Hanyu sets stage for grand finale

Dec 13, 2014

Hanyu sets stage for grand finale

Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu took the first step toward defending his title at the Grand Prix Final on Friday, earning the highest score in the short program despite a fall. Hanyu nailed his opening quadruple toeloop, but then fell on the second ...

Russians take GP Final lead

Dec 12, 2014

Russians take GP Final lead

Russia dominated the women’s event on the first day of the Grand Prix Final with Elizaveta Tuktamysheva leading the way ahead of three compatriot — Julia Lipnitskaia, Elena Radionova and Anna Pogorilaya — in the six-woman field. Tuktamysheva, gave a near-flawless performance to Ravel’s ...

Win a copy of 'Team Brian'

Dec 7, 2014

Win a copy of 'Team Brian'

The Japan Times is offering several readers the chance to win a copy of the recently released Japanese book “Team Brian” about figure skating coach Brian Orser’s experiences teaching Olympic and world champions Yuzuru Hanyu and Yuna Kim. Orser, a two-time Olympic silver medalist ...

Hongo set for GP Final

Dec 5, 2014

Hongo set for GP Final

by Jack Gallagher

Rika Hongo will replace Gracie Gold at next week’s Grand Prix Final after the American withdrew from the event Thursday after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in her left foot. Gold won her first senior Grand Prix last weekend at the NHK Trophy ...

Hanyu 'determined' to qualify for Grand Prix Final

Nov 27, 2014

Hanyu 'determined' to qualify for Grand Prix Final

World and Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, who suffered injuries in a collision during a free-skate warm-up earlier this month, says he is determined to make the Grand Prix Final after deciding to compete at the NHK Trophy, which begins on Friday. Hanyu had a ...

Machida takes second, gets berth in Grand Prix Final

Nov 23, 2014

Machida takes second, gets berth in Grand Prix Final

Tatsuki Machida qualified for his third consecutive Grand Prix Final with a second-place finish at the Trophee Bompard on Saturday night. Machida retained his position following Friday’s short program despite falling on his opening quadruple toe loop. The result clinches a spot for Machida ...