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Season 8 Premiere – Skate America and Skate Canada

Frank loves a good bargain.

Frank loves a good bargain.

It’s the year after the Olympics, and yet, we’re STILL watching figure skating! In this, our 49th episode, we chat about Skate America, Sears, and Skate Canada. Here’s who we end up talking about:

Ice Dance

Madison Chock & Evan Bates

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
Alexandra Stepanova & Ivan Bukin
Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue
Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier
Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje

Pairs

Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov
Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier
Peng Cheng & Zhang Hao
Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage
Sui Wenjing & Han Cong
Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov

Ladies

Maé-Bérénice Méité
Haruka Imai
Elene Gedevanishvili
Mirai Nagasu
Samantha Cesario
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
Elena Radionova
Gracie Gold and Frank Carroll
Ashley Wagner
Courtney Hicks
Anna Pogorilaya
Satoko Miyahara

Men

Tatsuki Machida
Jason Brown
Nam Nguyen
Denis Ten
Jeremy Abbott
Artur Gachinski
Javier Fernández
Max Aaron
Adam Rippon
Stephen Carriere
Takahito Mura

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Nothing But Coverage

As you fans know, the Ice Queens depend on broadcast television coverage of figure skating events. Paying for the ice network gets our blood boiling, and actually going to the events is a possibility that presents itself only rarely. (However, Liz IS attending Skate America this year!)

Trying to find a schedule of television coverage for the 2014-2015 season is downright impossible at this stage. However, USFSA did have this gem in their press release about Skate America.

“NBC will kick off its season-long coverage of the ISU Grand Prix Series with two hours live at Skate America from 4-6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Oct. 26. Icenetwork will stream live coverage of the entire Grand Prix Series on a subscription basis. NBC will carry same-weekend coverage of the remaining Grand Prix events, while Universal Sports will broadcast live and delayed coverage throughout the Grand Prix season. Broadcast details will be announced at a later date.”

NBC with same-weekend coverage of all the Grand Prix events? I’ll believe it when I see it. Maybe the Tara and Johnny show has brought in enough viewers to wake up NBC Sports execs. Maybe the Today Show likes having T&J on so much that they’re forcing NBC Sports to provide timely coverage. Maybe it’s all a fever-induced dream I’m having – it was awfully hot here today.

At any rate, I can’t wait for the new season of The Ice Queens! We’ll keep you posted.

Taking and keeping the gloves off,
The Producer

2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships – part 2

The Shibutanis react to The Ice Queens podcast. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Shibutanis react to the latest Ice Queens podcast. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships 2: Electric Boogalloo. That’s right, we’re back… for everyone who believes in the beat. Here’s what we’re talking about:

Ice Dance

Chock & Bates impress. Davis & White get inflated. The Shibutanis look at the skaters in the mirror. Hubbell & Donohue may be onto something.

Ladies

Gracie Gold gets pushed. Polina Edmunds arms herself. Mirai Nagasu breaks it up. Ashley Wagner uses both feet. Agnes Zawadzki has a tough time, and Rachael Flatt shows up.

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