...then I highly recommend that you try to get your hands on a copy of Filter February/March Issue #18. I've already mentioned this Swedish magazine on Schultheiss' thread, but now that I know more about the 22-page article, I felt that it deserved its own discussion topic.
"Isens ensamhet" (translation: "Ice Loneliess") focuses on the struggles and rivalry of Sweden's current top 3 male skaters: Kristoffer Berntsson, Adrian Schultheiss and Alexander Majorov. (Filip Stiller is mentioned as well.) Figure skating rarely gets any attention in Sweden, so this 22-page article is a treasure trove for fans who wish they knew more about their lives outside of the actual competitions. Along with beautiful photos, interviews, stories of their youth and the daily grind of training, the report also includes coverage of the 2010 Swedish Nationals.
This is what the front cover of Filter Issue #18 looks like: http://www.magasinetfilter.se/artiklar/filter-18.aspx If you have an iPad or an iPhone, you can purchase the magazine here: http://qiozk.com/paper/filter/-18-2011 For those of you who don't live in Sweden and prefer a physical copy, a Japanese fan informed me that this is one way you can order it: I emailed the editor of Filter, Mattias Göransson, asking if there was any way we can buy the magazine from outside Sweden. He replied quickly and seems friendly. According to him, ordering a copy of the magazine would be about 150 SEK (50 SEK for the magazine plus postage, which will be around 100 SEK).
Here is a teaser description of the article: Sveriges bästa manliga konståkare kämpar mot hockeykillar, nedstämdhet, ömma kroppar – och varandra. (Translation: Sweden's best male figure skaters fight against hockey guys, depression, sore bodies – and each other.) These are some small preview images from "Isens ensamhet":
Although I don't understand Swedish, I'm trying my best to translate the article into English. I have a Swedish-English dictionary and a Swedish grammar book, plus I have a few Swedish-speaking acquaintances who are willing to assist me with idiomatic words or expressions. I'd be happy to share my work, but I need to know that there is at least one person who's interested.