Before her first JGP assignment of the season, JGP Riga Cup - Gabriella Izzo, the 2019 US Junior National Champion sits down with Karly (@cyberswansp) to talk programs, her goals for the season, balancing school and skating, volunteering, and her obsession with cats!
Ahead of his first Junior Grand Prix of the season, JGP Riga, Joseph Phan, the 2016 Canadian Junior National Champion sits down with Karly (@cyberswansp) to talk about his move to the Toronto Cricket Club, his new programs, his love of K-Pop, and - most importantly - how much he loves his dogs.
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.
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.
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)
Karly: We've been knew we have no faith in men.
Evie: And it was just so crazy! The top ten were only separated by what? Like five points from each other?
Sam: Yeah like barely even that.
Evie: It was insane! And then in the Free Skate everyone kind of died so you know [laughter] parallels!.
Sam: The Free Skate sure did happen!
Karly: In the Free Skate, wasn't it only Roman who was clean?
Evie: He wasn't even clean though!
Yogeeta: And before we begin, US Nationals is unique in that they have four people on the podium and not three.
Karly: Yeah, they have a Pewter medal...
Niamh: Or a potato waffle.
(All hosts laugh)
Karly: A what now? Okay yeah, so it's unique - they have a pewter medal for fourth place, also affectionately called the potato medal, I don't know why it's called that but it is. Niamh called it a potato waffle. (Niamh and Karly laugh)
Sam: Thankfully there is no “Edge of No Return,” so.
Kite: “Point of No Return…”
Sam: Yes, “Point of No Return!”
Kite: “Edge of No Return!”
Sam: Did I say “edge”? Excuse me! “Point of No Return!” It's only my favorite song in the whole musical, so of course I'm gonna screw it up!
The Junior Grand Prix series continued this week in Richmond, British Columbia/Canada with JGP Canada, where 21 men, 29 ladies, 11 pairs, and 11 ice dance teams vied for finishes that would bring them one step closer to the JGP Final in December. The ISU livestreamed the entirety of the competition and uploaded select skaters’ videos to YouTube; additionally, the ITL YouTube channel now features playlists of the medalists’ and special shoutouts’ performances, which can be viewed here.
Evie: So we’ve had two successive weekends filled with figure skating after several months of barely anything and -
Karly: It's been so nice!
Evie: It’s been nice but also I miss having sleep, I miss being able to sleep. (Laughs).