Canada’s Laurence Fournier Beaudry/Nikolaj Soerensen clinched their first ISU Grand Prix gold medal in Sapporo on Saturday, beating favorites and three-time ISU World medalists Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) at the NHK Trophy.
Yelim Kim skated to women’s gold in Sapporo, winning the first ISU Grand Prix title for Korea in 13 years. Japan’s reigning ISU World Champion Kaori Sakamoto had to settle for the silver medal while her teammate Rion Sumiyoshi claimed bronze.
2022 ISU World silver medalists Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara of Japan cruised to the second ISU Grand Prix gold medal of their careers in style with a strong performance on home ice in Sapporo on Saturday.
A new generation is shaking up international men’s speed skating. Last week’s sensation Jordan Stolz (USA) crashed in the 1000m on the first day of the second ISU World Cup in Heerenveen. But with silver medalist Joep Wennemars (NED) and bronze medalist Marten Liiv (EST) there were two new faces on the World Cup podium behind golden Ning Zhongyan (CHN) in the 1000m. In the Mass Start, Dutch youngster Bart Hoolwerf took his career second World Cup win.
A crash in training and a bent skate could not stop Jutta Leerdam (NED) taking 1000m gold at the second ISU World Cup leg in Heerenveen on Friday. The Dutch Olympic silver medalist beat Beijing 2022 champion Miho Takagi (JPN) for the second week in a row. In the Mass Start Irene Schouten (NED) bounced back after last week’s bronze with gold after an impressive solo escape.
Sota Yamamoto shone on home ice in the Men’s Short Program to come out on top as the first day of competition at the ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy came to a close in Sapporo. He surpassed his teammate and ISU World Champion, Shoma Uno, and France’s Adam Siao Him Fa in a competition of many mistakes.
Canada’s Laurence Fournier Beaudry/Nikolaj Soerensen snatched a slim lead over favorites Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) in the Rhythm Dance at the ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy in Sapporo (JPN) on Friday. But with only 0.66 points between the top two teams, everything is still to play for in the Free Dance on Saturday. Caroline Green/Michael Parsons (USA) finished third.
It is with deep sorrow and regret that the International Skating Union (ISU) learned of the death of the President of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia and ISU Honorary Member Alexander Georgievitch Gorshkov who passed away on November 17, aged 76.
Yelim Kim (KOR) beat World Champion Kaori Sakamoto (JPN) to take the lead in the Women’s Short Program as the ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy in Sapporo (JPN) continued on Friday.
ISU World Pairs silver medalists Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara (JPN) confirmed their status as favorites by distancing themselves from the rest of the competition in the Pairs Short Program as the ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy in Sapporo (JPN) opened on Friday.
The second World Cup in Heerenveen (NED) will feature the comeback of Kjeld Nuis (NED), who got a wildcard after missing out on qualification due to injury at the Dutch trials in October. The Olympic 1500m Champion will face an interesting battle with Jordan Stolz (USA). In Nuis’ absence, the 18-year-old Wisconsin prodigy dominated the Men’s 1000m and 1500m at the first World Cup in Stavanger (NOR) last week. But past results don’t guarantee future performance, as Olympic Champions Miho Takagi (JPN) and Irene Schouten (NED) found out in Norway. They’ll hope to bounce back at the Thialf Stadium in Heerenveen.
ISU World Champions Shoma Uno (JPN), Kaori Sakamoto (JPN), as well as ISU World Pairs silver medalists Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara (JPN) and ISU World Ice Dance bronze medalists Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) are in action at the ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy in Sapporo (JPN) this week. These stars and other top skaters aim at sealing a spot in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Torino (December 8-11, 2022) at this fifth and penultimate event of the Series.
After winning the 1500m in a track record on Friday, Jordan Stolz (USA) struck again in the 1000m on Sunday. Although still a junior, the 18-year-old Wisconsin prodigy left Olympic silver medalist Laurent Dubreuil (CAN) almost half a second behind in second place.
Olympic silver beat Olympic gold twice in Sunday’s women’s races at the start of a new World Cup season in Stavanger (NOR). Jutta Leerdam (NED) left Miho Takagi (JPN) behind in the 1000m, while Ivanie Blondin (CAN) kept Irene Schouten (NED) at bay in the Mass Start.
Italy’s Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri danced with ease to their second ISU Grand Prix gold medal in as many weeks while Lilah Fear/Lewis Gibson of Great Britain claimed their second silver on the circuit this season. Canadians Marjorie Lajoie/Zachary Lagha picked up the bronze.