Episode 83: “The Second Mark” with Book Club Claire

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It’s time for another Olympic Fever Book Club episode, which means a great conversation with our friend Book Club Claire! Today we’re talking about “The Second Mark: Courage, Corruption, and the Battle for Olympic Gold” by Joy Goodwin. This book documents the judging scandal around the 2002 Olympic pairs figure skating competition, which resulted in a whole new system of judging.

If you want to see these pairs’ programs from Salt Lake City 2002, we’ve got them right here:

Salé & Pelletier –

Berezhnaya & Sikhardulize –

Shen & Zhao –

Here’s Berezhnaya & Sikhardulize’s Chaplin program. And, for good measure, we’ve got some “Battle of the Blades” action — both Jamie Salé and David Pelletier were on the show on “Battle of the Blades,” which is coming back to TV this fall!

Speaking of scandals, there’s a new development in the Russian doping scandal, so we bring you up to speed on that and learn about an opportunity Jill could be uniquely qualified for.

We also have some exciting updates on our Team Olympic Fever members Meagan Duhamel, Jacqueline Simoneau and Nick Cunningham.

Our next Book Club book will be Shirley Babshoff’s Making Waves: My Journey to Winning Olympic Gold and Defeating the East German Doping Program. We’re excited to have the opportunity to explore the East German doping scandal (speaking of doping scandals….), so we’re looking forward to this read. If you shop through the links on our site, we’ll get a little commission to support the show.

Be sure to follow Book Club Claire on Twitter, and check out her blog Light the Cauldron.

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