Rika Kihira, 16, made a splash this season. The Japanese teenager is skating to “Beautiful Storm” in her Free Skating, and she took the senior level by storm, too, taking gold at her two ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.
Russian Ice Dancers Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin have taken the next step in their career this season.
When French Pair skaters Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres claimed their first medal at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2018 last March, a dream had come true for them. This bronze medal marked the end of a roller coaster season with highs and lows for the popular French team – and it motivated them to continue, since they had thought of retiring from competing after the Olympic season. It turned out to be the right decision.
The current season marked a breakthrough for Italian Ice Dancers Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri. The amicable couple from Milan has been close to the podium at the Grand Prix events in the past few years, but this season they claimed their first medals, silver at Skate America and another silver at the Helsinki Grand Prix. They went on to take the bronze in what was their debut at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.
Today, Brian Orser might be one of the best coaches in the World, working out of the Toronto Cricket Club with stars such as Yuzuru Hanyu, Evgenia Medvedeva, Jason Brown, Gabrielle Daleman and Javier Fernandez.
When you have a passion, it doesn’t matter where you come from and where you have to go. You follow your dream even if it means you have to leave your home and move to a foreign country which language you don’t speak and that has a very different culture. And when you share your passion with someone, it can become love.
Eteri Tutberidze has coached some of the most recent talents in Russian skating. In February 2018, she was the coach behind both the Ladies Olympic Champion and Olympic silver medallist.
Canada’s Meagan Duhamel looks back at a very distinguished career as a pair skater. For years, she and partner Eric Radford have been a fixture in the skating world, always pushing the limits and setting an example for others.
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).