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    Manleywoman Skating Podcast #64: Phil Hersh interview

    In the latest Manleywoman SkateCast, I interviewed Phil Hersh, the Olympic sports writer for the Chicago Tribune and the Tribune company. I know people here love to rag on him, but I really hope you all listen to this interview. His enthusiasm for the sport is surprisingly infectious, he's frighteningly knowledgeable about skating and music, and he tells some great stories about covering skating. I agree with those who think his coverage of the sport uses an unnecessarily dismissive tone . . . criticism is fine by me, but I think he sometimes makes covering skating sound like a chore . . . which is why I was surprised and impressed by his genuine love for the sport. But I also am thankful he gives the sport the mainstream media attention when it sorely needs it. I loved talking with him in person.

    Additionally we cover:

    • His opinions on the outcomes of Michelle vs Tara, Nancy vs. Oksana, and SP vs B/S
    • His friendly rivalry with Christine Brennan
    • What he thinks about FSU
    • His opinion of Michelle Kwan (spoiler: he's impressed)
    • His thoughts on judging, and Patrick Chan at Worlds 2013


    . . . and a whole lot more. We spoke for 90 minutes!

    Enjoy the interview! It will also be available via the iTunes Store shortly. Thanks
    Last edited by manleywoman; 05-02-2013 at 04:31 PM.
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    Thanks a lot!!

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    The link doesn't work for me?

    ETA: The first link worked. Now I'm going to listen it!

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    The first link works: http://www.manleywoman.com/episode-64-phil-hersh/ (the "Enjoy the interview" link needs to be fixed) Thanks, manleywoman!
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Fixed the second link. Thanks for the heads up!

    One of my favorite parts is his ideas on the judging. A quote:
    "Figure skating suffers because the judges don't talk, or the referee doesn't talk."
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    I've downloaded the podcast and I'm really looking forward to listening.

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    He gets bonus points for mentioning British judge Vanessa Riley. That would be a great interview.

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    If you want to criticize me, do it under your real name! lol

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    Fantastic - thank you ever so much!

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    I'm about half way through the interview, and I gotta say I LIKE this guy! He's knowledgeable, passionate, and, yes, a bit blunt, but I like that more than wishy-washy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dardar1126 View Post
    I'm about half way through the interview, and I gotta say I LIKE this guy! He's knowledgeable, passionate, and, yes, a bit blunt, but I like that more than wishy-washy.
    Ditto

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    Thank you so much! I will listen when I get home from work. What a treat!

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    Congrats on a wonderful interview. When I noticed the length of the interview I thought I would listen to half of it and come back. But once I started listening the time flew by and at the end I wanted more!

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    Really enjoyed this interview! So nice of Mr. Hersh to give such a long, detailed, and informative chat. I come away from it liking him as a person, and respecting him as a professional.

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    Re posting anonymously: Say my real name is Adam LeCleur and I posted under that name-------no one here or Phil would know who the H**L I was. So what is gained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman View Post
    Re posting anonymously: Say my real name is Adam LeCleur and I posted under that name-------no one here or Phil would know who the H**L I was. So what is gained.
    Yeah, that is true.

    I've used the same name on the internet for about 15 years. I've met many people from the internet, and posted videos and pictures of myself. My screenname is linked to my facebook account. Even though most people on here have no idea who I am, I don't consider anything I say to be anonymous, because it can very easily be linked to me.


    I thought Phil's interview was excellent. I wish he would have addressed his snarky comments on Twitter a bit more fully. Does he not see how it could be pretty hurtful when he writes a snarky comment about X and tweets @X? That's like sending someone a letter telling them they suck! And he says he uses twitter for networking, to contact athletes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman View Post
    Re posting anonymously: Say my real name is Adam LeCleur and I posted under that name-------no one here or Phil would know who the H**L I was. So what is gained.
    You be surprised how much personal information about yourself can be found on the internet. Supposed someone was extremely offended by what you wrote. That person through the internet can find out where you live, work, etc. and make it known to the people around you what you've posted, for example. People write a lot of really crazy stuffs on those entertainment pages; I bet they wouldn't be doing that if they were using their real names.

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    Don't forget he gets comments from about 40+ of other sports fans, message boards, facebook, etc. Skating is only one sport he covers. So I imagine he gets a fair percentage of anonymous comments/mail from various places. And he's not going to spend his time researching everyone's real identity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dardar1126 View Post
    Really enjoyed this interview! So nice of Mr. Hersh to give such a long, detailed, and informative chat. I come away from it liking him as a person, and respecting him as a professional.
    I believe he loves and respects skating, just as we do.
    Thank you, Mr Hersh.
    Thank you, Allison.

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    And his voice was sweet

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