Hanyu, Machida begin preparations in Sochi

Feb 4, 2014

Hanyu, Machida begin preparations in Sochi

National and Grand Prix Final men’s champion Yuzuru Hanyu and teammate Tatsuki Machida got in their first practice on Tuesday ahead of the Sochi Games. Hanyu, who traveled to Russia from Canada, where he trains, did not attempt any quadruple jumps at the practice ...

Feb 3, 2014

Chan declares self Sochi favorite

Patrick Chan believes he is still the man to beat for the Sochi Olympic gold medal despite losing the Grand Prix Final to Yuzuru Hanyu. Hanyu won the final for the first time in Fukuoka in December with a career-high 293.25 points, with three-time ...

Murakami, Mura earn Four Continents titles

Jan 25, 2014

Murakami, Mura earn Four Continents titles

Kanako Murakami completed a winning double for Japan at the Four Continents Championships on Saturday. Murakami scored 132.18 in the free skate for a total of 196.91 points, over 10 points clear of 15-year-old Satoko Miyahara. The bronze went to Zijun Li of China. ...

Murakami leads after Four Continents short program

Jan 23, 2014

Murakami leads after Four Continents short program

Kanako Murakami shrugged off ankle pain on Thursday to finish first in the women’s short program at the Four Continents Championships. Murakami, who had been dealing with pain in her ankle from ill-fitting skates she’s been trying since December, will go into Saturday’s free ...

Jan 21, 2014

Murakami making solid preparations for Four Continents

Olympian Kanako Murakami practiced on Tuesday and showed no ill effects from ankle pain ahead of the start of the Four Continents Championships. The skates Murakami began using after December’s Japan National Championships did not fit her well and caused her right ankle to ...

Fernandez claims second straight European title

Jan 19, 2014

Fernandez claims second straight European title

Spain’s Javier Fernandez boosted his Olympic medal hopes as he defended his men’s crown at the European Championships in Budapest on Saturday as Russia faced a dilemma over who to choose for their men’s team at the Sochi Games. The 22-year-old from Madrid landed ...

Teenager Lipnitskaia takes Euro title

Jan 18, 2014

Teenager Lipnitskaia takes Euro title

Julia Lipnitskaia’s spectacular but respectful routine to John Williams’ score from “Schindler’s List” earned her the gold medal in the women’s event at the European Figure Skating Championships on Friday. The 15-year-old Lipnitskaia, who was second behind compatriot Adelina Sotnikova after Wednesday’s short program, ...