For the first time in 17 years, no Japanese skater stood on the podium at the NHK Trophy. Despite the lack of hardware for the home team, there were still many noteworthy moments at this year’s edition in Osaka. (more…)
If you had told anybody five years ago that Spain would have a three times in a row European figure skating champion, most people would have asked you if you were feeling alright. Yet here we are in 2015 and Javier Fernandez has captured his third consecutive European title, a feat that skaters like Alexei Urmanov, Ilia Kulik, Alexei Yagudin, Evgeni Plushenko or Brian Joubert were not able to accomplish. In fact, the last time there was a threepeat in the men’s event the Soviet Union still existed as a country when Alexander Fadeev won in Birmingham in 1989. The similiarities between Fernandez and Fadeev’s streaks continue in that they began in a pre-Olympic season and neither skater was able to collect a medal at the Olympics themselves with both finishing up in 4th place. Fernandez still has the opportunity to change that.
Skating broke new ground this past weekend with Spain hosting a major senior competition for the first time. In the first part of our review of the ISU Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating, we take a look back at the men and ladies’ events.