Dec 29, 2014

Machida announces retirement

Sochi Olympian Tatsuki Machida said Sunday he will retire from competition following the completion of the national figure skating championships. The 24-year-old Machida, who finished fourth in the men’s competition, was selected to compete at the upcoming world championships by the Japan Skating Federation, ...

Hanyu retains Grand Prix Final title

Dec 14, 2014

Hanyu retains Grand Prix Final title

Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu said he was happy with his “almost perfect” skate as he continued his recovery from serious head injuries by easily defending his title at the ISU Grand Prix Final on Saturday. The superstar, whose collision with a rival ...

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 ...