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WildRose
03-01-2013, 06:39 PM
CBC is airing a new skating documentary on Thursday, March 7 at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 NT): http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/episode/ice-sweat-and-tears.html


At competitions and at home in Canton, Michigan, the film shows how Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir mitigate the pressure of sharing the same rink and the same coach (Marina Zueva) with their rivals – Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

In Virden, Manitoba, the film follows hometown heroes Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers on their own path to the podium. But as they compete for a spot on the world team, Paige suffers a last minute concussion.

Ice, Sweat and Tears also follows Patrick Chan as he smashes records and builds a program with new choreographer Jeffrey Buttle. Unlike pair skaters, Patrick must handle the pressure of being the best without the support of a partner.

Featuring luminaries like Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko, Lori Nichol, Marina Zoueva and Christy Krall, Ice, Sweat and Tears shows how today’s athletes are pushing skating to new heights.

Sylvia
03-06-2013, 03:48 PM
A review of the documentary:.http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Skating+documentary+Sweat+Tears+room+soar/8054878/story.html

Though we're being treated to excellent interviews with Canada's rising and established figure skating celebrities - including Patrick Chan, Elvis Stojko, Kurt Browning, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - the movie has to compress these moments into sound bites, many of which are offered in voice-over to the action.

It's all fascinating material and the footage is perfectly fine. But one hungers for a moment long enough to linger, because it's often in the empty spaces and the long pauses that someone's true soul surfaces for the lens.

ETA another review: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/documentary-follows-ice-dreamers-ice-drama-195505381.html

Written and directed by Michael McNamara (Fanboy Confessional, The F-Word: Who Wants To Be a Feminist?), the film follows several of Canada's top figure skaters -- including two-time world champion Patrick Chan, Olympic gold-medal ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and rising-star pairs competitors Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers -- as they prepare for the 2011-12 season.
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Much of the film is devoted to watching the skaters' preparation for the competitive skating season. Of particular interest is the contrast between the training regime of Virtue and Moir and the schedule employed by Lawrence and Swiegers.
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In addition to the competition-overview aspect, Ice, Sweat and Tears also takes close-up looks at some of figure skating's unique elements, from a scientific breakdown of the difficult quad (four rotations in the air) jump and the physical dangers skaters face every day to the delicate psychology of the "kiss and cry" area.

It's fascinating stuff, and it goes a long way toward explaining how much hard work is involved in making a skating program look easy.

Fort
03-06-2013, 05:38 PM
http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/television/documentary-gives-fly-on-the-wall-look-at-some-of-canada-s-top-skaters-1.85937

An article with a little bit more about the documentary makers themselves among the expected blurbs.

Edited to add in another variation:
http://www.lfpress.com/2013/03/05/all-eyes-are-on-world-and-canadian-ice-dancing-champions-scott-moir-of-ilderton-and-tessa-virtue-of-london

Artemis@BC
03-06-2013, 06:02 PM
I'll read the reviews after I've watched the doc. It's not like I'm going to let reviews persuade me it isn't worth watching!

BTW, it repeats on CBC Newsworld on Saturday & Sunday, several times.

yukisnowflake
03-07-2013, 01:47 AM
[QUOTE=Fort;3856869]http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/television/documentary-gives-fly-on-the-wall-look-at-some-of-canada-s-top-skaters-1.85937

An article with a little bit more about the documentary makers themselves among the expected blurbs.

I love & concur with the following statement in the article:
"Certainly there are fans in other sports who are devoted and obsessive, but the skating fans are really an interesting breed."

Sylvia
03-07-2013, 01:43 PM
http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/03/07/welcome-to-figure-skating-101/

Markham Street cameras focused on five skaters in particular: World and Olympic ice dance champs, Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir; two-time and reigning world singles champion Patrick Chan; and an up-and-coming pairs team from Manitoba, Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers. They are seen going through their paces at practice, taking the good with the bad at competitions and dealing with the pressures of media attention.

Globe and Mail review titled "An inside look at the bizarre, intense world of elite figure skating": http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/tv-tonight-an-inside-look-at-the-bizarre-world-of-elite-figure-skating/article9382282/

sap5
03-07-2013, 04:18 PM
I love & concur with the following statement in the article:
"Certainly there are fans in other sports who are devoted and obsessive, but the skating fans are really an interesting breed."



What makes skating fans "an interesting breed" as compared to other obsessive sports fans? I don't understand his statement.

yukisnowflake
03-07-2013, 05:44 PM
What makes skating fans "an interesting breed" as compared to other obsessive sports fans? I don't understand his statement.

I took it to mean we are unique ( in a good way).

momnatur
03-07-2013, 10:05 PM
I just hope that someone can capture it for us non-canadiens. please.

manhn
03-07-2013, 11:02 PM
Americans who live along the border have access to CBC.

Sylvia
03-07-2013, 11:56 PM
I'd love to hear some impressions of this documentary from those who watch! :)

lurvylurker
03-07-2013, 11:59 PM
A PVR Taping Tip: in order to find and record this, I had to search for the program name (Doc Zone) -- it didn't show up when I searched for "Ice Sweat and Tears".

Sylvia
03-08-2013, 01:45 AM
Re-posting from elsewhere:

You guys might like to know that FSU is quoted as one of the sources for Ice, Sweat and Tears!

Scroll down & it's on the right hand side of the page!
FSU is listed under "Resources and Links": http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/episode/ice-sweat-and-tears.html

AJ Skatefan
03-08-2013, 02:18 AM
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manhn
03-08-2013, 03:22 AM
This is what I learned:

1) Figure skating is, like, hard to do;
2) It's better to be the hunter than the hunted;
3) OMG, figure skating is really hard;
4) Marina Zoueva is a fun coach;
5) OMG, FIGURE SKATING IS SO HARD!!!

Honestly, if I ever hear some poster suggest that figure skating can increase its popularity by showing HOW HARD it is, I'm going to scream.

In terms of pre-Olympic skating documentaries, I preferred the one the CBC did before 2006 where they followed Buttle and Leslie Hawker.

I am always a sucker for backstage scenes. I wonder if Kevin and Jeremy's reaction were less "OMG, those scores are so high--Patrick is awesome!" and more "Those high scores are Bull!@^*&!"