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International Figure Skating December 1, 2015

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2 minuti
celebrating the new season

The first two senior Grand Prix events are now in the books, and so far the competition has been fierce. With so much on the line, everyone is bringing their A-games. I know that many of you follow the Junior Grand Prix circuit, and, like me, were impressed with the level of performance this season. There were some fierce rivalries and unexpected outcomes, and the skating was first-class at every event. The scores awarded to some of the juniors rivaled or bettered many of those achieved in the senior ranks. The future of the sport holds a lot of promise. Once again, the International Skating Union provided live streaming of all seven events worldwide. Special thanks to host Ted Barton, who did an excellent commentating job and for highlighting the positives of every…

3 minuti
kostner returns to competition

After a long battle with the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), Carolina Kostner and her lawyers reached a settlement that permits Kostner to return to begin training and clears the way for her return to the competitive arena in 2016. CONI sanctioned Kostner and banned her from competing for helping her ex-boyfriend, Alex Schwazer, avoid a mandatory doping test in 2012. He eventually submitted to a test, which he failed. Kostner has always maintained that she was unaware that Schwazer was doping. “THIS PERIOD FOR ME WAS A MOMENT OF GREAT GROWTH AND MATURATION.” The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued the consent award on Oct. 5. The term of her original 16-month sanction was increased to 21 months but backdated to April 1, 2014. As part of the settlement, Kostner had to…

3 minuti
korpi exits the competitive stage

The news was not entirely unexpected, but there was global disappointment when Kiira Korpi announced her retirement from competitive skating on Aug. 27 and closed the door on a decade-long career. Korpi was flying high during the first half of the 2012-2013 season. She claimed two medals on the Grand Prix circuit and was the first skater from Finland to earn a berth to the Grand Prix Final, where she placed fourth. She claimed her fourth national title the following week, but a month later she was forced to withdraw from the 2013 European Championships after being diagnosed with an inflamed Achilles tendon. Korpi left Finland and her longtime coach that August and moved to the U.S. to train under Rafael Arutyunyan. She was slated to compete at two Grand Prix events in…

6 minuti
steals the show

Yuzuru Hanyu took to the ice at the 2015 Skate Canada Autumn Classic to a raucous reaction not only from the fans who had made the long trek from Japan to see their idol in action but from everyone in the arena. As a testament to his popularity, some of the Japanese fans had camped outside the Allandale Recreation Centre in Barrie, Ontario, all night to ensure that they got the best seats in the house. The rock-star status accorded Hanyu in Japan is now on a level enjoyed by skaters such as Daisuke Takahashi and Mao Asada. Hanyu’s presence at the Barrie competition — his first international event of the new season — was reason enough for a horde of Japanese media — and three busloads of fans — to make…

9 minuti
backstage with tracy wilson

Following the World Championships, the ice dance duo headed to the professional ranks for what they hoped would be a long and lucrative career. However, it was not to be. Less than four years later McCall died, and a heartbroken Wilson quietly quit the sport. It was an unlikely partnership from the beginning. In 1981, Tracy Wilson, who grew up in Port Moody, British Columbia, and Halifax, Nova Scotiaraised Rob McCall were both looking for new partners. Wilson was concerned about the height difference; she was just 3 inches shorter than McCall. But when the opportunity to try out with him arose, Wilson knew she had to explore it. “I called Rob and asked him if he would like to try out, and he said he’d love to,” Wilson recalled. “I told him:…

5 minuti
ready for the big leagues

Nathan Chen first hit the figure skating radar when, as a shy 10-year-old, he captured the 2010 U.S. novice title. Since then, the prodigious athlete has captured three more national titles, winning a second novice and two junior crowns. Injuries hampered his efforts last year. He was assigned to one Junior Grand Prix event late in the season, where he placed second. A heel injury interfered with his preparations for the 2015 U.S. Championships, and, when he arrived in North Carolina, he was nursing a sore back, as well. “I would say that I was satisfied with my performances, given the circumstances, but I was not happy with my placement,” Chen said of his eighth-place finish. “If I had been healthy, I think that I could have done much better. “I didn’t have the opportunity…