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Japan’s Shimada feels stronger after tough senior debut season

On a sunny day in July, Japan’s Koshiro Shimada is practicing skating skills, jumps, and his programs in Telfs, Austria, during a summer training camp of the Skating School of Switzerland. He is working hard, but enjoying what he is doing and sharing a laugh with training mates and listening attentively to what coaches Stéphane […]

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Sudden death of Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya sends shock waves through skating world

The skating world reacted with shock and sadness after the sudden and unexpected death of Russian-Australian pair skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya. The Russian News Agency TASS reported Saturday that the body of the 20-year-old skater was found near a house in the city center of Moscow. According to news reports that quote the authorities, Alexandrovskaya had […]

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World Junior title a ‘springboard’ for Andrei Mozalev

Last March, Russia’s Andrei Mozalev realized one of his dreams and stepped on top of the podium at the 2020 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. It was the highlight of a great season for the now 17-year-old, who made the podium in all events he entered except for the Russian Championships […]

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Repetition is key for USA’s Alysa Liu

When USA’s Alysa Liu won her first U.S national title in 2019 at age 13, the youngest U.S. ladies’ national champion in history, she was still too young to compete at the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) circuit for the 2018-19 season. This past year, Liu started her international career with a bang when she […]

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Panfilova and Rylov: ‘We need to move on’

Russian pair skaters Apollinariia Panfilova, 17, and Dmitry Rylov, 18, came off a golden year this season, winning each competition they entered at the junior level, including the Youth Olympic Games and the 2020 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. They only finished off the podium at the highly competitive senior nationals where they placed […]

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Andrew Torgashev: ‘I’ve grown a lot over the years’

When USA’s Andrew Torgashev closed out the season with an eighth-place finish at the 2020 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in March – his best result in three appearances in the event – the American felt ready to move on to the senior level. “I think I’ve grown a lot over the years, from […]

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Germany’s Hocke and Kunkel aim high after successful season debut

Beginning last spring, German pair skaters Annika Hocke, 19, and Robert Kunkel, 20, started practicing together from time to time just to keep in shape as they were both without partners. When they noticed how well it was going, they decided to team up a few months later, but not many believed their partnership would […]

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Breakthrough motivates Russia’s Artur Danielian for next season

Russia’s Artur Danielian gained more and more momentum throughout the 2019-20 season and topped it off by taking the silver medal in his debut at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in January. As the second-best Russian man in Graz, behind new European Champion Dmitri Aliev, the 16-year-old was named to the World team and […]

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Kamila Valieva captures Junior World gold in season debut

2020 Junior Worlds Ladies’ Free Skate Kamila Valieva of Russia maintained her lead after the Short Program to capture the Ladies’ title on Saturday in Tallinn, Estonia. Teammate Daria Usacheva rose from third to pocket the silver, while USA’s Alysa Liu took the bronze. Valieva gave a brilliant skate to “Exogenesis Symphony,” which featured a […]

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Nguyen and Kolesnik dance to Junior World title

2020 Junior Worlds Free Dance USA’s Avonley Nguyen and Vadym Kolesnik moved up from third to capture the Ice Dance title after the Free Dance took place in Tallinn, Estonia, on Saturday afternoon. Maria Kazakova and Georgy Reviya from Georgia maintained second to win the silver—the first medal of any color for Georgia in this event, […]

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Andrei Mozalev nabs Junior World title

2020 Junior Worlds Men’s Free Skate Andrei Mozalev of Russia rose from second after the Short Program to capture the gold after the Free Skate in the Men’s event on Friday night in Tallinn, Estonia. Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama slipped to second for the silver, while Russia’s Petr Gumennik catapulted to third to pocket the bronze. […]

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Kamila Valieva front runner at Junior Worlds

2020 Junior Worlds Ladies’ Short Program Kamila Valieva of Russia took the lead in the Ladies’ Short Program in Tallinn, Estonia, on Friday afternoon. South Korea’s Haein Lee, who finished eighth last year, is currently in second, followed by Russia’s Daria Usacheva. Valieva gave a confident and solid skate to “Girl on the Ball,” landing […]

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Panfilova and Rylov claim Pairs’ title at Junior Worlds

2020 Junior Worlds Pairs’ Free Skate Russia’s Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov maintained their overnight lead, securing a Russian sweep in the Pairs’ event on Thursday night in Tallinn, Estonia. Teammates Kseniia Akhanteva and Valerii Kolesov and Iulia Artemeva and Mikhail Nazarychev pocketed the silver and bronze, respectively, in their first outing at this event. […]

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Shanaeva and Naryzhnyy take narrow lead at Junior Worlds

2020 Junior Worlds Rhythm Dance Russia’s Elizaveta Shanaeva and Devid Naryzhnyy took a narrow lead after the Rhythm Dance in Tallinn, Estonia, on Thursday afternoon, followed closely by Georgia’s Maria Kazakova and Georgy Reviya and USA’s Avonley Nguyen and Vadym Kolesnik. Shanaeva and Naryzhnyy were precise and sharp in their “Bonnie and Clyde” routine, meeting all […]

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Panfilova and Rylov: ‘We didn’t expect the points to be 70+”

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Junior Worlds Pairs’ Short Program Russia’s Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov led a Russian sweep in the Pairs’ Short Program on Wednesday night in Tallinn, Estonia. Teammates Kseniia Akhanteva and Valerii Kolesov and Iulia Artemeva and Mikhail Nazarychev are neck and neck with only a 0.18 difference in scores. Panfilova […]

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Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama takes lead at Junior Worlds

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Junior Worlds Men’s Short Program Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama took the lead in the Men’s Short Program in Tallinn, Estonia, on Wednesday afternoon, followed closely by Russia’s Andrei Mozalev. USA’s Andrew Torgashev is currently in third and there are only five or less points separating the skaters in third through 11th […]

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Hanyu bags first Four Continents gold

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Four Continents Men’s Free Skate Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu easily maintained the lead to win his first title in this event after an exciting Men’s Free Skate on Sunday afternoon in Seoul, Korea. USA’s Jason Brown rose one spot to claim the silver, while Yuma Kagiyama of Japan jumped from fifth to earn the […]

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Sui and Han bounce back for sixth Four Continents title

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Four Continents Pairs’ Free Skate Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China bounced back after a subpar Short Program to defend and claim their fifth title at this event in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday night. Teammates Cheng Peng and Yang Jin maintained second to win the silver, improving on […]

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Kihira defends title at Four Continents

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Four Continents Ladies’ Free Skate Japan’s Rika Kihira defended her title on Saturday afternoon, while new-comer Young You of South Korea edged out USA’s Bradie Tennell to captured the silver in in her debut on home ice in Seoul, South Korea. Kihira popped her solo triple Axel, but landed a […]

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Hanyu lands new record score at Four Continents

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Four Continents Men’s Short Program The Men’s Short Program was filled with many stellar performances on Friday, with Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu taking the lead with a new record score. Boyang Jin of China finds himself in second place, followed by USA’s Jason Brown after the event concluded in Seoul, South […]

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Chock and Bates defend title at Four Continents

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Four Continents Rhythm Dance USA’s Madison Chock and Evan Bates rose from second to defend their title in this event at Seoul, South Korea, at the Wakiki Mokdong Ice Rink on Friday afternoon. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada also moved up one spot to capture the silver, while USA’s Madison Hubbell […]

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Japan’s Kihira leads ladies at Four Continents

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Four Continents Ladies’ Short Program Rika Kihira of Japan took the lead in the Ladies’ Short Program ahead of USA’s Bradie Tennell and South Korea’s Young You at the Wakiki Mokdong Ice Rink on Thursday night. Defending champion Kihira opened her “Breakfast in Baghdad” with a solid triple Axel and followed […]

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Moore-Towers and Marinaro edge out Chinese in Pairs Short

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Four Continents Pairs’ Short Program Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro found themselves in a surprising first place after the Pairs’ Short Program in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday afternoon. China’s Cheng Peng and Yang Jin are currently in second, followed by teammates Wenjing Sui and Cong Han. Only a […]

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Hubbell and Donohue take narrow lead at Four Continents

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Four Continents Rhythm Dance The 2020 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships kicked off with the Rhythm Dance in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday with USA’s Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue taking a narrow lead over teammates Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier are currently in […]

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Chen wins fourth consecutive U.S. National title

Embed from Getty Images 2020 U.S. Nationals Men’s Free Skate Nathan Chen repeated as the national champion—his fourth consecutive title—in Greensboro, N.C., on Sunday after an exciting-filled event. Jason Brown maintained second to win the silver, while Tomoki Hiwatashi rose from fifth to claim the bronze. Chen gave a near-solid performance in his engaging routine to […]

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Chock and Bates reclaim U.S. National title in Ice Dance

2020 U.S. Nationals Free Dance 2019 U.S. National silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates maintained their lead after the Free Dance in Greensboro, N.C., to reclaim the national title on Saturday. Defending champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue finished in second, followed by Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker who also took bronze last year. Christina […]

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Knierim and Knierim reclaim U.S. National title in Pairs

Embed from Getty Images 2020 U.S. Nationals Pairs’ Free Skate Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Christopher Knierim reclaimed their national title in Greensboro on Saturday night, maintaining first place despite a second-place finish in the free skate. Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson, who were fifth last year, captured the silver, while Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea earned […]

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Chen in comfortable lead at U.S. Nationals

Embed from Getty Images 2020 U.S. Nationals Men’s Short Program Nathan Chen took a comfortable lead after the Men’s Short Program in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday afternoon. Jason Brown is currently in second followed by Andrew Torgashev. Ever consistent, Chen put out a solid routine to La Boheme which featured a quad flip, triple Axel and quad […]

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Kostornaia takes gold in Russian sweep at Europeans

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Europeans Ladies’ Free Skate Alena Kostornaia maintained her lead after the Short Program to win the title in Graz, Austria, despite a second-place free skate. Teammates Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova finished in second and third, respectively, for a Russian sweep of the Ladies’ podium. Kostornaia fell on a triple Lutz, […]

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Sinitsina and Katsalapov edge out French for European title

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Europeans Free Dance Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov edged out Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron by a mere 0.14 points after the Free Dance in Graz, Austria, to win their first European title on Saturday. Teammates Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin also rose one spot to capture their third bronze […]

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Alysa Liu defends national title in Greensboro

Embed from Getty Images 2020 U.S. Nationals Ladies’ Free Skate Alysa Liu rose from second after the Short Program to defend her title after the Free Skate on Friday night in Greensboro, N.C. Mariah Bell captured the silver, while Bradie Tennell slipped to third for the bronze. Liu reeled off a triple Axel-double toe, but […]

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Chock and Bates dance to lead in Greensboro

Embed from Getty Images 2020 U.S. Nationals Rhythm Dance 2019 U.S. National silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates took the lead after the Rhythm Dance in Greensboro, N.C., on Friday at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Defending champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue are close behind, followed by Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker who took bronze […]

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Boikova and Kozlovskii win European title in Russian sweep

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Europeans Pairs’ Free Skate Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii maintained their lead after the Short Program to win the Pairs’ title in Graz, Austria, on Friday evening. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov edged out Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin for a repeat silver, while Italy’s Nicole Della Monica and Matteo […]

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Kostornaia leads Russian sweep at Europeans

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Europeans Ladies’ Short Program Alena Kostornaia led a Russian sweep after the Ladies’ Short Program on Friday in Graz, Austria. Team and training mates Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova sit in second and third, respectively. Kostornaia reeled off a solid triple Axel, triple Lutz, and triple flip-triple toe in her routine to […]

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Tennell leads after stellar skate in Greensboro

Embed from Getty Images 2020 U.S. Nationals Ladies’ Short Program Bradie Tennell took the lead after the Ladies’ Short Program on Thursday night in Greensboro, N.C. Defending champion Alysa Liu is currently in second followed by Mariah Bell. Tennell put out a stellar performance to “Mechanisms” and “Chronos” by Kirill Richter, opening with a solid […]

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Knierim and Knierim lead Pairs at U.S. Nationals

Embed from Getty Images 2020 U.S. Nationals Pairs’ Short Program Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Christopher Knierim took the lead in the Pairs’ Short Program in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday, followed by Tarah Kayne and Danny OShea and Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc. Scimeca-Knierim and Knierim were solid in their performance to “At Last,” producing a level […]

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Russia’s Aliev claims gold in Graz

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Europeans Men’s Free Skate Russia’s Dmitri Aliev rose to claim the gold on Thursday after the Men’s Free Skate in Graz, Austria. Teammate Artur Danielian captured the silver in his debut at this event, while Georgia’s Morisi Kvitelashvili pocketed the bronze—becoming the first man from his country to win a European […]

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Papadakis and Cizeron take narrow lead at Europeans

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Europeans Rhythm Dance Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France took a very narrow lead of .05 points ahead of Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov on Thursday in Graz, Austria. Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy are currently in third. The top two teams both delivered the goods […]

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Boikova and Kozlovskii stellar at Europeans

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Europeans Pairs’ Short Program Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii led a Russian sweep in the Pairs Short Program on Wednesday night in Graz, Austria. Teammates Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin and Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov are currently sitting in second and third, respectively. Boikova and Kozlovskii delivered a stellar and […]

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Brezina: ‘Maybe it is a ‘bye-bye’ and maybe not’

Embed from Getty Images 2020 Europeans Men’s Short Program Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic gave a solid performance to take the lead in the Men’s Short Program in Graz, Austria, on Wednesday. Russia’s Dmitri Aliev is just over a point behind in second place, followed by teammate Artur Danielian who is making his European […]

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Roman Sadovsky leaps to Canadian National title

2020 Canadian Nationals Men’s Free Skate In a spectacular shake up, Roman Sadovsky played the ultimate dark horse by winning gold and upsetting the presumed championship battle between Nam Nguyen and Keegan Messing. The 2019 NHK Trophy bronze medalist landed two quadruple Salchows, one in sequence with a triple Salchow, as well as three other […]

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Moore-Towers and Marinaro defend national title in Mississauga

2020 Canadian Nationals Pair’s Free Skate Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro secured their second Canadian national figure skating championship with a soulful performance set to “Carry You” by Ruelle. The 2019 Skate Canada International and NHK Trophy silver medalists delivered a throw triple Salchow, throw triple loop and side-by-side triple Salchows to earn a free […]

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Emily Bausback captures Canadian National title

2020 Canadian Nationals Ladies’ Free Skate Skating to music from the Titanic, Emily Bausback toppled the old guard of Canadian ladies skating to win the national title. With five triples, including a double Axel-triple toe combination, Bausback earned 116.64 points for a total score of 175.54. “I was thinking, ‘Just stay in the moment and […]

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Gilles and Porier strike gold in Mississauga

2020 Canadian Nationals Free Dance Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier finally clinched their first Canadian national title in Mississauga with an ethereal free dance to “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell. With six level four elements woven by whimsical choreography and poignant musicality, the 2019 Skate Canada International champions scored 136.76 for a total competition […]

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Messing gives heartfelt performance to take the lead in Mississauga

2020 Canadian Nationals Men’s Short Program Keegan Messing landed on the top of the heap following the Men’s Short Program on Friday night with 92.66 points to position himself to win his first national championship with a near-clean skate. The 2018 Olympian performed a heartfelt routine set to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and managed an […]

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Moore-Towers and Marinaro captivate at Canadian Nationals

2020 Canadian Nationals Pairs’ Short Program Skating to “Love on the Brain,” Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro struck captivating positions in their short program, winning the Pairs’ Short Program this afternoon in Mississauga with a measured throw triple twist and a steady throw triple loop. The duo’s elements unspooled with ease as the confident defending […]

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Gilles and Poirier ‘tap troubles away’ in Mississauga

2020 Canadian Nationals Rhythm Dance In their ninth national championships together and five silver medals to show for those appearances, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier are finally poised to secure their first Canadian title after an animated and energetic performance to selections from Mack and Mabel. While the team scored 88.86 points, the program was […]

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Pineault leads ladies at Canadian Nationals

2020 Canadian Nationals Ladies’ Short Program Last year, Alicia Pineault watched the National Championships in a wheelchair after spraining her left ankle in two places. This year, in Mississauga, Ontario, the animated performer finds herself on top of the standings after a provocative and punchy short program set to “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse. […]

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Shcherbakova defends national title in Krasnoyarsk

2020 Russian Nationals Ladies’ Free Skate Anna Shcherbakova repeated as Russian National Champion Saturday in Krasnoyarsk while Alena Kostornaia settled for the silver. Alexandra Trusova maintained third to pocket the bronze. Evgenia Medvedeva withdrew before the Free Skating due to a broken boot. “Firebird” Shcherbakova flew to victory, landing a quad Lutz-triple toe, quad flip […]

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Boikova and Kozlovskii capture first national title in pairs

2020 Russian Nationals Pairs’ Free Skate Rising stars Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii edged out two-time World silver medalists Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov by less than half a point to capture their first national title at the Russian National Championships in Krasnoyarsk on Saturday. The bronze went to Daria Pavliuchenko and Denis Khodykin. Skating […]

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