It's time for another Book Club episode, which means a great conversation with our friend Book Club Claire! Today we're talking about "The Second Mark: Courage, Corruption, and the Battle for Olympic Gold" by Joy Goodwin. This book documents the judging scandal around the 2002 Olympic pairs figure skating competition, which resulted in a whole new system of judging.
Olympic gold medalist Charlie White joins us to explain the sport of ice dancing. Will Alison go all fangirl? Will Jill finally learn to respect the twizzle? Listen to find out!
Canadian pairs figure skater and 3x Olympic medalist Meagan Duhamel joins us on this episode to talk about her Olympic experiences.
Figure skating costumes are vital to a skater's program. We wanted to know more about the clothes, so Alison spoke with figure skating dress designer Pat Pearsall, who gives us the scoop on the dresses she designed for two-time Olympian and PyeongChang 2018 bronze medalist Mirai Nagasu, what she thinks of mesh matching, and how to avoid wardrobe malfunctions. Plus, Jill reports about her amazing time at U.S. Speedskating's Tour of Olympians!
We had such a great time talking with figure skating analyst Jackie Wong that we had to include his full interview here. He goes deep on figure skating--who to watch for, the scoring system, skating judges and the different disciplines....and he humors Jill while she waxes poetic about spirals.
It's the week Alison has been looking forward to: Figure Skating Week! We've got three great guests on today's show: Olympic Pairs Skater Nate Bartholomay, Mental Coach Rebekah Dixon, and analyst Jackie Wong.