The single greatest travesty in Olympic broadcasting is the fact that Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski do not have prime time jobs (yet). Watching the Winter Olympics has been tricky. Russia and its uncooperative time zone make it so our primetime viewing options are old, stagnant performances and athletic feats that happened some eight hours earlier. There are spoilers and spoiler warnings; it all feels like a hassle.
But I can say, unflinchingly, that the best thing about watching these Olympics live is the presence of former national champion Johnny Weir and former Olympic Champion Tara Lipinski on commentary during NBCSN's 10 a.m. figure skating broadcasts. And the prime reason is the amount of shade being thrown (the second reason, of course are Weir's Hunger Games-ish outfits).
The two, combined with the straight-faced Terry Gannon, have a bubbly chemistry, probably cultivated by hanging around one another even when the cameras are off. They're the Frank and Claire Underwood, the Karen and Jack, the RuPaul and Michelle Visage of figure skating.
Friday was the best day yet. With a men's free skate filled with flawed, chippy, scratchy performances (results here if you want a spoiler), the two shined like diamonds. Bitchy, shade-throwing diamonds. The thing to remember with shade, is that it relies on subtlety and wit. With that in mind, here's a brief collection of the pair's best zingers from Friday (we've edited them a bit to not give away results).