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Bonus: Banners, Flower Crowns and Figure Skating - Transcript

Lae: So, all we've touched on so far have talked about banners that have been professionally printed and designed digitally, but do we have any advice on making handmade banners, such as what materials to use or is printing kind of the go-to?

Gabb: I use printed just because I have a degree for it. It's easier for me, I know how to work with printers. But you can easily just make handheld banners yourself using paper.

Kat: [laughs] Lae sitting outside the rink at ACI drawing Yuzu and Wakaba banners!

Becs: The 4am Wakaba banner sketching session!

Lae: Yeah, from experience, you can just buy an A3 size piece of card and buy some gold stickers and a permanent marker. Honestly, it's just the thinking and it's the design that goes into it.

Kat: It's the thought that counts!

Episode 35: Photography and Figure Skating (feat. Interview with Joosep Martinson) - Transcript

Becs: Good costumes are such a draw in terms of just being like "Yes yes you are worthy!"

Gabb: Especially if they're sparkly!

Becs: Yes sparkles please!

Kat: Aka Ice Dance ladies.[Gabb: Yes!] 90% of the time deliver with their costumes.

Becs: Yes. One thing that is so beautiful about picking who you're going to photograph is ah Ice Dance ladies and ladies in general show up looking usually fabulous most practices even so...

Kat: And then you have the men with like 80% black costumes or monochrome.

Becs: Yeah it's tragic, it's a tragic contrast.

Episode 34: JGP Courchevel and Lake Placid - Transcript

Evie: So guys, guess what? The season started properly! Woohoo, children! I'm just so glad we finally have some competitions to watch.

Niamh: Worlds feels like yesterday!

Evie: It really does. This off season, I don't know if it was just that our perception of time has shifted or something weird is going on in the universe, but it just feels like it's breezed by so freaking quickly. It's so weird that we're now two whole competitions into the season.

Niamh: Yeah, there wasn't the same space of time with no content.

Evie: But yes, we've had the start of the Junior Grand Prix and lots of kids have returned to us, and we've got lots of new kids.

Yogeeta: All the kids.

Episode 33: Figure Skating and Popular Culture - Transcript

Yogeeta: Even in post-Olympic seasons, they are basically only showing people who are about to retire or like someone who's still young and fresh and plans to keep competing. People can get to know them here in this space and then follow them into figure skating.

Karly: You know who I want to see on Dancing With the Stars? Jimmy Ma.

Maryam: Oh my god, he would be amazing.

Yogeeta: Jimmy Ma would be my favorite person to see on Dancing With the Stars.

Tales of the Blade: 19th Century Rinks - Transcript

Evie: Well, you're not that far off, honestly. You're a couple steps to the left of what was actually used. Henry Kirk tried to emulate the feeling of ice using a mixture of materials and included in this mixture were salt, copper, aluminium and... hog's lard. Literal hog's lard - the fat from a hog - to make it slippery enough to skate on!

Niamh: Who's sitting in their kitchen one night thinking, "Oh, I know what I'll do, I'll make some fake ice using hog's lard!"

Evie: Obviously Henry Kirk thought that. So here's your ingredients: "30-50 feral hogs --" (hosts laugh)

Tales of the Blade: Ulrich Salchow - Transcript

Tilda: It seems that was just the way he was because he also offered one of his past medals to Dick Button. [Karly: My dude!] in 1947, and Dick Button at that point came second but Salchow felt that he should have won and a lot of people agreed because people were super salty about judging here. [Salchow] was like, you should have won here -- have this medal!

Karly: Ulrich seems like a pretty respectful dude. You know, giving away his gold medal to who he thinks rightfully should have won. That takes some stripe of character.

Tilda: Right but it's also very savage if you're not competing.

Karly: That is also savage. He's like, I beat you but I'll give it to you.

Tilda: Yeah, at this competition with Dick Button, he wasn't even competing. It was like this other dude who won. Gerschwiler won and then Ulrich was like, no.

Karly: [laughs] “You did not win. Uh-uh, not on my watch.”

Tilda: It was like really savage.

Tales of the Blade: Elaine Zayak - Transcript

Kite: So today is gonna be our second episode of Tales of the Blade, which is a new series where we're gonna dive into the history of figure skating. So the catch here is that one of the hosts is going to be teaching topic of the episode and the other host does not know anything about the topic that is about to be taught to them. So this week we are going to be talking about Elaine Zayak, who has the dubious honor of having one of the best known technical rules named after her. We do have to warn you before getting into this episode that there is going to be some mention of eating disorders, so if that is particularly upsetting to you then please refer to the time stamps for where to skip in the episode. So let's get right into it! Yogeeta can you tell me what the Zayak rule is?

Yogeeta: Oh god, I'm sure I could have told you this when it wasn’t relevant.

Episode 32: Warhorses - Transcript

Niamh: Another example of this was the “Despacito” we had during the Olympics.

Gina: Oh, God.

Karly: I was watching the Ice Dance Short Dance with my sister and my sister loves Despacito so every time “Despacito” came on she got super hyped, and I was like “Oh my God, not Despacito again.”

Niamh: Oh no, my mum thought they had to do “Despacito,” like it was the compulsory song. (hosts laugh)

Karly: You’re all doing “Despacito.” Carmen who? I only know “Despacito,” the true warhorse. (laughter)

Tales of the Blade: Madge Syers - Transcript

Tilda: I'm still stuck on the suit thing. Did they really wear formal wear when they were competing?

Evie: I don't know if they wore formal wear but I guess they wore normal suits they would wear every day kind of thing.

Tilda: They didn't have Adidas back then? (Hosts laugh)

Evie: Ye olde Adidas!

Episode 31: The Cost of Figure Skating (feat. Interview with Tim Koleto) - Transcript

Taeri: It seems like in every competition cycle there's a number of skaters, especially those from smaller federations, who talk about their financial struggles. There are just a lot of little things that factor into making the sport burdensome like travel, housing, and accommodation - not just for the skater but for their coaches and their families. We've looked into multiple ways that skaters fund their own careers and it honestly varies based on factors like a skaters federation, their world ranking, even their popularity to get booked for shows.