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The Russian Dolls have transformed figure skating. But at what cost?

Critics say Russia’s teenage troika of Kostornaia, Shcherbakova and Trusovahave have turned figure skating into a jumping competition, normalizing an alarming trend in the processFacade has always been central to figure skating. The sport’s culture dic…

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French ice skating president resigns over sexual abuse scandal

Long-serving head denies protecting coach accused of rape and sexual abuse by figure skatersThe long-serving head of France’s skating federation has resigned amid suspicions that he covered up for a coach accused of rape and sexual abuse by former figu…

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Figure skater Gracie Gold’s three-year road back from the abyss

The Olympic bronze medalist and one-time face of US skating reflects on her emotional return to the national stage after three years battling an eating disorder and depressionTwo and a half years ago, Gracie Gold was done with figure skating. The bedaz…

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Alysa Liu, 14, successfully defends US women’s figure skating title

Liu becomes first woman to repeat as champion since 2013Mariah Bell, Bradie Tennell go second and third respectivelyAlysa Liu needed all of her technical brilliance in her impressive jumping arsenal to hold off Mariah Bell and successfully defend her U…

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Skater badly injured in Olympic ceremony rehearsal accident

Female skater severely injured after falling during rehearsalYouth Winter Olympics begin on Thursday in SwitzerlandA female skater was severely injured after falling to the ice from about 16 feet during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the Youth…

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Figure skating, John Coughlin and the disturbing reality of athlete-on-athlete abuse

The death of the two-time US pairs champion brought up uncomfortable questions about power dynamics in ice skating – and sexual abuse in sportsWe are in the midst of a great reckoning around abuse in sports. Athletes – from Olympic champions to high sc…

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ISU apologises after nominating ‘offensive’ Auschwitz uniform for costume of year

Anton Shulepov wore costume during free skating programAnti-Defamation League says costume is ‘insensitive and offensive’The International Skating Union has reversed its decision to nominate an “irresponsible and offensive” costume made up of Auschwitz…

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Alysa Liu becomes first US woman to land quadruple lutz in Junior Grand Prix win

Skater becomes first US woman to land a quad in competition Liu ends Russia’s streak of 20 straight Junior GP women’s titlesAlysa Liu became the first American woman to land a quad in competition when she hit her signature quadruple lutz during a domin…

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Ashley Wagner: Olympian says she was assaulted by fellow US skater Coughlin

Olympic bronze medalist details assault in essay for USA TodayWagner, 28, names two-time US pairs champion John CoughlinLongtime US figure skating star Ashley Wagner said she was sexually assaulted by John Coughlin in a first-person essay published in …

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Olympic ice dance champions Virtue and Moir: ‘We’re so proud of our relationship’

The Canadian gold medallists talk to Eoin O’Callaghan about winning gold, maintaining a professional relationship and ignoring fan fictionThere’s a guy at a bar nursing a drink. He looks up and catches the eye of a girl nearby. They share a knowing gla…

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Partner of US figure skating champion says he sexually abused her for two years

John Coughlin, 33, killed himself in JanuaryLawyer says senior figures in skating knew of allegationsOne of the former skating partners of two-time US pairs champion John Coughlin has accused him of sexually assaulting her over a two-year period.Bridge…

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Nathan Chen v Yuzuru Hanyu: the rivalry that has taken over figure skating

The US skater beat the Olympic champion in his own backyard this week. It looks like a rivalry set to explode at the 2022 Winter GamesThe question, inevitably, on the Yale campus this week as classes resumed was: “What did you get up to over spring bre…

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Nathan Chen beats out Yuzuru Hanyu to defend world figure skating title

American repeats at worlds, edging Hanyu on home turfChen and Hanyu break world records in back-to-back skatesZhou gives US two men on podium for first time since 1996American Nathan Chen overcame a world record free skate by Yuzuru Hanyu with an even …

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Alysa Liu’s remarkable rise: is 13 too young to be an elite athlete?

The figure skater is barely into her teens and is already the US champion. But some believe the mental and physical strain of elite sport should waitAlysa Liu covered her face and cried as the results were announced at the US ladies figure skating cham…

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A star is born: Alysa Liu, 13, becomes youngest ever US figure skating champ

Teenager lands two triple axels to edge Bradie Tennell for titleLiu eclipses Lipinski’s mark as youngest US ladies’ championMadison Hubbell and Zach Donohue hold lead in ice dancingAlysa Liu became the youngest person to win an individual title at the …

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Denis Ten in action: figure skater who won Olympic bronze – video

Kazakhstan’s first-ever Olympic skating medalist Denis Ten has died. The 25-year-old was killed during an attempted robbery in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Ten won a bronze at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and acquired podium finishes in both the 2013 & 2015 w…

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Denis Ten: Olympic figure skater who won bronze stabbed to death

Athlete won Kazakhstan’s first-ever Olympic skating medal25-year-old was killed during an attempted robberyDenis Ten, the first Kazakh figure-skater to win an Olympic medal, has been killed at the age of 25.Kazakh news agency Kazinform reported that Te…

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Nathan Chen completes six quads to capture world figure skating title

Chen completes six quads to win his first world championshipShoma Uno, Mikhail Kolyada win silver and bronze respectivelyUS men’s team keeps three spots for next year’s worlds in JapanNathan Chen completed six quadruples and bettered his Olympic free s…

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Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world championship in Milan

Canadian follows up Olympic bronze with first world titleOsmond is first Canadian woman to win worlds since 1973Olympic champion Zagitova comes in fifth after three fallsOlympic bronze medalist Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada won the figure skating world titl…

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Standards are slipping: when ice skating goes wrong – in pictures

The best figure skaters from across the globe have gathered in Milan, Italy, for the World Championships. But even the best sometimes fall short … Continue reading…