Interviews

Kiira Korpi Finds New Joy In Skating

By Hiro Yoshida

When she competed as part of a golden generation of Finnish female figure skaters, Kiira Korpi struggled through the latter years of her career with injuries. While her name will not be on the entry list at this week’s World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland, she will be involved in a number of ways. (more…)

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Misha Ge Finds Balance between Artistry and Athleticism

By Hiro Yoshida

Skater. Choreographer. Actor. Dancer. Model. Designer. Misha Ge has, at the age of 25, already a lot of feathers in his cap. Born in Russia and raised in China, the skater from Uzbekistan calls the United States of America home these days. Now a veteran in skating terms, he nevertheless keeps challenging himself. (more…)

Mari Vartmann & Ruben Blommaert – “We are always having fun”

By Hiro Yoshida

While the fortunes of German pairs skating have risen and fallen constantly over the past few decades, it looks like things are on the upswing again with Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot taking bronze at the 2016 World Championships after a long and hard fought battle to be granted permission to skate internationally. While Savchenko and Massot made the headlines, another new German pair quietly made a promising international debut last season.

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Jorik Hendrickx – “It always feels to me like I am trying to catch up”

By Hiro Yoshida

After knee injury and a subsequent surgery curtailed his 2014/2015 season and forced him out of both European and World Championships, Belgium’s Jorik Hendrickx has had an entirely more fulfilling 2015/2016 so far. It has been a record breaking and successful few months for the Belgian.

Hendrickx made his competitive return to the ice at the Nebelhorn Trophy at the end of September 2015 where he finished eighth. When he suffered the injury back in November 2014, he never imagined that it would take him so long to recover. (more…)

Michal Brezina – “I need to find a way to make the people that I skate for proud again”

By Hiro Yoshida

It’s the morning after the night before in Bratislava, Slovakia at the European Championships and Michal Brezina is coming to terms with having had one of the worst skates of his career the day before. From being 3rd after the short programme, he plummeted down the rankings when not a single jump in his free skating routine went according to plan. He ended up in 10th place overall.

“I feel a lot better. I needed some time to be alone and really think about what happened,” Brezina said. “I had a drink with my coach and my dad. That helped me sleep a little bit, but not for too long.”
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