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Yup, I’m a skating fan. But I’m a skater too. I compete nearly every year in the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, and am always thrilled to see my other skating buddies there. In my real life I work in marketing for brands that make positive changes in the world, and a mom of two rambunctious boys.

Episode #27: Charlie Tickner

MAY 2009 An interview with Charlie Tickner, 4-time US National Champion, World Champion and Olympic bronze medalist. 58 minutes, 30 seconds. Thanks to Fiona McQuarrie for transcribing these interview highlights: On his most embarrassing skating moment: I don’t remember what year it was, I was still competing so it had to be in the late…

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Episode #26: Michael Cook

APRIL 2009 An interview with Michael Cook, who runs the off-ice training program at Skating Club of Boston. 34 minutes. Thanks to Fiona McQuarrie for transcribing these interview highlights: On his most embarrassing skating moment: It’s a scheduling moment. I pride myself on being on time and knowing who I’m meeting when. Unfortunately this past…

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Episode #25: Alexander Fadeev

MARCH 2009 An interview with Alexander Fadeev, 4-time European Champion, 1985 World Champion, God of figures, and now coach. 43 minutes, 14 seconds. Thanks to Fiona McQuarrie for transcribing these interview highlights: On his most embarrassing skating moment: One was the Olympics 1988 in which I didn’t skate well. The second, and I think the…

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Episode #24: Lorin O’Neil

FEBRUARY 2009 An interview with Lorin O’Neil, member of all three ice shows (Ice Follies, Holiday on Ice and Ice Capades), coach, choreographer, and technical specialist. 1 hour, 23 minutes, 13 seconds. Thanks to Fiona McQuarrie for transcribing these interview highlights: On his most embarrassing skating moment: It was 1961, and I had joined with…

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Episode #23: 2009 US Nationals

JANUARY 2009 A compilation of interviews with various skaters and fans from the 2009 US National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. 19 minutes, 3 seconds. Thanks to Fiona McQuarrie for transcribing these interview highlights: Allison Manley, podcast host: I unfortunately was not able to make it to Nationals this year, new baby and all, but you…

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Episode #22: Jozef Sabovcik

DECEMBER 2008 An interview with Jozef Sabovcik, 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, 6-time Czech champion, and 2-time European champion, author and painter. 49 minutes, 19 seconds. Thanks to Fiona McQuarrie for transcribing these interview highlights: On his most embarrassing skating moment: My parents did not know that I skated, because both my parents are ballet dancers,…

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Episode #21: Chris Howarth

NOVEMBER 2008 An interview with Chris Howarth, 1980 Olympian, coach, and commentator for British Eurosport.39 minutes, 15 seconds. Thanks to Fiona McQuarrie for transcribing these interview highlights: On his most embarrassing skating moment: Oh, my goodness, there was one terrible one. It makes me shudder just to think about it, actually. I was competing in…

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Episode #20: Navarro & Bommentre

OCTOBER 2008 An interview with American ice dancers Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre. 44 minutes 4 seconds. Thanks to Fiona McQuarrie for transcribing these interview highlights: (K=Kim, B=Brent, A=Allison) On their most embarrassing skating moments: B: Is this a PG podcast? [laughs] It was my first international experience, my first junior Grand Prix. It was…

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Episode #19: Ron Ludington

SEPTEMBER 2008 An interview with elite coach Ron Ludington, himself an Olympic medalist, coach of too many incredible skaters to mention, and head of Delaware’s incredible skating program. 56 minutes, 13 seconds. Thanks to Fiona McQuarrie for transcribing these interview highlights: On his most embarrassing skating moment: Oh, I don’t think I have any trouble…

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Episode #18: Richard Dwyer

AUGUST 2008 An interview with Richard Dwyer, also known as “Mr. Debonair” from Ice Follies. 38 minutes, 43 seconds. Thanks to Fiona McQuarrie for transcribing these interview highlights: On his most embarrassing skating moment: I’ve had a couple, performance-wise, and we were talking about this just the other day, about celebrities and meeting people, and…

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