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