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The Junior Grand Prix Final 2017 - Day 2

December 12, 2017

Junior pairs and men fought for their medals and the gold went to Australia and the USA. The junior ice dancers just started their hunt for the elusive metals. Enjoy Keiko's gorgeous photos here!

The Junior Grand Prix Final 2017 - Day 1

December 11, 2017

We still owe you a lot of Keiko's shots from the Junior competitions. Let's start with day one: go!

The Grand Prix Final day 3: An all-Russian podium, swans and standing ovations

December 10, 2017

The last day it rained medals, since 5 disciplines completed their mission in Japan. Two world records were set and the audience delighted with performances worth to get on their feet. Read Atsuko's account here!

The Grand Prix Final 2017 Daily Photos - Day 3

December 9, 2017

Pairs, Ice Dance and Ladies Grand Prix final champions were crowned today. Take a look at Keiko's photos from the last competitions here!

The Grand Prix Final day 2: Australian pair champions, solid ladies and shaky men

December 9, 2017

1 junior discipline kicked off, where 2 already came to a conclusion, the senior ladies got off to a good start and the senior men already finished their final flight. Read a lot more about day 2 here!

The Grand Prix Final 2017 Daily Photos - Day 2

December 8, 2017

Men got their medals and ladies started the fight today. Don't miss our photos from day 2: click here!

The Grand Prix Final day 1: Lots of Russian ladies, clean quads and very narrow margins

December 8, 2017

3 junior and 3 senior discplines opened their quest for the GPF Medals today. Atsuko shares her thoughts as well as some skater reactions in her first report of this prestigious competition. Read here!

The Grand Prix Final 2017 Daily Photos - Day 1

December 7, 2017

The Grand Prix Final kicked off today in Nagoya, Japan and Keiko has many awesome shots for you to enjoy: look here!

Meet Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert

December 6, 2017

Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert are strong contenders for the third spot in the Russian National team. This week they compete at "Golden Spin" in Zagreb - another step towards their goal. Learn more about them in our interview with them here.

Skate America 2017 Day 3: Exhibition

December 1, 2017

We already reported about the competition, now Suzanne tells you about participating in the gala, some tidbits about it and includes a little update on Daniel Samohin. Enjoy reading about it here!

Skate America 2017 Day 3

November 28, 2017

The last day was a marathon day for the competitors; two finals followed by an exhibition. Suzanne tells about the free dance and ladies free. Check it out here!

Skate America 2017 Day 2

November 26, 2017

Pairs and Men got their medals, Ice dancers and Ladies started the fight on day 2. Read here!

Skate America 2017 Day 1: Lake Placid - A Destination Event

November 25, 2017

The last spots for the Grand Prix Final will be assigned this weekend in Lake Placid. The event opened with the Pairs and Men shorts and Suzanne shares her impressions here.

Photo Album: Music on Ice 2017 - Home sweet home

November 23, 2017

Laurent Tobel is preparing to come back to Bellinzona with Music on Ice - but we still owe you 180 shots from the last show. Enjoy our memories here!

The Internationaux de France 2017 Daily Photos - Day 3: Exhibition

November 21, 2017

All finals behind them, it was time to let loose and have some fun. Ludwig captured the magic for us. Enjoy!

The Internationaux de France 2017 Daily Photos - Day 2

November 20, 2017

A debut in the senior cirquit and immediately grabbing the gold, a world record, redemption and a 'last grand prix' medal; it all happened in the finals on the second day in France. Check out the photos here!

The Internationaux de France 2017 Daily Photos - Day 1

November 19, 2017

The first competitive day in Grenoble kicked off with all the four disciplines. Take a look at Ludwig's shots here!

Preview: An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends

November 16, 2017

The 'Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation' brings together a star studded cast for their second annual show. We had the opportunity to ask Kim Navarro/ Brent Bommentre, Kurt Browning and Kimmie Meisner to share their thoughts on the show, the cause, and their host. Enjoy!

The NHK Trophy 2017 Daily Photos - Extra

November 15, 2017

Our dedicated reporters visited the practices of the men and the ladies a day before the competition started. Keiko sent some photos and we thought to share them with you as a bonus. Check them out here!

The NHK Trophy 2017 Daily Photos - Day 3

November 14, 2017

Ice dance is always very picture worthy, especially the free dance. And that happened to be the last competition segment of the Grand Prix in Japan. Keiko shares 107 of her gorgeous photos with us. Enjoy hem here!

The NHK Trophy day 3: Domination in the Free Dance and first GPF names

November 13, 2017

The free dance wrapped up the competition in Osaka. The skaters shared their thoughts & hopes for the Grand Prix Final & the Olympics and the first qualifications for the Final are a fact. Read Atsuko's account here!

The NHK Trophy 2017 Daily Photos - Day 2

November 12, 2017

Tessa and Scott ruled the short dance, while Pairs, Ladies and Men had their medallists. We have 250 gorgeous pics from day 2 for you: look here!

The NHK Trophy, day 2: Samba, Turandot, Anna Karenina and veterans medaling

November 12, 2017

Day 2 of the NHK Trophy took the audience on an exciting ride through Latin rhythms as well as opera and drama. Not to mention three veteran boys on the podium! Read Atsuko's report here!

The NHK Trophy day 1: Heated battles and veterans in the top

November 11, 2017

Expected leaders in two disciplines and surprising results in the third, fresh new faces on the scene and familiar ones performing well; Atsuko tells you all about the first competition day in Osaka. Read here!

The NHK Trophy 2017 Daily Photos - Day 1

November 10, 2017

Pairs, ladies and men kicked off this grand prix in Japan with their short programs. Keiko sent us a grand total of 171 of her gorgeous photos. Check them out here!

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: "You don't get through an Olympic season without tension"

November 9, 2017

Tessa & Scott are competing in their second Grand Prix this weekend. Titi asked them about their memories, the changes since their time off and return and their Olympic journey. Read here!

Stéphane Lambiel: "Most of those level four spins are not beautiful!"

November 7, 2017

His student will compete at the NHK Trophy upcoming weekend, so read Stéphane's opinion on this season progress & their friendship, but also his view on the proposed program changes for next season, coaching versus choreographing, Ice Legends, and much more here!

Catching up with Franca Bianconi

November 2, 2017

Figure skating coach Franca Bianconi talks about her students, preparations towards the Olympic Games and discusses what Italian figure skating needs to improve even more. Read here!

Cirque de Glace 2017

October 30, 2017

Ice stars of "Cirque de Glace" came to Jerusalem, Israel last August. Reut got a chance to meet one of the leading skaters of the show, Valdis Mintals, and its creative director, Julian Deplidge. Check what they talked about here!

Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford: "It's time to shake things up!"

October 27, 2017

The second Grand Prix got underway and soon Meagan & Eric will show their short program. Read their talk with Titanilla about composing music, reflect on the previous season and their quad throw here!

The Rostelecom Cup 2017 - Miscellaneous

October 25, 2017

Check our miscellaneous gallery to get a little extra from Moscow - practice sessions, gala rehearsal and off ice moments.

The Rostelecom Cup 2017 Daily Photos - Day 3

October 23, 2017

Traditionally, the competition closed with a fun exhibition gala, but first the winners had to be awarded with their medals. Look here!

The Rostelecom Cup 2017 Daily Photos - Day 2

October 22, 2017

The competition in Moscow concluded and the fight for the medals was fierce: take a look here!

The Rostelecom Cup 2017 Daily Photos - Day 1

October 21, 2017

Two Russian and two American number ones on this first, thrilling day. Some expected leaders and some unexpected twists, making it all the more exciting how this competition is going to end. But first, check out the pics from yesterday here!

The Rostelecom Cup 2017 Daily Photos - Practice

October 20, 2017

Anticipation is high for the first Grand Prix competition of the Olympic season. In each discipline the current number ones in the World Ranking list will compete, including Europan, World and Olympic Champions. Check out Reut's practice shots here!

The Japan Open 2017

October 19, 2017

A lot of the top eligible and pro skaters gave acte de presence at this invitational team event. Atsuko and Keiko had a blast and share their impressions and gorgeous photos with us. Enjoy!

Finlandia Trophy 2017 - Dance

October 15, 2017

Last but not least, Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron claimed the ice dance gold, Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin took silver and Laurence Fournier Beaudry/Nikolaj Sorensen bronze. Don't miss our highlights here!

Finlandia Trophy 2017 - Ladies

October 14, 2017

Let's go on with the ladies event where Maria Sotskova, Carolina Kostner and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva took the podium. Look here!

Finlandia Trophy 2017 - Men

October 13, 2017

Boyang Jin rocked the men event, followed by Vincent Zhou and Adam Rippon. Check out the photos here!

Finlandia Trophy 2017 - Pairs

October 12, 2017

After quite some of drama and unexpected twists, Peng/Jin won the Pairs event in Espoo. Silver went to Della Monica/Guarise and bronze to Stolbova/Klimov. Take a look at the highlights here!

Photo Album: Dreams on Ice 2017

October 8, 2017

Time to show you all of Keiko's beautiful photos from the Dreams on Ice show: click here!

The enjoyable & exciting Dreams on Ice show 2017

October 5, 2017

Atsuko and Keiko had a chance to attend the annual "Dreams on Ice" show held in Yokohama in July. Check the whole story here.

The Nebelhorn Trophy Daily Photos - Gala

October 2, 2017

On the last day of the competition there was as usual a closing celebration. There were beautiful programs, fun programs, hysterical ones and of course also some local talent. Enjoy the pics of the champions of the 49th Nebelhorn Trophy here!!

The Nebelhorn Trophy Daily Photos - Day 3

October 1, 2017

The last day kicked the free dance. Many couples hoping to gain those coveted spots. Coomes/ Buckland danced to gold and received their Olympic ticket. Succesful come back! Ladies Free was an exciting flight and gold and silver were very close. Australia & Sweden both go home happily with their spots. Enjoy our daily photos of the competition part here and return for those of the gala tomorrow!

The Nebelhorn Trophy Daily Photos - Day 2

September 30, 2017

The second day started insane early, so all 35 ladies could skate their short. Then the finales started and the nerves swayed through the arena. In pairs the Russians took home the gold, but of course they didn't have to compete for their spot. The free of the men was equally tense, with the last group all skating their hearts out. Jorik Hendrickx won the gold and his ticket to the Olympics. Check out our daily photos here!

The Nebelhorn Trophy Daily Photos - Day 1

September 29, 2017

The first day of the Olympic qualifier was tense. In the short dance, Coomes and Buckland, back from a season long injury, took the lead. The short program of the pairs was a fight between the Germans and the Russians with a close 5 point margin. The men short had it's winner in the first 10 mins, but stayed exciting till the end, with the last skater coming very close. Check out our daily photos here!

Anastasia Galustyan: in pursuit of a dream

September 27, 2017

Another competitor at this weekend's Nebelhorn Trophy, Anastasia Galustyan, will try to qualify Armenia and herself for the Olympic Games. The fight will be tough and we wish her good luck. And invite you to read our interview with her here.

Alexander Majorov gets ready for his last season

September 26, 2017

Competing this week at the Nebelhorn Trophy, Alexander talks about his preparation for the season, the requirements of the Swedish Olympic committee, his plans for the future and more. Read!

Opening the Olympic season for the Russian team

September 22, 2017

Next to capturing the test skates in photos, Oxana also gives you her first impressions of the programs and the audience reception. Read here!

Photo album: Russian Test Skates

September 21, 2017

The test skates took place in Sochi on September 9/10. Take a look at Oxana's photos from the first performances of the Russian team new programs: click here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Gala

September 18, 2017

The World Championships ended as usual with the gala. The stars of the competition and some special guests all coming together to celebrate, have fun and treat the audience. Naturally Askar captured this with his camera as well. Enjoy the last piece of our season special here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Miscellaneous

September 16, 2017

Before we move to the gala check our backstage and off ice photos, K&C and mixed zone moments, interactions with coaches and more of our miscellaneous shots in this gallery.

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Ladies

September 15, 2017

Evgenia Medvedeva's solid domination in the field, the two Canadian girls who medalled, Carolina Kostner's new journey (& the third big come back) were only a few cogs in the wheel of the exciting ladies competition. Check out all 'cogs' here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Dance

September 14, 2017

Another come back in the season occurred; Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir returned to the ice and danced away with the gold. Their teammates from France coined silver and brother and sister team Shibutani went home with the bronze. Theirs, and many other pics you can enjoy here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Men

September 13, 2017

Yuzuru Hanyu's mesmerizing free skate, Patrick Chan achieving his season's best for the SP with over 100 points and so many more highlights - and unfortunate lows - happened during the men's part of the competition. Relive it through the photos here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Pairs

September 12, 2017

And thus we entered the last part of our special, our photo document of the most important competition of last season. Starting with the pairs this time, Check out Askars shots of Wenjing Sui and Cong Han's comeback against all ods, and more!

Season recap special:
Helsinki 2017 - Lighting up the season

September 11, 2017

Reut recalls one of the brightest and most fascinating events of the last season and of this entire Olympic cycle. Check her article about the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships here.

Season recap special:
Reflecting back on the World Team Trophy 2017

September 10, 2017

Atsuko and Keiko went to the World Team Trophy and saw some exceptional skating as well as the participants having a lot of fun with the team concept of the competition. Read more here.

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 Junior World Championships - Gala

September 9, 2017

The Junior World Championships ended with a lovely exhibition and our photographers worked hard there too. Look here.

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 Junior World Championships - Pairs

September 8, 2017

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor won an historic gold for Australia. Don't miss Luna and Paoling photos from the pairs event: here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 Junior World Championships - Men

September 7, 2017

Let's go on with our memoirs from Taipei with the men photos: click!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 Junior World Championships - Dance

September 6, 2017

Rachel Parsons / Michael Parsons claimed the gold in Taipei. Take a look at the short and free dance!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 Junior World Championships - Ladies

September 5, 2017

Continuing to the next competition! Junior Worlds took place in Chinese Taipei and Alina Zagitova rocked the ladies' event. Look here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The European Championships 2017 - Exhibition

September 4, 2017

As tradition tells, the competition was closed with a fun and entertaining gala of the champions including some special guests; local young talent and known champions. Enjoy!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The European Championships 2017 - Pairs

September 3, 2017

From a fairytale for the home talent, to the fulfilling of a dream for others. Lots of emotion burst through the arena making the pairs a very memorable competition. Check out the shots here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The European Championships 2017 - Men

September 2, 2017

The men not only rocked on the ice, but also had loads of fun during the press conferences. We tried to capture it all for you. Click here to see if we succeeded!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The European Championships 2017 - Dance

September 1, 2017

Dance was special this time, with results being amended after the short and the order for the free changed. Luckily this did not reflect on the photos in a bad way. Check out our shots from all dancers here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The European Championships 2017 - Ladies

August 31, 2017

Time for the next album in our special! There are photos of all 34 ladies, not only on the ice, but also coach / audience interactions, press conferences and medal ceremonies. Enjoy!

Adult skating in Oberstdorf: The funniest competition I ever attended!

August 29, 2017

Taking a break from our special to bring you Maria's experiences visiting an adult competition for the first time. It turned out to be filled with joy and inspiration. Read more here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The Japanese Nationals 2016/2017

August 26, 2017

We continue our season memories with Keiko's beautiful pictures from the Japanese Nationals in Osaka. Look here!

Season recap special:
Photo album NHK Trophy 2016

August 24, 2017

The NHK Trophy was the last competition before the Grand Prix Final and thus the last chance for several skaters to qualify. Relive the tension and the beauty of the competition through Keiko's lovely photos here!

Season recap special:
Photo album Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 - Exhibition

August 22, 2017

Concluding the competition as usual with the gala exhibition. Lots of fun to be had in Oberstdorf, which clearly shows in the pics. Still over 200 of them to enjoy. Click!

Season recap special:
Photo album Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 - Pairs

August 21, 2017

Of the pairs we have the least amount of pics, simply because there were less pairs competing than in the other disciplines. Still, with 157 shots we don't think there is much to complain about. Click here!

Season recap special:
Photo album Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 - Men

August 20, 2017

Alexander Petrov, Jorik Hendrickx and Grant Hochstein lead the pack, nine other guys followed. Of course we present shots of everyone. Click here to see them!

Season recap special:
Photo album Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 - Dance

August 19, 2017

Anna and Luca, Madison and Evan, Piper and Paul and all the others had fun to show their programs to the judges and the audience. 202 photos might give you an idea of the fun time we had. Go!

Season recap special:
Photo album Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 - Ladies

August 18, 2017

Before getting into the new season in a few weeks, let's remember the great emotions of the past season with these special treats we kept for you. Kicking of with the Ladies competing at the Nebelhorn Trophy. From the number one to the girl who withdrew after the short, all are included; amply even. Enjoy!

Hyoen-Basara, the once in a lifetime experience for figure skating fans!

August 12, 2017

Japanese figure skating discovered a great partner in the Kabuki performing arts to produce the most spectacular show ever. Read Atsuko's memories here!

Mikhail Kolyada: "I hope my dream will come true!"

August 9, 2017

Mikhail Kolyada shares his impressions of the season, discusses the vital topics in figure skating and lifts the veil of secrecy on some details of preparation for the Olympic Games. Read more.

Photopage: The dreamy Stars on Ice show in Seattle

August 2, 2017

Anna had more photos than we could use in her report, so check out some more lovely shots of the star studded show in Seattle here.

The dreamy Stars on Ice show in Seattle

July 26, 2017

This years Stars on Ice show "In Dreams" was filled with talent, artistry, technical prowess, charisma and energy, but also included a beautiful tribute. Anna shares her impressions here.

Maia and Alex Shibutani: building bridges between worlds

July 7, 2017

Maia and Alex reflect on the season, share some thoughts on their creative process and explain why their off ice activities are so important to them. Read more.

Talking to Taiwanese skaters Amy Lin & Chih-I Tsao

June 29, 2017

After our talk with Eddy Wu and his nice words about Taiwanese skaters Amy Lin and Chih-I Tsao, it's time to get to know them a bit better. Click here to read.

Mr Eddy Wu: From hotel management to ISU judge & event organiser on the worlds stage

June 23, 2017

Mr Wu just organised the first Junior Worlds in Taipei, several Four Continents, having skated, coached and judged competitions. Click here to read our interview!

Photo Album: Stars on Ice 2017

June 17, 2017

The 31st annual US Stars on Ice tour visited San Jose, CA with special guests Nathan Chen and Karen Chen. Check out the photos here!

About strong young hearts and (no) dangers of being Stéphane's student

June 11, 2017

In the second part of their talk Deniss Vasiļjevs and Stéphane Lambiel discuss topics from the subject and more, we're sure you'll enjoy it!

Deniss and Stéphane work on "pies"

June 8, 2017

Deniss Vasiļjevs and Stéphane Lambiel met with Reut during Worlds in Helsinki and started their talk from an interesting challenge. Check what came of it here!

 


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