As New Figure Skating Season Begins, We Must Not Forget About Ukraine

By Hiro Yoshida

The announcement by Ukrainian ice dancers Oleksandra Nazarova and Makysm Nikitin earlier this month brought me right back to February and March this year as the horror of what was unfolding in twenty-first century Europe became clear. As we approach the six-month anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, I have been reflecting on how, from the perspective of someone who writes about figure skating, these events have left a deep impression on me.


Nazarova and Nikitin: Ukrainian Display of Courage and Defiance on World Stage

By Hiro Yoshida with Seán Gillis

This interview will be translated into Japanese and published in the upcoming issue of Figure Skate Life magazine. With the permission of the magazine publisher, we have been authorised to release an English version online prior to the magazine’s release. Therefore, we prohibit any unauthorised copying or translation of this article. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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.