When Mao Asada burst on to the international scene at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Long Beach (USA) in fall 2004, she became a star right away. This tiny Japanese skater nailed the triple Axel in competition and it looked effortless. She came from Nagoya, a powerhouse of Japanese Figure Skating that already produced the legendary Midori Ito, the first woman to land a triple Axel in competition. Mao had the same coach, Machiko Yamada.
Japanese star Shoma Uno has surprised the skating world recently when he announced that he is leaving his long-time coaching team of Mihoko Higuchi and Machiko Yamada and has not picked a new permanent coach. “I want a new start,” the Olympic silver medalist stated on his official homepage.
Jayne Torvill/Christopher Dean. Ice Dance. Bolero. These three terms probably will be connected forever in the world of Figure Skating. The British ice dancers made history with their Bolero Free Dance at the Olympic Winter Games 1984 in Sarajevo (at the time Yugoslavia) and revolutionized the sport.
Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva is only 19 years old, but her career already is a story good enough for two skaters. Instant success at the senior level and two ISU World Figure Skating titles were followed by injury, disappointment, a hotly discussed move to Canada and a difficult post-Olympic year. Evgenia ended the season with a personal victory by returning on to the ISU World Figure Skating podium in Saitama, Japan, in March 2019 which gave her confidence for the future.
Who would have guessed that a kids’ birthday party would lead Vincent Zhou (USA) into a successful figure skating career. When he was around five and a half, Vincent attended the party of a friend at a local ice rink. He had so much fun that his mother decided to register him for group lessons.
When they started, there was no tradition of Pair Skating in their country, not any notable results. When they ended their career as Olympic Champions, China had become a Pair Skating powerhouse: Xue Shen/Hongbo Zhao and their legendary coach Bin Yao built Chinese Pair Skating from scratch.
Tracy Wilson, three-time ice dance World bronze medalist and 1988 Olympic medalist, broadcaster, mother and coach, tells us about her experience and the precious lessons learnt along all the different stages of her life and career.
Kaori Sakamoto (JPN) can look back at an exciting and successful season with many firsts: she reached her first ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, competed at her first ISU World Figure Skating Championships, won her first National title at the senior level and went to her first ISU World Team Trophy.
The most prestigious annual Figure Skating event, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2019, is In Focus. Have a look at the best pictures from the event, thatcaptured unique moments of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2019.
Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov rose from the ashes this season to capture the silver medal at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships and at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final as well as the National title and medals at the ISU Grand Prix series and other international events.
Once upon a time, there was a young boy in Spain who followed his older sister into figure skating. Nobody could ever imagine what would come out of that as figure skating hardly even existed in Spain. It was a recreational sport, a kind of fun, maybe even weird hobby in the sunny country. And yet, thanks to his talent and hard work, the boy named Javier Fernandez rose to the very top in figure skating and became an inspiration for many young skaters from all over the world.
Chinese Pair Skating stars Wenjing Sui/Cong Han had a short season, but they proved once more that they are the Pair to beat right now by taking gold at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. The charismatic duo has experience with comebacks and they did it one more time this season.
French Figure Skating has a long tradition of successful Men. Brian Joubert dominated the scene for a decade, collecting ten consecutive medals at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2002 to 2011 as well as a World title and World medals. 2011 European Champion and two-time European medalist Florent Amodio is another popular French skater. Now Kevin Aymoz hopes to follow into their footsteps. The 21-year-old looks back at a successful season highlighted by a fourth-place finish at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in January.
Canadian ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje are looking back at a distinguished career with three World medals and multiple other medals and titles and they are still major players in the game as they proved by taking the silver medal at the recent ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2019.