During the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series you could see a lot of popular and familiar faces not only on the ice, but also at the boards and in the Kiss & Cry. Many former top skaters have turned to coaching and now travel with their students to competitions such as the ISU Grand Prix events and ISU Championships that some of them have attended themselves not so long ago. We met some of them as the Grand Prix circuit travelled from one stop to the next in the past six weeks.
Adelina Galyavieva and Louis Thauron are a new French Ice Dance team that have been skating together only since last February and they will debut at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating this week in Grenoble at the Internationaux de France.
Emerging Skater Eunsoo Lim of Korea is ready to take the next step in her career. She has moved up to the senior level this season and has made a few significant changes in her life. The NHK Trophy last week in Hiroshima marked the Grand Prix debut for the 15-year-old and she’ll compete again this week in Moscow at Rostelecom Cup.
Italy’s Matteo Rizzo probably was already born with blades on his feet. He hails from a true skating family with his parents Brunilde Bianci and Valter Rizzo and his older sister Francesca being former competitive ice dancers. However, he did not only do figure skating as a child.
Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin of Russia didn’t need long to get to the top: Less than two years after teaming up, this young couple won the World Junior title in 2018 in their debut at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Sofia last March. Now the Muscovites have taken the next step and will debut at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Helsinki (FIN) this week.
Ten Ice Dance couples competed at Skate Canada in Laval, and five of them train together in the Montreal Ice Dance school: Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA), Marie-Jade Lauriault/Romain Le Gac (FRA), Olivia Smart/Adrian Diaz (ESP), Shiyue Wang/Xinyu Liu (CHN) and Carolane Soucisse/Shane Firus (CAN).
Alina Zagitova: "I didn’t get star fever" Alina Zagitova (16) starts into the new season as the reigning Olympic Champion. She debuted her new programs in front on an audience at the test skates of the Russian Figure Skating Federation on September 8 and 9.
In celebration of the International Day of Friendship, Jason Brown speaks about the valuable relationships he has thanks to figure skating.
In spite of the tragedy that struck, Ivan Samodelkin is not giving up his dream of skating and performing.
Watch Yee's inspiring story in the Far from Home series produced by the Olympic Channel.
You don’t need to win an Olympic medal to skate right into people’s hearts. This is exactly what Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek did at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. The Italian pair delivered three spectacular performances in the team event Free Skating as well as in the individual Short and Free Program and lit up the Gangneung Ice Arena with their big smiles.
Carolina Kostner’s (ITA) inspiring performances at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018 belong to some of the most memorable Olympic moments. Kostner, who celebrated her 31st birthday on February 7, was not only the oldest of the 30 Ladies competing in PyeongChang, but the Italian also had to come back from scratch after sitting out for two and a half seasons.