The Inside Edge


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

It was just four years ago when Mitch Islam and partner Alexandra Paul got the nod to take part as figure skating team members at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. It was a thrilling moment. Fast forward to the fall of 2017 and catching Mitch in a back hallway at Skate Canada in Regina, I asked him if he was willing to have a chat with me. Remember, this is literally a back hallway, so apologies for the less than ideal sound!


I have known Mitch since he was a kid. I skated with his mom who is an Olympic judge, Debbie Islam and his dad, coach David Islam who was a competitive ice dancer since we were all kids. It has been fun to watch him grow up through the ranks and to see him now as a technical rep for Jackson Skates. In this conversation, we get the chance to talk about Mitch’s life before, during and after skating.

If you want to know more, follow Mitch on Twitter @mitchislam.

The Outside Edge


Where I highlight a video related to this podcast.

For today’s installment, I thought that you would enjoy a look back at Mitch’s career with this performance. At the Canadian National Figure Skating Championships in 2014, it came down to this skate for Paul and Islam. This was the one that would determine whether they would make the Olympic Team or not – they did and finished in 18th in Sochi. Remarkable talent. Click on the image below to watch the video.


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