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2002 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships: Highlights

Held outside of Seoul, South Korea, the Four Continents Championships- the alternative to the European Championships for skaters from North America, South America, Asia, and Australia- took place from January 21-27. With the opening ceremonies of the Olympics just two weeks away, most of the top North American skaters elected to skip the event in order to focus their training on the big prize. In their places, many federations…

Dubreuil and Lauzon: Dancing With Emotion

Dubreuil and Lauzon: Dancing With Emotion

After three years as the fourth place ice dance team in Canada, Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon leapt to the…

Frisch and Bommentre Show Promise

Frisch and Bommentre Show Promise

For several years, ice dancing has been declining in the United States, especially in seniors, but there are a number of talented couples in the junior ranks that…

Jimenez and Leftheris Build Hope for the Future

Jimenez and Leftheris Build Hope for the Future

When the winter Olympics schedule was changed in 1994, skaters had the opportunity to compete in three Olympics in six years. This provided an unprecedented windfall to those who were near the top, like the pairs teams of Jenni Meno/Todd Sand and Kyoko Ina/Jason Dungjen, both of which…

2002 European Figure Skating Championships: Highlights

The European Championships, the last major competition before the Olympic Games for most of Europe’s premier skaters, was held in Lausanne, Switzerland from January 14-21. Many European countries use the results of competition, rather than their national championships, to determine their representatives to the Olympic Games and World Championships. Furthermore, several countries also have various Olympic qualification standards that require athletes to achieve a certain placement in order to…

2002 Canadian Figure Skating Championships: Highlights

The 2002 Canadian Championships were held in Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ont. from January 7-13. Following the competition, Skate Canada named its Olympic and World team of two men, three pairs, two dance teams, and one woman. The Four Continents Championship team, consisting partly of Olympic team members and partly of up-and-comers, was also named. Additional skaters were named to the World Junior team, which will be finalized after…

2002 US Figure Skating Championships: Highlights

The city of Los Angeles and the All Year Figure Skating Club hosted the U.S. Figure Skating Championships from January 6-13. Fields of up to 18 skaters vied for three Olympic berths in singles and two in pairs and dance. Following the competition, the United States Figure Skating Association named its team for the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the World Junior Championships, and the Four Continents Championships.

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Monnier Skates to a Different Beat

Monnier Skates to a Different Beat

France’s Gabriel Monnier marches to the beat of a different drum. When he skates, Monnier does not play the comic like Laurent Tobel nor the swashbuckler like Philippe Candeloro. “One of my favorite skaters…

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Grishuk Stars in Cinderella Nutcracker Tour

Grishuk Stars in Cinderella Nutcracker Tour

Cinderella and the Nutcracker are traditional favorites for holiday ice shows, but count on two-time Olympic…

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Hyden and Azrojan Return to U. S. Competition

Hyden and Azrojan Return to U. S. Competition

Tiffany Hyden, who finished fifth in ice dance at the U. S. Nationals in 1999 with former partner John Lee…

Weir Jumps from Show Ring to Ice Rink

Weir Jumps from Show Ring to Ice Rink

When he was a young lad, Johnny Weir wanted to jump on horses, not on ice. Since his father was raised on a horse farm, it was only natural that Johnny would learn to ride. An…

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2001-02 Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating: Highlights

Strange and interesting judging was the talk of the figure skating world following the ISU Grand Prix Final, which took place in Kitchener, Canada from December 13-16.

Canadians Shae-Lynn Bourne and Viktor Kraatz’s Michael Jackson medley earned them the gold medal and the title of crowd favorites. Initially, the scoreboard listed Anissina and Peizerat as the overall winners, and the capacity crowd roared to its feet when the correct standings…

Lang and Tchernyshev Look Forward to Olympic Year

Lang and Tchernyshev Look Forward to Olympic Year

United States ice dance champions Naomi Lang and Peter Tchernyshev took their third straight title in 2001. They won the Four Continents Championship in 2000 and finished ninth at Worlds…

Leray and Osseland Team Up in Pairs

Leray and Osseland Team Up in Pairs

France’s Marie-Pierre Leray is back in figure skating after a two-year absence. This time she’s skating pairs, her first love, with Nicolas Osseland. The duo hope to challenge World bronze medalists Sarah…

2001 American Open Figure Skating Championships: Highlights

The brainchild of former U.S. medalist Scott Williams, the American Open is the only professional competition that is truly open to all professional skaters. As host Brian Boitano put it, it is a “competition for the skaters run by the skaters.” The scoring system is a unique hybrid with six former skaters assigning scores solely to individual categories, such as jumps, footwork, and originality, and three “celebrity” judges who…

2001 NHK Trophy: Highlights

The 2001 NHK Trophy Kumamoto, Japan at the Aqua Dome, November 28 – December 2, 2001, the final event of a series of six competitions before the Grand Prix Final.

Uzbekistan’s Tatiana Malinina took first place in a depleted field to qualify for the final remaining berth in Grand Prix Final. With the controversial last-minute withdrawals of Maria Butyrskaya and Irina Slutskaya, Malinina was able to accumulate enough points to…

Bulgarian Dancers Triumph Over Injuries to Reach Top Ten

Bulgarian Dancers Triumph Over Injuries to Reach Top Ten

One of the most inspiring performances at the 2001 World Figure Skating Championships was that of Albena Denkova and her partner Maxim Staviski. The 5-time Bulgarian champions became the first ice dancers…

2001 Cup of Russia: Highlights

The 2001 Cup of Russia competition was held in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Ice Palace, November 23-25, 2001. This is the fifth of a series of six competitions before the Grand Prix Final which is to be held in December in Ontario, Canada.

Russia’s Evgeny Plushenko attempted to earn a place in record books with a quadruple lutz, but the nineteen-year old fell on the attempt and also went…

Hughes Rapid Rise Rivals Lipinski’s

Hughes Rapid Rise Rivals Lipinski’s

At the 1994 Olympics, only diehard skating fans had heard of Tara Lipinski. But in 1998, she was the Olympic champion. Before 1997, Sarah…

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2001 Trophee Lalique Highlights

The 2001 Trophée Lalique figure skating championships were held in Paris, France, November 15-18, 2001. This is the fourth of a series of six competitions before the Grand Prix Final which is to be held in December in Ontario, Canada.

The partisan French crowd had much to cheer about during the season debut of former World Champions Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat. Earning a perfect mark of 6.0 for each…

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