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.
The ISU World Figure Skating Championships are the most prestigious event in the ISU calendar each season and they are full of highlights. That does not come as a surprise as the Skaters are aiming to be at the peak of their form at the pinnacle of the season. Let’s have a look back at the wonderful ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai (CHN) in 2015, in Boston (USA) in 2016, in Helsinki (FIN) in 2017, in Milan (ITA) in 2018 and in Saitama (JPN) in 2019.
When Bradie Tennell (USA) reclaimed her National title this January, it was more than an early birthday present for the skater, who turned 23 on January 31. “Winning my title back means everything to me. It's an amazing feeling. I've wanted to win again obviously since I won in 2018 and now having known what it is like to lose the title and now regain it gives me a real appreciation for it. Also, I'm a bit older now and more experienced. I feel like I appreciate it more the second time around,” she said.
A high-level skater is a busy person between training on and off the ice, camps, competitions and other activities. A medical doctor, working in the emergency room of a hospital is a busy person, dealing with patients in sometimes extreme situations. How busy is someone, who is both?
Elite Figure Skaters perform in front of ten thousands of people in arenas and millions of TV viewers. They win medals, they bathe in applause, flowers and toys cover the ice, fans cheer for them, the media covers them. This is one side of the coin. The other side is not as shiny. There is a lot of pressure coming from the public, the national federations, the media, the athletes themselves. There are injuries and illnesses, failures and shattered confidence. There is hate pouring out of the ever-present internet. Russian Figure Skater Mikhail Kolyada has experienced it all – the good, the bad and the ugly sides of being an international top-level athlete.
Estonia might be a small country in Norther Europe with a population of just 1.3 million people, which is about half of the population of Paris, but it has a rich tradition in Figure Skating. Estonian skaters have competed internationally ever since the country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
2020 has been a very tough year as almost everybody has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in one or way or another, directly or indirectly. Athletes were unable to train and to compete and some contracted the virus. However, not everything connected to 2020 is negative and the Skaters are happy to share their #OneGoodThing – on the ice and off the ice.
Tara Lipinski (USA) was only 14 years old when she struck gold at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 1997 in Lausanne (SUI). She became the youngest Figure Skater to take the World title then as she was two months younger than the legendary Sonja Henie (NOR) who won her first World title in 1927 not long before her 15th birthday.
Maria Kazakova/Georgy Reviya (GEO) started their international junior career as a team not like most skaters at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, but at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2018 in Sofia (BUL). They were still a very new team, but drew attention right away.
Have you been watching the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships streams? Take a closer look in company of Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha (CAN) who take us through their performance at the 2019 edition and discuss their experience as Juniors with Ted Barton.
Find out about the Junior experience with an Exclusive interview between Anastasia Mishina & Aleksandr Galliamov (RUS) and Ted Barton. They also take us through their performance at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2019. Don't miss the full streams on Skating ISU YouTube Channel, as the ISU puts the juniors at the center stage in a time where the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating should have taken place. You will also find Ted's Takes on the top three performances of each event of the Championships.