August 2014
An interview with Brian Orser. This Canadian phenomenon was the Men's Canadian Champion from 1981 to 1988, was the 1987 World Champion, and the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist. He performed brilliantly in two Olympics in a row, which is especially impressive. He was also the first person to land three triple axels in one competition. Orser is now a coach of top skaters (including Yuna Kim, Yuzuru Hanyu, and Javier Fernandez to name a few), and the creator of the recent Peak Performance Skating App. Orser talks about his trading of quads with Jozef Sabovcik, his philosophy as a coach, and why those one-piece outfits from the 1980s were a bad idea. 1 hour, 6 minutes, 23 seconds.

Direct download: SkateCast_No79_BrianOrser.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT

Episode #78: Tom Zakrajsek

July 2014 
An interview with Tom Zakrajsek. Tom competed in Men's Singles and Pairs, then became a judge. But he's made the biggest impact as a coach. Known for his technical coaching, he has groomed many elite skaters over the years including Ryan Bradley, Rachel Flatt, Jeremy Abbott, Max Aaron, Brandon Mroz, and Mirai Nagasu. He was also the 2009 Professional Skater's Association Coach of the Year. He has a new website with a ton of great training tips at We talk about his idolization of Charlie Tickner, how he started as a coach with a very young Ryan Bradley, and his very detailed periodization plans for his students. 1 hour, 43 minutes.

Direct download: SkateCast_No78_TomZakrajsek.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:53pm EDT





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