International Figure Skating

International Figure Skating February 2016

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records & comebacks

When I put Yuzuru Hanyu on the cover of the October 2012 issue of International Figure Skating, he was a young star on the rise. His performances at the World Championships earlier that year hinted of a talent to be reckoned with in the future, but who would have predicted three years ago that he would rise to the heights he has this season? For most of the skaters returning to the competitive ranks this year, rediscovering their competitive edge has been the greatest challenge. What, I think, they have discovered is that the skating world they have returned to is very different to the one they left in 2014. It will be interesting to see what transpires in the second half of the season with the young guns battling it out with…

4 minuti
cappellini & lanotte dance to a different beat

After an unfulfilling 2014-2015 campaign, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte were happy to be back on top of their game at their season opener in November. The Italian ice dance duo won their first Grand Prix title at Cup of China. Two weeks later, they captured a silver medal at Rostelecom Cup and a spot at the Grand Prix Final. The competition in China got off to an inauspicious start. During the warm-up for the short dance, a Waltz and a Polka from “The Merry Widow,” Cappellini and Lanotte both fell, hitting their heads. “It was an unexpected, quite bad fall. We tried to ignore it but felt it affected our performance,” Cappellini said. “We were not our strongest in China or Russia, and we lost points,” Lanotte added. “In Russia, we were about…

4 minuti
a professional transition

As Brian Joubert walked away from the Ice Palace in Sochi, Russia, following a 13th-place finish at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, he declared that it was his final competitive outing. A few months later, however, he began flirting with the notion of becoming a pairs skater and started practicing moves with Daria Popova. He went to Russia in July to try out with Katarina Gerboldt, who was then coached by Oleg Vasiliev. Vasiliev subsequently announced that Joubert and Gerboldt had formed a partnership that would represent Russia. Joubert denied the claim and, a few months later, officially retired from the amateur ranks. “I believed that it was time for me to move on to new things,” the 2007 World champion explained. “All good things come to an end, and I knew that…

4 minuti
chen sets her sights on boston

It has been a whirlwind year for Karen Chen. She kicked off the New Year with a third-place finish at her first appearance at the U.S. Championships and followed that up with an eighth-place finish at the World Junior Championships in March. Although too young to compete at the senior World Championships, Chen established herself as a future contender on the American skating scene. As she began preparing for the 2015-2016 season, Chen hit a major roadblock. “I was definitely very motivated and excited for the new season,” she said. “I was looking forward to creating my new programs and building on last season, but unfortunately I experienced a lot of discouraging boot problems.” It was a long and frustrating summer as she tried to find a pair of boots that would allow…

10 minuti
mao asada

When Mao Asada announced in May 2014 that she would not be competing the following season, she described the odds of a possible return as only 50-50. Mentally and physically tired, Asada said she wanted to focus on trying other things. Her decision to step away from the sport was understandable. After 19 years of competing at the junior and senior levels, the Japanese superstar had accomplished almost everything she had set out to do in her career. Mao Asada transitioned into the senior ranks in 2006 at age 16 with an already impressive résumé. With a World Junior crown and a Junior Grand Prix Final title to her credit, her rise to the top had only begun. Asada went on to claim three senior World crowns, 11 Grand Prix, three Four Continents…

5 minuti
flamenco flair

Javier Fernández could not have wished for a better start to the season, capturing two gold medals on the Grand Prix circuit and qualifying first for the Final in Barcelona. Following his victory at Cup of China, Fernández said he was focused on improving and refining his programs every day. “It was a really good start, and, although I had mistakes, I learned from the mistakes I made at that competition.” Two weeks later, he claimed his second title in Moscow. “I was so excited that the long program went so well. I still have to work on the third quad that I popped, and I had a fall,” Fernández said. “When you put more difficult jumps in your programs, then you have more risk to fall. Doing one quad in the…