International Figure Skating

International Figure Skating February 1, 2015

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1 minuti
a grande finale

The first half of the season closed out on a high note with the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, Spain. For a nation that was hosting an event of this caliber for the first time, the organizers did an outstanding job. From the working spaces for the press to the construction of the venue, it seemed that no detail had been overlooked in the preparations. The volunteers who manned the pressroom were exceptional. They not only turned up every day with smiles on their faces but were also all multilingual, which went a long way toward solving problems and assisting us in doing our jobs. No request was deemed too minor or trivial to be addressed, and the speed with which skating schedules and results were produced was deserving of its own…

3 minuti
balancing act for bourne

She juggles a number of roles these days: wife, mother, performer and choreographer. But Shae-Lynn Bourne would not have it any other way. During the off-season, she crafted new programs for a number of clients, performed in shows and, with her husband, Bohdan Turok, catered to the whims of their 2-year-old son, Kai. One of her most notable choreographic challenges was designing a new long program for the reigning Olympic champion, Yuzuru Hanyu. “When we first started working together, I understood that he wanted to show something different in his look and presentation this season,” Bourne said. “He knew what he wanted; he selected the music, and I selected the edits, and we went from there. “He is a really sweet guy — and so hardworking. I have really enjoyed the experience of working…

4 minuti
martinez puts philippines on the map

Michael Christian Martinez is skating down a path previously unknown to Filipino figure skaters. Hailing from Muntinlupa, a city with a population of about 400,000, Martinez was an overnight sensation when he became the first skater from his homeland to compete at an Olympic Winter Games in 2014 Muntinlupa is known for its abundance of shopping malls, and it is on the ice of a rink in one of these centers where he first began skating. “Because I have asthma, my mom wanted me to take part in sports so that I could get stronger,” he recalled. “I tried swimming and basketball and other sports, but I couldn’t do them. My mom thought that maybe I wouldn’t be able to do sports, but one day when we were at a shopping mall, I…

3 minuti
japan’s hopes pinned on takahashi and kihara

With each passing day, they can feel their partnership growing, and Narumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kihara know that they have so much to look forward in the future. In only their second season together, the 22-year-olds have already performed on some of the sport’s biggest stages. Takahashi and Kihara, Japan’s top ranked pairs team, checked off the Winter Olympic Games and the World Championships in their first season together — also the first as a pairs skater for Kihara, who was a singles competitor until he teamed up with Takahashi. Originally on the alternates list, the duo earned a berth to the Olympic Winter Games after a number of teams ahead of them withdrew. Their participation in Sochi enabled Japan to compete in the Team Event, where it finished in fifth place. Takahashi…

3 minuti
margalik does his own argentine tango

“I DECIDED I WANTED TO EXPAND THE FIGURE SKATING WORLD IN ARGENTINA.” Maybe he will someday be known as the Lionel Messi of Argentine figure skating. But there is a long road to travel to reach such lofty heights for both Denis Margalik and the sport he hopes to promote in his homeland. Born in Buenos Aires, Margalik holds both Canadian and Argentinian citizenship. His parents moved from the Ukraine to Argentina a few years before his birth and immigrated to Canada when he was 3 years old. A little more than a year ago, Margalik and his coaches, Andrei Berezintsev and Inga Zusev, hatched the idea that would lead him to don Argentina’s colors on the international stages. “When I told my coaches I was born there, they came up with the idea…

4 minuti
séguin and bilodeau hit the big time

Canada's Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau were not on anyone’s skating radar before this season began, they are now the talk of the town. The young pairs team failed to make the podium on the 2013 Junior Grand Prix circuit, but this season they landed on the top step of three podiums and have never looked back. Séguin and Bilodeau did not just win their Grand Prix events; they dominated the fields. In Ostrava they claimed the title by 14.62 points and a month later in Dresden, ran away with the gold by 11.98 points, with barely a misstep along the way. “I made a small mistake in Ostrava. I did land my throw on two feet. But it wasn’t a big mistake,” Séguin recalled. “We work hard, and we enjoy it. It…