Multiple countries hold national championships this weekend; Guignard and Fabbri perform both rhythm and free dance programs and win fourth title

As the current year enters it’s last month, national championships have begun to ramp up to determine the best figure skaters in each country – and this year it is even more important because the athletes are vying to earn the honor to represent their countries at the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics. Multiple countries areContinue reading “Multiple countries hold national championships this weekend; Guignard and Fabbri perform both rhythm and free dance programs and win fourth title”

Anna Shcherbakova, Kamila Valieva, Alena Kostornaia, and Maiia Khromykh on Russian late night talk show Vecherniy Urgant

On Friday, four members of Eteri Tutberidze’s team at Khrustalny – Anna Shcherbakova, Kamila Valieva, Alena Kostornaia, and Maiia Khromykh – appeared on the popular Russian late night talk show Vecherniy Urgant (English: Evening Urgant). Vecherniy Urgant is hosted by Ivan Urgant and is similar in style to American late night talk shows – inspiredContinue reading “Anna Shcherbakova, Kamila Valieva, Alena Kostornaia, and Maiia Khromykh on Russian late night talk show Vecherniy Urgant”

Alexandra Trusova on Russian morning television show

2021 World bronze medalist Alexandra Trusova appeared on the Russian morning television show Good Morning. The 17-year-old figure skater answered short and simple questions in which Trusova revealed that she has begun training after an injury and is preparing for the upcoming Russian Championships. Translation of the interview to English; video from Channel One below:Continue reading “Alexandra Trusova on Russian morning television show”

ISU Grand Prix Final cancelled

For the second consecutive season, the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Final will not take place as scheduled – from December 9 to 12 in Osaka, Japan – due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ISU has officially postponed the competition after being informed by the Japan Skating Federation about the inability to host theContinue reading “ISU Grand Prix Final cancelled”

Nikolai Morozov and Alexei Gorshkov join training staff of Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin

Russian ice dancing coach Irina Zhuk informed TASS that her and Alexander Svinin’s students Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin have been working with famous coaches Nikolai Morozov and Alexei Gorshkov in preparation for the upcoming Russian Championships. After culminating last season with a fifth place result at the 2021 World Championships, Stepanova and Bukin beganContinue reading “Nikolai Morozov and Alexei Gorshkov join training staff of Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin”

ISU to consider reducing number of component criteria and dividing judging panel in figure skating

According to Russia’s Match TV, proposals have been put forward regarding judging in figure skating – including reducing the number of program component criteria, as well as potentially dividing the judging panel into two groups. These will be considered at the International Skating Union (ISU) Congress from June 6 to 10 in Phuket, Thailand. AContinue reading “ISU to consider reducing number of component criteria and dividing judging panel in figure skating”

Norway resubmitted proposal to raise age limit for figure skating

The Norwegian Skating Association confirmed to Russia’s Match TV that they have resubmitted the proposal to raise the age limit for figure skating. This will be considered at the International Skating Union (ISU) Congress in 2022. Officials from Norway stated that their proposal is to allow participation in the senior level from the age ofContinue reading “Norway resubmitted proposal to raise age limit for figure skating”

Anastasia Zinina replaces Isabeau Levito in ISU Junior Grand Prix Final

On the updated list of participants at the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix Final, first alternate Anastasia Zinina has been added to the junior women’s event in place of Isabeau Levito – who has withdrawn due to an injury. 2021 U.S. junior national champion Levito qualified to the Final having won the secondContinue reading “Anastasia Zinina replaces Isabeau Levito in ISU Junior Grand Prix Final”

2022 Winter Olympics will not be affected by latest strain of COVID-19

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will proceed as planned despite the worldwide concern regarding the new Omicron strain of COVID-19. The Ministry’s spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a briefing on Tuesday, “I believe it will definitely pose some challenge to ourContinue reading “2022 Winter Olympics will not be affected by latest strain of COVID-19”

ISU Grand Prix Final planned to go ahead in bubble

The International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Final continues to be planned to take place on schedule from December 9 to 12 in Osaka, Japan but in a bubble format. Following the decision by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to prohibit entry into Japan for foreigners starting at midnight on November 30 – due toContinue reading “ISU Grand Prix Final planned to go ahead in bubble”