Patricia Chafe picThe Inside Edge is where I take you behind-the-scenes of this week’s @SkatingPj Podcast. Patricia Chafe and I have known each other for about 10 years and behind her lovely smile and soft-spoken words is a brain that never stops. My admiration comes from Patricia’s ‘cool under pressure’ demeanour and her wizard-like talent with numbers – which I do not share! Mind you, with her education background including a PhD in Mathematics, it would be rather more surprising if numbers didn’t sing to her.

What is the importance of this podcast to me? First of all, Patricia was front and centre with the introduction of the new judging system. Secondly, figure skating means as much to Patricia as it does to many of us out here in skating-land and with her work as Chief Sport Officer of Skate Canada, she gets the chance to facilitate the evolution of the sport.

Passion. Pride. Purpose – all three words sum up what talking to Patricia Chafe meant to me.


The Outside Edge is where I highlight videos from across the skating world and bring you a little bonus from somewhere on YouTube or beyond. A ton has already been written/discussed/said about the pair event at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City – which is when the decision was made that the judging system needed to evolve. In this edition of the Outside Edge, I thought it might be fun to take a different performance from the same event: Sarah Hughes from the United States of America in her Gold medal winning free skate. Just another memorable moment in this memorable sport.

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