Season Two of Blind Landing goes deep inside the world of figure skating. This intimate anthology gets up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the sport, including Kristi Yamaguchi, Tai Babilonia and Adam Rippon. Through exclusive interviews, immersive sound design and unearthed archival tape, the second season features three stories about skaters who dared to challenge the norms and confines of their times.
OUT ON THE ICE – 3 EPISODES
To kick-off season two, we’ve put together a deep dive on the history of queer figure skaters, unpacking the stereotypes around men in skating and talking with LGBTQ+ athletes from across generations about a culture of fear going back decades. Reported and produced by Ari Saperstein and Chris Schleicher.
OUT ON THE ICE: PART ONE | Transcript
From the outside, figure skating might look like a queer haven, a space where LGBTQ+ athletes can be out and open… but inside of the sport? That couldn’t be farther from the reality.
OUT ON THE ICE: PART TWO | Transcript
For decades, skaters have been pushed to play into narrow gender stereotypes on and off the ice, leaving LGBTQ+ athletes feeling like being themselves wasn’t an option –– but not everyone was going to stay silent.
OUT ON THE ICE: PART THREE | Transcript
“Out On The Ice” concludes with the story of Adam Rippon, the first out skater to represent the US at the Olympics, and a new generation of queer skaters determined to change the culture of their sport.
*More episodes of Season Two coming soon. Stay tuned for our stories about Mabel Fairbanks, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mia Kalin*