Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Elaine Zayak: Life on Top of the Podium

As the top skaters in the world compete at the World Champions this week, Elaine takes us back to what it was like becoming the 1982 World Champion.

Monday, March 11, 2013

TSL- Elaine Zayak: Comeback 1994

Elaine Zayak on coming back in 1994, competing in one of the most infamous skating competitions ever held and being better than before.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Favorite Things: Sunday Night Edition

Toe point + Landings + Gorgeous = Mmmmm.

TSL: Elaine Zayak on the Other Side of Gold: The Zayak Rules, Distractions and Rivalries

Elaine Zayak on the Other Side of Gold: the Zayak Rule, Distractions and Rivalries.

Note, we have gotten feedback on the interviews being too long so we are going to release this interview in segments as an experiment. The entire audio will be up on itunes and the videos will eventually be put in a playlist.

We’ve Gone Too Far: Diary of a Tortured Yogi

Yesterday, my friend La and I decided to take a hot yoga class on the Upper East Side together and then have dinner at a lovely vegan restaurant. We’re not actually vegan, but we’ve considered it. Granted, while our people were out consuming an abundance of liquid calories, we struggled to make difficult decisions: Curried Unchicken Salad or Pine Nut Crusted Seitan. La had already done spinning at Fly Wheel earlier in the day and I had already skated, but working out again seemed like the appropriate life decision. As we walked around in Lululemon debating the merits of $180 yoga pants and taking yoga teacher training, it came to my attention that we’ve become those people: We’ve gone too far.

Millions of people around the world do yoga every day, but they simply aren’t on our level. While yogis all around the world are intense, OCD and bonding over ‘good energy’ with fellow anxious, body-dysmorphic -over-achievers, the ones who gravitate to hot yoga are simply on another level. Paying extra to do yoga in 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity is a life choice and there is no going back.

Yoga is addictive and a lifestyle, but hot yoga is simply a cult. You can fight it or you can embrace it, but you will be sucked in. I regularly pay too much money to do yoga all over NJ. I continually debate whether I should do yoga near work or at home and regularly purchase packages at a number of studios. I naturally feel guilty for not going every day to all of them, because the fit, Zen teachers always appreciate my energy and my downward dog---or at least that’s what they tell me.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

TSL: 2013 World Championships Ladies' Preview with Pj Kwong

Our preview of the ladies' event at the 2013 World Championships with Pj Kwong.

FYI: I know Kostner was at Worlds prior to 2005. I am pointing out that she was really introduced as a gold medal threat at that event when she reached the podium.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

TSL: 2013 World Championships Men's Preview with PJ Kwong

Our preview of the men's event at the 2013 World Championships with PJ Kwong. With so many contenders, who are your predictions to make the podium? How important should a clean program be? And is booing acceptable in skating or in sports?

Monday, March 4, 2013

TSL: 2013 World Championships Ice Dance Preview with PJ Kwong

Our preview of the ice dance event at the 2013 World Championships with Canadian journalist PJ Kwong. We gave our opinions and predictions and hope that you'll give yours as well.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

TSL: Duhamel and Radford Interview

We were thrilled to speak with Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford as they aim for the podium at the upcoming 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.