Captains selected for World Team Trophy

The captains of each country at the 2021 World Team Trophy were announced on Thursday. Among them is the only lady with this honor – Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. Canada will be captained by 2014 World Junior champion Nam Nguyen, France – four-time national champion Kevin Aymoz, Italy – five-time national champion in pairs’ skating MatteoContinue reading “Captains selected for World Team Trophy”

Schedule and participants at the 2021 World Team Trophy

The ISU World Team Trophy is a figure skating competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU) and held in Japan, where the top six members compete in a team format with points awarded based on skaters’ placements in men’s (two participants per country), ladies’ (two participants per country), pairs’ (one entry per country), andContinue reading “Schedule and participants at the 2021 World Team Trophy”

French team for the World Team Trophy

Following the withdrawal by the Chinese Skating Association, France was added as an entry to the 2021 World Team Trophy of figure skating. The French Federation of Ice Sports is one of two nations to have already announced their participants for the competition. France will be represented by four-time national champion Kevin Aymoz and three-timeContinue reading “French team for the World Team Trophy”

Yuzuru Hanyu takes command of the highly anticipated men’s event at Worlds

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time World champion Yuzuru Hanyu was just about five points off from his world record short program score today but what he delivered was enough to take the lead in the men’s event at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships. The 26-year-old Japanese figure skater landed a quad Salchow toContinue reading “Yuzuru Hanyu takes command of the highly anticipated men’s event at Worlds”

2020-2021 Japanese National Figure Skating Championships

Yuzuru Hanyu, Rika Kihira, Shoma Uno, and more have been confirmed to take part in the 2020-2021 Japanese National Figure Skating Championships in Nagano from December 25 to 28. In late November, the pairs event was canceled due to the only entry – Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara – facing difficulties traveling to Japan fromContinue reading “2020-2021 Japanese National Figure Skating Championships”

Kagiyama and Sakamoto dominate at NHK Trophy; Takahashi completes ice dance debut

Leader of the ladies’ event after the short program, 20-year-old Kaori Sakamoto won her first career ISU Grand Prix series event in Japan. Ahead by almost six points heading into the free skate, Sakamoto opened her second routine with a double axel. Skating to music from The Matrix, the 2018 Four Continents champion landed aContinue reading “Kagiyama and Sakamoto dominate at NHK Trophy; Takahashi completes ice dance debut”

Sakamoto and Kagiyama lead after short programs; Muramoto & Takahashi debut

2018 Four Continents Championship winner Kaori Sakamoto took the lead of the ladies’ event after the short program at the final stage of this season’s ISU Grand Prix series. Skating to music by Johann Sebastian Bach, the 20-year-old figure skater landed a double axel, a triple Lutz, and a triple flip-triple toe loop combination toContinue reading “Sakamoto and Kagiyama lead after short programs; Muramoto & Takahashi debut”

Schedule and participants at NHK Trophy

The final event of this season’s ISU Grand Prix series will take place in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan this weekend. Due to the many changes because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the competition will not feature a pairs’ event. Also, all but one participant are Japanese – the lone non-Japanese figure skater being Young You ofContinue reading “Schedule and participants at NHK Trophy”