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2021 Worlds tidbits

August 12, 2021

Strange season led to strange Worlds, with "bubble" rules, no audience, and virtual work for journalists. In our article we recall Stockholm 2021 and reflect on how the coming season will look like. Check it here!

Denis Ten. In memoriam

July 19, 2021

Today, on the three year anniversary of Denis Ten's tragic death, we reminisce about him and his career, going over the materials we published and social media posts he wrote. Read here.

Photo Album: 2021 Channel One Trophy

July 11, 2021

In February the Russian Federation held a team event in Moscow with their top skaters in every discipline. Iana took her camera and went as well, you can check out her lovely photos here!

Photo Album: 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games

June 23, 2021

To celebrate Olympic Day we recall Lausanne 2020 with never-before-seen photo highlights taken on and off the ice. Enjoy them here!

Josefin Taljegård: "I'm really excited about the next season"

May 24, 2021

Swedish Josefin caught the eye of many skating fans due to her artistic skates at the World Championships. Already a 3 time national medallist, it's time to get to know her better. Enjoy!

Challenge Cup 2021: A very special and emotional event

April 26, 2021

The Challenge Cup in The Hague was the first event after a long, long time for many European figure skaters and the last qualifying option for Worlds. Judith tells about her very special experience at this event. Go!

Loena Hendrickx: "I really love the sport, so I won't give up!"

March 26, 2021

After two difficult seasons filled with injuries it feels good to see Loena on the ice again. 10th after the short program at Worlds in Stockholm, tonight she will skate her free. Judith had the chance to go in depth with her in the Hague. Click here to read!

An atypical figure skating season through the eyes of Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini

March 23, 2021

Starting tomorrow with their short programs at the World Championships, Rebecca and Filippo walked with Maria through the past season, their own past and discussed their prospects. Read more here!

2021 World Championships Preview

March 22, 2021

Although we were able to follow the progress of only some of the skaters during the Grand Prix series this season, we invite you to recall stories and highlights as a preparation towards the excitement of the Worlds 2021. Read!

Photo Album: 2020 Rostelecom Cup: Gala

March 19, 2021

We had already published the free skates of the Rostelecom Cup but Irina also had some goodies of the gala to share with us. Enjoy the photos here!

Photo Album: 2020 Russian Cup, stage 5

March 18, 2021

As we approach World Championships we recall the season we had and throw it back to the Russian Cup series. Kamila Valieva, Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov were among the participants of the stage 5 and we're looking forward to seeing them again next week! Check here!

Eva-Lotta Kiibus: "The music and I have to play together"

March 08, 2021

Estonian Eva-Lotta won the Nebelhorn Trophy at the start of this season, and will compete at the World Championships in Sweden later this month. Want to know her better? Read out interview here!

Photo Album: Challenge Cup 2020

February 25, 2021

Before the 2021 Challenge Cup will start later today in The Hague we throw it back to the last year's competition with the great photos from Polymnia. Check them here!

A new young team from Germany - meet Annika Hocke and Robert Kunkel

February 15, 2021

The second season together for Annika and Robert comes with some challenges, but next week they are scheduled to skate at the Challenge Cup in The Hague, so time to get to know them a bit better. Go!

Photo Highlights: 2020 Russian Cup, stage 5, Juniors

February 2, 2021

The 2021 Russian Junior Championships take place February 3-5 in Krasnoyarsk. Check our photo highlights from the 5th stage of the Russian Cup, one of the qualifying events which decided the roster. Click!

Meet Camden Pulkinen

January 15, 2021

U.S. Figure Skating Champs has opened yesterday with pairs and ladies, while Camden will be staring his competition tomorow. Get to know him better in the in-depth talk here!

Photo Album: 2021 Russian National Championships

January 11, 2021

After Iana's preview, Maria went to Russian Nationals to check out the actual events and catch them with her camera. Enjoy her album of the competition (minus the pairs) here!

Koshiro Shimada: "I am trying my best to show a lot of performance"

December 24, 2020

The 2020 All Japan Championships will start tomorrow. This will be the first big competition of the season for Koshiro and his training mates from Champéry. Learn more about him, his programs and their work in the Skating School here!

2021 Russian National Championships Preview

December 22, 2020

Russian skaters are going into the most important national event of this season which will take place in Chelyabinsk on December 24-27. What should we expect from the championships? Let us look closer here!

Photo Album: Rostelecom Cup 2020, free skates

December 18, 2020

Due to the pandemic the Grand Prix events this season were primarily domestically run events with domestic skaters and skaters training nearby. Despite that, not all have been held, but the Rostelecom Cup was! Irina shows you some images of the free skates. Enjoy!

Sneak Peek: 2020 Russian Cup, stage 5

December 7, 2020

Fifth and final stage of the Russian Cup was affected by coronavirus withdrawals, but gave skating fans an opportunity to discover new names. Check our exclusive photos of the top three participants in each discipline!

A very special Nebelhorn Trophy 2020

November 30, 2020

In between travel restrictions, precautions, fears, and worries, a small village in the German Alps dared the big step to proceed with the first official ISU Figure Skating competition since the outbreak of the pandemic. Judith tells us all about the extra measures, the reaction of the skaters and of course the competition itself. Read more here!

Dreitannen Cup in Olten

October 31, 2020

Read Judith's impressions from the first qualifying event of the Swiss Cup here.

Sneak Peek: 2020 Russian Cup, stage 2

October 21, 2020

The Russian Cup is a series of annual figure skating events among Russian figure skaters which consists of five stages and the final. This season all Russian skaters, including national team members, must participate in it in order to qualify for the Nationals. Hence the prestige, the level of the competition and the attention to it have increased.
We reported from the second stage in Moscow on our social media, and now put all the photos on one page. Click!

Nebelhorn Trophy 2020 Photo Highlights

October 13, 2020

Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf was the first official ISU competition after the pandemic. Skaters were incredibly happy to be able to go out, perform and show their new programs. Check our photo highlights from the event here.

Photo Album: Russian Test Event 2020

October 6, 2020

Always among the first highlights of the season, this year the Russian test event got even more attention from the skating crowd. Coaching changes, comebacks, new partnerships and the current situation with almost no live competitions made anticipation higher. Check our photos here!

Alexia Paganini: "I love the positivity of my new team"

September 24, 2020

Swiss national champion Alexia Paganini starts her season today at the Nebelhorn Trophy. We met with her this summer to chat about her moving to train in the Skating School of Switerland, new programs, hobbies and more. Read more here!

Dreitannen-Cup 2020 Photo Highlights

September 22, 2020

The first Swiss Cup event of the season took place last weekend. A few international students from the Skating School also joined, using it as an opportunity to check their new programs in front of the judges and fans. Find our photo highlights from Olten here!

Deniss Vasiljevs: "My mindset is my biggest friend and my biggest enemy"

September 18, 2020

Deniss will be competing next weekend at the Nebelhorn Trophy 2020 in Oberstdorf so enjoy our in-depth conversation with this popular skater from Latvia here!

Sneak Peek: Russian Test Event 2020

September 13, 2020

We open season 2020-21 with the test skates of the Russian team held this weekend in Moscow. Maria was there to capture some interesting moments for us. Check them here!

Catching up with Sondre Oddvoll Bøe

August 31, 2020

This Norwegian skater is easily associated with creativity, on and off the ice. Judith had an in depth chat with him after the Challenge Cup and an online update recently. Read more here!

Music on Ice 2020

August 20, 2020

Last January we were in Bellinzona to enjoy "Music on Ice", to admire all its creativity and magic, and to talk to the cast. You've seen our photos, now it's time to share the article!

Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri: "Ice dancers must be mentally very strong"

August 3, 2020

Charlene and Marco share their feelings and thoughts about their long wait at the free dance during Europeans in Graz, his hand injury, their programs and more here!

Photo Album: Music on Ice 2020. Act II

July 23, 2020

Second part of our album from the spellbinding "Music on Ice" is ready! Enjoy!

Remembering Denis...

July 19, 2020

Throughout his skating career Absolute Skating did three very long interviews with Denis Ten, interesting, thought provoking, and insightful. We recall them today, two years since his tragic death.

Photo Album: Music on Ice 2020. Act I

July 16, 2020

For ten years already, every January, "Music on Ice" shares with us its magic in fairytale Bellinzona, and so we wanted to pass a bit of this magic to you! Check first part of our photo gallery here!

Matteo Rizzo: "I will always try to improve myself"

July 6, 2020

He is confident but down-to-earth, aware of what he has to do to achieve his goals. Matteo shared his thoughts about his expectations before the Europeans, cooperation with Brian Orser, programs and more!

Ioulia Chtchetinina, Márk Magyar - the perks of being a pair skater

June 22, 2020

What does it take to be a pair skater? Why is it so hard to find a suitable partner? What is the key to good communication? Those were the questions to which we tried to find answers with Ioulia and Márk. Go!

Catching up with Donovan Carrillo

June 10, 2020

He is one of the shiniest figures in the figure skating world, Judith spoke with him about the season, new goals, the rising popularity of figure skating in Mexico and his favorite gifts from fans. Enjoy!

Hungarian debutants look up to their coaches

May 11, 2020

For singles skater András Csernoch and ice dancers Emily Monaghan and Ilias Fourati, the Europeans 2020 were their debut at a major competition. They talked to Absolute Skating about their impressions and future plans: read here!

Haruka Imai: "I regained the joy of skating"

May 3, 2020

Many skating fans for sure remember graceful and lovely Haruka Imai from Japan. Atsuko had a chance to catch up with her during Mao Asada's "Thanks Tour". Don't miss their in-depth and detailed talk here!

Captured: Stéphane Lambiel - 2020

April 26, 2020

Stéphane lives in the present moment and doesn't like to look back. Hence we appreciate even more that he agreed to take a walk down memory lane and repeat the "test" we gave him ten years ago. About the result, internal and external motivations and more in our interview here!

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