The Inside Edge is where I take you behind-the-scenes of this week’s @SkatingPj Podcast. The Grand Prix Final means different things to different people. For me, it’s a chance to see the best of the best go head to head in competition which otherwise wouldn’t happen until Worlds. For the skaters, it’s the chance for bragging rights and a kind of momentum heading into the second half of the season.
For Canadian fans, the competition this coming weekend has even more buzz. For the first time, Canada has entries in all four disciplines. Kaetlyn Osmond has become the first Canadian woman to qualify since Joannie Rochette. Rochette’s last appearance at the Final was in 2009; so this has been a long time coming.
Paul and I talked about it, and we decided to pay tribute to all of these amazing athletes by putting together a podcast featuring all of them. We double checked and in fact have recorded podcasts with all of the Canadian skaters in the Grand Prix Final – so in this episode – we are featuring a ‘best of’ segment with each of them. In order, you’ll hear from Kaetlyn Osmond, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Patrick Chan and Julianne Seguin & Charlie Bilodeau.
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. I wanted to find a great Grand Prix Final performance from one of our featured Canadians, and there have been lots of them. I settled on one of my all-time favourite free dances. This is Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s outstanding interpretation of Carmen from the 2012 Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia. Spellbinding.
If you would like to hear the episodes in their entirety – they can be found here: Kaetlyn Osmond, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Patrick Chan and Julianne Seguin & Charlie Bilodeau.
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