An update for my fellow Chris Howarth fans:
Czar Josh Ventura@theczarisalive18h
@SkatingLesson Guys, I am dying to watch your interview with Chris from Eurosport! When will you be uploading it?
The Skating Lesson@SkatingLesson16h
@theczarisalive We will post it on Monday. There were quite a few issues with our connection, so it will be the audio version only.
At last! I was beginning to think they'd forgotten all about it...
NOTE: I originally posted this 3 hours ago, but I never thought and made the mistake of including the link. So, here is the same post, only without the link.
Good News: They've posted the interview and, judging by the comments of the TSL Facebook page, it was a good one!!!
Bad News: The TSL website is down at the moment. There is a message from WordPress saying "Sorry, we couldn't find the domain you're looking for."
Typical!!! I've been really looking forward to this interview since it was announced. Grrrrr!!!!!
On the plus side, there's a nice picture of a squirrel...
EDIT: The site is back up again now. But, I just spotted that the interview is only 15 minutes long.
I'm sure Chris has more stories in him than 15 minutes-worth! Maybe he's saving them for the Eurosport commentary this season!
I think Simon Reed is the lynchpin. Simon + any of the others just works so well. Without him, the commentary feels a bit dry to me.
In my opinion, the ultimate is Simon + Nicky. I was so pleased to see (hear) Nicky back in the seat for Nebelhorn, and many moments of pure (untintentional) commedy followed. Although perhaps it is peculiarly British comedy, I don't know if it "works" for other nationalities. For example, apart from their usual amusing "banter", there was Simon's classic "brother-and-sister ice dance teams" comments... Nicky's "you just don't" comments (ice dancers arguing, and sticking tongues out at the judges)... Simon's "oookaaaay" after Nicky's views on the old compulsory dances... etc etc.
By the way, Japanese skate fans clamour for translations of the Eurosport commentary - since they often heap praise on Yuzuru Hanyu (especially Simon), Daisuke Takahashi, Akiko Suzuki etc. Also, when commentating live, they often go places that other commentators fear to tread eg. blurting out that the 2012 Worlds Men's was ruined by the judges, and they gave the gold medal to the wrong guy... (popular in Japan, because the Eurosport guys thought the REAL winner was Takahashi). Perhaps they feel they can say what they like, because the UK has no serious contenders on the world stage? Whether their views are right or wrong, I think the way they deliver them adds such a lot to the TV experience :-D They are the kings of skating commentary to me.
They really ought to learn to pronounce the Japanese skaters' names properly though, haha :-D
I don't expect Nicky to master Japanese names any time soon. Nicky Slater still can't pronounce Shpilband, and he's had many, many years to practice that one. He usually says something like Shipblad.
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I love British Eurosport team so much, too. And their commentary during the recent Skate America in Detroit has saved me from the botton of the sea so to speak.
He's been one of top skaters for so long that they should have known/learned by now how to call his name properly. But they just keep doing so (calling 'daisuki') purposely, I would suspect.
Who was the lady commentator? I checked Mao's FS (to spot myself in the audience haha), and she was saying that Mao's FS consisted of skating from one end of the rink to the other and back... "with nothing in between"... and she'd like to see Mao putting in more content O_o Erm... WHAT?! If that was a joke, it went over my head. I was not impressed by her general tone and manner, and she is no kind of substitute for King Simon.
Another new commentator was added to the Canadian commentary team for ice dance - Coach Carol Lane, who coaches Gilles & Poirier and Ralph & Hill.
But getting back, glad your on the team again Joanne.....
Much respect for the Eurosport commentary team for their own contributions to the sport as skaters. I would say however that I thought they tended to make extended chit chat a bit too often about their own experiences (whether it be about falling or whatnot) almost as a way of avoiding making substantive commentary about the skating. Became evident that they are lacking in terms of technical knowledge/the IJS scoring system.