Spanish ice dancers Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin not only had to overcome the challenges of a pre-Olympic season during the worldwide pandemic, but also injury. They came back strong and placed 11th at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm (SWE) last March. Now the team continues to train in Moscow (RUS) to get ready for the Olympic season.
Living legends Jayne Torvill/Christopher Dean (GBR), Tamara Moskvina (RUS) and Alexei Mishin (RUS) received the ISU Lifetime Achievement Award.
She had struggled with injuries and missed the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in 2019 and 2020, but then she came back strong at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm (SWE) to place fifth – the highest result of a female Single Skater from Belgium and the best result of a Belgium Skater for decades: Loena Hendrickx has shown remarkable resilience and strength.
It is 1 June 2020 and Rachel Parsons is on the front line of the Black Lives Matter protests in Washington DC. Things are spiralling out of control and tension levels are ratcheting inexorably up but the former Ice Dancer knows she is just where she wants to be.
Sometimes just one photo and two words can change a lot. A little over a year ago, on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, four-time ISU World Ice Dance Champion Guillaume Cizeron of France posted a photo of him and his boyfriend, with a simple message “Celebrate love”. With more than 26 000 “Likes” and more than 800 replies, this is Guillaume’s most popular post.
Italian Pair Skaters Nicole Della Monica/Matteo Guarise have been competing at the World level for nine years and have three-top eight finished under their belts. The multiple Italian Champions are coming off a challenging year, but they finished on a high note, placing 8th at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships and fourth with the team at the ISU World Team Trophy 2021.
Sweden’s Josefin Taljegard’s dreams came true at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021 in Stockholm: Competing in her very first World Championships, she not only skated two clean programs on home ice, but also earned an Olympic quota place for her country. Plus the 25-year-old drew attention with her captivating Free Skating program to “Joker”.
Figure Skating is a sport that combines athletic skills with art like no other. Skaters perform elements of highest difficulty and at the same time interpret the music and dance. The ability to bring across emotions plays, in addition to all technical skills, a key role for success. Kevin Aymoz of France is one of those skaters who has that package.
Figure Skating is a glamourous sport, but there is a dark side to it that not many people talk about. Behind the glitter, pretty dresses, dance, music and beautiful smiles, Figure Skating is a very tough sport. Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman has seen a lot of this dark side. The 2017 ISU World Figure Skating bronze medalist is only 23 years old, but she struggled with injuries, mental health issues, bullying and yet she is still here and still loves the sport.
In Sweden, the name “Majorov” and the word “konståkning” (Figure Skating) are almost inseparably connected to each other. Alexander Majorov senior and his wife, Irina, emigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Sweden in the early 90s to coach the sport of Figure Skating.
Skaters travel the world at a young age and visit many countries. Well, at least they did that before the pandemic hit and hopefully they will be able to do that soon again. They come into contact with different cultures and languages when travelling and meeting fellow skaters from all over the world in competitions. Jason Brown (USA) was 15 years old when he went to Karuizawa, in Japan, in his first ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating season, in 2010, and he was fascinated right away by the far eastern country.
The 2020/21 season will stick in the memories of most skaters as probably the most unusual season of their career. Lockdowns and travel restrictions affected athletes worldwide throughout the year. However, while most Figure Skaters in Europe, in China or in the USA got the opportunity to participate at least in a few live competitions, athletes in Canada faced an especially difficult situation as basically all national live events were cancelled. So, when Nam Nguyen came to the ISU World Team Trophy in April, it was his first live competition in more than a year. This was not the only challenge he had to overcome.
When Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov stood on top of the podium at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021 in Stockholm (SWE) they continued a long tradition of Russian Ice Dance. Soviet and then Russian athletes had dominated the discipline for decades, collecting 29 World titles and a total of 62 medals since the introduction of Ice Dance at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in 1952. However, their dominance faded with the development of Ice Dance in other countries and the last victory of Russian dancers dates back to 2009 when Oksana Domnina/ Maxim Shabalin claimed the title.
The Figure Skating season concluded last weekend with the ISU World Team Trophy. Have a look at some of the best pictures of the event.
Take a look at some of the stunning pictures taken at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021.