Recaps

Recap: 2021 World Championships

Recap: 2021 World Championships

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss The Montreal 2020 World Championships were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which made the 2019 World gold medalists reigning champions until the 2021 event was held in Stockholm, Sweden.  Due to the uncertainties...

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Recap: U.S. crowns 2021 junior champions

Recap: U.S. crowns 2021 junior champions

by Anne Calder | Photos by Melanie Heaney COVID-19 raised havoc with the 2019-2020 figure skating season. Rinks were closed, domestic and international competitions were canceled, and programs were choreographed via zoom. Coaches and students became creative in order...

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Recap: U.S. Ice Dance Crowns New National Champions

Recap: U.S. Ice Dance Crowns New National Champions

by Anne Calder | Photo by Jay Adeff (U.S. Figure Skating) The 2021 U.S. National Championships for the senior level was held January 9 -17 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Eleven ice dance couples competed virtually but supported by familiar cardboard faces...

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Recap: 2020 NHK Trophy

Recap: 2020 NHK Trophy

by Anne Calder Osaka, Japan hosted the final competition in the shortened 2020 ISU Grand Prix Series November 27-29. It had the smallest number of participants (28), but the largest audience (near capacity). For the second week in a row, masked fans were allowed to...

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Recap: 2020 Rostelecom Cup

Recap: 2020 Rostelecom Cup

by Anne Calder The Rostelecom Cup held in Moscow, Russia from November 20-22 was the third event in the 2020 Grand Prix Series. Six of the ten competing couples represented Russia; the other four skated for Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, and Hungary. Eight teams train...

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Recap: 2020 Cup of China

Recap: 2020 Cup of China

by Anne Calder The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating’s Cup of China returned to Chongqing for the second straight year on November 6-8. Unfortunately due to Covid-19, many format changes were necessary. Travel restrictions prevented international athletes from...

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Recap: 2020 Skate America

Recap: 2020 Skate America

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss Skate America officially kicked off the 2020 Grand Prix Series of Figure Skating October 22-24 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The six Series events had already been whittled down to just four, with Skate Canada and...

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Recap: 2020 World Junior Championships

Recap: 2020 World Junior Championships

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss Tallinn, Estonia hosted its second World Junior Championships March 2-8. Twenty-nine ice dance couples representing 22 ISU nations competed; 20 couples from 13 of those countries qualified for the free dance. The Tea-Time Foxtrot...

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A look back at Bavarian Open & Egna Dance Trophy

A look back at Bavarian Open & Egna Dance Trophy

by Anne Calder The Bavarian Open (Oberstdorf, GER) and Egna Dance Trophy (Egna/Neumarkt, ITA) were competed the first week of February approximately 400 miles apart in Western Europe. THE BAVARIAN OPEN The Bavarian Open celebrated its 10th year of competition in 2020....

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Recap: 2020 Four Continents Championships

Recap: 2020 Four Continents Championships

by Anne Calder | Photo by Robin Ritoss In 1999 the ISU established the Four Continents Championships(4CC) to allow figure skaters from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceana to compete in an international event similar to Europeans. In 2020, 16 ice dance couples...

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Recap: 2020 U.S. Nationals Senior Dance

Recap: 2020 U.S. Nationals Senior Dance

by Anne Calder Senior ice dancers took center stage for the Rhythm Dance at the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, NC. Nine teams executed the five required elements including the designated Finnstep pattern. The music was from Broadway and/or...

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Recap: 2020 U.S. Nationals Junior Dance

Recap: 2020 U.S. Nationals Junior Dance

by Anne Calder | Photo by Daphne Backman The 2020 US National Figure Skating Championships are being competed this week in Greensboro, NC. The city previously hosted the event in 2011 and 2015. Rhythm Dance Tuesday evening, fourteen junior teams performed their rhythm...

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Recap: 2019 Grand Prix Final

Recap: 2019 Grand Prix Final

by Francesca  Torino, Italy is famous among skating fans for being the set of the original dance Olympic event. The 2019-2020 GPF was far from dramatic but nonetheless saw some iconic performances. JUNIOR It was a tight race to the top in Torino, where the team of...

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A look back at the first U.S. Dance Final

A look back at the first U.S. Dance Final

by Anne Calder  “In the summer of 2017, [USFSA] President Sam Auxier established a Competitions Task Force with the goal of addressing a number of issues facing the current qualifying pipeline for singles, pairs and ice dance athletes.” (from the U.S. Figure Skating...

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