Interviews

Papadakis and Cizeron: A Special Rendezvous

By Hiro Yoshida

This week sees Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron go for a potentially record-breaking fifth consecutive European title in Minsk, Belarus. It would be a feat never achieved by any ice dance team in the history of the championships, but for the French ice dance is about more than medals or points. (more…)

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Jason Brown: “I Know I Am Capable Of More”

By Hiro Yoshida

The last six months has seen Jason Brown (24) embark on the biggest change of his skating career. As he heads to the United States National Championships in Detroit, Michigan, he explains why what happens this week does not matter so much to him in the grand scheme of things. (more…)

Daniel Samohin: “Competition Is Important”

By Hiro Yoshida

Since winning the World Junior title in 2016, Daniel Samohin’s career has been full of highs and lows. With his first major test of 2019 coming up at this week’s European Championships in Minsk, Belarus, he is looking to finally fulfil the promise he showed in the junior ranks. (more…)

Gilles and Poirier: “Anything Is Possible With The Right Material”

By Seán Gillis

After the heartbreak of narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Olympics in 2014, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier laid those demons to rest when they competed in PyeongChang in February of this year. While for many skaters an Olympic appearance might be the ultimate goal, the Canadians are setting their sights even higher for the season ahead. (more…)

Tim Dolensky: Looking Back and Forward

By Miwako Nagata

After participating in several summer competitions, Timothy Dolensky (26) of the United States, travelled to Europe to compete at Lombardia Trophy in Bergamo, Italy earlier this month. He was accompanied by his new coach, Daniil Barantsev, who also choreographed his new short program to “Spark” by Amber Run. Dolensky moved to Texas from his hometown of Atlanta in the spring of 2017 mainly for the opportunity to train alongside other top-level international skaters, but also work to with coaches Peter and Darlene Cain. Europe On Ice got the opportunity to interview him during the Lombardia Trophy on how his coaching change came about, what his goals are for the season and his plans for after his competitive career. (more…)

Chock and Bates: Finding Strength and Love Through Adversity

By Hiro Yoshida

After finishing second at the 2015 World Championships and backing that up with a World bronze in 2016, most observers expected Madison Chock and Evan Bates to be on or close to the podium at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. However, things did not go to plan for the Americans and, as they embark on another Olympic cycle, they reflect on what turned out to be a trying season that made the bonds between them even stronger. (more…)