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Tamara Moskvina: Online Interview

Tamara Moskvina: Online Interview

Born in Leningrad, Russia, Tamara Moskvina was a talented skater in both the ladies and pairs discipline. Moskvina is a five-time Soviet Ladies Champion and two-time Soviet Pair Champion with her partner, Alexei Mishin (Evgeny Plushenko’s current coach). They also placed fourth at the 1968 Olympics and second at the 1969 World Figure Skating Championships.

Now, a renowned and…

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Dan Hollander: Online Interview

Dan Hollander: Online Interview

Born on May 9, 1972, Dan Hollander began skating at the age of four. Hollander’s first main coaches were David and Rita Lowery, with whom he trained until 16 at…

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Sweden’s Persson Prepares for 2003 Europeans in M

Sweden’s Persson Prepares for 2003 Europeans in M

When the European Figure Skating Championships come to Mälmo, Sweden in 2003, Asa Persson will be waiting to greet the competitors and hopefully make a good showing herself. The pretty 18-year-old with the bubbly personality won the…

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Canada’s Wilson Loves to Jump

Canada’s Wilson Loves to Jump

Canadian junior ladies champion, Lauren Wilson, may be just what Skate Canada has been trying to find for the last several years – a confident jumper who can…

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Handra and Sinek Announce Plans

Handra and Sinek Announce Plans

To the U.S. ice dance team of Beata Handra and Charles Sinek, making the Olympic Team was much more than a dream come true. “I never thought it would happen…

Harries Gets International Assignments for Australia

Harries Gets International Assignments for Australia

With Anthony Liu nearing the end of his competitive career, several Australian men have an opportunity to win…

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Delobel and Schoenfelder Return to France

Delobel and Schoenfelder Return to France

With the departure of Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat from the ranks of eligible skaters, Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder became France’s highest ranked senior dance team. The dancers recently returned to France to train in Lyon with…

2002 Hershey’s Kisses Figure Skating Challenge: Highlights

The 2002 Hershey’s Kisses Figure Skating Challenge, a pro-am held in New Haven, Conn., was the final event of the figure skating season for the top skaters in the United States. The competition was held on April 16th and aired on May 12th. The skaters faced a unique set of challenges not only in the special pro-am rules that mandated things like 5 different jumps and at least two…

Soldatova Realizes Mother’s Dream

Soldatova Realizes Mother’s Dream

When Julia Soldatova’s mother used to skate, she often dreamed of having a daughter who would become a figure skater. With Julia, her mother’s dreams became reality. Her mother started Julia…

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Santer Skates to Music He Once Played

Santer Skates to Music He Once Played

Australia’s Bradley Santer made his way into the figure skating world in an unusual way. “I had always wanted to have lessons, but my parents wouldn’t let me go. Finally, they let me…

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Christine Brennan: Online Interview

Christine Brennan: Online Interview

Journalist Christine Brennan – USA Today sports columnist, author of the best-selling figure skating books Inside Edge and Edge of Glory and television sports analyst – is a leading voice on the Olympics, international sports, women’s sports and other sports issues.

Brennan, a staff writer at The Washington Post from 1984-96, was an…

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Signe Ronka: Rising Star

Signe Ronka: Rising Star

One of Canada’s promising junior ladies is Signe Ronka from Toronto. The talented youngster was born in Riga, Latvia, and moved to Canada when she was three. She has qualified for national competition…

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Alexei Yagudin: Onine Interview

Alexei Yagudin: Onine Interview

Alexei Yagudin is an Olympic gold medalist, four-time World Champion and three-time European Champion. At this year’s Olympic Games Yagudin received scores of all 5.9s in addition to four perfect 6.0s for artistry….

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Wing and Lowe: Stuck in the Middle

Wing and Lowe: Stuck in the Middle

Change is glacially slow in ice dancing. For Canada’s Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe, it sometimes seems that change will never come, but they continue to persevere. For the last five years, they…

Move to America Benefits Skorniakov

Move to America Benefits Skorniakov

Uzbekistan’s Roman Skorniakov has been enjoying his skating even more since moving to the United States to train. Lacking enough ice time in Uzbekistan for year-round training, he and his wife,…

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Fans or Fanatics?

Until about ten years ago, figure skating was a relatively genteel sport, free of the fanaticism that has led to injuries and deaths in soccer melees and similar incidents in other sports. Most people who followed the sport or came to competitions were true fans of the sport, rather than groupies. But that is changing, and changing for the worse. As television and the Internet make winning figure skaters…

2002 World Figure Skating Championships: Ladies Highlights

After dominating the skating circuit for two seasons only to come up short at the World Championships both times, Irina Slutskaya quipped that one day she would have a world title, even if she had to stay in until everyone else had retired and she had gray hair. Never fear, Slutskaya did not have to wait that long. With the most inspired, if not quite the most technically difficult,…

2002 World Figure Skating Championships: Men’s Highlights

As amazing as it sounds that Alexei Yagudin has won the Grand Prix Final, the European Championships, and Olympics, what’s even more amazing is that he won all of them in a span of approximately nine weeks. Add to that a trip to Australia last September for the Goodwill Games, two Grand Prix events in Canada and France, and an appearance at the Russian Nationals (where he would later…

2002 World Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance Highlights

Not surprisingly, controversy clouded the ice dance event once again. And, even less surprisingly, the controversy was baseless and even paradoxical. First, there was no movement in the top ten, and the skaters and media complained about it. Then, there was movement, and 38 skaters signed a petition protesting the judging, which was equally lambasted by the media. The most subjective of the four disciplines to judge, ice dance…

2002 World Figure Skating Championships: Pairs Highlights

Olympic co-champions Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, of Russia, and Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, of Canada, each elected to skip the World Championships due to a whirlwind of media appearances following the Olympic Games last month. Unlike the pairs judging fiasco that took all of Salt Lake City by storm, the only fiasco of the competition in Nagano was the dreadful level of performances among the top competitors….

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