Glory In Blades of Glory
Peggy Fleming Puts Up With Our Questions...
sure that light comes from within...
right. I'll admit this. If I don't quite remember Peggy Fleming's
Olympic days, I remember watching her television specials,
and that my relatives all thought she was charming and wonderful
and it never occurred to me that I lived just a few miles
from her when I was a kid. The impression of Peggy Fleming
being some sort of idol in my house in the seventies remained.
when publicists emailed and asked if I wanted to attend a
screening of Blades of Glory HOSTED by Peggy Fleming, I couldn't
call back fast enough and beg for a few minutes of her time.
Hey, our fanboyishness can't all be about superheroes and
the preview screening, Ms. Fleming stood with me in a side
hallway and patiently answered my questions. Still charming,
still wonderful and managing to do it with very little sleep
after the World Figure Skating Championships (hey, we always
get sick after conventions -- and we don't actually have to
do anything), she then braved an audience invited by local
hip-hop station Wild 94.9.
paraphrase Ron Burgundy, she stayed classy, Milpitas.
McCaw: How did you get involved in Blades of Glory? You
have a cameo role?
Fleming: Just a small part. I've never done anything in
the film industry. I don't know if this is going to be a career
move or anything. I don't think so. But it was fun.
just got a call to participate in it. There's a few other
Olympic champions in it as well.
McCaw: So you are playing yourself?
Fleming: Oh, yes. We don't have any speaking lines or
anything, so it's just a cameo.
McCaw: So if you'd wanted it to be a career move,
where would you go?
Fleming: I don't know. I just go with the flow of my career.
McCaw: Between Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, which
one would you rather skate with?
the Ice Capades.
Fleming: They're both really fun. I mean, it looks like
Will might be stronger. He's taller. (shocked) He's
a BIG guy. It doesn't come across in movies and things, but
you stand next to him and he's like really big. Very, very
McCaw: Is that an advantage or disadvantage in
Fleming: It's kind of a disadvantage. That's a lot of
territory to move around and get tangled up in. Mainly, skaters
McCaw: How much time did you spend on the set?
Fleming: One day. Early call and then you hurry up and
McCaw: Your Hollywood experience.
Fleming: Yes, they shot at the end of the day. So we were
ready in the morning and we had to kind of just be ready.
We couldn't mess up our hair or sit in our clothes too much.
had fun. It gave us a lot of time to visit, because we don't
get that many opportunities to just hang with each other.
McCaw: Who of your old friends did you get to see?
Fleming: Brian (Boitano), Nancy Kerrigan, Dorothy Hamill
and that was about our group that day. They do everybody at
different times. Scott Hamilton filmed his someplace else.
So we had all day to kind of hang out, have lunch, catch up
on our families and kids and stuff like that.
McCaw: Can you give us a prediction for skating's
future? Who are the real skaters to watch?
Fleming: Mao Asada was just fabulous at the World Championships
in Tokyo. And Kim Yu-na from Korea. We've never really had
teams from Korea before.
- one to watch. You read it here first?
McCaw: Why's that?
Fleming: They just don't have the instructors, they don't
have the ice surfaces, and people don't have much money to
afford for their child to take skating lessons. It's a very
expensive sport and it takes a lot of time and effort.
young girl is phenomenal. She's sixteen and she's got the
whole package. She's got the jump, she's got the artistry,
the beautiful body line - actually, this is both Mao Asada
and Kim Yu-Na. But they didn't win. They came in second and
Japanese lady Miki Ando won. And Kimmie Meisner, our U.S.
girl, came in fourth. She won the world championships last
year at sixteen. Everybody learns a lesson, and they're all
preparing, getting themselves ready for the Olympics.
McCaw: You're hosting a screening of Blades of
Glory tonight. How are you going to handle it?
Fleming: I'll tell them just a few little stories.
McCaw: Do you think Blades of Glory will spark
interest in the sport?
Fleming: I think so. I just got back from the World Figure
Skating Championships in Tokyo two days ago…
McCaw: You must be tired.
Fleming: I'm a little jet-lagged. It was great, so this
is good timing. This is very good timing. You know with all
the controversy that we've had with our rules and the crazy
costumes of yesteryear - they're still out there - and then
the characters we've had involved in our sport, I think it's
going to be a fun movie for people to see. We're poking fun
at our seriousness.
McCaw: You have a sense of humor about it.
Fleming: I absolutely do. You just have to laugh at yourself.
she did. Then she left us all to laugh at Ferrell and Heder.
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