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Winter Olympics ice dancing: Shibutanis, Hubbell and Donohue in action – live!

Email beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresportOverexposed: Papadakis and skating wardrobe malfunctionsLatest medal table | Full event schedule 1.13am GMT The “rotational lift 4” was quite impressive. I lost track of the number of spins R…

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Overexposed: Gabriella Papadakis and Winter Olympic wardrobe malfunctions

At recent Games there have been a series of wardrobe woes and costume mishaps … with the French ice dancer being just the latestThe French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron have made Winter Olympics headlines for all the wrong reaso…

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Adam Rippon, John Curry and figure skating’s complex history with gay athletes

The American’s skill and charisma has been a highlight of the Games. But figure skating has not always been so supportive of its LGBT athletesOn Monday in Pyeongchang, Adam Rippon and Eric Radford posed for a photo together, Olympic medals proudly drap…

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Winter Olympics figure skating men’s free skate: Nathan Chen seeks redemption – live!

Email beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresportLatest medal table | Full event schedule 1.19am GMT Matteo Rizzo (Italy) has been on camera more than the curling teams, skating in both phases of the team event. The Beatles medley starts wi…

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‘Honestly, it was bad’: Nathan Chen bombs in Olympic short program as Hanyu shines

Japanese star wins men’s short program with Olympic-record scorePre-Olympic favorite Nathan Chen struggles badly and falls to 17thNathan Chen’s dream of Olympic gold rapidly descended into a nightmare during Friday’s catastrophic short program at the G…

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Winter Olympics day seven – in pictures

Flying referees, a shower of teddies and Britain’s first medal: all the latest pictures from the Winter Olympics in PyeongchangSee the best photography from previous days Continue reading…

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Mirai Nagasu lands historic triple axel as USA win team figure skating bronze – video

Mirai Nagasu created history when she became the first American to land a triple axel at the Olympics. The 24-year-old helped the USA secure a bronze medal in the figure skating team eventMirai Nagasu achieves triple axel as USA team wins bronzeFull sc…

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Winter Olympics day three – in pictures

Snowboarding, figure skating and some very cold ski jumpers: the world’s best sports photographers capture all the drama in PyeongchangTo see our selections from the opening ceremony, day one and two click here Continue reading…

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Winter Olympics figure skating: USA, Canada and Russians battle for team gold – live!

Team events culminates with free programs for men, women and pairsEmail beau.dure.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @duresport In pictures: all the best images from day two of the Winter Games 12.14am GMT Meet Adam Rippon. The USA has two openly gay m…

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Winter Olympics day two – in pictures

The best of the action from South Korea features ice hockey, figure skating, mogul skiing, luge and snowboarding – and the Samjiyon Orchestra reducing Kim Yong-nam to tears Continue reading…

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The Joy of Six: who to watch at the Winter Olympics | Sean Ingle and Bryan Armen Graham

From British speed skater Elise Christie to American prodigy Nathan Chen, via Nigeria’s unlikely bobsleigh team, a unified Korean women’s ice hockey side and moreFour years have passed since Elise Christie had an Olympic silver medal ripped from her in…

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Mike Pence never sought to meet Olympic skater Adam Rippon, aide says

The openly gay athlete reportedly rejected a meeting and criticised the vice-president’s role as head of the US delegation to PyeongchangMike Pence’s office has denied it contacted Adam Rippon after the US Olympic figure skater reportedly rejected a me…

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‘It’s a little bit cosmic’: Nathan Chen and the inevitability of greatness

The Salt Lake City teenager has pushed the boundaries of figure skating during a meteoric ascent that’s primed to peak with Olympic gold, but somehow it’s all felt preordainedThe best athletes of all time are so awe-inspiring that their greatness can f…

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I, Tonya seems unfair to Nancy Kerrigan in its desire to give Harding her say | Richard Williams

The film strips away the rhinestones and makeup but wants to leave us wondering about the real victim of the attack on figure skater Kerrigan in January 1994As we were reminded by the events in the Michigan courtroom over which Judge Rosemarie Aquilina…

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Chen rocks and Tennell shocks: eight things we learned from US nationals

Bradie Tennell burst from obscurity and Nathan Chen emerged as an Olympic gold contender during a week of drama and splendor in San JoseThe United States figure skating nationals are ipso facto rich with drama and excitement, but the stakes are never h…

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Chen rocks and Tennell shocks: eight things we learned from US nationals

Bradie Tennell burst from obscurity and Nathan Chen emerged as an Olympic gold contender during a week of drama and splendor in San JoseThe United States figure skating nationals are ipso facto rich with drama and excitement, but the stakes are never h…

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World Figure Skating Championships 2017: Ladies’ free skating – live!

4.03pm BST

The first group of skaters is on the ice. That’s China’s Zijun Li, France’s Laurine Lecavelier, Australia’s Kailani Carine, Latvia’s Angelina Kuchvalska, Germany’s Nicole Schott and Armenia’s Anastasia Galustyan.

Li is first up at 7.07.

3.48pm BST

Here’s a look at today’s dance card. Medvedev will be pushed by the Canadian duo of Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman, who are second and third entering the free skate. They’re joined in the final group by a pair of Russian contenders (Anna Pogorilaya and Maria Sotskova) and Karen Chen, the teenage rookie who broke through for the US national championship in January.

The first warm-up will begin 12 minutes from now at 6pm local time.

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World Figure Skating Championships 2017: Ladies’ short program – live!

  • Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva looks to defend world title in Helsinki
  • Karen Chen, Ashley Wagner and Mariah Bell set to represent Team USA
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8.45am BST

The first group of skaters is on the ice – that’s Anne Line Gjersem of Norway, Joshi Helgesson of Sweden, Anna Khnychenkova of Ukraine, Dasa Grm of Slovenia and Anastasia Galustyan of Armenia – as Hartwell Arena continues to fill.

Gjersemi is first up at 10.47am local time. All times are two hours ahead of BST and seven hours ahead of New York.

8.38am BST

Good day and welcome to Hartwall Arena in Helsinki for the first day of the world figure skating championships! The big story is Russia’s Yevgenia Medvedev, the 17-year-old who is unbeaten over the last 16 months and looking to become the first woman to repeat as world champion since Michelle Kwan in 2001.

She’ll be pushed by Anna Pogorilaya and Maria Sotskova of Russia, Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman of Canada, Mai Mihara and Japan, Carolina Kostner of Italy and, of course, American veteran Ashley Wagner, who is competing at the seventh worlds of her career after finally making the podium last year in Boston to break Team USA’s decade-long drought. And let’s not forget Karen Chen, the teenage rookie who bested Wagner at US nationals in January.

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Nathan Chen tops Olympic champion to take lead at Four Continents

  • US champion beats Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu in short program
  • Chen, 17, landed two quadruple jumps for personal-best 103.12 points
  • Four Continents serving as test event for Pyeonchang Olympics in 2018

Nathan Chen took first place Friday in the men’s short program at the Four Continents, a test event for the 2018 Winter Olympics, while Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada won the gold medal in ice dance.

The American champion, 17, opened with a quad lutz-triple toe loop combination at the Gangneung Ice Arena and added a quad flip and a triple axel for 103.12 points.

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Sport picture of the day: Yuzuru Hanyu shows off his ice moves

Yuzuru Hanyu appears confident on the ice as he competes in the Grand Prix figure skating final in Marseille, and it is not misplaced as he could be on his way to a record fourth straight Grand Prix Final title. The Olympic champion landed two quadrupl…