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Musical Meetings of Champéry: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

April 29, 2024

Stéphane Lambiel and his school prepare a special treat for this summer. Read more about it here!

Deniss Vasiljevs: "It is always about what I can connect with"

April 18, 2024

We caught up with Deniss during the Worlds in Montreal, discussed his ambitions, programs, costumes (and costume violations), and his plans for the coming summer "to be a normal guy." Click!

Music on Ice: behind the scenes

April 2, 2024

Take a stroll down memory lane with us as we revisit some delightful moments from the "Music on Ice" 2023 and 2024 rehearsals. Dive into the memories here.

Catching up with Nick Buckland, Kirill Khaliavin

March 22, 2024

It's always exciting to see the skaters you once interviewed and covered now taking on coaching roles. Following our interview with Ondřej Hotárek, we have for you two more - with former European leading ice dancers and now young and promising coaches. Check them here.

Ondřej Hotárek: "We want to be the protagonists of Milano-Cortina 2026"

March 21, 2024

Ondřej has always been one of our favourite skaters to follow and talk to. And now Reut got an opportunity to catch up with him as a coach. Read this interview here.

Adam Siao Him Fa: "Each second of my program is important"

March 19, 2024

This season has been especially busy and significant for Adam. Iana caught up with him during his preparations towards Worlds 2024 to talk about his approach to his programs, competitions, training process and more. Click!

2024 Euros tidbits

March 18, 2024

Before Worlds 2024 kick off on Wednesday, Reut recalls some interesting facts and stories from the European Championships 2024 here.

Photo Album: 2024 Four Continents

March 17, 2024

The 2024 Four Continents championships were held Shanghai, it was a beautiful event and Iana's photos tell us its story. Click!

Looking back at the 2023 Worlds in Saitama, part II

March 16, 2024

The second part of Atsuko's journey down memory lane is up. Don't miss it here.

Looking back at the 2023 Worlds in Saitama, part I

March 14, 2024

As the Worlds 2024 in Montreal draws near, Atsuko reminisces about the thrilling event of the previous year as we delve deeper into what to expect in the week ahead. Check the first part here.

Photo Album: 2023 Grand Prix Final

March 11, 2024

The Grand Prix Final usually provides a pretty good insight into who will be the favorites for Worlds. As we eagerly await their performances next week, let's revisit the Final through Iana's photos. Click!

Photo Album: The 2023/24 All-Japan Figure Skating Championships

March 8, 2024

You read our article and now it's time to see the photos! Recall this amazing event with so many wonderful shots taken by Kasumi. Check them here!

Stéphane Lambiel: "I wish we were less 'connected' and more real"

March 6, 2024

Before his second show in Bellinzona, Maryna caught up with St├ęphane to talk about his programs, impressions from Europeans, his students, preparation towards Worlds, and... artificial intelligence! Read it here!

The 2023/2024 All-Japan Figure Skating Championships

February 29, 2024

The 92nd All Japan Figure Skating Championships unfolded as a captivating spectacle, showcasing the peak of Japanese figure skating talent. Recall this event with us here!

Camden Pulkinen, Alex Johnson: "It's important to have a life outside of skating"

February 11, 2024

During the NHK Trophy Ayaka caught up with Camden and Alex, they talked about their work together, life combining skating with another full-time occupation, and future plans and goals. Read!

2024 Four Continents Photo Highlights

February 5, 2024

Check all our 2024 Four Continents social media coverage in the new gallery here!

Cheng Peng and Lei Wang: in pursuit of the Olympic dream

February 1, 2024

As they prepare to take the ice at the Four Continents Championships today, discover the captivating journey of Chinese pair skaters Cheng Peng and Lei Wang. Uncover details about their programs, learn about their dreams, and more - here.

Kensuke Nakaniwa: "My approach involves accepting skaters for who they are"

January 18, 2024

Once a competitive skater himself, Kensuke Nakaniwa is now coaching the new generation of Japanese skaters at MF Academy: among them Rinka Watanabe, Yuna Aoki, Ami Nakai, Rio Nakata, Yo Takagi, Tsudoi Sudo, and more. Learn more about him in our latest interview here.

Benoît Richaud: "Music is the number one art for me"

January 10, 2024

Former competitive ice dancer Benoît Richaud is a world-known choreographer with an impressive roster of skaters he has choreographed for. Read his inspirational conversation with Iana here.

Music on Ice 2023

January 8, 2024

As we look forward to "Music on Ice" 2024, we recall last year's performances and reveal a few details about the upcoming spectacular. Check this new article about one of our favourite shows!

Scott Hamilton & Friends 2023

December 29, 2023

Nathan Chen, Alexa Knierim / Brandon Frazier, Mariah Bell, Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje, Keegan Messing and many others gathered in Nashville for Scott Hamilton's show - don't miss Debi's photos here!

Misha Ge: "It's essential to understand each skater's strengths and challenges"

December 22, 2023

Misha Ge is now in Japan with his students, who are competing at the Japan Nationals 2023. We caught up with him earlier this season to talk about the programs he created for them and his choreography philosophy in general. Don't miss this talk here!

Meet Aleksandr and Mihhail Selevko

December 15, 2023

Aleksandr and Mihhail are competing this weekend at the Estonian Nationals. Get to know them better through Ayaka's conversation with them during the 2023 NHK Trophy. Click!

2023 Grand Prix Final Photo Highlights

December 11, 2023

All our Grand Prix Final social media coverage in one place! Check the highlights from Beijing here!

Photo Album: 2023 NHK Trophy

December 7, 2023

And last but not least, right on cue before the Grand Prix Final kicks off - some beautiful memories captured by Kasumi in Osaka. Check them here!

Photo Album: 2023 Cup of China

December 3, 2023

We continue with our photo memories toward the Grand Prix Final. This time, Iana reminds us of the cool, the tense, and the exciting scenes from Chongqing. Click!

Photo Album: 2023 Skate Canada International

November 30, 2023

Toward the Grand Prix Final next week, in the coming days, we'll be recalling beautiful moments from Grand Prix events where our teams worked and reported from. And we start with Skate Canada here!

Yelim Kim: "I just love this sport, that's why I keep going"

November 22, 2023

We continue our series about Team Korea. Iana caught up with Yelim Kim to discuss her experience at Cup of China, what motivates her to keep improving year by year, and more. Check out the interview here!

Behind Chaeyeon Kim's first senior Grand Prix medal

November 17, 2023

Having secured a silver at Skate Canada, Chaeyeon has the chance to qualify for the Grand Prix Final this weekend in Espoo. Keep fingers crossed for her and don't miss our talk here!

Junhwan Cha: "I will come back strong"

November 16, 2023

A few days ago, it was announced that Junhwan Cha had decided to withdraw from his second Grand Prix event. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope this interview, conducted in Vancouver, brings some positive emotions to those upset by the news. Click!

2023 Cup of China Photo Highlights

November 12, 2023

We gathered all our social media coverage from this weekend into one photo gallery, just for you not to miss Iana's wonderful photos. Check them here!

2023 Nebelhorn Trophy Photo Highlights

November 8, 2023

Joy and Reut share some beautiful memories from one of our favourite events of the season. Check the highlights gallery here!

Catching up with Team USA

November 3, 2023

Lucas Broussard, Valentina Plazas, and Maximiliano Fernandez will compete at the Grand Prix events this and next weekends. We caught up with them earlier this season to talk about their programs, costumes, challenges and more. Click!

Going in-depth with Koshiro Shimada

October 30, 2023

Reut caught up with the 2022 Japanese national silver medalist to discuss his early experiences in Champéry, the ups and downs of the 2022/23 season, his new programs, and, of course, "One Piece". Don't miss their talk here!

Stéphane Lambiel: "Nothing is mathematical!"

October 23, 2023

About the creation of "Poeta", his project with Guillaume Cizeron and a new show in Champéry next summer - read all this and more in our new interview with Stéphane!

Japan Open 2023

October 16, 2023

Exciting team event returned to Saitama Super Arena at the beginning of October. And Ayaka was there to tell you the story. Read it here!

Catching up with Gerli Liinamäe, Gabriele Frangipani

October 13, 2023

Gerli and Gabriele are competing this weekend at the ISU CS Budapest Trophy. We had the opportunity to talk to them earlier this season, during the Nebelhorn Trophy and Nepela Memorial, respectively (with a special guest appearance by Stéphane Lambiel). Click!

2023 Japan Open Photo Highlights

October 11, 2023

Our social media coverage from Japan Open and some more - in the highlights album here!

Photo Album: 2023 Autumn Classic International

October 6, 2023

Recalling beautiful moments captured by Krystal in Montreal earlier this season. Don't miss our new photo album. Click!

Boyang Jin: "This competition proves that we are on the right track"

October 2, 2023

After a tough 2022/23 season Boyang Jin made a strong start at the 2023 CS Autumn Classic International. Krystal caught up with him in Montreal, check their talk here.

Alexia Paganini: a season to slay

September 21, 2023

After a tough season Alexia Paganini returns to the competitions, refreshed and ready to slay. Don't miss Reut's talk with her here!

Photo Album: 2023 Stars on Ice - Canada

August 18, 2023

Before we embark on the new season next week, here's a little flashback from the off-season fun: a collection of photos taken by Debi during the "Stars on Ice" 2023 tour in Canada. Check here!

Photo Album: 2022 Stars on Ice - Canada

April 27, 2023

And one more throwback ahead of "Stars on Ice" 2023 tour which starts tomorrow: Debi's photos from last year's shows in Toronto and Hamilton! Check them in this gallery.

"Stars on Ice" returns, showcases the diverse styles of professional skating

April 25, 2023

As the 2023 CSOI tour is set to open this Friday, don't miss Anna's report from last year's "Stars on Ice" tour in the US and Canada: here.

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