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International Figure Skating June 2016

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

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what a worlds!

I am sure that many of you attended or watched the 2016 World Championships and were as impressed as I was at the level of skating in all four disciplines. One of my favorite things about that competition was, with-out doubt, the fans that applauded and cheered for each and every skater before and after their programs. It added another dimension to the competitive atmosphere and if you were one of those people, I want to applaud you. It was wonderful to look around the arena from my photo position beside the judging stand and see so many people in at-tendance throughout the week, particularly for the short dance event. I am sure the skaters also found it inspiring. Our final issue of the season is all about the World Championships with exclusive…

5 minuti
sui and han rebound from injury

Wenjing Sui and Cong Han claimed their third Four Continents title in February, but the victory had a far greater significance for the Chinese duo. For the first time in three years, they landed a clean quad throw Salchow in their long program, a feat that made their victory even sweeter. “We have been trying this element since juniors many, many times. We cannot remember how many times Sui fell down on the ice and got hurt,” Han said. “As I recall, we nearly landed a good one at 2012 Four Continents, but this was our first time to land a quad throw jump with a plus grade of execution in competition. “It gave us a lot of confidence heading into the World Championships. Four Continents is our lucky place.” There have been highs…

5 minuti
jin: not all about the jumps anymore

China’s Boyang Jin made people sit up and take notice in his first year on the senior circuit. In eight programs at four competitions this season, the 19-year-old racked up 23 quad jump attempts, with just two miscues: a fall on a Salchow in Beijing and a doubled toe at NHK Trophy. Jin began his campaign at Cup of China, where he landed a quad Lutz-triple toe combination in the short program, which earned him 19.19 points, the highest score ever awarded. Despite that leap into history, he placed second behind Javier Fernández. “The big jumps seem very easy for him, but, in my opinion, he needs to improve his components score,” Fernández said when asked about Jin’s jumping prowess. “It will become his weak point when he competes with the top…

11 minuti
tessa virtue and scott moir

Two years ago, many in the skating world wondered whether they had seen the last of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and all the glory their competitive career had produced. The Canadian ice dance duo hit the show circuit, and explored new opportunities beyond the rink. But neither could deny their passion for the sport, and that there was one final chapter of the story that had yet to be written. Their recent comeback announcement stunned many observers. What, they wondered could Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir — whose résumé includes Olympic gold, a pair of World Championship and six Canadian titles — possibly have left to achieve. But a discussion with the decorated ice dancers reveals a renewed spirit and passion for the sport that they had not felt for a long…

10 minuti
olympic spirit

The second edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games took place in February in Lillehammer, Norway, the site of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, where 1,100 14- to 18-year-old athletes from 70 nations participated in 15 sports. The figure skating events were held at the Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre, the same venue that hosted the 1994 Olympic competition. Russia captured three of the four titles up for grabs, with Japan being the spoiler in the men’s event. An Austrian named Johann Rosenzopf first introduced the concept of a Youth Olympic Games to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1998. In July 2007 the IOC finally adopted the proposal, with modifications. As well as introducing young athletes to the Olympic environment, the IOC also incorporated cultural exchange and educational programs with a focus on integration…

6 minuti
tatiana volosozhar & maxim trankov

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov have accomplished everything that they set out to do when they teamed up in 2010. With one World and four European titles and the coveted Olympic crown under their belts, the Russian duo is now focusing on the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. However, their goals for that competition are slightly less defined than they were for the Sochi affair two years ago. After sitting out the post-Olympic season while Trankov recovered from a shoulder injury, the duo returned to the competitive circuit in the fall of 2015. Trankov recalled how nervous he was competing at their first event after an 18-month absence. “At Nebelhorn Trophy, it was my drama,” he said. “I don’t know why, but I completely forgot how to prepare for competitions. I was completely lost,…