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Liz and Tori take an irreverent look at the sport of figure skating.

Liz and Tori take an irreverent look at the sport of figure skating.


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Liz and Tori take an irreverent look at the sport of figure skating.




The 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Better late than never! Or is it? In this episode we discuss the fine red, white & blue performances from Scimeca & Knierim, Leng & Shnapir, Castelli & Tran, Denney & Frazier, Kayne & O’Shea, Chock & Bates, Hawayek & Baker, Hubbell & Donohue, the Shibutanis, Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Mirai Nagasu, Polina Edmunds, Karen […]


2014 Grand Prix Final

Gracie Gold withdraws, so NBC delays airing the event for a week because who wants to watch if Gracie’s not there? Here’s who did show up: Pairs Duhamel & Radford get their 30 seconds of fame. Stolbova & Klimov and Sui & Han compete, but we didn’t see it. Dance Weaver & Poje, Chock & […]


And the rest

Our 50th episode, in which we chat about the 2014 Cup of China, Rostelecom Cup, Trophée Éric Bompard, and NHK Trophy.


Season 8 Premiere – Skate America and Skate Canada

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 […]


XXII Olympic Winter Games – Sochi 2014 – Part 2

For part 2 of our Winter Olympics coverage, the Ice Queens felt such a kinship with our Sochi-bound skaters that they flew to Arizona, spent the day poolside enjoying the 75° weather, had a few glasses of wine, and then got to work. Just like all the athletes did. Liz and Tori recorded this one […]


XXII Olympic Winter Games – Sochi 2014 – Part 1

After watching the figure skating at the Sochi 2014 games so far, we don’t know whose eyes hurt worse, Bob Costas’s or ours. Here’s what we’ve sat through so far: Team Trophy Evgeni Plushenko actually skates. Stolbova & Klimov get some NBC airtime. Davis & White crush. Virtue & Moir don’t. Terry Gannon, Johnny Weir, […]


2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Preview

We’re excited, yes I said excited, about these Olympics. We have so many questions that need answering. Will Jeremy Abbott get over his nerves? Will the fifth ring from the opening ceremony ever open? Will they please let Jason Brown take another official picture? But before we get to all that, we must, out of […]


2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships – part 2

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. […]


2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships – part 1

We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships by watching most of it! And that’s the Cold Truth. There is so much to talk about, we’ve split it up into two shows. Here’s how some of it went down. The Pairs Castelli & Shnapir bond together. Denney & Coughlin deliver some goods. […]


2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final

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 […]


2013 Rostelecom Cup

By now, it should be needless to say that NBC hardly showed any of this competition, as is their custom. This week, however, we give thanks for the paucity. Savchenko & Szolkowy win. Bazarova & Larionov stay grounded. Moore-Towers & Moscovitch do something or other. Davis & Brubaker learn on the ice. Scimeca & Knierim […]


2013 Trophée Eric Bompard

We’re woozy after this one, and it’s not because we stuffed ourselves full of cheese and talked like Maurice Chevalier all weekend, although we did do that. No, it’s from boredom. Here’s what triggered our malaise. NBC hates ice dancing, especially Virtue & Moir, Péchalat & Bourzat, and some Russians. Where are Doug Wilson and […]


2013 NHK Trophy

Surprisingly, NBC disappoints! Volosozhar & Trankov forge ahead. Peng & Zhang do something. Davis & White get no coverage. The Shibutanis do something. The Japanese fans crank up the generators. Mao Asada chokes up. Elena Radionova gets Johnny Weir to agree with the Ice Queens. Akiko Suzuki runs the embassy. Gracie Gold gets Johnny Weir […]


2013 Cup of China

The 2013 Cup of China is the third Grand Prix competition we’ve sat through this season, and we’re already bored to tears. Here are just some of the reasons why: Savchenko & Szolkowy avoid the rats. Pang & Tong don’t retire. Chock & Bates medal invisibly. Péchalat & Bourzat win. Bobrova & Soloviev remain unwatchable. […]


2013 Skate Canada

You can tell it’s an Olympic year. NBC is showing a lot of events, and the Ice Queens are doing a lot of shows. This one’s about 2013 Skate Canada. Here’s how it went down. Berton & Hotárek get their 15 seconds. Sui & Han come of age. Duhamel & Radford disappoint the home crowd. […]


2013 Skate America

Welcome back, figure skating fans! We kick off our 7th royal season with the 2013 Skate America Grand Prix competition. Actually, it’s the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America, just in time for Hhalloween, so hhave yourself some Hhennessy and enjoy our show, in which… Liz and Tori change their names. Johnny Weir joins Matt Lauer’s […]


2013 World Figure Skating Championships

Recorded March 23, 2013 – you know, when NBC got around to showing it. Posted April 4, 2013 – you know, when we got around to editing it. Here’s the lineup: Terry Gannon and Scott Hamilton phone it in. Because it’s expensive to send two guys to Canada. The Men We experience runaway Chanflation. Denis […]


2013 United States Figure Skating Championships

We watched the 2013 United States Figure Skating Championships on the National Broadcasting Company. Who knew they even covered skating anymore? Pairs The competition turns into a game of Where’s Denney and Couglin and Rockne and Parnter X? Castelli and Shnapir, Zhang and Bartholomay, and Scimeca and Knierim skate inbetween stretching sessions. Dance Davis and […]


2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final

This season has been so inspirational! For instance, we’ve been inspired to go shopping, see movies, wander the streets aimlessly, anything to not watch figure skating. But some events are just too important to ignore, unfortunately, like the 2012–2013 Grand Prix Final. So, we’re back, with our 6th season premiere episode. We’re taking the gloves […]


The 2012 World Figure Skating Championships… Finally

This event was so depressing, we didn’t feel like posting the show. The next thing you know, it’s the 4th of July – the holiday where everyone cleans out old audio files from their computer. So, here it is! Pairs Denney & Coughlin really confuse us. Marley and Brubaker get a shout out. Takahashi & […]