Less than a year after officially announcing they had teamed up, Vanessa James and Eric Radford landed on the World podium in Montpellier, France last month. The Canadians reflect on a season of highs and lows that ultimately brought them to that bronze medal.
After a postponement and a change of host, the World Junior Championships kick off tomorrow in Tallinn, Estonia. The Estonian capital also held the last edition of the championships which took place back in March 2020 days prior to the Covid-19 pandemic officially being declared.
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On 24 February, life changed completely for Oleksandra Nazarova and Makysm Nikitin when Russia invaded their home country. After escaping the heavily bombarded city of Kharkiv, the Ukrainian ice dancers delivered a powerful message through their performance at the World Championships in Montpellier, France.
There is always a changing of the guard at any post-Olympic World Championships, but this week’s event in Montpellier, France is taking place amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
And just like that, another Olympics comes to an end. Beijing was not just any ordinary Olympics though. Until the moment it began there were many who doubted it would go ahead. The pandemic still managed to encroach into the skating bubble with a number of skaters sidelined by the strict protocols in place. A doping scandal shone a light on an aspect of the sport that needed to be addressed. There were moments of joy, sadness, excitement and frustration. And now it will be four years ago until we do it all again.
After just missing out on gold four years ago in PyeongChang, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are back on Olympic ice this week in Beijing seeking the one title they need to complete their collection.