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Mariah Bell: ‘I’m looking forward to the growth’

The two-time U.S. National bronze medalist recaps her win at 2019 Nebelhorn Trophy and talks about her training preparation for this season, her approach to competition, training the triple Axel, goals moving forward, and more! Related Info: ISU Bio Wikipedia Bio GS Fan Fest

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Russia‘s Makar Ignatov: ‘This is a new level for me’

Makar Ignatov of Russia took many by surprise when he won the prestigious Nebelhorn Trophy ISU Challenger Series event in Oberstdorf, Germany, at the end of September. “My name is Makar Ignatov and I am from St. Petersburg,” responded the skater with a wide grin to the questioning journalists. The 19-year-old had some success on […]

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Canada’s Liubov Ilyushechkina and Charlie Bilodeau have ‘bigger’ expectations

The new Canadian pairs team of Liubov Ilyushechkina and Charlie Bilodeau discuss how they entered into their new partnership, their expectations as a new team, their programs for the 2019-20 figure skating season, and more! Related Info: ISU Bio Wikipedia Bios – Liubov Ilyushechkina and Charlie Bilodeau GS Fan Fest

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Fournier Beaudry and Sorensen aim to maintain three spots for Canada

Canadian national bronze medalists Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen share their thoughts on last season and their first year representing Canada, their new programs for 2019-20, and their goals for this season. Related Info: ISU Bio Wikipedia Bios – Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen GS Fan Fest

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Hurtado and Khaliavin on 2019-20 Season

Spain’s Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin talk about their first competition of the season—the Challenger Series Nepela Memorial—where they took silver. They also talk about their new programs as well as their goals for the Grand Prix season.

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Coach Silvia Fontana on Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres

Pairs coach Silvia Fontana talks the decision regarding France’s 🇫🇷 Vanessa James & Morgan Cipres withdraw from the GP events, 2019 Worlds, last season’s short program, and their rivals’attributes, and more on her other students.

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Karen Chen: ‘I’m on the right path’

USA’s Karen Chen reflects back on the Olympic season, her injury which kept her out of the 2018-19 season, her thoughts on returning this year, her performances at Autumn Classic, new programs, balancing training and school, and more! Related Info: GS Fan Fest ISU Bio Wikipedia

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Marie-France Dubreuil: ‘I don’t like to be influenced’

Ted Flett of Golden Skate catches up with Canadian ice dancing coach Marie-France Dubreuil and talks briefly about the new dances for both the French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron and USA’s Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.

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Keegan Messing: ‘I’m still young at heart’

Two-time Canadian national medalist Keegan Messing reflects on last year’s nationals and his approach to the new figure skating season, his new programs for 2019-20, the quad Lutz and battling an aging body while staying competitive. Related Info: ISU bio Wikipedia GS Fan Fest

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Zagorski and Guerreiro not ‘leaving things to chance’

Russia’s Tiffani Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro talk about their new Free Dance “I’m a Survivor” and their work with Christopher Dean, how they decided on their Rhythm Dance to “The Greatest Showman”, their goals for the 2019-20 figure skating season, and more! Related Info: ISU Bio Wikipedia Bios – Tiffani Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro GS […]

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Boikova and Kozlovskii: ‘We do feel progress’

When Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii began the 2018-19 figure skating season, not many people expected a lot from them. Following a great 2016-17 international debut season, in which they took the silver medal at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, the young team struggled and didn’t even qualify for Junior Worlds in 2018. […]

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Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier on 2019-20 programs

2019 Canadian national silver medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier discuss programs for the 2019-20 figure skating season.

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Russia’s Petr Gumennik sets goals for 2019-20

Russia’s Petr Gumennik turned heads in this past season when he won his two Junior Grand Prix events and then took silver in the Final. However, at his debut at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships last March, the then 16-year-old from St. Petersburg did not skate his best in the long program and […]

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Russia’s Sofia Samodurova: ‘I grew more confident’

The Russian ladies have been dominant on the figure skating scene for the past few years, taking Olympic gold in 2014 and 2018 as well as the World title in 2015-2017 and 2019. The Russians also took six consecutive European ladies’ titles since 2014. However, Sofia Samodurova was the surprise champion in 2019 when she […]

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Interview with Carol Lane and Juris Razguliaevs

Coaches and choreographers Carol Lane and Juris Razguliaevs talk with Golden Skate about 2019 Canadian silver medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier regarding last season, the construction of the Free Dance to “Vincent”, how the coaches themselves work together as a team, the dilemma judges have on the top 10 ice dancers, and more! #TwiddlyBits […]

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Russia’s Dmitri Aliev refreshed heading into new season

The post-Olympic season was a tough one for Russia’s Dmitri Aliev, who finished seventh at the games in PyeongChang in the men’s figure skating discipline. Coming off a high with a silver at the 2018 Europeans and a seventh-place finish at the 2018 World Championships, the young Russian skater struggled last season. In December, he […]

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Canadian champ Nam feeling ‘settled’ for the upcoming season

An up-front interview with two-time Canadian national champion Nam Nguyen. The skater from Ajax, Ont., talks about the post-Olympic season, touring with Stars on Ice, new music for the 2019-20 season, coaching situation, and more. Related Info ISU Bio Wikipedia GS Fan Fest

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Russia’s Mishina and Galliamov looking to make impact at senior level

Russian pair skaters Anastasia Mishina, 18, and Aleksandr Galliamov, 19, won each competition they entered last season with the exception of the Russian Nationals where they placed a respectable fifth at the senior level. The talented team is now moving up to the international senior level, although they still have one year of junior eligibility […]

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Russia’s Roman Savosin eager to debut at the senior Grand Prix

Russian skater Roman Savosin has quietly worked his way up over the past two seasons and surprised everyone by taking the silver medal at the 2019 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. He was 14th in 2017 and fifth in 2018. This medal was the perfect way for the Muscovite to finish his junior career, […]

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Tuktamysheva changes new Short Program; explores new directions

Spurred by a successful post-Olympic season, Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is preparing for next year by trying out a few new things. For the first time, the 2015 World Champion is working with Shae-Lynn Bourne and went to South Carolina last week. “Finally my dream comes true. I wanted to work with her for a long […]

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Russia’s Kostiukovich and Ialin target senior nationals; eye gold for 2020 Junior Worlds

Russian pair skaters Polina Kostiukovich and Dmitrii Ialin have collected a silver and a bronze medal at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in the past two years and now have set their eyes on the top prize for the upcoming season. Following their vacation in May, the team started their season’s preparations at […]

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Italy’s Rizzo to train with Orser in the summer

While Italy’s Matteo Rizzo has been improving year after year, it was this past season that the figure skater really broke through by taking the bronze medal at the 2019 ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Minsk, Belarus. It was the first European Championship medal for an Italian man in ten years since Samuel Contest […]

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Maria Sotskova: ‘I can’t give up. This is what I love’

  When Olympian Maria Sotskova hit a personal low at Russian Nationals last December, finishing 16th in a deep field of her compatriots, the skater naturally put her career in question. Now, however, the 19-year-old has quickly realized that she is not yet done with the sport and is preparing for the upcoming season with […]

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2019 Golden Skate Accolades

The “best of the best” for the 2018-19 Figure Skating season There were so many great moments during the 2018-19 Figure Skating season! The organizing committee used a weighted-scoring method based on the nominations in over 25 categories to determine the top finalists. Come vote for and discuss your favorites! Polls close on Jun 30, […]

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Russia’s Popova and Mozgov are ‘on the right track’

While Russian ice dancers Betina Popova and Sergey Mozgov say that they are “terrible athletes” and very difficult to work with, they ended their season with a highlight by striking gold at the Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, in March. Now they are fully motivated for the upcoming 2019-20 season while working with coach Anjelika […]

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Zabiiako and Enbert: ‘Everything is falling into place’

  Russian pair skaters Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert took an important step forward this past season, winning their first gold medals in the ISU Grand Prix Series and their first World medal—a bronze. Looking ahead to the upcoming 2019-20 season, the duo is aiming higher and wants to establish themselves as the number one […]

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USA’s Tomoki Hiwatashi comes to 2019-20 season with renewed confidence

  USA’s Tomoki Hiwatashi ended this season with a high note when he won the 2019 World Junior title in Zagreb, Croatia—three months after a disappointing result at the 2018-19 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Final. “I was definitely disappointed with the results,” said Hiwatashi of the Final. “I wasn’t expecting that. I expected myself to […]

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Evgenia Medvedeva: ‘This year was more important than last’

2018 Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva (Евгения Медведева) of Russia talks about what she has learned since last year, her music for the 2019-20 figure skating season, her tour with Stars on Ice, and more.

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‘Setbacks’ not a problem for France’s James and Cipres

  France’s Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres skated from one success to the next this past season, becoming the first French pair team to win the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and the first French pair in 87 years to claim the European title. The duo won every competition they entered with the […]

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Russia’s Andrei Lazukin skates out of the shadows

Russian figure skater Andrei Lazukin has been around for a while, but over this past season, he has skated out of the shadows and right into the limelight. The long-time student of Alexei Mishin got into the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama as a substitute for Russian Champion Maxim Kovtun, who withdrew […]

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Team USA wins fourth World Team Trophy gold

The 2019 ISU World Team Trophy concluded on Saturday with the Pairs’ and Ladies’ Free Skate in Fukuoka, Japan. Team USA placed first with a total of 117 points, followed by Team Japan (104) and Team Russia (102). It was the fourth time Team USA has taken gold in the six times the event has […]

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Team USA gains momentum on day two at World Team Trophy

The 2019 ISU World Team Trophy continued on Friday with the Pairs’ Short Program, Free Dance, and the Men’s Free Skate in Fukuoka, Japan. Team USA currently leads with 91 points, followed by Team Japan (79) and Team Russia (70). The ISU World Team Trophy format is based on a competition consisting of the six […]

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Team USA grabs lead in World Team Trophy

The 2019 ISU World Team Trophy kicked off a three-day competition with the Rhythm Dance, followed by the Ladies’ and Men’s Short Program in Fukuoka, Japan, on Thursday. Team USA currently leads with 50 points, followed by Team Japan (48) and Team Russia (38). The ISU World Team Trophy format is based on a competition […]

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Chen defends World title with record scores

USA’s Nathan Chen defended his title in the Men’s event at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships on in Saitama, Japan on Saturday night. Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan moved up from fourth place to take the silver—his sixth world medal, while USA’s Vincent Zhou earned the bronze in his second appearance at […]

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Papadakis and Cizeron defend World title

Olympic silver medalists Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron from France won their fourth World title in Ice Dance at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships on Saturday. Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia maintained second to earn the silver—their first world medal, while USA’s Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue moved up won spot to claim […]

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Zagitova pounces on World gold in Saitama

Alina Zagitova of Russia pounced on the gold medal in the Ladies’ event at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships on Friday night in Saitama, Japan with nearly 13 points to spare. Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan took the silver, becoming the first lady from Kazakhstan to win a world medal, while Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva pocketed […]

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Papadakis and Cizeron earn another record score for lead at Worlds

Olympic silver medalists Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France took the lead after the Rhythm Dance at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships with a record-breaking score. Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov are currently in second, followed by teammates Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin. It was a stellar competition in which all teams performed […]

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Chen takes comfortable lead at Worlds

USA’s Nathan Chen took a comfortable lead in the Men’s event at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships on Thursday. Teammate Jason Brown is currently in second, followed by Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu. Chen hung onto the landing of quad Lutz in his troutine to “Caravan” which also featured a triple Axel and quad toe-triple toe. The defending […]

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Sui and Han take second World gold after record-breaking free skate

The Pairs event concluded at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships with the Free Skate on Thursday. China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han moved up from second to win their second gold medal at this event after a record-breaking free skate. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia earned their second consecutive silver, while teammates Natalia Zabiiako and […]

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Zagitova after Worlds short program: ‘It was a good performance’

Russia’s Alina Zagitova took a comfortable lead in the Ladies’ event at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships on Wednesday. Kaori Sakamoto is currently in second, followed closely by Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan. Zagitova racked up huge grades of execution (GOE) on all elements in her elegant routine to The Phantom of the Opera. The 2018 Olympic […]

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Tarasova and Morozov take lead Pairs at Worlds with record score

The 2019 World Figure Skating Championships began with the Pairs event in Saitama, Japan, on Wednesday morning. A total of 19 teams skated the Short Program with Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia taking the lead, followed by China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han and Cheng Peng and Yang Jin. Tarasova and Morozov were […]

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“Quad queen” Trusova defends Junior World title

The 2019 World Junior Figure Skating Championships concluded with the Ladies event on Saturday in which Russia’s Alexandra Trusova defended her title. Teammate Anna Shcherbakova took the silver in her debut in this event, while USA’s Ting Cui pocketed the bronze, improving from a seventh-place finish last year. Trusova fell on her opening quad Lutz […]

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Canada’s Lajoie and Lagha take ice dance title at Junior Worlds

In their fourth appearance at this event, Canada’s Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha took the Ice Dance title at the 2019 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Russia’s Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Nikita Nazarov won the silver in their debut at this event, while teammates Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko improved from their fifth-place finish last year with the bronze. It was […]

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Hiwatashi captures Men’s title at Junior Worlds

USA’s Tomoki Hiwatashi won the gold in the Men’s event at the 2019 Junior World Figure Skating Championships in what was his third appearance. Russia’s Roman Savosin rose from sixth to capture the silver, improving from his fifth-place finish last year, while Daniel Grassl of Italy pocketed the bronze in his debut at this event. Savosin […]

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Shcherbakova takes narrow lead in Ladies at Junior Worlds

Anna Shcherbakova of Russia took a narrow lead in the Ladies’ Short Program at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships on Friday. Training mate Alexandra Trusova is close behind in second, followed by USA’s Ting Cui. Alena Kostornaia of Russia announced her withdraw due to “medical reasons” on March 4, 2019. Shcherbakova put out a lyrical routine […]

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Mishina and Galliamov lead Russian sweep in Pairs at Junior Worlds

The Russians swept the Pairs’ podium at the 2019 World Junior Figure Skating Championships on Thursday. Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov rose from third to capture the gold, while Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov won the silver in their debut at this event. Overnight leaders and defending silver medalists Polina Kostiukovich and Dmitrii Ialin slipped to third for […]

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Lajoie and Lagha first after Rhythm Dance in Zagreb

Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha of Canada took the lead in after the Rhythm Dance at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships on Thursday. Russian’s Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Nikita Nazarov, Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko, and Arina Ushakova and Maxim Nekrasov are in second through fourth, respectively. Lajoie and Lagha showed strong edges and flow in their […]

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Kostiukovich and Ialin lead Russian dominance in Pairs at Junior Worlds

The Russians dominated the Pairs’ Short Program at the 2019 World Junior Figure Skating Championships on Wednesday. Polina Kostiukovich and Dmitrii Ialin took a narrow lead over teammates Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov and training mates Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov. All three teams earned a new season’s best score. Kostiukovich and Ialin showed lots […]

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Camden in true form at Junior Worlds

The 2019 World Junior Figure Skating Championships kicked off with the Men’s Short Program in Zagreb, Croatia, on March 6. USA’s Camden Pulkinen lead the men in what was an exciting event, followed closely by teammate Tomoki Hiwatashi. Daniel Grassl of Italy is in a very close third while Russia’s Petr Gumennik is less than a […]

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Mona Adolfsen on being an ISU Judge and the new scoring system

In the run-up to the biggest figure skating event of the season, the 2019 World Championships, the International Skating Union (ISU) referee, judge and technical controller Mona Adolfsen (President of the Norwegian Skating Association) tells about her motivation to work as an ISU judge as well as the peculiarities of the new ISU judging system. […]

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