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A figure skating podcast to satisfy all of your skating news, analysis, and recap needs. Run by lifelong skaters and skating fans, Alicia and Mary. Get ready to jump right in to the nitty gritty details of what’s happened this week in figure skating.

A figure skating podcast to satisfy all of your skating news, analysis, and recap needs. Run by lifelong skaters and skating fans, Alicia and Mary. Get ready to jump right in to the nitty gritty details of what’s happened this week in figure skating.
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Canada

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A figure skating podcast to satisfy all of your skating news, analysis, and recap needs. Run by lifelong skaters and skating fans, Alicia and Mary. Get ready to jump right in to the nitty gritty details of what’s happened this week in figure skating.

Twitter:

@flutzescast

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English


Episodes

2018/19 Season's Best List: Ice Dance

5/19/2019
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This season has been a wild ride. There were some seriously rough times this season in ice dance, but we like to focus on the positives. So, we started our best of the season lists with the ice dance, our favourite discipline, but also sometimes the most frustrating. We each make a top 10, then aggregate the ranking to make one ultimate master list. Keep your eyes peeled on our twitter for the blog post with all the programs (plus some more that didn't quite make the cut).

Duration:00:59:12

Stars On Ice Canada 2019

5/12/2019
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Skating's off-season means it's time for our yearly trip to Stars on Ice Canada, and this year's Toronto show was full of nostalgia for us. We gush over the history of Canadian men's skating that is represented here, get excited about cheesy '90s dance numbers, and reminisce about the many skating shows of our childhood.

Duration:00:47:35

Help, I don't Understand Ice Dance! With Guest Patrick

5/5/2019
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This week we spend TWO HOURS introducing our internet friend and yours, Patrick (@team_pdd) to the wacky world of ice dance, including all the rule changes for the upcoming season. We cover everything you need to know about the Finnstep, the basics of the Tea Time Foxtrot and the nitty gritty of ice dance rules. For all of you who don't quite know what's going on in ice dance, this episode is for you. We laugh, cry and gripe, plus we answer YOUR questions about all things ice dance!

Duration:02:04:22

Help, I Need Skating Music! With Guest Rob Colling

4/27/2019
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It's the off-season, and we're trying some new things, starting with our first ever podcast guest! You likely know our guest Rob Colling by his Twitter handle, @skatingmusicguy, and he's here to join us for a lengthy discussion of the ins and outs of creating the music accompanying your favourite skating programs. We discuss some of the dos and don'ts for picking music that works well in an arena, how hard it is to find music that fits the many requirements for ice dance, and speculate on...

Duration:01:12:12

2019 World Team Trophy

4/14/2019
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The season draws to a close with the World Team Trophy, and we test out a new way of recapping the event as we discuss Shoma Uno's crazy combination attempt, the increased jumping prowess on display in the ladies event, and other ways that a team competition could work and properly reflect strength across disciplines.

Duration:01:41:49

2019 Worlds - Ice Dance

3/27/2019
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The depth in ice dance was insane at this year's World Championships, and we try to break down the minute differences that decided who was on the podium, how skaters from countries outside of the top ten at Worlds can break that barrier, and which teams need to break out of their comfort zone program-wise to continue to improve next season.

Duration:01:02:42

2019 Worlds - Ladies

3/27/2019
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The ladies event at the World Championships was a dramatic one in a variety of ways, and we consider whether a new era of quads and triple Axels has emerged in ladies skating, why the Japanese ladies might have struggled to get on the podium at their home Worlds, and relate our excitement over strong comeback skates from a number of skaters with injuries and setbacks earlier in the season.

Duration:00:56:18

2019 Worlds - Pairs

3/24/2019
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The pairs event at the World Championships was yet another small but mighty event, and we use this opportunity to gush more about Sui and Han, about our love for the best Russian and Chinese pairs skating has to offer, and speculate on how these teams can best pick their programs and music for next season.

Duration:01:08:25

2019 Worlds - Men

3/24/2019
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The men closed out the competition at Worlds, and they did so with some fantastic skates, including consecutive world records. We discuss our awe with Nathan Chen's ability to balance school and skating, how many skaters struggles to perform at their peak through injury, and why not paying attention to jump math can turn an okay skate into a disastrous one.

Duration:01:15:05

Junior Worlds 2019 - Ladies

3/13/2019
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We conclude our recap of the Junior World Championships with the ladies, and we discuss how the Russian ladies have a whole lot of jump math to do when adding in quads and difficult combinations, our heartbreak over +COMBOs by our favourites in the short program, and which skaters might benefit from a half junior/half senior season next year.

Duration:00:59:06

Junior Worlds 2019 - Pairs

3/10/2019
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There was a somewhat small field of pairs at the Junior World Championships, but lots to get excited about as we gush about just how strong the Russian pairs are, and discuss some exciting young pairs from smaller federations, and why it's so important that these young teams stick together even through the hard times.

Duration:00:45:17

Junior Worlds 2019 - Men

3/10/2019
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Junior men's events are always volatile, and this year's Junior World Championship was no different. We try to explain why the short programs can be so strong when the free skates are a mess, why attempting fewer quads might be the best strategy for junior men, and whether the ISU should consider limiting quad attempts for juniors.

Duration:01:03:07

Junior Worlds 2019 - Ice Dance

3/10/2019
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We enjoyed ice dance the most out of all disciplines at the 2019 Junior World Championships, and we discuss one of our favourite dance programs of the season, our favourite male junior ice dancer, and discuss why the second half of the Argentine Tango pattern is so hard and can (literally) trip up so many teams.

Duration:01:02:17

Four Continents 2019 - Pairs

2/13/2019
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There was a very small field at this pairs event, but loads to talk about as we gush some more about the genius of Sui and Han's free skate, lament the size of the pairs field here and potentially at Worlds, and discuss some of the many things that can go wrong in pairs skating (and our anxiety any time we watch a pairs competition live).

Duration:00:48:53

Four Continents 2019 - Men

2/13/2019
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The men's event at Four Continents was one of the strongest of the season, and we discuss frustration over variations in tech calling, whether it's fair to have a free skate cutoff at this competition, and how different it is to skate on Olympic vs. NHL sized rinks.

Duration:00:55:43

Four Continents 2019 - Ice Dance

2/12/2019
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This ice dance event was one of the toughest fields of the season, and we break down the level issues in Hubbell and Donohue's free dance, try to parse out how you can possibly judge between so many strong teams, and take a look at the developing ice dance scene in Asia and Australia.

Duration:01:08:40

Four Continents 2019 - Ladies

2/10/2019
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There were lots of ups and downs in the Ladies event at the Four Continents Championships, and we break down Elizabet Tursynbaeva's quad Salchow, discuss the pros and cons of trying to add in difficult elements with varying success rates, and relay our dismay for the skaters in podium position whose free skates took them off the podium here.

Duration:00:56:39

2019 Europeans - Ladies

2/3/2019
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There were a number of surprises in the ladies event here, and we speculate on the exciting futures of Lindfors and Paganini, which Russian ladies might make the world team, and discuss our fears about Zagitova's current jump layout and her confidence going forward.

Duration:00:38:06

2019 Europeans - Ice Dance

2/3/2019
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There were a ton of amazing skates in dance at this year's European Championships, and we discuss how Papadakis and Cizeron have solidified their number one status, how Nikita Katsalapov has handled twizzle mistakes across the years, and speculate on which of these teams might be able to squeak into the top ten at Worlds.

Duration:00:44:13

2019 Europeans - Men

2/3/2019
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The men were a volatile bunch at this European Championships, and we discuss the amazing career and influence of Javier Fernandez, our dismay at the inconsistency of the Russian men, and how excited we are for the future of men's skating in France and Italy.

Duration:01:06:45