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International Figure Skating

May/June 2019

International Figure Skating is globally recognized for its comprehensive, coverage complemented by fabulous photography and sophisticated design.

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Laurea Media
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6 Issues


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opening sequence

Yuzuru Hanyu’s gala performance at the 2019 World Championships was a display of strength, balance and flexibility. (Photos: Maria Kateshova)Denis Ten was remembered at the 2019 World Championships in a photo exhibition at the Saitama Super Arena. His parents met with friends and fans of their late son and many made generous donations to the Denis Ten Foundation.Rika Kihira, Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva were cheered by a large crowd at the outdoor small medal ceremony for the free skate. Kihira claimed Japan’s only medal in the ladies discipline by placing second in the long program. (PHOTO: MARIA KATESHOVA)…

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a season of highs and lows

Historically, post-Olympic seasons tend to be transitional in nature. Many of the skaters from the previous quadrennial have moved on and nations are looking for their next generation of stars.However, as much as the skaters from the last quadrennial were admired, they were scarcely missed and rarely mentioned throughout the past season. It was great to see fans embracing and focusing on the current skaters, many of whom shone on the international stages.The World Championships in Saitama should have been a well-oiled machine given how much experience the Japanese have in organizing major competitions. While things may have worked on the fan side, that was certainly not the case backstage for the media.The event began with not enough tables and chairs to provide working spaces for everyone that was accredited.…

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international figure skating

PUBLISHER Susan D. Russell srussell@ifsmagazine.comNORTH AMERICAN EDITOR Robert BrodieEUROPEAN EDITOR Tatjana FladeDESIGNED BY Laurea MediaEDITORIAL Elina Paasonen, Elvin Walker, Akiko TamuraPHOTOGRAPHY Maria Kateshova, Vicki S. Luy, Robin Ritoss, Flavio ValleINTERN Brooklee HanADVERTISING/SALES srussell@ifsmagazine.comCORPORATE OFFICE International Figure Skating/Laurea Media 270 Queens Quay West, Suite 1301, Toronto, ON M5J 2N4WEBSITE www.ifsmagazine.com…

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late bloomer to rising star

In a skating world that is primarily focused on jumps, Kévin Aymoz of France is one of the rare exceptions. Though the 21-year-old did not medal at any of his competitions this season, his musicality, interpretation, and presentation of his programs won over a legion of new fans.In his first full year as a senior, Aymoz placed seventh and fifth, respectively, at his two Grand Prix assignments — Skate Canada and Internationaux de France. He made a quantum leap from a 15-place finish at 2017 Europeans to fourth in 2019, missing the third step of the podium by 0.74 of a point. Seventh after the short program in his World Championships debut, he achieved his goal of skating in the penultimate group for the free. Aymoz finished in 11 place…

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successful senior debut

Post-Olympic seasons are always interesting. With many of the veterans and reigning champions stepping away, doors open for new stars to take center stage.At the beginning of the 2018-2019 season, many fans were excited that Russia’s Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva would continue their competitive careers, and it was expected they would be dominant forces on the international stages. But, it was another young Russian — Sofia Samodurova — who made a splash on the international circuit this season.The 16-year-old from St. Petersburg made her debut in the junior ranks in 2017, winning both her Junior Grand Prix assignments and earning a place at the 2017 Junior Grand Prix Final where she finished sixth.Due to injury she was unable to compete at Russian junior nationals and was therefore not eligible…

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blazing a mexican trail

A dynamic young skater from Mexico is blazing a new trail for his country — one he hopes will be the starting point for future generations to follow.With his engaging style and dashing good looks, Donovan Carrillo has been charming audiences around the world the past couple of seasons. A natural entertainer, he believes figure skating has given him the perfect platform to express himself.Born in Zapopan in the state of Jalisco, Carrillo is the son of two physical education teachers who encouraged their children to participate in sports at an early age. Carrillo tried karate, diving, gymnastics and soccer, but none of them grabbed his attention.Carrillo first became interested in figure skating when his older sister, Daphne, asked her parents if she could take lessons after watching a movie.…