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 World's best Figure Skaters including reigning Olympic Champions Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) and Alina Zagitova (RUS), 2019 World Champion Nathan Chen (USA) and four-time Ice Dance World Champions Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA), two-time World Pairs Champions Wenjing Sui/Cong Han (CHN) as well Olympic, World, European and Four Continents medalists are set to compete in the six events of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series in the 2019/20 season. The series also features accomplished veterans, crowd favorites as well as the next generation of up and coming Skaters.
The ISU Council decided to provisionally allot the following ISU Championships for the seasons 2020/21 and 2021/22. The allotments of all other Championships are kept pending until the next scheduled ISU Council meeting in October 2019 and further information regarding the decisions of the Council in Rome, will be published at a later date.
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.
The International Skating Union (ISU) and Organizing Committees of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2019 and the ISU Figure Skating Championships 2020 are pleased to announce when tickets for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, ISU European Figure Skating Championships, ISU World Figure Skating Championships 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.
They once called her „socialism’s prettiest face“: Katarina Witt of Germany. The two-time Olympic Champion dominated the figure skating scene in the 80s, always accompanied by her legendary coach Jutta Müller, or as she is respectfully referred to “Frau Müller” (Mrs. Müller).
The International Skating Union (ISU) has set the dates for the Single & Pair, Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating Competitions 2019/20. Another exciting season is underway, with a novelty for Synchronized Skating.
Success and failure are close to each other in any sport and these ups and downs make sports so exciting. Figure skating is no exception. Skaters rallied back after a failure in the Short Program or come back strong following injury or taking a break in this past season.
In each season, new faces emerge on the scene and skaters are making a breakthrough. The exciting 2018/19 season was no exception. Let’s have a look at some of the newcomers.
A new Olympic cycle started with the 2018/19 season and it is always a fresh starting point for many skaters. It is time to push the limits and to try new and different things.