- Hamilton has survived two previous brain tumours and a bout with testicular cancer.
- USA’s Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani perform their Free Dance at 2016 Skate America.
Still beaming from their 2016 US title, Four Continents title and World silver medal, the siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani rode the crest of their success to claim their first Skate America championship.
Debuting their subdued free dance titled “Evolution” arranged by Alex, the team skated heartfully across the ice, scooping up five level four elements on the journey including their side-by-
- Japan’s Shoma Uno performs his long program at 2016 Skate America.
Japanese sensation, Shoma Uno, clinched his first grand prix title today in Chicago, Ill., at 2016 Skate America today. USA’s Jason Brown moved up to claim silver, while teammate Adam Rippon slipped to third.
Bursting with panache, Uno performed a tango for the long program with conviction to music by Astor Piazolla. His routine featured three solid quadruples – the flip and two toe loops, one in combination wit
- Canada’s Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau perform their long program at 2016 Skate America.
Consistent and steady, Canadians Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau claimed their first Grand Prix gold medal at Skate America with a heartful and romantic free program set to music from the Cinema Paradiso soundtrack.
Element by element, the team executed their high-risk tricks, including side-by-side triple toe-double toe- combination jumps and a throw triple Lutz woven by authentic a
- USA’s Ashley Wagner performs her long program at 2016 Skate America.
USA’s Ashley Wagner harnessed the momentum of last season’s world silver medal to win a second Skate America title in Chicago, Ill., on Sat night. with her soulful and angst-filled performance to “Exogenisis” by Muse.
The American landed four triples, but opted not to tack on the triple Salchow in her planned triple loop-triple Salchow sequence. Two of her triples were downgraded, however, she scor
- After taking a year off, Toronto figure skater is fighting to catch up with the quad-laden routines of his top competitors.
- Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto performs her short program at JGP Yokohama.
Before the 2016-17 figure skating season began, Kaori Sakamoto of Japan set her first goal of the season: “to build a body free from injury.” The previous season, she suffered a stress fracture on the right shinbone which prevented her from doing any on-ice training in October and practicing jumps in November. The injury eventually led to a not very self-satisfying season.
“During the off-season, I wo
- Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany perform their Free Skate at 2016 Nebelhorn Trophy.
Bruno Massot lifts his partner Aliona Savchenko gently up as the last note of “Lighthouse” by Patrick Watson fades away. The pairs free skating at Nebelhorn Trophy is done, and the World bronze medalists have their first competition of the season under their belts, taking the gold medal at their home event in Oberstdorf, Germany, where they have been training since end of 2014.
While the s
- USA’s Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons perform their Short Dance at JGP Yokohama.
USA’s Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons have been one of most accomplished junior ice dance teams in past few seasons, winning multiple medals at Junior Grand Prix (JGP) events and the silver medal at Junior Worlds last season.
The 2016-17 season will be their sixth and final season competing on the junior circuit.
“We will be competing at the senior (level) next year,” confirmed Michael,
- Marina Zoueva will work with Oleg Epstein and Johnny Johns on Chan’s team this season
- Jun-Hwan Cha of South Korea performs his free skate at JGP Yokohama.
Last week, South Korea’s Jun-Hwan Cha won the gold medal at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) event in Yokohama, Japan, earning the highest total score (239.47 points) ever by a junior man.
Cha made his JGP debut with a strong performance in the short program. Skating to the music from “A Chorus Line” soundtrack, his program featured a triple Lutz–triple toe combination, a solid triple Axel and high
- Russia’s Polina Tsurskaya is the current junior ladies’ record-holder for the highest free program and combined total scores.
A year ago, Russia’s Polina Tsurskaya took the international junior scene by storm, winning each event she entered including the 2015-16 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final and the Youth Olympic Games. Unfortunately, bad luck struck at Junior Worlds when top favorite Tsurskaya fell during the morning practice before the Ladies short program. The fall further agg
- Patrick Chan’s coach, Kathy Johnson, announced her resignation last week, but the Canadian Olympian says “I think it’s refreshing” working alone for now.
- Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford perform an exhibition piece at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships.
As they commence their seventh season as a team and second as reigning world champions, the already-energetic Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada have a little extra charisma in their cross cuts motivated by the results of their unwavering competitive spirit.
It is often said that one’s true character is revealed under stress.
“Eric and I are competitors an
- Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform their exhibition routine at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships.
One year after moving up to the senior ranks, the French ice dance team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took both the European and World title. As a result, they were the first French team to win the World title since 2008 when Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder won gold in Sweden.
In 2016, they confirmed their position as the top ice dance team
- Daniel Samohin of Israel performs his Long Program at the 2016 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
When Daniel Samohin won the World Junior title last March, it was not only the first ever medal at Junior Worlds for Israel, but also the first ISU Championship title for the country. It was a great moment for Samohin, his coach and father Igor, and the whole Israeli team.
Sitting in 9th place following a subpar short program, Samohin had nothing to lose. The 18-year-old nailed three quads (
- Maria Sotskova of Russia won the silver medal at the 2016 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
For World Junior silver medalist Maria Sotskova of Russia, the 2016-17 season means a lot of new beginnings. Not only is the skater moving up to the senior ranks, but has changed coaches. Previously coached by Svetlana Panova, the skater, unhappy with the training situation at the rink near her home, turned to Elena Vodorezova and now trains in the famous CSKA Moscow club.
“When there are 1
- Japan’s Sumire Suto and Francis Boudreau-Audet perform their short program at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships.
In the spring of 2015, Japan’s Sumire Suto and Francis Boudreau-Audet from Canada teamed up to represent Japan in the pairs discipline. The new team achieved some decent results this past season, starting with a seventh place finish at the Golden Spin Zagreb. The team then secured the Japanese national title in December, won the Mentor Nestle Nesquik Torun Cup in
- Russia’s Alla Loboda amd Pavel Drozd won the bronze at the 2016 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
World Junior bronze medalists Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd are currently Russia’s top junior dance team, and that means something as ice dance is very competitive in the country. The students of Ksenia Rumiantseva and Ekaterina Volobueva are preparing for the upcoming season at home in Moscow and the first challenge will come in August when the juniors will have their official te
- Japan’s Shoma Uno performs his long program at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships.
For Japan’s Shoma Uno, the past 2015-16 season was one full of “growth” and “experiences.” The 2015 World Junior champion officially moved up to the senior level, and began the season with a fifth place finish at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in mid-September.
The 18-year-old did very well with his debut on the Grand Prix (GP) series, winning a silv
- Zijun Li of China performs her short program at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships.
Lack of stamina has been a constant struggle for China’s Zijun Li this past 2015-16 figure skating season. In September 2015, while skating to her free program in the qualification event of the Chinese National Winter Games in Ürümqi, China, she lost consciousness when the program ended and was carried out of the rink by her teammates. This was in part due to the high altitude which
- Anastasia Mishina and Vladislav Mirzoev of Russia perform their Short Program at the 2016 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Anastasia Mishina and Vladislav Mirzoev of Russia seemingly came out of nowhere to claim the silver medal in their debut at the 2016 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships this past March. Competing in their second season together, they only had three international competitions on their record – a fifth-place finish at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in
- Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac of France perform their Free Dance at the 2016 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
When ice dancers Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac teamed up during the summer of 2014, they not only found a new partnership on the ice, but in life as well. The Canadian and her French partner, who represent France, got married in December 2015, just after competing at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final where they placed fifth.
The newly-wed couple then won the jun
- USA’s Jason Brown performs his short program at the 2016 Team Challenge Cup.
When USA’s Jason Brown arrived at the Spokane Arena for practices for the Team Challenge Cup last month, he headed to the spot where he entered the rink for his last competition here, the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
“Whenever you’re back somewhere, it’s that perfect benchmark to see how far you’ve come,” said the 21-year-old.
Back in 2010, he brought the crowd to its
- After training, living in Detroit for past seven years, three-time world champion has decided to come back to Canada.
- Japan’s Mao Asada performs to “Puttin’ on the Ritz” at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships Gala.
Exactly one year ago, Japan’s Mao Asada, who had been taking a rest from competition since she claimed her third world title in 2014, announced that she would come back to compete for the 2015-16 season.
“During my break, I started to think I can still do it,” Asada wrote in her blog. “Gradually and naturally, I started to miss the feeling of ac
- Golden Skate interview: Ted Flett talks with choreographer David Wilson on working with Sasha Cohen, other skaters, and new changes in his own life!Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the GS Forum!
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- Golden Skate interview: Ted Flett talks with choreographer David Wilson on Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, coaches Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon, and Jeff Buttle.Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the GS Forum!
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- Anna Duskova and Martin Bidar are the first Pair skaters from Czech Republic to have won medals at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (silver at both 2015 JPG Linz and the 2015-16 ISU JGP Final in 2015).
When beginning pair skaters Anna Duskova and Martin Bidar first teamed up, they were embarrassed to hold each other’s hands on the ice. Five years later, Duskova, 16, and Bidar, 17, made history when they became the first skaters from the Czech Republic to win the World Juni
- Ted Flett talks to choreographer David Wilson on Canada’s Patrick Chan regarding his renewed focus on his comeback this past season and looking ahead to 2018.Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the GS Forum!
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- Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov competed in their first European and World Figure Skating Championships as a team this season.
In their second season as a team, Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov made it to the 2016 European and World Figure Skating Championships, showing much improvement over their first season where they even failed to make the podium at nationals. The team came in fourth in their debut as a team at Europeans and ninth at the Worlds
- Team North America wins 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup.
The roar and standing ovation at the end of Jason Brown’s free skate at the 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup Saturday night said it all: He was missed.
The 21-year-old’s free skate to selections from “The Piano” also contributed to Team North America’s victory at the inaugural event, which was held Friday and Saturday at Spokane Arena in Spokane Wash.
“The ponytail’s back,” said Team N
- Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva performs her Free Skate at the 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup.
A fighting free skate from USA’s Ashley Wagner, along with a redemptive skate from teammate Gracie Gold, helped Team North America secure its win in the inaugural 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup.
Wagner’s jumps weren’t perfect, but the audience responded to her performance, giving her a partial standing ovation when she was finished.
“I really had to fight because I&rs
- Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada perform their Free Dance at the 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup.
Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada edged out their Team North America teammates Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States, giving the team a sizable lead halfway through the Team Challenge portion of the 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup on Saturday.
The two-time Canadian champions also received $10,000 for posting the top ice dance score (111.56).
The top score from
- Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford perform a death spiral during their free skate at the 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup.
A winning performance from Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford helped Team North America launch into the lead after the pairs free skate and ice dance segments at the team competition of the 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup Saturday.
The inaugural Team Challenge Cup, an ISU-sanctioned event organized by U.S. Figure Skating, is featuring 42 f
- Japan’s Shoma Uno landed a historic quad flip in his short program at the 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup.
The crowd at Spokane Arena was buzzing as Japan’s Shoma Uno landed a quadruple flip—the first in international competition—during the head-to-head team singles competition of the 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup event at Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash. on Friday night.
Among those buzzing was Uno himself. Leading up to the competition, he felt his chances of l
- Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva earns top score in the ladies’ short program at the inaugural 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup.
Shortly after finishing her short program to “Melodies of the White Nights,” Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva smiled and raised her arms in celebration as the audience at Spokane Arena poured loud cheers.
Her performance during the head-to-head team singles competition at the inaugural 2016 KOSÉ Team Challenge Cup capped a season full of fla
- Nan Song of China performs his short program at 2015 Cup of China.
Three-time Chinese national figure skating champion Nan Song officially announced his retirement on April 4, 2016. The 25-year-old began considering his retirement after his performance at the 2016 Four Continents Championships in February. After his free skate, when being asked what he would do next, he thought for a moment, and then revealed, “I wasn’t thinking about it before the competition, but now it may be the
- Golden Skate interview: Ted Flett talks with coach Rafael Arutyunyan on his hopes for 2016-17 figure skating season.Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the GS Forum!
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- Hockey players are realizing that the attention to form and technique in figure skating can help increase their speed and fluidity.
- Golden Skate interview: Ted Flett talks with Rafael Arutyunyan on coaching Ashley Wagner – Part 2.Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the GS Forum!
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- Golden Skate interview: Ted Flett talks with Rafael Arutyunyan on coaching Ashley Wagner – Part 1.Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the GS Forum!
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- Ted Flett talks to Rafael Arutyunyan on Ashley Wagner, Adam Rippon, accomplishment at 2016 Worlds, coaching champions in general, and more.Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the GS Forum!
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- Marin Honda of Japan ended Russia’s gold streak in the Ladies event at the 2016 ISU World Junior Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.
Last month, Japan’s Marin Honda ended Russia’s five-year gold streak at the 2016 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Although two of the top Russian ladies withdrew due to injury—both with sprained ankles—Honda stepped up to the challenge and claimed the title, beating Russia’s Maria Sotskova. The 14-year-old was the f
- Ted Flett talks to Rafael Arutyunyan on Japan’s Mao Asada, their partnership, and the reason behind the split.Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the GS Forum!
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- The sport’s popularity has eroded. But the world championships in Boston last week demonstrated that the quality of skating has not.
- Canadian champion will take the positives from disappointing worlds, looks forward to joining the elite again.
- Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva breaks record in the Ladies Free Skate score at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships.
Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia rode the crest of her momentum this season to win the World Championship with a record-breaking score at the conclusion of the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships in the Ladies’ Free Skate. USA’s Ashley Wagner extinguished her country’s ten-year ladies medal drought by claiming the silver medal and Russia’s third ent
- Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada perform their free skate at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships.
In the Pairs free skate, defending world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford roared to the top of the podium at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships. China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han finished with the silver medal while the new team of Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany won the bronze.
The five-time Canadian champs skated their Adele’s “Homet
- For someone who couldn't feel her legs, the top 10 was a great place to land.
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