2005 - 2006 Season News
Photogallery World Championships 2006
Here's another photo album for your enjoyement, this time from Worlds and with beautiful photos from Calgary as bonus.
Variations on a theme of Canadian Nationals 2.0
Maybe late, but nevertheless very entertaining. Read
Megis differentiated take on Canadion Nationals 2006 here!
Vera Vandecaveye: "Kevin was so motivated, I left my fulltime
Don’t miss the close up look at this amazing coach and mentor,
the woman behind the success of Kevin van der Perren.
Get an update on his condition and enjoy Vera’s story here
Photogallery European Championships 2006
To celebrate the end of the 2005-2006 figure skating season, we
present to you this huge collection of photos from the European
Championships in Lyon,, by several photographers. So, brace yourselves,
take a snack and a drink and start
Alexander Majorov times two – meet the father/son team
At 14, Sasha was too young for Torino but he has his eyes set
2010. And so does his coaching dad, meet
them both here
Ashley Foy and Benjamin Blum
Meet this young icedance couple with both ties to the USA and
Germany. They started skating as a team together this season and
took the time to talk to Helga about their goals and more. Read
this interview here!
Emanuel going for the gold
One who can seriously challenge Plushenko for the victory in Torino
is Canada¬ís Emanuel Sandhu. Armed with a quad, new moves and level
4 spins he¬ís ready to show the world what he¬ís made of. Read
Povilas Vanagas: "We are prepared!"
Why did they come back to eligible competition and how are they
experiencing it so far? What will happen after the games? How
did they end up in Antwerp anyway?
Read all this and more here!
His favourite place to compete is all by himself
Why did Jeff once stop in the middle of the program and forgot
he was competing? Did he ever came last in a competition? Why
does he think the process is more important than the final result?
And why was he scared of Michelle Kwan?
Find out everything here!
Susanna Pöykiö - fit for fight!
She had to watch the Olympics in Salt Lake City on TV, but she'll
be in Torino to compete for her native Finland. Hoping her time
has finally come, she's ready! More
Photo album from the European Championships -
the practice sessions
Don't miss these wonderful pictures of your favorite skaters,
taken by the Absolute Skating photographers during the practice
Q&A with Viktor Pfeifer
Find out what Viktor likes in figure skating, what his goals are, what makes his neck hurt and many other details
Notes of German Nationals 2006
German nationals were in Berlin between Christmas and New Year. Frederike visited and tells us all about it, in detail! Click here to
Van der Perren jumping towards the top
Europeans is coming up, and whatever you do, don't miss watching
Kevin! With an arsenal of jumps he's ready to take on the best,
read more here
Passion on the ice
Finishing 2nd at the Italian Nationals last weekend, Federica Faiella
and Massimo Scali look with confidence towards the rest of the season,
the highlight certainly being the Olympic Games taking place less
than 200 kilometres away from where they train daily. Read
Catching up with Olivier & Isabelle
They brought home two silver medals from the Grand Prix Events
in America and France this autumn and would like to manage the
same in Lyon next week... Read more about Susannes talk with Isabelle
Delobel & Olivier Schoenfelder here!
Interview with Shaun Rogers
Also competing at the US Nationals in St. Louis is Shaun Rogers.
Even though he is on a tight schedule, he took the time to sit
down with Helga and Rosalie and answer some of their pruning questions.
Baldwin: "Rena is my idol"
The 2004 National Pairs Champions, Rena Inoue and John Baldwin
Jr., hope to secure their spot on the Olympic team next week at
the US Nationals in St. Louis. Find out what they have to say
about the current season, the Olympics and their idols here!
Special series: "Talking to the Hungarian Team"
Adastra, Helga, & Kati spoke to many Hungarians involved
in skating and AS will publish this special in separate blocks
of interviews. This time we'll start with a serie of 3 interviews,
separated by a day in publication. Enjoy:
1.1 Viktoria Pavuk
1.2 Szabolcs Vidrai
1.3 Dejan Illes!
Katarina Witts Winter Magic show 2005
Emjo went to this amazing show and luckily for us, she didn't
forget her camera. View
the pics here!
Alexander Uspenski - "I just try to do my best on the ice."
how young Russian skater Sasha Uspenski's typical days look like,
what inspires him and many more details here!
The many dimensions of an International Ice Gala in Italy
you still looking for something to do at Christmas? Or are you
wondering how it's possible to arrange an ice gala in only a few
weeks time? Then look here!
The 2006 Swedish Nationals
It¬ís the season to be jolly and also the season for Nationals.
Magdalena and Emjo attended some exciting and fun filled days at the Swedish Nationals, here¬ís their
The human heart is the same everywhere
It does not depend on what country you come from. Read the interview
with Kati Hadford about her participation at the Hungarian Nationals
Tomas Verner - On the way to Torino
people talk about the Czech Republic and winter sports, the topic
is usually ice hockey. But there is one man, who's going to the
Olympics in Torino with a pair of skates and no stick. Meet
Figure skating is a way to express yourself!
When somebody mentions the musical "Cats", two names come to my mind - Nathalie Pechalat and Fabien Bourzat. Do you also like
their lovely freedance? Then don't miss this interview!
The things the audience missed – a backstage look at the Antwerp
was up with all the 'romance'? Who had a ridiculously big hotelroom?
Who played 'cho cho'? Read
all that and more in our behind the scenes story!
British Ice Figure & Dance Championships 2005
between all our hard work on ESOI, Melanie went to British Nationals.
Who break-danced at the banquet? Who wore the headband? Find
out all that and more here!
Photo Album PSOI 2005 - The Sunday Show
And of course there was the Sunday show. Click
here to view EMJO & Joy's excellent photos!
The Proximus Stars on Ice shows in Antwerp 2005
Many of us were in Antwerp and enjoyed the amazing shows. Joyce
tells you all about them so
now it's your time to enjoy!
Photo Album Proximus Stars
on Ice 2005 - The Saturday Show
We had a crazy weekend in Antwerp watching all of PSOI 2005. Take
a first glance at the show through Joy & EMJO's lenses here!
It is cold in Antwerp!
Read Titia's and Mireille's live report from the practice rink used by Proximus Stars on Ice. Don't miss the cast
The Infinity Ice Opera
It took Anna Solovieva and Mikhail Krylov four years to write and set up
this very unique ice opera. Learn more about the creating process, how they
got Alexei Yagudin involved and about the premiere here.
And don't miss EMJO's beautiful photos here.
At St. Petersburg
they think they are too old to skate? Which jump has Alexei never
understood? Which element does Maria dislike? Read
all about that and more here!
with Julia Golovina and Oleg Voiko
Golovina and Oleg Voiko are a young team, yet they already have
many European and World Championships behind them. Read about
their long journey
Absolute Skating presents this season¬ís first Nationals report. Event reporter Coralline spills the beans just for you. Read
win VIP tickets to the Antwerp Proximus Stars on Ice show and many
The winner will receive the royal treatment in the VIP lounge and a meet and greet with Emanuel Sandhu! To win this and many other prizes
click here to enter!
in St. Petersburg:
Alexei and Friends show 2005
To travel to a different country to watch a skating show is insanity
to many. But for EMJO and Susanna it meant a few days filled with
culture, shopping and skating bliss. Read
their story here!
Alexei Yagudin and Friends 2005
To view photos from this amazing show, click here!
A world-class figure skating exhibition hosted by Paul Wylie and
featuring skaters Ilia Kulik, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Tatiana Totmianina
& Maxim Marinin & Kimmie Meissner. Read Alexandra Sherman's
preview article about
the show here!
The Proximus Stars on Ice press conference
Kevin van der Perren answered questions at the press conference
in Antwerp. The complete cast, choreographer and more details
on the November shows was announced, don't
"Everything in life happens with dreams"
How many Americans skaters training in Budapest do you know? There
aren't that many, but Katherine Hadford is one. Read more about
her life, skating and her connection to Hungary here!!
Proximus Stars on Ice 2005
The cast members for the 2005 edition of the Proximus Stars on
Ice shows in Antwerp have been announced, don't
miss the excitement!
"The only important thing is to improve"
- A chat with Gheorge Chiper
For Gheorge Chiper the journey towards the top has been a long
one. Representing Romania he’s had to juggle family life
with the struggle of poor financing and less than ideal training
conditions. Continuously fighting for his aims, things are looking
up. Read the full story here
The Wonderful Iceworld - A Russian Circus on Ice
Watching the Wonderful Iceworld circus was an experience of a
life time, anything can be done on blades! View
some pictures from the different acts here
The wonderful circus on ice; Alexei and Dimitrij speaking
On top of visiting the Russian Circus on Ice, our reporters also
got the chance to talk to the 2 show choreographers. Click
here to learn more about life on the road with an ice circus!
The Wonderful Iceworld
Any kind of skating event is welcome during the off season, and
Helga, Judit and Hajni hit the jackpot when they went to the ice
circus. Read about
their wonderful adventure here!
Skating in Sweden – a visit to a summer camp
It’s summer vacation and some kids go to riding or tennis
camps. But Magdalena and EMJO found some kids who would rather
have ice than sun, join
them at a summer skating camp!
Skating in Sweden – one on one with Kristoffer
The best Swede in figure skating in many years, Kristoffer
Berntsson, continued to make headlines during the 2004/05 season.
Many have asked about him, so as a summer treat from Absolute
Skating, here you go!
"I would do anything for skating"
His name is Gregor Urbas, he comes from Slovenia. He likes
kiwis and he thinks ice is cold. Want to know more?
Salomé Brunner – Queen of
She usually stays in the background, but this time the spotlight
is turned on her. Meet Salomé Brunner,
the woman behind the brilliant choreography
of several skaters including Stéphane
Lambiel and Lina Johansson.
Timothy on the line
Timothy Goebel, a famous name in figure skating. He has had
many sucesses but also survived a terrible ordeal
with injuries. Read how he reflects on the previous
season and about his hopes and wishes for the next.
The Chris Mabee fundraiser
"A Tribute to Youth and Their Dreams" fundraiser;
AS-reporter Megi visited this ice-show, dinner, silent-auction
and dance. Click
here to read!
Magic and Skating: A Russian Ice Show
A skating show in St. Petersburg, loaded with Russian figure
skating stars. Event reporter Vera tells us all about
Jamal came, skated and impressed the whole world
Jamal Othman, a very elegant skater with amazing spins and
always a mysterious and inscrutable smile on his face.
Meet him here!
Alexei Yagudin - The brightest star
The North American Stars on Ice tour is over, but for Alexei Yagudin there is no off-season, he's always busy. Read his remarks about the show and many other things here.
Stars On Ice 2005 Photo Album
More of EMJO's beautiful photos this time from the Portland show. Click here!
Piano-Skating, emotional communication without a single
word - meet Romain Gazave!
AS' latest addition, the piano playing skater Romain
Gazave, came not only loaded with an interesting background
and fun stories but even with some presents. Click
here to read more!
Canadian Stars on Ice 2005 Photo Album
the Halifax show through EMJO's camera lens. Click
Impressions of Stars On Ice 2005
Smucker's "Stars on Ice" is the longest and biggest skating tour in the world. Now running in its 19th year, the show is better than ever. Read the review here!
Swinging with SKY
Movies" – This was the title of the 5th
annual show of the figure skating club SKY.
Movies were being transformed into ice presentations
by SKY-members and their guests. Read and see all
about how fun this can be here!