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2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final

FUKUOKA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 07: Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia fall after skating into the red carpet on their entrance for the Pairs Free Skating Final victory ceremony on day three of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2013/2014 at Marine Messe Fukuoka on December 7, 2013 in Fukuoka, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Copyright © 2013 Getty Images. All rights reserved.

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia fall after skating into the red carpet on their entrance for the Pairs Free Skating Final victory ceremony on day three of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Copyright © 2013 Getty Images. All rights reserved.

Finally, the Grand Prix Finals.

Hey, NBC, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski impress us. Steve Schlager doesn’t. And wouldn’t we look nice in front of the fake fireplace with Bob Costas?

Volosozhar & Trankov fall to fame. Savchenko & Szolkowy win it. Pang & Tong hang on. Davis & White get a “convincing win.” Virtue & Moir make it look effortless. Péchalat & Bourzat knock the Russians off. Ashley Wagner calls ‘em like she sees ‘em. Anna Pogorilaya can’t get a ticket. Elena Radionova performs. Irina Slutskaya gets some air time. Adelina Sotnikova rocks then rolls. Julia Lipnitskaia spins perfectly. Mao Asada brings in some fire power. Yuzuru Hanyu’s short goes big. Patrick Chan skates well, interviews poorly. Nobunari Oda sprites it up. Yan Han gets emotional while Maxim Kovtun gets our hopes up.

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Recent Books

Some figure skating books have been published recently. We’d read them if we didn’t have to spend all our time watching the 40 or so Grand Prix events this year. Here’s what’s out:

Push Dick’s Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century–and a Little Tomfoolery by, of course, Dick Button.

And ABC television director Doug Wilson’s memoir, The World Was Our Stage: Spanning the Globe with ABC Sports.

As well as Kelli Lawrence’s Skating on Air: The Broadcast History of an Olympic Marquee Sport.

Not to mention Christine Brennan’s update to Edge of Glory: The Inside Story of the Quest for Figure Skatings Olympic Gold Medals. Well, I guess we mentioned it.

If you have to choose between reading these books or listening to our podcast, we think you know which you should do.