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, ...

Jan 11, 2014

Chan dominates at Canada nationals

Three-time world champion Patrick Chan easily won the men’s short program Friday night in the Canadian figure skating championships. The favorite heading into the Sochi Olympics next month, Chan opened with a huge quadruple toe-triple toe combination, but then doubled a planned triple Axel ...

Kim dazzles at South Korean national championships

Jan 5, 2014

Kim dazzles at South Korean national championships

Reigning Olympic champion Kim Yu-na came within a whisker of her own world-record mark with a captivating performance to win South Korea’s national championships on Sunday. The 23-year-old Kim, who plans to retire after the Sochi Olympics next month, scored 147.26 points in the ...

Kim shines in short program at nationals

Jan 4, 2014

Kim shines in short program at nationals

Reigning Olympic champion Kim Yu-na fired a warning shot to her rivals after producing a nearly flawless performance in the women’s short program at South Korea’s national championships on Saturday. The 23-year-old Kim topped the leaderboard with an eye-popping score of 80.60 points at ...