International Figure Skating

International Figure Skating October 1, 2015

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1 minuti
returning stars light up the ice

There is a lot to be excited about when it comes to the up- coming skating season. With Mao Asada, Patrick Chan and Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov all returning to competition after a year o, some fierce on-ice rivalries are guaranteed in all three disciplines. In addition, some of the talented young juniors from last year who have moved into the senior ranks this season could prove to be spoilers. As we saw last season, they can never be counted out. In this issue we highlight the newcomers to the senior stages in our Grand Prix preview. As we go to print, the junior Grand Prix season is just getting underway. The starting orders for each competition will be listed on the IFS website ( each week prior to the start…

4 minuti
a change of style

Evgeni Plushenko is a man constantly on the move. From touring, performing in shows and producing a skating spectacular, the Russian star shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Plushenko and his wife, Yana Rudkovskaya, collaborated on the production of the successful ice show “Snow King,” which toured Russia earlier this year. Based on the fairy tale “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen, the show played to sold-out audiences in Saint Petersburg, Moscow and Sochi. “It is something new, an innovation for ice shows,” Plushenko said. “It has figure skating, acrobatics, music, lighting, magic and lots of things. It’s a fairy tale, but it’s good for both kids and adults.” Plushenko already has a sequel in the works and plans to start preparing for it in the fall. “Now we think…

3 minuti
kazakhstani star on solid ground

Elizabet Tursynbayeva turned heads on the junior circuit last season with her impressive performances. Born in Moscow, she has represented Kazakhstan, the homeland of her father, since hitting the international stage in 2011. Tursynbayeva initially trained in Moscow under the guidance of Svetlana Sokolovskaya and Elena Vodorezova, the same team that once coached Denis Ten. After spending a season training under Eteri Tutberidze, Tursynbayeva decided to make a major change in 2013 and moved to Toronto to work with Brian Orser. “MY GOAL THIS SEASON IS TO DO GOOD, CLEAN PROGRAMS.” “We sent him a video of my skating, and he watched it,” Tursynbayeva said. “He said that I am a very nice skater, and he agreed to coach me.” But her stay in Canada was short-lived. Visa problems forced Tursynbayeva, a three-time national champion,…

4 minuti
taking it to the next level

Winning the 2014 World Junior title proved to be just the catalyst Nam Nguyen needed. After three rocky years on the junior Grand Prix circuit, that victory gave him confidence and an insight into what his future could hold. “I learned then that I did have some potential, but I needed to work and not be lazy and skip things. I had to put the effort into everything I did,” he said. Nguyen built on that experience last season. At his first event, the Skate Canada Autumn Classic, he executed his first clean quad Salchow. A week later, he claimed bronze at Skate America, his first senior Grand Prix event. “That was pretty awesome. I never had that feeling at my junior Grand Prix events because I did so bad in all…

6 minuti
play the waiting game

While the summer heat hovers over the town of Oberstdorf and tourists stroll through the beautiful mountain resort in southern Germany, Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot are hard at work in the cool confines of an ice rink. The duo practices under the watchful eye of their coach, Alexander König. With the throws and side-by-side jumps in place, the duo has started working on a quad twist and quad throw Salchow. On this day, a few spectators applaud when Savchenko and Massot do a clean runthrough of their playful new short program to “Creature de Siam” from “Cirque du Soleil,” which portrays Savchenko as a princess and Massot as a homeless man. “We feel good in this program. It was easy for us to do,” Massot said. Everyone can see that this is…

9 minuti
keeping it real

At the end of a long competitive season, many skaters enjoy the time to wind down, take a vacation and catch up with regular life. Not so for Denis Ten, who spent months working with the Almaty 2022 team, assisting his nation in its bid to win the right to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Though Kazakhstan was not selected, Ten said the experience was invaluable on many levels. From the moment it was announced in 2014 that Almaty, Kazakhstan, was throwing its hat into the ring to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, Denis Ten was on board. In the ensuing year, he worked closely with the Almaty bid team and in June was a member of the delegation that presented the proposal in Lausanne, Switzerland, to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In…