Skating icon Mao intends to make comeback

May 18, 2015

Skating icon Mao intends to make comeback

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

In the end, Mao Asada could not give up competitive figure skating. Three-time world champion Mao announced on Monday that she has already started practicing under her coach’s guidance in hopes of returning to competition after a year’s break. “Since I took a break ...

Apr 23, 2015

Olympic medalist Wylie in hospital

American Paul Wylie, the 1992 Olympic silver medalist in men’s figure skating at the Albertville Games, suffered a heart problem on Tuesday and is currently hospitalized in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Paul experienced an unexpected heart abnormality while exercising with friends early Tuesday morning,” his ...

Apr 19, 2015

Ice dancer Cathy Reed announces retirement

Ice dancer Cathy Reed, who skated for Japan at both the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Games, said on Sunday she will retire from competition. The 27-year-old said she had made up her mind to call it quits after the World Figure ...

U.S. edges Russia for World Team Trophy title

Apr 18, 2015

U.S. edges Russia for World Team Trophy title

World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva produced a majestic display to win the women’s free skate at the World Team Trophy on Saturday but the United States pipped Russia to the title. Tuktamysheva’s poise and elegance swept her to a top score of 134.21 points after ...

Hanyu ends year in style

Apr 18, 2015

Hanyu ends year in style

Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu crushed his rivals to win the men’s free skate at figure skating’s World Team Trophy on Friday, ending a bruising season on a high note. The 20-year-old, who surrendered his world title to Spain’s Javier Fernandez in Shanghai three weeks ...

Hanyu triumphs in men's short program at World Team Trophy

Apr 16, 2015

Hanyu triumphs in men's short program at World Team Trophy

Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu topped the men’s short program at the ISU World Team Trophy on Thursday, but was steaming mad at himself for taking a tumble. “I’m not happy,” the 20-year-old told reporters after crash-landing a triple toeloop at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. “It’s ...

Fernandez dethrones Hanyu in Shanghai

Mar 28, 2015

Fernandez dethrones Hanyu in Shanghai

Javier Fernandez cleanly landed two quad jumps in his free skate to edge defending Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu and become the first Spanish men’s champion at the World Figure Skating Championships on Saturday. Both Fernandez and Hanyu fell on quad jumps in ...

Miyahara earns silver at worlds

Mar 28, 2015

Miyahara earns silver at worlds

Satoko Miyahara skated the free program of her life on Saturday to win the women’s silver medal at the World Figure Skating Championships. Miyahara, who turned 17 on Thursday, earned a career-high 126.58 points to finish fourth in the free program, but her total ...

Duhamel, Radford claim pairs gold at worlds

Mar 27, 2015

Duhamel, Radford claim pairs gold at worlds

Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford completed their perfect season. The pair held off two Chinese teams in the free skate to capture gold in the pairs event on Thursday at the world championships. After a seventh-place finish at the Sochi Games last year, ...