The Inside Edge is where I take you behind-the-scenes of this week’s @SkatingPj Podcast. Ever since our podcast started, I bugged David Dore to record an episode with me. He was always putting me off until one time, when I found out he would be in Toronto visiting Paul. There was no more room for excuses. It was personal and memorable for me and long enough to be two episodes.

David was a shy man and not always comfortable with the spotlight aimed on him. He had an extraordinary vision for what figure skating could be in Canada and worked tirelessly towards that end. In this re-release of my original conversation, we talk about David’s story – I found it fascinating at the time and think you will too.

It has been almost a year since David passed away and some things have changed and skating continues to evolve! Skate Canada has set up a fund in David’s honour and it is to recognize the efforts of volunteers. The deadline to apply to become a recipient of the David Dore Mentorship Fund is April 10, 2017. For more information, click on this link: Skate Canada David Dore Mentorship Fund.

A note from Paul:

I put a lot of work out in the world, whether through podcasting, writing or video. Sometimes I wonder why I feel compelled to express myself so publicly. Every once in a while, something comes along and shows me the ‘why’ in a crystal clear way. After re-visiting this interview with my father, he was alive again for those ninety minutes. He was his old self: passionate, honest, intelligent and humble. This interview stands as a record for future generations to hear, in his own words, the many things he accomplished during his long career in figure skating. This record will last forever, makes me proud and inspires me to keep putting our work out there. Thank you to Skate Canada for setting up this fund and to Pj for the memorable interview.


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. In this case, it’s the 1984 world championship winning free program from Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini in Ottawa. I wanted to share this program because David Dore had a hand in their success. The team is responsible for the phenomenal performance, the technical ability and the outstanding work ethic but the Canadian Figure Skating Association, as it was known then, was in the background supporting the skaters. David Dore was at the helm in those days and I know that Underhill and Martini’s success meant a lot to him.

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