Tara Lipinski was a sprightly 15-year-old ballerina-on-ice when she won figure skating gold at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
Sarah Hughes was but a year older when she did the same thing four years later in Salt Lake City.
In the pantheon of figure skating rivalries, Nancy and Tonya soars like a triple lutz above the rest.
Two athletes in their prime, each trying to be America's golden girl, on the biggest stage in winter sports.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian figure skater Mikhail Kolyada has been ruled out of next month's Beijing Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The Russian Figure Skating Federation said Tuesday that Kolyada tested positive ahead of traveling to a pre-Olympic training camp and has been replaced by Evgeni Semenenko.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Cha Jun-hwan overcame a fall at the start of his free skate to become the first South Korean man to win gold at the Four Continents figure skating championships Sunday.
Skating to music from the opera “Turandot,” Cha took a tumble on his opening quadruple toeloop but recovered to score 174.26 in his free skate, extending his short-program lead with a total of 273.22.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Mai Mihara won her second career Four Continents figure skating title on Saturday in a strong recovery from missing out on the Japanese team for the Winter Olympics, and Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov took pairs gold for the United States.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Caroline Green and Michael Parsons of the United States won the ice dance title at the Four Continents figure skating championships on Friday, while Cha Jun-hwan of South Korea took the lead in the men's short program.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The United States took the lead in the pairs and ice dance on the first day of the Four Continents figure skating championships on Thursday, and Japan's Mai Mihara led the women's event.
U.S. figure skaters who win national championships get their names inscribed on a plaque and trophy. It's something they relish.
It's also something special to peruse the names already there — particularly for ice dancers.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Kamila Valieva underlined her status as the favorite for the women's Olympic figure skating gold medal as she won the European title by a commanding 22-point margin on Saturday.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Mark Kondratiuk survived some shaky landings to win the men's gold medal as his two fellow Russians faded at the European figure skating championships on Friday.
The 18-year-old Kondratiuk was battling teammates Andrei Mozalev and Evgeni Semenenko after Wednesday's short program and was twice in danger of falling in the free skate.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Kamila Valieva bettered her own world-best score in the women's short program to take the lead Thursday at the European figure skating championships.
It was another successful day for Russia, which also swept the podium in the pairs event.
There's one word that always grabs the world's attention in sports: scandal.
Figure skating has had its share — anyone recall Tonya and Nancy in 1994? That one has been examined as often as Nathan Chen nails a quadruple jump.
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Russia dominated the first day of the European figure skating championships on Wednesday, taking the top three positions in the men’s and pairs short programs.
Kamila Valieva began her run-up to the Beijing Olympics by heading to the lower-level Finlandia Trophy in early October, where the 15-year-old Russian superstar broke the world record for the free skate and total score.
Nathan Chen has accomplished just about everything that one can accomplish in the sport of figure skating.
Six consecutive national championships, the most since two-time Olympic champion Dick Button in the 1940s and '50s.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For all its strength and elegance, grace and power, the sport of figure skating tends to court controversy.
Just look at the number of films and documentaries about Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, or the scandal in the pairs competition that rocked the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and led to major changes in scoring.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three-time world champion Nathan Chen proclaimed 17-year-old Ilia Malinin to be the future of U.S. Figure Skating.
Maybe so, but Malinin’s present won’t include the Beijing Olympics.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nathan Chen had landed some of the most difficult jumps in figure skating, soaring through the air with a dizzying array of quads and flawlessly stringing together incredible combinations to leave the crowd wanting more.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Veteran pairs duo Vanessa James and Eric Radford were picked for Canada’s Olympic figure skating team on Sunday despite withdrawing from the national championships a day earlier.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Madison Chock and Evan Bates knew from the crowd response that Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, their close friends and longtime rivals, had laid down a near-flawless performance at the U.S.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Alysa Liu certainly didn't look as if she was suffering from COVID-19 on Saturday, when her smiling face was beamed into Bridgestone Arena by Zoom following the announcement of the American team headed for the Beijing Olympics.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mariah Bell had been to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships nine times without standing atop the podium.
She'd finished second once. Third a couple times. A disappointing fifth four years ago, when the ever-smiling Bell arrived at nationals as one of the leading contenders for the three-woman team headed to that year's Winter Olympics.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two-time champion Alysa Liu withdrew from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday, less than a day after a third-place finish in the short program put her in position to make the Olympic team.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mariah Bell remembers walking into the practice rink a couple of years ago and jokingly telling Adam Rippon, her training buddy at the time, that she was so nervous about nationals that she shouldn't even go.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defending champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier withdrew from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Wednesday night when he tested positive for COVID-19.
The pairs event begins Thursday at what amounts to the U.S.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Alysa Liu already has won a pair of U.S. figure skating championships, breaking Tara Lipinski's record for the youngest winner at age 13 and then defending her title with an incredible free skate the following year in North Carolina.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada’s figure skating championships will have no fans in attendance as the national federation adapts to surging COVID-19 numbers.
This change aligns with the Ontario government’s decision Thursday to limit attendance at sporting and other event venues.
They train at the same complex in Montreal under the same coaches.
They've had a long-term rivalry that's taken them around the world.
Two-time and reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu returned from a long injury layoff to land two quadruple jumps and score a world-leading 111.31 points in his short program at the Japanese championships on Friday.
So you think the Olympics frazzle the nerves more than any event? Well, how about just getting to the games?
Three of America's premier skaters of yore — Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski, silver medalist Tanith White and three-time U.S.
The attention of the figure skating world rests squarely on the Eastern Hemisphere this week.
The Russian national championships should reveal Olympic favorites for the women's competition, and two-time and reigning gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu will make his season debut at Japanese nationals.
Few if any athletes have had a run — well, a skate — like Nathan Chen since 2018.
Chen finished fifth in the men's figure skating event at the Pyeongchang Games, following a fiasco of a short program for 17th place with a rousing free skate that he won to lift him near the medals podium.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The figure skating Grand Prix Final next week has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic for the second season in a row.
The Dec. 9-12 event in Osaka, Japan, was the only global event matching the best skaters across all four disciplines before the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two-time world bronze medalist Tiffany Chin, Miami (Ohio) University synchronized skating coach Vicki Korn, and two-time Olympic judge Lucy Joyce Brennan have been elected to the U.S.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Kamila Valieva headed a Russian women's podium sweep at the figure skating Rostelecom Cup on Saturday to underline her status as favorite for the Olympic gold medal in Beijing.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Kamila Valieva scored a world-best 87.42 points to lead the short program at the Rostelecom Cup on Friday, with Kazuki Tomono heading the men's field at the Grand Prix figure skating event.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two-time U.S. figure skating champion Alysa Liu is making a coaching change less than three months before the Winter Olympics.
The 2019 and 2020 U.S. champ will begin training in Colorado Springs with Christy Krall, Drew Meekins and Viktor Pfeifer.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Shoma Uno landed four quadruple jumps on Saturday to win the NHK Trophy and bolster his prospects for the figure skating event at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
First after the short program, the Olympic silver medalist received 187.57 points for a personal-best total of 290.15.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue won the final Skate America of their careers on Sunday by a tiny margin.
The U.S. ice dancers maintained their lead from Saturday’s rhythm dance and won the first Grand Prix of the figure skating season with a total of 209.54 points.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nathan Chen is out of podium position for the first time in almost four years.
The three-time reigning world figure skating champion — and this season’s Olympic gold medal favorite — was fourth Friday night after the men’s short program at Skate America.
Let this sink in: Nathan Chen has not lost a competition since February 2018.
Talk about unbeaten streaks.
Since his disappointing sixth-place finish at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the 22-year-old Chen has won three world titles, the last three of his five U.S.
BEIJING (AP) — Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama and Mai Mihara have won the men's and women's singles titles at the Asia Open figure skating event.
The 18-year-old world silver medalist Kagiyama scored 179.98 in the free skate for a 277.78 total in the 2022 Beijing Olympics test event.
In elite figure skating, makeup can be as important a tool as a boot and blade.
It also can sideline an Olympic contender.
Jessica Calalang, a U.S. pairs skater and potential member of the team for next February's Winter Games in Beijing, recently had a suspension from the sport overturned.
OBERSTDORF, Germany (AP) — Two-time national champion Alysa Liu won the Nebelhorn Trophy women's competition on Saturday, giving the U.S. a third qualifying spot for the figure skating competition at the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year.
OBERSTDORF, Germany (AP) — Vincent Zhou won the Nebelhorn Trophy men's competition Friday, which secured a third entry in the Beijing Olympics figure skating competition for the United States.
Nebelhorn Trophy is the final qualifying competition for the Olympics next February.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Chinese leg of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating was canceled on Monday because of coronavirus restrictions.
The Cup of China was scheduled to take place from Nov.
Terry Gannon has become the voice of some of the most-watched sports at the Olympics.
Gannon has called figure skating at two Winter Games and is doing gymnastics at a Summer Games for the first time this year after Al Trautwig had called the past five.
Longtime U.S. Figure Skating executive director David Raith stepped down due to health reasons Wednesday and Ramsey Baker was promoted from chief marketing officer to replace him with the national governing body.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Three-time world figure skating champion Nathan Chen will begin his final preparations for the Winter Olympics in Beijing when he opens the Grand Prix season at Skate America in October.