Matteo Rizzo splits with Franca Bianconi

Italian figure skater Matteo Rizzo announced on social media that he will no longer be training with longtime coach Franca Bianconi. 22-year-old Rizzo had been working with Bianconi since he was six years old. With the coach’s guidance, Rizzo has won a gold medal at the 2019 Winter Universiade, a bronze medal at the 2019Continue reading “Matteo Rizzo splits with Franca Bianconi”

Figure skating schools in Moscow – closed

Last week, the Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin announced an extension of the weeklong holiday break for the city’s schools this month. In order to slow down the spread of COVID-19, now schools in one of the world’s largest cities will be closed for two weeks – from October 5 to 18. The enforced closuresContinue reading “Figure skating schools in Moscow – closed”

Arena set to host ISU Grand Prix in France closed to COVID-19

The official website of the arena in Grenoble, set to host the fourth event of the 2020-2021 ISU Grand Prix series, has indicated that the venue has closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in France. The venue – Patinoire Polesud – does not specify how long it will be shut down and it is stillContinue reading “Arena set to host ISU Grand Prix in France closed to COVID-19”

Alexandra Trusova does not train with Sergei Rozanov

Russian news agency TASS was able to acquire information that two-time World Junior figure skating champion Alexandra Trusova no longer trains with Sergei Rozanov. Trusova and Rozanov both left Eteri Tutberidze’s Khrustalny in May for Evgeny Plushenko’s Angels of Plushenko. Now a source from inside the team says that even though there was no conflict,Continue reading “Alexandra Trusova does not train with Sergei Rozanov”

Adelina Sotnikova officially opens figure skating school

Over a month ago, 2014 Olympic gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova started her own figure skating school – Sotka School. Today, the former athlete celebrated its official opening. The opening took place at the ice skating rink Morozovo, in Moscow, and was attended by the general director of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, Alexander Kogan.Continue reading “Adelina Sotnikova officially opens figure skating school”

Japan Open results – Team Blue beats Team Red

As many as 1,292 fans were admitted into the 36,500-seat Saitama Super Arena for the all-Japanese version of the Japan Open figure skating competition. Led by the team’s top ladies’ skater Wakaba Higuchi and the team’s top men’s performer Sato Yamamoto, the Blue team defeated the Red team by exactly four points. This year, dueContinue reading “Japan Open results – Team Blue beats Team Red”

Alina Zagitova and Alexei Yagudin on Vecherniy Urgant

Two Olympic gold medal winning figure skaters – 2018 ladies’ champion Alina Zagitova and 2002 men’s champion Alexei Yagudin – appeared on the popular Russian late night talk show Vecherniy Urgant (translated from Russian – Evening Urgant). The figure skating champions spoke with the show’s host, Ivan Urgant, about the new season of Channel One’sContinue reading “Alina Zagitova and Alexei Yagudin on Vecherniy Urgant”

Anna Shcherbakova on Nike Live

Two-time Russian national figure skating champion Anna Shcherbakova was one of the guests during Nike’s live stream on VKontakte. The 16-year-old athlete was part of a discussion, titled ЕЁ не остановить (translated from Russian – SHE cannot be stopped), based around the topic of “girls achieving success in professional sports and in life.” Below areContinue reading “Anna Shcherbakova on Nike Live”

ISU Grand Prix series assignments

The International Skating Union (ISU) has officially announced the assignments for all six events of the ISU Grand Prix series of Figure Skating. This season, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all of the competitors in each event are domestic skaters and those who train in the country or geographical region of the countries hostingContinue reading “ISU Grand Prix series assignments”

Dmitri Aliev preparing to compete in late October

2020 European Figure Skating champion Dmitri Aliev is recovering from a lower back injury and is expecting to participate in the third stage of the Cup of Russia series, in Sochi from October 23 to 27. The skater’s coach Evgeni Rukavicin told TASS that Aliev underwent an examination and treatment in Germany, forcing him toContinue reading “Dmitri Aliev preparing to compete in late October”