International Figure Skating

International Figure Skating June 2020

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4 min.
staying positive staying connected!

The past few months have seen many changes take place in our daily lives. We have had to make the transition from our “normal” lifestyles to new and unfamiliar ones that are primarily based on seclusion and social distancing. Every aspect of the way we used to live and work, and how we socially interacted, has undergone radical changes. While many publications have ceased printing and with many thousands of bookstores and libraries around the world now closed, the IFS team felt it was important to continue our work in the hope that we can deliver a small sense of “normal” to the lives of our loyal readers. Staying connected and in the loop with all things skating can provide a very positive distraction from what is going on in the…

8 min.
high hopes dashed

Less than two weeks before the start of the 2020 World Championships in Montréal, Canadian ice dancers Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen announced their withdrawal from the competition. Though this news was not what they wanted to announce and not what the skating world wanted to hear, in the end it was a moot point when the Championships were cancelled less than a week later. It may have been the longest of shots for Fournier Beaudry and Sørensen to hope to be ready to take on the best at the World Championships in Montréal last March. Sørensen, 31, underwent a rather complex procedure on Dec. 16 to relieve persistent pain in his right knee — a surgery that, at the time, he was told would require a recovery period of six to…

8 min.
art on ice

It seems that with each new season, Russia debuts a young shooting star that dominates the junior ladies discipline. That was the case with Adelina Sotnikova, Julia Lipnitskaia, Elena Radionova, Evgenia Medvedeva, Alina Zagitova, and Alexandra Trusova over the past decade. Last season marked the arrival of Kamila Valieva, 13, the fourth consecutive student of Eteri Tutberidze, Sergei Dudakov, and Daniil Gleikhengauz to rule the junior world. Though Valieva only made her international debut in August 2019, she was not a complete unknown to those who avidly follow the sport at the lower levels. Figure skating fans that had watched her compete at the novice level often posted videos of her performances online. The popularity of her final short program at the novice level — “Girl on the Ball,” inspired by Pablo Picasso’s…

4 min.
japan’s rising star

Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama was one of the standouts in the junior ranks last season. The 16-year-old rose from relative obscurity to capture the world’s attention with his solid performances and bright personallity. Kagiyama made his international debut on the junior circuit in the 2018-2019 season. That experience inspired and motivated the teenager to train harder and become a better skater. During the offseason, he began working on the quad toe with a particular determinination to not repeat the fourth-place finish he achieved in Canada in 2018. Kagiyama first captured the spotlight in August 2019 when he claimed the title at the Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel, France. He followed that up with a silver medal at his second event in Gdańsk, Poland, and punched his ticket to the Junior Grand Prix Final in…

15 min.
moore towers & marinaro develop a winning mindset

Montréal is a special place for Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro. Not only was it where their partnership began, they had developed a true fondness for the city, the people they trained alongside, and their coaches Bruno Marcotte and Richard Gauthier. But in late April 2019, everything changed when Marcotte accepted an offer from Skate Oakville to start a pairs program at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex — a multi-rink facility that had hosted the Challenger Series event Autumn Classic International the previous year. Marcotte’s decision forced Moore-Towers and Marinaro to rethink their strategy: should they stay in Montréal or move back to Ontario? The duo eventually opted to follow Marcotte. “It was probably the hardest decision we ever had to make,” Moore-Towers recalled. “We made a lot of lists of pros and cons…

8 min.
rising above the challenges

To say it has been a tumultuous year for Vincent Zhou would be an understatement. Fresh off his first podium finish at a World Championships in 2019, he had hoped to carry the momentum of that bronze medal triumph into his summer preparation for the upcoming season. However, a series of injuries and a move across the country to begin his freshman year at Brown University derailed that plan. Vincent Zhou was on a high as the 2019 New Year unfolded. A second-place finish at U.S. nationals earned him a trip to the World Championships, where he finished third in a tough field. He went back to Japan a month later for the World Team Trophy as a member of the gold-medal winning American contingent. Upon his return to the U.S., he joined the…