of figure skating with the pairs and ladies events at JGP Richmond, including the importance of maintaining a good interpersonal relationship with your pairs partner, the …

JGP Richmond 2018 - Men And Dance

September 17th, 2018


The third competition taking place on this busy weekend of figure skating was the fourth JGP event in Richmond, BC. We break down the Ice Dance and Men's events, including the pressures of winning your first ever JGP …

US International Classic 2018 - Pairs And Ladies

September 16th, 2018


We continue our discussion of this weekend's second competition with the Pairs and Ladies events, including our nervousness about lifts at altitude, our love for everything Satoko Miyahara does, and why consistently …

US International Classic 2018 - Dance And Men

September 16th, 2018


We break down the Ice Dance and Men's events of the second competition of the weekend, including the maturity needed to properly portray the Tango Romantica, the prevalence of Leonardo DiCaprio's voice in skating …

Lombardia 2018 - Dance And Men

September 16th, 2018


To wrap up our Lombardia recap of the Ice Dance and Men's events, we break down the importance and difficulty of free-leg extension in the Tango …

Lombardia 2018 - Pairs And Ladies

September 16th, 2018


It's a busy weekend of figure skating, but we're watching all of it! We begin recapping the Lombardia Trophy with pairs and ladies, and discuss a new darker look for Zabiiako and Enbert, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva's joy of …

JGP Kaunas 2018

September 9th, 2018


We break down all three disciplines of the third Junior Grand Prix event in Kaunas, including Trusova's quad insanity, Torgashev's narrow victory and Final chances, and revel in a young sibling team who has all of our …

JGP Linz 2018 - Pairs And Ladies

September 4th, 2018


We continue to break down the second Junior Grand Prix event of the season with pairs and ladies, including the cutthroat competition to earn a second JGP assignment, a preponderance of step sequence falls by Russian …

JGP Linz 2018 - Men And Dance

September 4th, 2018


There were lots of streaming issues for the second Junior Grand Prix event of the season, but we try to discuss what we can about the men and ice …

JGP Bratislava 2018 - Dance And Men

August 27th, 2018


We continue recapping the first Junior Grand Prix event of the skating season with a break down of the men's and ice dance events. We discuss the …

JGP Bratislava 2018 - Pairs And Ladies

August 26th, 2018


The first Junior Grand Prix event of the skating season has just completed, and we're here to break it all down! We discuss Russian dominance in pairs and ladies, the importance of choreographing to fit a specific …

2018 Asian Open

August 7th, 2018


The new figure skating season has begun! We begin with a discussion of Denis Ten's legacy and his sad passing, and follow with a breakdown of the …

2018 Grand Prix Assignments

July 16th, 2018


The 2018 Grand Prix series assignments have been announced, and we break down the newly formed Grand Prix Finland, possibilities for various TBD spots, and the many many fascinating head-to-head match ups coming our way …

2018 ISU Congress Part 2

July 2nd, 2018


We're back for part two of our breakdown of the 2018 ISU Congress, including discussions of how much limiting quad repetitions might affect men's skating, the pros and cons of judging GOE and PCS separately, and how ice …

2018 ISU Congress Part 1

June 10th, 2018


The 2018 ISU Congress has concluded, and we've waded through all of the documents to break down the details for you of all the figure skating related proposals. We discuss how to best ensure effective judging, how to …

2018 Stars On Ice/Dancing With The Stars

May 27th, 2018


We catch up on discussing some skating related shows this week, by breaking down the Canadian Stars on Ice tour and the figure skaters on the latest season of Dancing With the Stars. We get nostalgic about Elvis Stojko …

2017/2018 Season's Best List: Ladies

May 21st, 2018


In our last best of list, we break down this season's toughest category, the ladies. There were so many exceptional ladies this season, it was hard to choose the best. We make hard choices and share with you the …

2017/18 Season's Best List : Men

May 13th, 2018


For our next season's best list we take a look at the men. We break down our highlights from a somewhat rough season for the men, and discuss one of our favourite programs across all disciplines, some of the best …

2017/18 Season's Best List : Ice Dance

May 7th, 2018


In our second best of the 2017/18 season wrap-up episodes, we break down our favourite ice dance programs of the season. We try to figure out just …

2017/18 Season's Best List : Pairs

April 30th, 2018


In the first of our year-end season's best lists, we break down our favourite pairs' programs of the 2017/18 season. We both have very different …

2018 Worlds Men

April 6th, 2018


In our last competition recap of the season, we break down the roller coaster of a men's event at the world championships, including the last skates …

2018 Worlds Ice Dance

April 3rd, 2018


The 2018 World Championships had a very strongly skated ice dance event, and we break down the many up and coming teams jockeying for position in the top ten, possible retirements and how they might affect the standings …

2018 Worlds Ladies

March 31st, 2018


The ladies event at the 2018 World Championships was an unpredictable one, and we discuss our surprise at who was (and wasn't) on the podium, whether the many underrotations calls were fair, and the unpredictability of …

2018 Worlds Pairs

March 31st, 2018


We are overwhelmed by the strength of pairs as an overall discipline in our recap of their last competition of the season, and we delve into how …

Junior Worlds 2018 Men

March 20th, 2018


The men's event was full of ups and downs at the Junior World Championships, and we delve into the struggle for consistency among the junior men, our …

Junior Worlds 2018 Ladies

March 20th, 2018


Continuing our coverage of the Junior World Championships we break down the ladies event, including Alexandra Trusova's history making quads. We revel in the insane talent of the top ladies here and discuss the possible …

Junior Worlds 2018 Pairs

March 15th, 2018


The pairs event saw a Russian sweep at these Junior World Championships, and we discuss the very young ages of most of the skaters in this event, how to differentiate between all of the fantastic Russian teams, and how …

Junior Worlds 2018 Ice Dance

March 15th, 2018


In our first breakdown of the 2018 Junior World Championships we delve into the fantastic growth of ice dance in the junior ranks, and debate our favourite Russian ice dance styles, which teams are ready to make the …

2018 Olympics Gala And Wrap-Up

February 26th, 2018


The Olympics are over, and we decided to take some time to review some of the performances from the Gala and wrap up the Olympics as a whole. Plus we …

2018 Olympics Ladies Freeskate

February 24th, 2018


The final competition segment for figure skating was the ladies freeskate, and it was a roller coaster of emotions. We discuss the devastation of …

2018 Olympics Ladies Short Program

February 22nd, 2018


Records were made and then broken in the 2018 Olympic ladies short program, and we discuss the confidence of the Russian ladies, a couple of personal best skates vying for the podium, and the battle to even make it into …

2018 Olympics Free Dance

February 22nd, 2018


It was a record breaking free dance at the 2018 Olympics, with two amazing programs setting records by Virtue and Moir and Papadakis and Cizeron. We break down the difference between their programs, the overall strength …

2018 Olympics Short Dance

February 19th, 2018


The short dance at the 2018 Olympics was a dramatic nail-biter, and we grouse about avoiding wardrobe malfunctions, how pattern dances are assessed, and judges saving room in the PCS as we recap the entire event.

2018 Olympics Mens Freeskate

February 17th, 2018


The men's freeskate was a dramatic night of skating, and we were relieved that it was a stronger night of skating than in Sochi. We break down the amazing comeback skates, the night's small mistakes, and the fantastic …

2018 Olympics Men's Short Program

February 17th, 2018


The men's short program at the 2018 Olympics was a roller coaster, with both miraculous and disastrous skates. We break down as many of the men's …

2018 Olympics Pairs Freeskate

February 16th, 2018


Two Olympic events down, three to go! The pairs are all finished competing at this year's Olympics, and it certainly ended on a high for Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, Wenjing Sui and Cong Han, and Meagan Duhamel …

2018 Olympics Pairs Short Program

February 15th, 2018


So that pairs short program was amazing! The Olympics are in full swing and everyone is now in the running. We have almost only good things to say …

2018 Olympics Team Event (Day 3)

February 13th, 2018


Team Canada took Gold in a dramatic Day 3 of figure skating's team event at the Olympics, and we debate whether the Canadian men's gold medal curse …

2018 Olympics Team Event (Day 2)

February 11th, 2018


Day 2 of figure skating's team event at the Olympics determined which countries will be fighting for the medals, and we break down all of the skates in dance, ladies, and pairs, including the relative PCS of the top …

2018 Olympics Team Event (Day 1)

February 9th, 2018


The Olympics are finally here! We break down all of the skates from day 1 of the team event (including all of the men and pairs) and discuss the extreme pressures of the Olympics, the strategies countries might use for …

2018 Olympics Preview

February 4th, 2018


In our last episode before the Olympics officially begin, we preview all of the figure skating events by breaking down our podium predictions and trying to figure out how different countries will strategize with their …

Four Continents 2018 Men

January 29th, 2018


The men's event at Four Continents had the strongest field as a whole, and we discuss the Olympic podium worthy skates by the top two men, the flood …

Four Continents 2018 Pairs

January 29th, 2018


The pairs field at Four Continents was small, but exciting. We get excited about the first ISU senior international medal for North Korea, the potential of the new US pairs, and the strengthening of the pairs discipline …

Four Continents 2018 Ladies

January 29th, 2018


The Japanese ladies conquered the podium at Four Continents and we break down their dominance at this event, as well as the resurgence of the South Korean ladies, the potential of the up and coming Canadian ladies, and …

Four Continents 2018 Ice Dance

January 29th, 2018


It was a field of a lot of newcomers in the dance event at Four Continents, and we discuss the surprise medalists, the growth of ice dance in Asia, and the insane depth of the current American ice dance field.

Europeans 2018 Ice Dance

January 23rd, 2018


We wrap up our Europeans recap with the dance, which had one of the deepest fields of the whole competition. We have fantasies about perfect scores …

Europeans 2018 Men

January 21st, 2018


The European Championships are always an interesting event. Headlined this year once again by Javier Fernandez, the men were overall pretty strong and are definitely starting to look ready to step up for the Olympics, …

Europeans 2018 Ladies

January 21st, 2018


In what was one of the most shocking events of the season, we have a new UNDEFEATED Russian lady battling for the number one spot at the Olympics. What was almost certainly Medvedeva's title will not be hers without a …

Europeans 2018 Pairs

January 21st, 2018


With only 3 weeks to the Olympics, it is becoming less and less clear which teams stand the most chance of an Olympic medal, much less the OGM. Will one of these Russians take it? Will they even get to go? Will James …

Canadian Nationals 2018 Ice Dance

January 15th, 2018


This is an emotional one folks. Grab the tissues as we discuss Virtue and Moir's LAST NATIONALS. Also one of our favourite teams step up and take a …

Canadian Nationals 2018 Ladies

January 15th, 2018


This year's 2018 ladies event was a little shocking, we're excited and sad big surprise, it's an Olympic season nationals). Also Ted Barton learned that we call them Ladies, not Girls, which was a personal highlight …

Canadian Nationals 2018 Pairs

January 15th, 2018


It's Canadian Nationals week! What could we possibly want more than 7 solid Canadian pairs? Plus title number 7 for Duhamel and Radford. This has …

Canadian Nationals 2018 Men

January 15th, 2018


So. Many. Emotions. This week has been bittersweet. So many staples in Canadian skating are moving on. This record setting/matching nationals for Patrick Chan (with 10 titles) will be his last. We're emotional for him …

US Nationals 2018 Ice Dance

January 8th, 2018


In the conclusion of what has been a roller coaster ride of emotions at US Nationals, we break down the Ice Dance, the event which has probably made …

US Nationals 2018 Men

January 8th, 2018


The men's free skate at US nationals was a dramatic and contentious one. We break down what a tough decision the selection committee had on choosing the Olympic team, and consider the relative merits of a clean skate, a …

US Nationals 2018 Ladies

January 7th, 2018


There was a dynamic fight for three Olympic spots in the ladies event at US Nationals, and we break down the contentious decision made by the selection committee. Plus, we delve into what effect nationals inflation, …

US Nationals 2018 Pairs

January 7th, 2018


In our first breakdown of the US national championships, we reveal breaking news of the US pairs' international assignments, and discuss myriad …

Japanese Nationals 2017 Men & Ice Dance

January 4th, 2018


In our last 2017 catch-up episode, we recap the Japanese nationals ice dance field and the growth of the discipline in Japan. Then, we break down the top men and discuss the wealth of strong jumpers, the importance of a …

Japanese Nationals 2017 Ladies and Pairs

January 4th, 2018


This year's Japanese nationals is a big one. With 30 ladies skaters and almost as many men, there's a lot to get through, but we tackle the best of the best from the ladies event and manage to get through a bunch of …

Russian Nationals 2017 Ladies

January 4th, 2018


The Russian ladies are always exciting, maybe now more than ever. With a huge number of their top international competitors finishing outside the top 10 here, and with so many of these ladies under 16, what does that …

Russian Nationals 2017 Men

January 4th, 2018


Russian Nationals are always an exciting event, usually with a whole lot of upheval. There were a whole lot of highs and a whole lot of lows this …

Russian Nationals 2017 Ice Dance

January 2nd, 2018


Our Russian Nationals coverage continues with the ice dance as we discuss a mid-program withdrawal, the importance of pattern dances in a team's …

Russian Nationals 2017 Pairs

January 2nd, 2018


We begin our coverage of this season's national competitions with the pairs at Russian Nationals. Listen in as we gush over the top teams' crosscuts and skating skills, the potential of the current crop of junior pairs, …

Grand Prix Final 2017 Junior Ladies

December 21st, 2017


We saved the best for last! The Junior Ladies had a fantastic event at the Grand Prix Final and we revel in our awe of these young dynamos and discuss the technical breakthroughs being made and the Hunger Games …

Grand Prix Final 2017 Junior Ice Dance

December 21st, 2017


We get a bit of a case of the giggles in our recap of the Junior Ice Dance event at the Grand Prix Final as we break down the evolution of the …

Grand Prix Final 2017 Junior Pairs

December 21st, 2017


We continue to be excited by the pairs discipline all the way down to the junior ranks in this episode, as we marvel over the strength of Russian and Chinese pairs techniques, imagine great future careers for all of the …

Junior Grand Prix Final 2017 Junior Men

December 18th, 2017


The Junior Grand Prix Final was almost as exciting as the seniors this year, and though the men were probably the least exciting of the bunch, they still gave us an interesting and exciting event. Keep your eyes peeled …

Grand Prix Final 2017 Pairs

December 18th, 2017


All of the events at this year's Grand Prix final were exciting, but the showdown in the pairs was a fun one, and the outcome was not exactly what we expected.

Grand Prix Final 2017 Ice Dance

December 18th, 2017


The ultimate ice dance showdown! Not only was this the first matchup of the season between Virtue/Moir and Papadakis/Cizeron, this was also a mini US …

Grand Prix Final 2017 Ladies

December 12th, 2017


With Evgenia Medvedeva missing, this was a nail-biter of a competition for the ladies at the Grand Prix Final. We discuss the importance of the triple-triple, the depth of the Russian ladies, and how this field compares …

Grand Prix Final 2017 Men

December 12th, 2017


It was an unusual field of men at the Grand Prix Final this year, and we break down the quad wars, the fight for the podium at US Nationals, and Shoma Uno's free leg issues.

Skate America 2017 Ice Dance

December 7th, 2017


Before breaking down the ice dance event at Skate America, we delve into the breaking news about Russian participation in the Olympic games and what it might mean for figure skating. Then, we discuss the strict levels …

Skate America 2017 Men

December 5th, 2017


The men's event at Skate America was a bit of a rough one to sit through. We delve deep into skating while injured, the state of Canadian men's figure skating, and how to deal with dead flies on the ice.

Skate America 2017 Ladies

December 5th, 2017


The ladies at Skate America shook things up on the podium in interesting ways, and we discuss the comebacks, the withdrawals, and the many nationals battles to come in the next month.

NHK 2017 Pairs

December 1st, 2017


The grand prix in Japan is always a fun one. The crowd in Japan is always a great one, and the Pairs event this year was no exception, especially with the strength of pairs right now.

GP France 2017 Ladies

December 1st, 2017


What is going on this Grand Prix season? Who's going to make it into the final after this showing? Time to break down the results of the ladies event …

GP France 2017 Ice Dance

December 1st, 2017


With only one more stop on the Grand Prix circuit before the final, we break down the craziness that is ice dance. Who's got the best shot at winning …

GP France 2017 Men

December 1st, 2017


It's the second to last stop on the Grand Prix before the final. Did the men deliver? We break down the good, the bad, and the ugly from the men.

GP France 2017 Pairs

December 1st, 2017


In the second to last stop on the Grand Prix, we break down the results of the pairs event and who is most likely to make the final at this point in …

Skate America 2017 Pairs

December 1st, 2017


Our first Skate America episode is the Pairs. We recap the least traumatic event of the weekend, and we break it down, skate by skate.

NHK 2017 Ladies

November 19th, 2017


The ladies at this year's NHK Trophy provided an interesting insight into the potential future of ladies skating, this season and beyond. The return of Satoko Miyahara adds another element of suspense in the selection …

NHK 2017 Ice Dance

November 19th, 2017


The ice dance event at NHK Trophy was another exciting and odd one. We break down the results, who's likely to make the GPF and where we think the …

NHK 2017- Men's Event

November 19th, 2017


This is the first episode of our updated format. In an attempt to make the exporting process faster, we're bringing you four episodes for each event.
The men's event at NHK this year was odd, with Hanyu withdrawing at …

Cup of China 2017

November 19th, 2017


Our (very much delayed) Cup of China episode. We talk Hanyu's injury at NHK, the results of the events at CoC and who's likely to make the GPF.

Skate Canada 2017

November 2nd, 2017


This week was our second Grand Prix of Figure Skating competition. This time in Regina Saskatchewan, Skate Canada International featured a number of showdowns with some very high highs and some very low lows. Our …

Rostelecom 2017

October 23rd, 2017


The senior Grand Prix series is here! We discuss every entrant in all four disciplines at Rostelecom (and whether they skated as well as we predicted), plus inappropriate lyrics for skating, whether it's a better …

JGP Minsk 2017

October 19th, 2017


In this episode we circle back to the fourth Junior Grand Prix competition in Minsk, Belarus to discuss the strength of the junior ladies, and also engage in a lengthy discussion on body image issues in figure skating.

Finlandia Trophy 2017

October 16th, 2017


The 2017 Finlandia Trophy was one of three events this past weekend, and the competition was tough. Our thoughts on the outcomes, the trajectories and the long term plan of the skaters here.

Japan Open 2017

October 10th, 2017


The 2017 edition of the Japan Open provided some interesting head-to-head match-ups between skaters early on in the season. We break down all of the new programs and come-back skates from this event.

Nebelhorn Trophy 2017

October 9th, 2017


Nebelhorn Trophy 2017 was the final qualifying event for the 2018 Winter Olympics. We discuss the skating, the qualifiers, what that means for the team event and what the qualification of North Korean skaters mean for …

Ondrej Nepela 2017

October 3rd, 2017


This week on top of the Autumn Classic International, was Ondrej Nepola trophy, which featured some strong skater, particularly from Russia and the …

Autumn Classic 2017

September 28th, 2017


This year's Autumn Classic was full of huge names, including 3 world champions and a variety of world medalists. This challenger series event is a …

Lombardia Trophy 2017

September 21st, 2017


This week's 2nd episode is about the Lombardia Trophy 2017. The combined first week of the real start of the senior season had some huge highs, including some incredible scores, and we break it all down.

US International Classic 2017

September 19th, 2017


We recap the first of this week's 2 Challenger series competitions, the US international classic in Salt Lake City. Highlights include Nathan Chen, Marin Honda, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, Kirsten Moore-Towers …

JGP Riga 2017

September 18th, 2017


We dive into the field at the third Junior Grand Prix event in Riga, Latvia including the debut of junior pairs.

I, Tonya Review

September 11th, 2017


This week we have a bonus episode, with the premiere of I, Tonya at TIFF. Was it good? Bad? Funny? What we expected and what we got. What we thought of the movie as a film as well as as a piece of skating media.

JGP Salzburg 2017

September 7th, 2017


In our second episode, we break down the second Junior Grand Prix competition of 2017 in Salzburg, Austria, and discuss some sad retirement news.

JGP Brisbane 2017

August 30th, 2017


In the first ever episode of Flutzes and Waxels we dive deep into the first Junior Grand Prix event of the 2017-2018 season.

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