You don’t need to win an Olympic medal to skate right into people’s hearts. This is exactly what Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek did at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. The Italian pair delivered three spectacular performances in the team event Free Skating as well as in the individual Short and Free Program and lit up the Gangneung Ice Arena with their big smiles.
Carolina Kostner’s (ITA) inspiring performances at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018 belong to some of the most memorable Olympic moments. Kostner, who celebrated her 31st birthday on February 7, was not only the oldest of the 30 Ladies competing in PyeongChang, but the Italian also had to come back from scratch after sitting out for two and a half seasons.
Thirteen-year-old Alexandra Trusova of Russia opened a new era in Ladies figure skating when landing two quadruple jumps – a Salchow and a toeloop - in her Free Skating at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2018.
France’s GP Papadakis (22) and GC Cizeron (23) won their fourth consecutive European title in January, they are also the 2015 and 2016 World Champions as well as the reigning World silver medalists and Grand Prix Final Champions. They are heading as top contenders into their first Olympic Winter Games.
Mikhail Kolyada (22) has had a breakthrough season with winning his first Grand Prix medals – gold and bronze – and qualifying for his first Grand Prix Final, where he got on to the podium again. He is now a top contender for the upcoming European Championships in Moscow.
Germany’s Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot struck gold at the Grand Prix Final in Nagoya (JPN) and set a new highest score in the Free Skating.
Javier Fernandez, 26, made history by becoming the first Spanish figure skater to win medals at the ISU Grand Prix, European and World Championships. He is a five-time European Champion and a two-time World Champion.
Canada’s World silver medalist Kaetlyn Osmond (21), won her home Grand Prix Skate Canada International and starts with confidence into the Olympic season.
Denis Ten made history as the first figure skater from Kazakhstan to win medals at the Olympic Games (2014) and the ISU World Figure Skating Championships (2013 and 2015).
After an outstanding season which saw them on the podium at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships, Vanessa James & Morgan Cipres head into the 2017/2018 season aiming for an Olympic Medal.
Pair skaters Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor took the skating scene by storm. Not only did they win the 2017 World Junior title after having skated together for a little over a year, but they also are the first Australian figure skaters to win an ISU Championship title.