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Help with interviews: Paul Wylie and Tom Collins

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by manleywoman, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    Hey everyone. There's a possibility I'll be interviewing both Paul Wylie and Tom Collins (Champions On Ice) in the next few weeks. I welcome any help you can give with either interview. Anyone have any good stories, questions, info?

    I'm especially wrestling with how to diplomatically ask Paul about him vs. Mark Mitchell. :shuffle: I'm sure it was none of his doing, since he's the athlete and everyone else was working on his behalf, but still I wonder his thoughts on it.

  2. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    Tom Collins would make a fascinating bio (one with lots of pictures!). I'd be curious to hear what he thinks of show skating today and what he would do to make it commercially viable. Does he think the present formula of selecting only top competitive skaters (stars) is still a good model, or would it be better to audition show skaters?

    Asking Paul about Mark would be like asking B/S about Sale/Pelletier in Salt Lake. What can he say? Of course Paul thought he deserved to go to the Olympics or he wouldn't have done it.
  3. Carolla5501

    Carolla5501 Well-Known Member

    And I think the Olympic results proved everyone right. Sorry, but at this point to dig that up for an interview is not relevant! Shouldnt there be a "Statue of limitations"?

    Paul at one point was outspoken about his views that the Secret Judging was not a good idea. I would be curious what he thinks about the new system several years in...
  4. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    Yes, I would be very interested in hearing what Wylie thinks now about the World Skating Federation and whether it was worth the effort - especially for those who ended up getting kicked to the curb by the ISU because of their participation (e.g. Stapleford, Bianchetti).
  5. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    I agree 100% that the silver medal result justified the choice. And it may not even be something that ultimately I ask, since I work very hard NOT to piss off my interview subject. :lol:. But it is something I've been considering how to approach if I approach it at all.

    Thanks for all the good suggestions so far. :)
  6. Rock2

    Rock2 Well-Known Member

    Here are some ideas, although none are all that mind blowing:

    Curious to know why he thought he had inconsistent results and then pulled it all together at the end. I heard that school was a big challenge that took him away from training and distracted him otherwise.

    How would his life trajectory have changed if he didn't win the olympic medal? (he's probably NEVER been asked that!)

    I also think he had excellent skating skills and components by today's standards. Perhaps he could assess how well he'd do in PCS if his skating was judged under that system.

    Curious to know why he didn't do loops and the salchow was very inconsistent. And the axel came late. He was a toe jumper. Would love to get his perspective there in terms of how his jumps developed.

    I thought he was a good commentator but we don't see him doing that much now (or do we?) Why is that? Is he interested in it?
  7. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

    I've always wondered about Paul's music choices, if he picked his programs or if his coaches did, and were they mostly movie ballads? Certainly his Olympic long program to Henry V, with the long glide introduction as I remember it, was poetic. And also, I would ask if he thinks he would have placed better in many competitions, under a CoP scoring system, I 100% think so.
  8. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    I'd like to know what percentage of the choreography for his programs came from him and what percentage came from the Scotvolds. (I suspect it was mostly from him if not all since the Scotvolds' programs for Nancy were so crappy, LOL.)

    Ask him why he decided to give up the corporate job and came back to coaching. Does he mind the daily grind of being a coach?

    This is an obvious questions but what skaters does he enjoy watching under the IJS? Does he think he could've flourished as an artistic skater under IJS ?

    Any advices he has for full-time student/elite skater like Rachael?
  9. essence_of_soy

    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

    Two things:

    I was fortunate enough to be at Orlando nationals in person.

    Eldredge skated for a day or so before withdrawing with an ongoing back injury. He was landing triple lutz/ triple toe combinations in practice, however.

    Both Wylie and Mitchell were amazing in practice, and did clean run - throughs the day before their short and long programs. Paul was very lucky to make the team at all, given he was only in fourth place behind Bowman, Mitchell and Scott Davis after the short. The men's event was very strong that year.

    Regarding the competition itself, if Mark hadn't stumbled on the triple flip / triple toe combination, he could very well have won gold ahead of Christopher Bowman. Christopher didn't include the triple axel in either the short or long programs, but he was ranked fifth in the world and had won Skate America earlier in the season.

    I read somewhere that when he finished skating his free program, Paul thought he may not make the Olympic team with the performance he gave, and made peace with his career at that point.
  10. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    Please ask both Paul and Tom if they are going to write autobiographies. If the answer is "no," please try to convince them to!

    Please ask Tom is there is any way that we could get a DVD of at least some of the COI ensemble finale numbers. I would be willing to buy such a disk even if it were more expensive than the usual skating DVD.

    Please also tell him how much we miss COI, and ask if there is any way that he could revive it, perhaps less frequently, but at least some time?

    It would be interesting to remind Paul about his tour-de-force Carmina Burana when the lights went out ("Chris Bowman did it!") Perhaps he could share some of his memories about Chris as well.

    Also: what's Paul's favorite Boston sports team - Sox, Pats, Celts, or Bruins?

    What piece of music would Paul have most liked to skate to, but never did?

    Tell him that this ancedote has been much enjoyed by his fans on this forum. I am so pleased that I got to have that conversation with him.
  11. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    I like snoopysnake's questions. (What was that about the lights going out? I've never heard that story!)

    I'd also like to know, how many students does he have now, and how does he like coaching?

    And I'd second the question about whether he'll go back to commentating.
  12. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    I've always loved Paul's skating; every since I first saw him in Atlanta - 1980!

    Did anything "particular" happen between 1992 Nationals and the Olympics to spur his success there?
    He was a "transformed" skater in Albertville; and has carried that special confidence with him in all he has accomplished in the years since.

    I've never been so happy for any Olympic Silver Medal Winner as I was for Paul.
  13. Yazmeen

    Yazmeen Well-Known Member

    I'd be curious on Tom's thoughts on how skating shows went from the golden days post Tonya-Nancy to the point when you couldn't keep tours going. What influence did the 2002 SLC judgin scandal and the new scoring system have on this in his opinion?
  14. maureenfarone

    maureenfarone Well-Known Member

    Not a very important question but something I would like to know! I really enjoyed Nationals in Greensboro. Could you ask Paul if Greensboro might bid for Nationals in the near future? I loved having the practice rink and main arena in the same building because the fans could move back and forth easily. It was very nice.
  15. Carolla5501

    Carolla5501 Well-Known Member

    Considering the Rachel thread... Paul skated while at Harvard. Does he think the COP makes this a realistic goal and what advice would he give a skater and their family trying this?
  16. snoopysnake

    snoopysnake Well-Known Member

    It was at the pro comp for TV, SkatesX2. Paul and Caryn Kadavy were a team, (as were Boitano/Kerrigan, Browning/Manley, Petrenko/Baiul, Witt/Barna.) When Paul was skating Carmina Burana, there was a power surge or something and the lights and sound went out for about 2 seconds. Paul just kept going and all was back to normal. It was just a blip but needless to say unexpected! In Kiss 'N Cry Paul and Caryn were laughing about it and speculated that Bowman probably did it! (That skate tied them for the win with Brian and Nancy.)
  17. floskate

    floskate Vacant

    Back in the mid-1970's Paul was training at the Broadmoor at the same time as John Curry and then later, Robin Cousins. I'd love to know what kind of influence they had on his skating. John surely did in terms of Paul's positions, placement and alignment etc.

    I second Rock2's question about his jumps - he was a late developer in that department. In 1980 when Paul won Junior Worlds (1981 Junior Worlds but held in December of 1980 in London, Ontario), he had one triple toe in his LP while 11 year old Midori Ito finished 8th in ladies with a 5-triple LP!!
  18. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    Seconding this question, manleywoman.
    IIRC, Robin lived with the Wylie family for a time.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
  19. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    And a third.

    I do remember reading that Wylie once said that Curry demanded he point his toe when Wylie thought he already was. I'd love to hear more about how other skaters influenced him.
  20. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Given the scarcity of toe-point these days, I'd love to know how many skaters think the same thing! :)
  21. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    Also, was he aware in the pre-ubiquitous Internet days of how many people loved him for his lines and style and were supporting him?