• Virtue and Moir back on top with new record scores

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada perform their free dance at 2016 NHK Trophy.
    Three-time Olympic medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada continued their comeback successfully with a win at 2016 NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan, on Sunday, setting two new records on their way to gold. Current World champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France had to settle for the silver medal, while the bronze went to Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy.
    First to skate the free da
  • Canadian pair win NHK figure skating trophy in Japan

    Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., roared back from a second-place finish in the short prog
  • Hanyu delivers in front of home crowd, takes gold

    Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs his long program at 2016 NHK Trophy.
    Japanese skating hero Yuzuru Hanyu delivered under pressure in front of an enthusiastic home crowd and won gold, scoring 301.47 points on the way at 2016 NHK Trophy. USA’s Nathan Chen secured the silver and a spot in the Grand Prix Final together with Hanyu. The bronze was up for grabs and Keiji Tanaka of Japan was the one who pocketed it.
    Hanyu was off to a good start in his “Prince” short program, landing the
  • Russia’s Pogorilaya shines in Sapporo

    Anna Pogorilaya of Russia qualified for the 2016-17 ISU Grand Prix Final after winning Rostelecom Cup and NHK Trophy.
    Anna Pogorilaya of Russia continued her successful season with a second Grand Prix gold medal at 2016 NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan, on Saturday. Japan’s Satoko Miyahara came from third place to capture the silver medal, while Russia’s Maria Sotskova settled for the bronze. All three skaters earned a berth for the 2016-17 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final next mon
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  • Duhamel and Radford in Sapporo: “It wasn’t our best”

    Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada won their third consecutive NHK Trophy gold in Sapporo, Japan.
    Despite a bumpy road, Canada’s two-time World champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford took gold at 2016 NHK Trophy in Sapporo, Japan, on Saturday. China’s Cheng Peng/Yang Jin and Xuehan Wang/Lei Wang picked up the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Duhamel/Radford and Peng/Jin qualified for the 2016-17 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.
    Duhamel and Radford did not skat
  • Newcomer’s Goal Helps the Rangers Defeat the Flyers

    Matt Puempel scored in his first game with New York and Henrik Lundquist made 40 saves as New York defeated the host Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2.
  • Yu and Zhang lead China’s pair to one-two in Beijing

    Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang of China perform their long program at 2016 Cup of China.
    To the delight of the home crowd, Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang led the Chinese pair to a one-two finish in the 2016 Cup of China in Beijing, winning ahead of their teammates Cheng Peng and Yang Jin. Liubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Canada dropped to third to take the bronze.
    Both Chinese teams looked good and made few mistakes, despite the fact that they had swapped partners just last spring.
    Yu and Zhang to
  • Canada’s Chan back in business

    Canada’s Patrick Chan with coach Marina Zueva at 2016 Cup of China.
    Three-time World Champion Patrick Chan of Canada rallied back from a faulty short program to claim his second gold on the Grand Prix circuit at Audi Cup of China in Beijing on Saturday. The silver went to China’s Boyang Jin, while Sergei Voronov of Russia clinched the bronze medal.
    Chan had to skate right after Jin, the home-crowd favorite, and the ice was full of toys. Unfazed, the Olympic silver medalist pulled off
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  • Russia’s Radionova bags gold in Beijing

    Russia’s Elena Radionova performs her long program at 2016 Cup of China.
    Russia’s Elena Radionova is back on track and bagged the gold medal in Beijing at 2016 Audi Cup of China, which also gets her into her fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final. Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada had won the short program, but slipped to second in the Ladies event on Saturday. Radionova’s teammate, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, worked her way up from fourth to grab the bronze.
    Radionova’s elegant and expr
  • Shibutani and Shibutani take second Grand Prix gold of the season

    USA’s Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani perform their free dance at 2016 Cup of China.
    USA’s Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani came out strong in the free dance to claim their second Grand Prix gold medal this season at 2016 Cup of China. Overnight leaders Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada had to settle for the silver medal, while Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin secured the bronze.
    The Shibutanis looked smooth and confident in their dance they call “Evo
  • Russia’s Medvedeva unbeatable again in Paris

    Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia performs her long program at 2016 Trophée de France.
    Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia once more reigned supreme and won the Ladies competition at 2016 Trophee de France with 21 points to spare. Two new-comers joined her on the podium in their debut at the senior Grand Prix series: teammate Maria Sotskova, who took the silver medal, and Japan’s Wakaba Higuchi, who captured the bronze.
    Medvedeva was off to a good start in the short program, once again showing of
  • Papadakis and Cizeron dominate in Paris

    Frances’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron perform their free dance at 2016 Trophée de France.
    Two-time and reigning World champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won the dance event at 2016 Trophee de France with nearly 20 points to spare ahead of USA’s Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue and Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier of Canada.
    Papadakis and Cizeron already had a strong lead from their short dance to Blues and Swing – a personal best of 78.26
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  • Spain’s Fernandez takes second Grand Prix gold in France

    Javier Fernandez of Spain performs his long program at 2016 Trophée de France.
    Spain’s Javier Fernandez won his second Grand Prix gold medal in what was a strong Men’s competition at 2016 Trophee de France in Paris today. The silver and bronze medals went to Denis Ten of Kazakhstan and USA’s Adam Rippon.
    Fernandez led after the short despite falling on the quad toe, however, he reacted quickly and switched his combination to the Salchow. In his entertaining “Elvis
  • Savchenko and Massot take back-to-back Grand Prix gold

    Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany perform their long program at 2016 Trophée de France.
    Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany followed up on their victory from Rostelecom Cup last week by winning the 2016 Trophee de France Saturday in Paris, France. Russia’s Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov secured the silver medal and kept their chances for a spot in the Grand Prix Final. The bronze went to Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France, who came from fourth place
  • Canada’s Gilles, Poirier welcome rivals’ return

    Rising ice dance team feel competing against Virtue and Moir only makes them better.
  • Russia’s Pogorilaya dominates ladies in Moscow

    Anna Pogorilaya of Russia performs her long program at 2016 Rostelecom Cup.
    Anna Pogorilaya of Russia easily dominated the Ladies’ event at the 2016 Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia, while teammate Elena Radionova claimed the silver. However, the Russian ladies failed to repeat the podium sweep they celebrated last year with Radionova, Evgenia Medvedeva and Adelina Sotnikova.
    USA’s Courtney Hicks rose from sixth place to snatch the bronze as drama unfolded around Russian darling Juli
  • Savchenko and Massot golden in Grand Prix debut

    Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany perform their long program at 2016 Rostelecom Cup.
    Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany celebrated victory in their debut as a team on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating at 2016 Rostelecom Cup. Natalia Zabiiako/Alexander Enbert and Kristina Astakhova/Alexei Rogonov saved the honor of the Russian pairs and took silver and bronze.
    Zabiiako and Enbert led in the short program by just 0.26 points after Savchenko and Massot both fell on their tri
  • Fernandez strikes again

    Javier Fernandez of Spain performs his long program at 2016 Rostelecom Cup.
    Javier Fernandez of Spain came from second place to claim the gold at the 2016 Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia, overtaking overnight leader Shoma Uno of Japan.
    Fernandez, who had drawn to skate last, gave a stunning performance of his entertaining Elvis Presley routine. The World champion played with the crowd, used his show talent and provided the “hardware” seemingly effortlessly: three quads, two triple A
  • Russia’s Bobrova and Soloviev celebrate home victory

    Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev perform their free dance at 2016 Rostelecom Cup.
    Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev maintained their chance for a spot on the Grand Prix Final after winning the Ice Dance event at 2016 Rostelecom Cup today. USA’s Madison Chock and Evan Bates took silver, while Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada started their season with a bronze medal.
    Bobrova and Soloviev looked confident in their classical inspired free dance to “Prel
  • Stojko gives Chan tips on returning to Olympic podium in 2018

    Elvis Stojko says Patrick Chan needs to work more on fitness than artistry to win Olympic gold in 2018.
  • Virtue and Moir “thrilled to be among the mix”

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada perform their Free Dance at 2016 Skate Canada.
    New season. New style. New Coaches. Same golden sparkle. 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir made a golden return to the grand prix series, out-stepping a deep field on their way to victory. The same drive and meticulousness still burns brightly after two seasons out.
    “We always say that we’re perfectionists, but for Tessa and I, it’s all about the moment, creating the moment,&rd
  • Chan charms for sixth Skate Canada gold

    Canada’s Patrick Chan performs his long program at 2016 Skate Canada.
    Canadian Patrick Chan repeated as Skate Canada champion with a long program, which despite some problems – including two doubled jumps – featured his first attempt at the quadruple Salchow. Despite falling on the trick, he scored 176.39 in the free skate for a total competition score of 266.95.
    The program was layered with soulful choreography and emotive transitions to music entitled “A Journey,”
  • Non regrets for Duhamel and Radford

    Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada perform their long program at 2016 Skate Canada.
    World champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford skated their mesmerizing free skate to “Non, je ne regrette rien” with heart and chutzpah, showing steady improvement since Finlandia Trophy earlier this month. The team earned a free skate score of 139.91 for a total combined score of 218.03.
    Duhamel said she thought the performance was a solid start to the season, particularly after their person
  • Victory for Medvedeva in Mississauga

    Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva performs her long program at 2016 Skate Canada.
    World champion Evgenia Medvedeva bucked the one-season wonder trend that has become so prevalent in Russian ladies’ figure skating since the 2014 Olympic Games. The 16-year-old won gold today at Skate Canada with another gargantuan score of 144.41 for a total competition score of 220.65.
    Medvedeva opened her routine with an exuberant triple flip-triple toe combination holding one arm aloft in the air on the fl
  • Evgenia Medvedeva: “I will work harder”

    Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva performs her long program at 2016 Skate Canada.
    World champion Evgenia Medvedeva bucked the one-season wonder trend that has become so prevalent in Russian ladies’ figure skating since the 2014 Olympic Games. The 16-year-old won gold today at Skate Canada with another gargantuan score of 144.41 for a total competition score of 220.65.
    Medvedeva opened her routine with an exuberant triple flip-triple toe combination holding one arm aloft in the air on the fl
  • Chan outduels Hanyu at Skate Canada

    Patrick Chan holds off rival Yuzuru Hanyu for gold. Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond solid second behind Evgenia Medvedeva, one year after falling six times in free skate.
  • Ice dance royalty returns with Prince soundtrack: DiManno

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir muscle up to settle unfinished business at Skate Canada and beyond, bad news for the competition.
  • Chan gets jump on Hanyu at Skate Canada

    Canadian Patrick Chan first after short program at Hershey Centre, while rival Yuzuru Hanyu slips to fourth.
  • Duhamel, Radford push themselves to first in pairs: DiManno

    World pairs champions add throw triple Axel to challenge themselves.
  • Osmond's street sense takes her to second at Skate Canada: DiManno

    Twenty-year-old Canadian puts years of injuries behind her to challenge again.
  • Chan stepping up to the bar in men’s skating: DiManno

    The next generation of skaters has raised the level of difficulty, and their enthusiasm is contagious.
  • Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton diagnosed with third brain tumour

    Hamilton has survived two previous brain tumours and a bout with testicular cancer.
  • Shibutanis shine at Skate America

    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-
  • Showman Uno wins first grand prix title

    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
  • Canadians claim crown in Chicago

    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
  • Ashley Wagner: “It was sticky but I got it done”

    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
  • Switching coaches gives skater Patrick Chan a fresh start

    After taking a year off, Toronto figure skater is fighting to catch up with the quad-laden routines of his top competitors.
  • Kaori Sakamoto: “I need to work harder”

    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
  • Savchenko and Massot confident going into 2016-17

    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
  • Parsons and Parsons: “We are always trying to improve”

    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,
  • Patrick Chan no longer coachless

    Marina Zoueva will work with Oleg Epstein and Johnny Johns on Chan’s team this season
  • Jun-Hwan Cha off to strong start

    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
  • Polina Tsurskaya looking for strong comeback after injury

    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
  • Canadian figure skating star Patrick Chan comfortable without coach

    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.
  • New short program a ‘release’ for Duhamel and Radford

    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
  • Papadakis and Cizeron to debut season at French Masters

    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
  • Making history good starting point for Israel’s Daniel Samohin

    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 (
  • New beginnings for Russia’s Maria Sotskova

    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
  • Pas à pas for Japan’s Suto and Boudreau-Audet

    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 Loboda and Drozd prepare for test skates; Junior Grand Prix

    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

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