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Welcome to Ice Talk -- the show where we travel together throughout the skating season, sharing the highs and lows and all the stories in between. Join host Tara Nichols and expert skating analyst Jackie Wong each week for news and notes from the latest competitions on the ice. Plus, hear directly from special guests throughout the season as we work our way towards Bejing 2022.
 
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We wrap up Junior Worlds with our favourite discipline and a really fun event - the junior dance! We discuss the many pattern dance interruptions that were assessed by this tech panel, how to balance skating with full speed and energy with not making major mistakes, and the nice balance we have of countries with lots of talent competing with each o…
 
We continue our discussion of Junior Worlds with the men's event and discuss how important international competitions are to skater development (and how many skaters seem to be currently feeling the lack of opportunities), the reasonable number of quads attempted in the free skate, and the countries with exciting competition brewing among their you…
 
Next up we discuss the small pairs event, including the state of the pairs field for the upcoming season in general, what reforms could be made to encourage more pairs teams worldwide to develop and be able to compete somewhat regularly, and our hopes for a successful future career for all of the teams here, but particularly those already finding s…
 
This strange season wraps up with the Junior World Championships, and we begin our recaps with the women! We discuss how JGP spots for next season will be allocated (and whether there could be a better way to do it), whether tech minimums for the women need to be raised a bit next year, and when having one stand out quality can help you more in you…
 
We wrap up our discussion of Worlds with our favourite men's event of the season, and discuss the fantastic skating we saw here, some young teens with tons of untapped potential, the last-minute alternates who really capitalized on their sudden opportunity, and just how amazing our winner might be if he could get in three free skate combinations co…
 
After a tough women's event at the Olympics, we had a much more enjoyable time with the women's event at Worlds, and we discuss how thrilled we are to have a podium full of happy tears, the agony and the ecstasy of placements decided by just hundredths of points, and our hope that just about all the women who competed here will continue skating and…
 
This year's world championships were a strange one in many ways, but particularly in the pairs event. We discuss the opportunities and pressures faced by teams with a sudden chance to make it to the top of the podium, why referees should be empowered to do more in the case of a mid-program injury, and how much we hope that pairs skating worldwide w…
 
This week, Tara and Jackie take one last preview look at the World Championship events for the men and the ice dancers. Without the likes of Nathan Chen or Yuzuru Hanyu, who will skate into a World title? And for some, this is their last hoorah on competitive ice -- one final chance to share their competitive fire. What enduring memories are we abo…
 
After a week away, Tara is back and joine once again by Jackie Wong to look ahead to the upcoming World Figure Skating Championships. The Women and the Pairs will kick off the competition... and the rosters look very different than those we saw just a month ago in Beijing. Who will step into the moment and earn a World title?…
 
Figure skating at this Olympics concluded with the pairs, and it was just about everything we had hoped it would be! We discuss the many amazing skates from the top half of the field and the extremely close race for gold, the many promising young teams we hope to see competing in four years time, and how much we hope the legacy of amazing Chinese p…
 
Olympic figure skating events wrap up with the pairs this time around, and we started off with a pretty fantastic short program. We discuss how much of a numbers game the free skate might be for the top teams, how much we've missed seeing the Chinese pairs this season, and how much we hope that this Olympics can end on a high note with a good free …
 
The wrap up of the women's event at this Olympics was another tough one to experience, and we discuss some skaters who were able to overcome everything surrounding them and have a good skate, but how distressing it is that the entire event was so completely overshadowed by far too many failures from the powers that be.…
 
Somehow the Olympics are already more than halfway through, and while the skating continues, so does the doping scandal.Today, we break down the (somewhat disappointing) freedance, as well as the CAS ruling on the doping scandal. We discuss why panels should be harsher about stepsequence levels, the importance of a good stopwatch, and some lifts go…
 
The next event up at these Olympics is the ice dance, and we discuss a rhythm dance that was overshadowed for us by technical issues and doping drama. We discuss where the results were impacted by one major mistake versus overall lack of quality for some teams and whether nerves for both favourites and Olympic newcomers played into this event feeli…
 
After an incredible men's short program this week, we had high hopes and moderate expectations for the free. It didn't quite live up to our hopes, but we discuss highly engaging performers, costly popped jumps, and the risk versus reward of trying out your most difficult jumps on Olympic ice.The document we discuss can be found here: https://www.is…
 
The individual events at this Olympics began with the men's short program, and we discuss some really fantastic skates (with some pretty high scoring to go along with them), a pretty shocking moment that prevented us from having quite the head-to-head match-up for gold that everyone had been expecting for the past few years, and who was able to bui…
 
The final day of the Olympic team event had its share of ups and downs, and we discuss some scary moments in pairs and why having a level 4 death spiral with good GOE can be so important to your overall placement and score, whether we'll see teams struggle or rise to the occasion after some exciting and disappointing results in dance, and hope that…
 
Day two of the Olympic team event saw the field narrowed down to just five countries who will try to win the first figure skating medal of the 2022 Games! We discuss the women's short programs with the most impact on their countries placements in the event, a heartbreaking tie-breaker scenario for the final team to make the free skate, and the real…
 
We can't believe it is already here, but we are already diving into the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, starting off with day one of the team event. We discuss COVID complicating qualification for the free, why getting a first outing before the individual event could be a good thing or a bad thing for these skaters, and the likelihood of an intense batt…
 
The Team Event kicks things off, but shortly after that, the men take center ice. This week, Tara and Jackie talk about the intense protocols in Beijing, what to expect from the electric field of medal-contending men, and how things have shifted for the Team Event expectations since last week. Then, Olympic Team Event alumni (and bronze medalist!) …
 
Only one continent was represented in pairs at Four Continents this year, and we discuss the very interesting battle between six up and coming North American teams, and between former partners, and hope that we see all of these partnerships continue to grow and improve next season. Plus, we briefly discuss our podcasting plans for the rapidly appro…
 
The dance field at Four Continents this year was small and rather messy, and we discuss an alarming number of falls for a smaller dance event, our hope for up and coming teams from outside North America to be better appreciated in the future, and wonder what next season might hold for the North American teams here who weren't quite strong enough to…
 
There were some really great skates from the women at Four Continents, and we discuss whether it was a good idea to have the Korean Olympic team compete here so close to the Olympics, some lenient tech calling (and whether that's an indication of the calling we might see at the Olympics), and some exciting head-to-heads we're excited to see in comi…
 
This weekend's Four Continents Championships was a bit of a smaller one due to the upcoming Olympics, but we begin our recaps with an interesting men's event! We discuss the many skaters likely ending their seasons here with a strong set of skates to set them up for next year, successes and failures in jump math, and why it was really unnecessary f…
 
The pairs event at Europeans this year saw some inconsistent skating, and we discuss Olympic season score inflation which we hope can be addressed at the next Congress, whether a double twist has an unwarranted effect on PCS, and some young teams who we will hope will continue to skate together for many years to ensure a real future for the discipl…
 
Despite a number of withdrawals from the dance event at Europeans it was an interesting event, and we discuss the conclusion of the battle for the lone Spanish ice dance spot at the Olympics, teams we hope will finally make it to the Olympics versus those who unfortunately won't be able to go, and teams we hope are really finding their identity in …
 
This week's European Championships had a very exciting and pretty well skated men's event, and we discuss the tough choice to make for the third man on the Russian Olympic team, some real jump math problems in the free skate, and some exciting young skaters making their debut at Europeans (though some due to unfortunate withdrawals).…
 
We wrap up this weekend of skating with the US men and discuss some surprise podium placements and how it should have impacted the Olympic team selection, chaotic jumps at this event and the potential for more of them in the future internationally, and the many signs and indications that our eventual Olympic men's team should just not have come to …
 
Next, we discuss the US women, including the front runners unable to compete due to COVID (and whether this competition was really necessary to determine Olympic spots), our opinions on how we might have had these standings turn out at the end of the day, and how this nationals tech calling might compare to that of an international panel.…
 
There was a deep field in dance at US nationals, and some very interesting head-to-head match-ups, and we discuss why this year's patterns might make it slightly easier to do a half-junior, half-senior season, twizzle mistakes really determining the placements on the lower half of the podium, and how hard it is to give out late season international…
 
Next up, we move on to the US national championships and a pairs event which was very directly impacted by COVID. We discuss the difficulty of skating against a team unable to be in the competition for an Olympic spot, the likelihood of Olympic alternates being needed to fill in at the Games, and whether this event really needed to happen to decide…
 
We wrap up Canadian nationals with the pairs, and the contentious decision made regarding the Olympic assignments. We discuss some season best performances (including from teams who just had interrupted training time due to COVID), how to keep developing young pair teams in Canada, and our hope (unfortunately unrealized) that the Olympic team decis…
 
Next up we discuss the women's event, which has always been a bit of a weaker discipline for Canada, and we discuss the importance of sending out many more skaters (junior and senior) for tech minimums and competition experience, who we hope will continue to stick around in the Canadian skating world (as either skaters, coaches, or choreographers),…
 
There were a lot of strong teams competing in the Canadian nationals dance event, and we discuss the impact of empty stands on the performance level the skaters were able to put out, our thoughts on changes we'd like to see in some lifts that we don't think quite work, and why last minute music changes need to come with substantial choreographic ch…
 
We begin our recap of the substantial amount of skating from this weekend with the Canadian men, and a discussion of the overall COVID testing situation at Canadian nationals. We discuss some young guys with lots of potential who really delivered here, missing skates and luggage leading to some nervous moments, and the tough decision making involve…
 
It's time! We've arrived at the US Championships week (as well as Canadian Nationals) and Jackie Wong joins Tara live from Music City for a supersized preview of the competition landscape this weekend. Plus, Scott Hamilton stops by to talk about bringing the event to Nashville with less than two years to plan, and about how different an Olympic sea…
 
Nationals season continues! This week, Tara chats with Jackie Wong to recap moments from Russia and Japan Nationals, including the magnificent return of Yuzuru Hanyu, quad axel (almost) in hand! They discuss the Europeans teams named after the championships in Russia, and the Olympic teams made official in Japan. Plus, Jackie gives us just a hint a…
 
We wrap up this week's competitions with the Russian national pairs event, which was a bit rougher than usual, but still one of our favourite events of the season. We discuss whether it might be a good idea for the European and Olympic teams to be different in an Olympic year (as many Four Continents countries do), some teams cleaning up their recu…
 
The men at Russian nationals were as unpredictable as ever, and we discuss why a short program strategy we've complained about for two seasons might have dashed a skater's hopes for an Olympic spot, how amazing it was that our winner was able to skate consistently under the extreme pressure of an Olympic season nationals, and whether results at Eur…
 
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