• 2017 World Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Preview

    The Pairs Scramble
    Like the Men’s event, the state of play among the world’s top pair teams also shows no clear favorite to dominate in Helsinki. The elite six in the world have been swapping victories, and each team’s season’s best free skate scores, for example, fall within a mere eight-point range of each other. The competition at the top is tight and mistakes will be costly in this very deep field.
    A slight edge may go to the young Russian pair Evgenia Tarasova and V
  • 2017 World Figure Skating Championships: Men’s Preview

    Men: The Quad Squad
    This year’s Men’s event at the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships will be as unpredictable as the other competitions this season, including the Grand Prix Final and Four Continents Championships. With so many difficult quadruple jumps being performed, the risk will be high and falls will be costly.
    American Nathan Chen comes to Helsinki ready to make a golden splash in his World Championship debut. The 17-year-old’s determination to land a thrilling fi
  • 2017 World Figure Skating Championships: Ladies Preview

    Ladies: Medvedeva and the Battle for Silver and Bronze
    Helsinki last hosted the World Figure Skating Championships in 1999, when Russian veteran Maria Butyrskaya became her country’s first surprise gold medallist, outskating American icon Michelle Kwan. This year, the surprise will come if a Russian woman is not on the podium.
    The unshakeable world champion Evgenia Medvedeva looks poised to defend her title coming off a world-record-scoring free skate finish at the European Championships
  • 2017 World Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance Preview

    Ice Dance: The Rumble for Silver and Bronze
    Since their return to competition, 2010 Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir from Canada have steamrolled the competition, winning every competition they’ve entered with record-breaking short dance and total scores at the Grand Prix Final—a victory which had previously eluded them in their epic pre-2014 back-and-forth competition with Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The occasional misstep or twizzle problems that have nag
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  • Russia’s Alina Zagitova triumphs at Junior Worlds

    Russia’s Alina Zagitova performs her free skate at the 2017 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
    Russian and Japanese skaters have dominated in Ladies at Junior Worlds since 2009 and even have won all the medals since 2013 in this discipline. 2017 was no different as Russia’s Alina Zagitova topped the podium while Japanese skaters Marin Honda and Kaori Sakamoto earned the silver and bronze medals.
    The top three were just amazing and gave clean performances, packed with the maxi
  • USA’s Rachel and Michael Parsons clinch Junior World title

    USA’s Rachel and Michael Parsons perform their free dance at the 2017 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
    Rachel and Michael Parsons continued the success of the U.S. ice dancers and clinched the Junior World title Saturday in Taipei City at the 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Teammates Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko came from sixth place to take the bronze, while Russia’s Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd slipped from first to second and settled for
  • Alexandrovskaya and Windsor earn first Junior World gold for Australia

    Australia’s Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor perform their free skate at the 2017 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
    Australia’s Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor made history when they skated to the Pairs gold medal at the 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, on Friday. The Russian-Australian duo became the first skaters to claim gold at an ISU figure skating championship and the first ones to win a medal f
  • A Pyeongchang Preview

    A New York Times photographer went to the Korean city that will host the 2018 Winter Olympics and attended events offering a taste of what is to come....
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  • USA’s Zhou jumps to Junior World gold

    USA’s Vincent Zhou performs his free skate at the 2017 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
    USA’s Vincent Zhou jumped to the gold at the 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, on Thursday. Russians Dmitri Aliev and Alexander Samarin picked up the silver and bronze medals in what was a very high level competitive event.
    The “quad explosion” of this season continued in the Men’s event at Junior Worlds. Spurred on by th
  • Sui and Han skate their life story

    Wenjing Sui and Cong Han perform their free skate at the 2017 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
    As the song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” came to an end, China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han completed their performance in the 2017 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Everything in this tough year coming to Sui’s mind brought tears to her eyes while she hugged Han tightly, sharing a moment together with what they had been gone through.
    The team won the
  • Team Junost of Russia crowned Junior World champions

    Team Junost reacts to final results.
    While Russian skaters are a dominant force in ice dance, singles and pairs, synchronized skating has never seen a Russian World Champion, at any level, until Team Paradise captured the first senior title last season. Following in their footsteps, Junost (Team Russia 2) became the first junior team to win the 2017 World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships (WJSSC) last night.
    “It was the greatest moment of my life,” said Junost’s team ca
  • Russia’s Boikova and Kozlovskii: ‘It is huge work’

    Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii perform their free skate at the 2017 Russian National Figure Skating Championships.
    When Russia’s Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii decided to team up in November 2015, they didn’t expect to rise to the top of the junior pairs division so quickly. However, Boikova, who just turned 15 in January, and Kozlovskii, 17, not only qualified for the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Final in December and claimed the bronze medal t
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  • Arutyunyan addresses Chen’s components ‘controversy’

    USA’s Nathan Chen and coach Rafael Arutyunyan wait for the free skate scores at the 2017 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
    Following the Men’s free skate results at the 2017 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, some figure skating onlookers raised eyebrows and even pointed fingers at the points generated by new champion Nathan Chen.
    The American technician won with a total combined score of 307.46; bolstered by improved components scores nearly 20 points higher t
  • Stanislava Konstantinova: ‘Everyone has their own path’

    Stanislava Konstantinova performs her free skate at the 2016 Russian National Figure Skating Championships.
    No doubt, the competition among Russian ladies is currently the toughest in the world, as Stanislava Konstantinova knows very well. The window of opportunity is very small. At age 16, most of the top Russian lady skaters have at least qualified for the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, Junior Worlds, or even Europeans and Worlds. If they haven’t, they can call it quits, look for another c
  • Washington’s Kelsey Plum Becomes No. 2 Women’s Scorer

    Plum, who had 35 points in a win over Southern California, moved past Brittney Griner and trails only the former Missouri State star Jackie Stiles.
  • U.C.L.A.’s Kelsey Plum Becomes No. 2 Women’s Scorer

    Plum, who had 35 points in a win over Southern California, moved past Brittney Griner and trails only the former Missouri State star Jackie Stiles.
  • Patrick Chan fourth at Olympic test event

    Patrick Chan got confirmation that big jumpers have bypassed him in the hierarchy of world men's figure skating.
  • Quad-King Nathan Chen wins title in 4CC debut

    USA’s Nathan Chen performs his free skate at the 2017 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
    If anyone had a doubt of who the new quad king is, they know it now: USA’s Nathan Chan won his first championship title at the 2017 ISU Four Continents Championships on Sunday landing a total of seven quads en route. Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan settled for the silver medal and the bronze went to his teammate Shoma Uno.
    Chen skated to the lead with a clean short that included
  • Canadians shine at Four Continents with three podium finishes

    Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford came second in the pairs competition with Gabrielle Daleman also skating to a silver.
  • Japan’s Mai Mihara mines gold in 4CCs debut

    Mai Mihara of Japan performs her long program at the 2017 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
    A year ago, Japan’s Mai Mihara didn’t even know if she was ever going to compete again, and now she topped the Ladies podium at the 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Gangneung, Korea. Gabrielle Daleman of Canada earned the silver medal and USA’s Mirai Nagasu took bronze. All three ladies produced personal best scores in the free skating.
    Mihara was an u
  • “Reborn” Sui and Han claim fourth Four Continents title

    Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China perform their free skate at the 2017 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
    When Wenjing Sui and Cong Han had to withdraw from their Grand Prix events earlier this season as she was still recovering from surgery, not many would have believed that they could come back so strong. However, the Chinese team, proved that they are back in action and ready to challenge anyone after claiming their fourth Four Continents title.
    Reigning World Champions Meagan Duha
  • Virtue and Moir continue winning ways at Four Continents

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform their free dance at the 2017 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
    Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir continued their winning ways in their comeback season, dancing to gold at the 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Gangneung, Korea. Defending champions Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the USA settled for the silver, while the bronze went to teammates Madison Chock and Evan Bates.
    Virtue and Moir made it clear from the
  • Virtue and Moir dance their way to gold medal

    Canadians edge out two American teams, scoring 196.95 points after the free dance to claim first place
  • Big day for Canadians at Four Continents figure skating championships

    Gabrielle Daleman and Kaetlyn Osmond in first and second, ice dance duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lead after short program.
  • Breakthrough for Belgium’s “late bloomer” Jorik Hendrickx

    Belgium’s Jorik Hendrickx performs his long program at the 2017 European Figure Skating Championships.
    Jorik Hendrickx of Belgium has been around for a while, competing at the international level since 2007. Many fans appreciate his skating, and he is an example for how hard work and preseverance can pay off when you come from a small country and don’t have much support.
    Finishing fourth at the recent 2017 ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, was Hend
  • Spain’s Fernandez remains undefeated in Europe; takes fifth crown

    Javier Fernandez of Spain performs his free skate at the 2017 European Figure Skating Championships.
    Spain’s Javier Fernandez extended his reign and took his fifth European figure skating crown Saturday in Ostrava at the 2017 ISU European Figure Skating Championships. The silver and bronze medals went to Russia’s Maxim Kovtun and Mikhail Kolyada. This season, it still seems that there is no one who can really challenge Fernandez in Europe, who became the first skater since Slova
  • Papadakis and Cizeron dance to third European title

    Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform their free dance at the 2017 European Figure Skating Championships.
    Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France danced to their third consecutive European title on Sunday, but it didn’t come too easy for them. The French ranked third in the short dance and overtook Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy and Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev with a mesmerizing free dance.
    The Italians and Russians settled fo
  • Untouchable Medvedeva cruises to second European title

    Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva performs her long program at the 2017 European Figure Skating Championships.
    Russia’s golden girl Evgenia Medvedeva once again reigned supreme and cruised to gold at the 2017 ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Friday. In what was an exciting competition, Anna Pogorilaya of Russia claimed the silver medal, her first after two bronze finishes in the event. However, the biggest story was the successful comeback of Italian
  • Russian Pair Wins Gold in European Skating Championship

    Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov won gold in the pairs competition in Ostrava, Czech Republic, for their first Continental title.
  • Tarasova and Morozov claim European pairs title

    Russia’s Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov perform their long program at the 2017 European Figure Skating Championships.
    Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov continued the Russian dominance in the Pairs event, claiming the 46th gold medal in the discipline for their country at the 2017 ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. In what was a high-level event, Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot fought their way back from injury to take the silv
  • Russian Senator Tatyana Lebedeva Stripped of 2 Olympic Medals

    The International Olympic Committee recalled her 2008 silvers in the long jump and the triple jump after she tested positive for the steroid turinabol in a reanalysis of her samples.
  • A Fortunate Bounce Sends Lundqvist and Rangers Past Red Wings

    A Detroit shot hit New York’s goaltender in the helmet and bounced away, and J.T. Miller scored in overtime for a 1-0 victory.
  • Chen takes U.S. title with record score

    Nathan Chen performs his long program at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.
    Nathan Chen became the youngest man since 1966 to win a U.S. men’s title at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships after a technically-packed routine. Vincent Zhou and Jason Brown both moved up one spot for the silver and bronze, respectively.
    Chen is coming off a hip injury he sustained last year during the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular at 2016 U.S. Championships, and understands Brown&
  • Chen claims ladies’ U.S. title

    Karen Chen performs her long program at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.
    Overnight leader Karen Chen maintained first place, winning her first national title at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas, Mo., on Saturday night. Ashley Wagner moved up one spot for the silver, while Mariah Bell surprised with a third place finish overall for the bronze.
    Chen was solid in her routine to “Jalousie ‘Tango Tzigane'” which featured six clean triple jumps
  • Shibutanis defend national title

    Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani perform their free dance at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.
    Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani won their second consecutive title at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships on Saturday. Madison Chock and Evan Bates were a close second (one point), while Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue took the bronze. The top three placements have all been selected to both the Four Continents and World team.
    Shibutani and Shibutani put out a m
  • Denney and Frazier take national pairs title

    Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier perform their long program at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.
    Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier claimed their first national title at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Saturday afternoon. Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran, who stood in fourth after the short program, moved up to capture the silver, while Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc slipped to third for the bronze.
    Defending champions Tarah Kayne and D
  • Ninth title for Patrick Chan

    Patrick Chan performs his long program at the 2017 Canadian National Figure Skating Championships.
    Three-time world champion Patrick Chan won his ninth national title at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa and redeemed himself from the error-filled short program from Friday night.
    This has been the enigma of Chan, who baffles, enrages and endears himself to fans who ask themselves when, and more importantly, how will the skater regain his world championship form and e
  • Duhamel and Radford claim sixth consecutive title

    Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford perform their long program at the 2017 Canadian National Figure Skating Championships.
    World champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford claimed their sixth consecutive national title with a win at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa. In a continuation of their up-and-down season of performances and results, their “No, je ne regrette rien” free skate was not without errors.
    A strong opening level four triple twist was followed
  • Kaitlyn Osmond rights herself to reclaim women's figure skating title: DiManno

    Newfoundlander falls twice but holds on to beat two former champions.
  • Kaetlyn Osmond rights herself to reclaim women's figure skating title: DiManno

    Newfoundlander falls twice but holds on to beat two former champions.
  • Virtue, Moir take their journey back to the top: DiManno

    Ice dancers stay perfect in return to competitive skating, win seventh Canadian title.
  • Osmond reclaims national title

    Kaetlyn Osmond performs her long program at the 2017 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
    Two-time national champion Kaetlyn Osmond reclaimed her crown by winning the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships with help from her elegant “La Boheme” free skate. Her routine featured five triples, including a confident triple flip-triple toe loop combination and double Axel-triple toe loop combination.
    The ladies did not disappoint in the anticipated pressure cooker event. Much
  • Virtue and Moir back on top

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform their Free Dance at the 2017 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
    2010 Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir continued their steam-roller return to competition at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Ottawa, Ontario, smashing records like a wrecking ball and resuming their position atop of the ice dance rankings.
    They performed their soulful “Pilgrims on a Long Journey” free dance with character and charisma punctuated
  • Nathan Chen: “Finally!”

    Nathan Chen performs his short program at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.
    The Men’s Short Program proved to be an exciting event at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday night. Nathan Chen blasted the men’s U.S. record score, breaking the 100-point barrier and taking first place. Ross Miner and Vincent Zhou currently sit in second and third place.
    Earlier this month, 2016 U.S. Champion Adam Rippon broke his l
  • Shibutanis: “We followed our game plan”

    Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani perform their Short Dance at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.
    Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani are the current leaders in the Ice Dance discipline after the Short Dance at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. Madison Chock/Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue are close behind and are currently neck and neck with a mere 0.24 point difference.
    Alex Shibutani doesn’t seem concerned about
  • Duhamel and Radford back on top after throwing out the Axel

    Pairs champions rewarded for replacing throw triple Axel with throw triple Lutz.
  • Patrick Chan leads comfortably, but the skating ain't easy: DiManno

    Eight-time champion keeps his focus after spotty landings.
  • Osmond smashes Canadian record at skate nationals: DiManno

    Kaetlyn Osmond launches pursuit of third national figure skating crown by breaking her own mark in short program.
  • Karen Chen: “I’m surprised and shocked!”

    Karen Chen performs her short program at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.
    Karen Chen took a surprising lead in the Ladies’ Short Program at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships on Thursday night, with Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner close on her heels.
    Skating to music from On Golden Pond, which she choreographed herself, Chen gave a poetic and strong performance, nailing a triple Lutz-triple toe, triple loop, and double Axel. The 2016 U.S. Classic bronze
  • Cain and LeDuc: “It was pretty amazing”

    Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc perform their short program at the 2017 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.
    There were some surprises during the Pairs Short Program at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Thursday night. The newly-formed teams of Ashley Cain/Timothy LeDuc and Deanna Stellato-Dudek/Nathan Bartholomay took first and third place, while Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier finished second.
    In their debut together as a team at nationals, Cain and

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