Takahashi decides to hang up skates

Oct 14, 2014

Takahashi decides to hang up skates

Daisuke Takahashi, the first Japanese man to earn an Olympic figure skating medal, said on Tuesday he is retiring from the sport after 20 years on the ice. The 28-year-old helped popularize the sport at home and made Japanese skating history by claiming a ...

Figure skater Kostner questioned in doping case

Sep 27, 2014

Figure skater Kostner questioned in doping case

Former figure skating world champion Carolina Kostner claimed she had nothing to do with doping by her former boyfriend and Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer during an exhausting four-hour hearing Friday. Having failed to show up last week before the Italian Olympic ...

Jun 28, 2014

Hanyu to compete at Cup of China

Men’s Olympic and world championship gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu has entered the Cup of China and the NHK Trophy in this year’s ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix Series, the International Skating Union announced Friday. Hanyu, who also won the Grand Prix Final last year ...

May 23, 2014

Plushenko resumes training after back surgery

Two-time Olympic figure skating gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko has returned to training after announcing his retirement earlier this year due to injury. The 31-year-old Russian withdrew from the men’s figure skating short program at the Sochi Olympics in February due to a long-running back ...

Mao to take year off from skating

May 19, 2014

Mao to take year off from skating

Figure skater Mao Asada will take a season off from competitive skating and says there is a 50 percent chance she will return to the sport. Speaking at a news conference Monday, Mao said she is mentally and physically tired and wants a chance ...

Hanyu gets hero's welcome in parade

Apr 26, 2014

Hanyu gets hero's welcome in parade

Sochi Olympic figure skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu on Saturday was honored in a parade in his hometown, with some 92,000 people gathering to see the event. Hanyu, the first Japanese to win a gold medal in the men’s singles Olympic competition, waved to ...