The Inside Edge

Where I take you behind-the-scenes of this week’s @SkatingPj Podcast. 

CBC Sports’ Scott Russell has a passion for and an encyclopedic knowledge about amateur sports. It makes it a whole lot of fun to talk to him. While we were in Helsinki covering the World Figure Skating Championships, I asked Scott if he would be willing to sit for another podcast with me. I was looking forward to talking to him exclusively about figure skating.

The thing with Scott is that he is all about getting the story right and not just getting it right now. He asks great questions, pays attention to the results, the records and why things are important in every sport he covers.

The way Scott approaches his subject matter is impressive. I am not always able to keep everything straight in the sport I grew up in – so to watch Scott in action right on point with the ‘who’s who’ and ‘what’s what’ in more sports than I can count is amazing. He is smart, articulate, funny and I will admit that I am not so secretly jealous of his ability to write and to tell a story. He is an author, a Gemini Award winner and the voice of Olympic sports in Canada.

Scott is also humble enough to not be bothered by the following: in looking for a picture of him for this page, I settled on the one here only to find that it was labelled Steve Russell by the fancy and famous website where it was located. It reminds me of the adage – as long as you don’t call him late for dinner? Anyway – this conversation is a treat whether you’re a skating fan or not.

Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @CBCScottRussell.

The Outside Edge

Where I highlight a video related to this episode.

This is the 2002 Olympic long program from multi-time Canadian champion Jennifer Robinson. In 2002, backstage in the mixed zone, Scott and Jennifer had a chance to chat which we recount at the end of our podcast. When you watch this performance, you can easily imagine the exuberant conversation that took place after the fact, to which Scott alludes. Enjoy.

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