Interviews

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…)

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Papadakis And Cizeron: Finding Room To Grow

By Hiro Yoshida

Costume malfunctions aside, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron enjoyed another successful season pushing themselves to new highs. Reflecting on the past year, the French ice dancers are proud of how far they have come and are already looking ahead to the future. (more…)

Denis Ten: “Korea Is Not A Foreign Place For Me”

By Hiro Yoshida

Since winning the bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Denis Ten has endured four years of highs and lows in competition and battled with injury. As he approaches his third Olympics in his ancestral homeland, the Kazakhstani skater has more on his mind than merely winning a medal. (more…)

James and Ciprès: C’est Something

By Hiro Yoshida

Last season was when it all finally came together for Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès. After achieving their long-stated goal of medalling at the European Figure Skating Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the French pair matched their best-ever finish at a World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland. One year on from their European breakthrough, they are back on the same stage and aiming even higher. (more…)

Cain And LeDuc: Finding That Perfect Moment

By Hiro Yoshida

Later this week, Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc will be among several pairs vying for what will be the United States of America’s lone spot at the 2018 PyeongChang. In just their second season as a team, the Americans have their sights set on fulfilling their Olympic dreams in South Korea next month. (more…)

Maria Sotskova: “I don’t have any room for mistakes”

By Marina Lee

The abundance of female figure skating talent that Russia has been blessed with in recent years has lead many to overlook Maria Sotskova. However, her consistent results over the past two seasons as a senior have proved that she is a fierce competitor. At the Russian National Figure Skating Championships in St. Petersburg this weekend, she will once more be searching for two performances to take her closer to a spot at next February’s Olympic Games. (more…)