Welcome to a brand new season of Ice Talk - the figure skating podcast from U.S. Figure Skating. Things are a little different around here this year, but that’s kind of the story overall for 2020, isn’t it? Even in an unprecedented year, there is still skating happening, so there are scores to be analyzed, medals to be given, and stories to be told!
Join host Mirai Nagasu for bi-weekly episodes full of competition news, interviews with people in and around figure skating, and a chance to have a little fun along the way.
World Championships Recap
With a few weeks to process all the happenings of the World Championships, Mirai and Tara reconvened to talk through the impact moments of the event, including the wild and wonderful Ladies event and Nathan Chen's mind boggling Free Skate comeback.
Then, Mirai sat down with 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek to catch up on his life post-skating, reflect on his decorated career, and get his thoughts on Nathan Chen's momentum headed toward Beijing 2022.
The World Figure Skating Championships
They're here! The World Championships are officially underway. Before the Team USA skaters left, Mirai caught up with a few National Champions to find out more about training through the uncertainty of the past season, and preparing for the unusual circumstances of competition week in Sweden.
The Women Who Inspire Us
The world is full of remarkable women. This week, Mirai and Tara hear from Team USA athletes about the women who inspire them to be strong, brave, and confident.
Then, Mirai sits down with Olympic Champion Meryl Davis to discuss her history-making skating journey, as well as her continuing efforts to make the world a better place for girls and women of all ages.
Black History Month: Learning from Skating's Legacies
The sport of figure skating was changed for the better by the barrier-breaking efforts of people like Mabel Fairbanks. This week on Ice Talk, Mirai and Tara continue the conversation with Tai Babilonia and Starr Andrews about the impact of Fairbanks and other BIPOC athletes, as well as the continuing efforts to confront the issues of race and inequality on and off the ice.
Getting Up and Moving Forward
In February, we celebrate U.S. Figure Skating's Get Up Campaign, and who better to speak to the value and the challenge of getting up after every fall than Scott Hamilton?
Plus, host Mirai Nagasu catches up with Yaroslav Paniot who turned heads at the U.S. Championships with an Elvis-themed free skate that landed him on the podium... and in the Olympic Team conversation. But it's been an interesting road for the 2017 Ukranian men's champion -- one that includes a particularly entertaining story that involves tennis shoes, the Las Vegas bubble, and his warm up routine.
The Bubble Championships
After another competition week inside the figure skating bubble in Las Vegas, four national champions were crowned and World Teams were named. Host Mirai and Producer Tara break down what happened, what didn't, and how it all stacks up in light of an unconfirmed World Championships schedule.
Plus, Mirai catches up with now five-time U.S. men's champion Nathan Chen to talk about the pandemic altered season, what it means to join the likes of the sport's biggest legends in the history books, and how a five-quad free skate is even possible!
I LOVE this podcast. I listen with my daughter when we are driving to and from the rink. As a young figure skater she looks up to Mirai, and I love that Mirai and Tara talk about topics like diversity, inclusion, and overcoming obstacles in addition to all the great figure skating content. They also have inspirational and interesting guests. Thank you Tara and Mirai!
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I’m a figure skating fan with limited in depth knowledge. They explain things so well and not over your head. If you’re looking for an unbiased, non- snarky podcast this is the one for you! Also appreciate the lack of hate. Thank you Jackie and Nick!
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