Ice Skating: When They Stopped Jumping Hats and Started Swinging Pipes (with Ashley Ray)

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By Blue Wire, Andrew Nadeau, Wen Powers, and David Saliterman. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Wen and Andrew sit down with writer and comedian Ashley Ray (Writer for The AV Club, Vulture, Variety, The Onion, and host of the podcast TV, I Say with Ashley Ray) to discuss the incredible history of ice and figure skating!

While tracing its entire history to find where it went wrong, they go all the way back to the first skates in 1800 BCE, through figure skating's appearance in the Olympics and beyond. They talk about the insane attempts to make artificial ice rinks, when backflips were banned, and the absurd challenges required to join the world's first skating club, as well as the hats you'd need to do it!

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