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1978 - 2016

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Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov: "Now we will fight for world leadership"

December 14, 2018

Bronze medal winners at the Grand Prix Final Evgenia and Vladimir talk about her injured chin at the Rostelecom Cup, their coach situation with old rival Maxim Trankov, their style and more. Read here!

Matilda Algotsson: "I really have to do well at Nationals, to have the best chances I can"

December 12, 2018

In our talk with Matilda we discuss her Grand Prix event, her decision to change coaches and try to analyze what went wrong last season. Read here.

Silvia Fontana & John Zimmerman - Sharing the blood, sweat and tears

December 11, 2018

This husband and wife coaching team oversees a growing group of top skaters, including Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres who have just won the Grand Prix Final. Read Anna's interesting talk with them here!

Grand Prix Final 2018 Daily Photos - Day 3

December 10, 2018

The final battles have been fought and the medals are awarded, concluding the 2018 Grand Prix season. Enjoy Tina's photos of the last 5 competitions here!

Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin: "Our main goal is to win the Olympics"

December 9, 2018

In anticipation for the day 3 daily photos, enjoy this interesting read of Alexandra and Ivan's talk with the press between their last GP and their 4th placement at the GPF here!

Grand Prix Final 2018 Daily Photos - Day 2

December 8, 2018

Season bests, upsets in the rankings, repeating titles and close calls, the second day in Vancouver had it all. Check out the pictures here!

Grand Prix Final 2018 Daily Photos - Day 1

December 7, 2018

The ISU Grand Prix Final kicked off in Vancouver with all the junior short programs, and the senior men and ladies short. Tina shares her beautiful shots from day 1. Go!

The (in)visible work of coaches

December 6, 2018

Some of the top skaters in the world will soon be on the ice for the Grand Prix Final in Vancouver, Canada. Oxana talked with three of their coaches: Brian Orser, Alexey Mishin and Rafael Arutunian. Read here.

Catching up with Stéphane Lambiel

December 4, 2018

He lives his life at 200 km/h speed, there is always so much to catch up on with him - new students, new choreographies, new ideas, new projects... Reut tried to cover some of those topics in her talk with Stéphane here.

Internationaux de France 2018 - Gala

December 2, 2018

We finish our IDF albums with selected photos from the gala rehearsal and the show itself. Don't miss them here!

Internationaux de France 2018 - Off ice

November 30, 2018

Off ice moments and "Kiss and cry collection" are waiting for you here.

Internationaux de France 2018 - On ice moments, medal ceremonies

November 29, 2018

Today we continue with various on ice moments we captured during the competition and medal ceremonies. Click!

Internationaux de France 2018 - Practices

November 28, 2018

Internationaux de France 2018 is in the books, but we're not ready to say goodbye to it just yet. In the coming days we will be publishing some extras on our site, and we start with the photos from practices.

Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres: "There is always something to work on, it's never perfect"

November 24, 2018

Currently sitting in the third place at the Grand Prix in France, their free skate will decide their fate for this competition as well as for the Grand Prix Final. Anna had a chat with them at the GP in Canada. Enjoy!

Kevin Aymoz: "My favorite part of skating is to give something to the people"

November 23, 2018

The Internationaux de France starts today in Grenoble, and Kevin will compete there for the second time. Read his talk with Anna here!

Grand Prix Helsinki 2018 Daily Photos - Gala

November 21, 2018

Jumping back to the grand prix in Finland for a moment, Askar took some lovely photos of the exhibtion we didn't want to hold back. Enjoy them here!

Rostelecom Cup 2018 Daily Photos - Day 3

November 19, 2018

Don't miss the last bunch of Ksenia's photos from Moscow, featuring the medals ceremonies for all four disciplines and the exhibition gala. Click here!

Rostelecom Cup 2018 Daily Photos - Day 2

November 18, 2018

Two withdrawals and shake ups all over the place, the last competition day in Moscow is history. Ksenia captured all skaters beatifully. Enjoy!

Rostelecom Cup 2018 Daily Photos - Day 1

November 16, 2018

On the first competition day all four disciplines already skated their short programs. Ksenia shares with us her amazing shots of all skaters, including a lot of Pooh Bears and 2 very famous Russians. Go!

Rostelecom Cup 2018 Daily Photos - Practices

November 15, 2018

World medallists & Olympic Champions will take the ice in Moscow and are looking to secure their spot in the Grand Prix Final. Ksenia is also present, check out her photos of the practices and draw here!

Brendan Kerry: "I'm a completely different skater"

November 14, 2018

Between his two Grand Prix events, Brendan found time to answer our questions about his Olympic experiences, coaching team, new programs, quads and friendship. Check our talk here.

NHK Trophy, day three: Level 4 twizzles, blues and disco, not to mention legends

November 12, 2018

The last day of competition brought us the free dance and in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Trophy an incredible show starring true Ice Legends. Read Atsuko's account here.

NHK Trophy 2018, day two: Ladies' triple Axel galore and the men's tumbles

November 11, 2018

The second day in Hiroshima kept Atsuko and Keiko busy enjoying some Tango-beats as well as the very talented ladies. That and more here.

NHK Trophy 2018, day one: Exciting with lots of wonderful performances

November 10, 2018

The NHK Trophy is happening right now and Atsuko and Keiko are there to cover the event. Read about the first day of excitement here.

Dmitri Aliev: "Every person can see something different in my programs"

November 8, 2018

One of the leading Russian skaters right now, Dmitri started his season at Lombardia Trophy where we met him for an interview. Read it here!

Grand Prix Helsinki 2018 Daily Photos - Day 3

November 5, 2018

On the final day in Helsinki only the men had to finish their competition, but they did so with gusto. Check out Askar's slightly Yuzuru Hanyu centric photo selection, plus a little pretaste of the gala here!

Grand Prix Helsinki 2018 Daily Photos - Day 2

November 4, 2018

The men started their fight, while pairs, ladies and ice dance medals were assigned. Take a look at day two here!

Grand Prix Helsinki 2018 Daily Photos - Day 1

November 3, 2018

The third Grand Prix of the season is exceptionally taking place in Helsinki. Nicole Della Monica / Matteo Guarise, Alina Zagitova and Alexandra Stepanova / Ivan Bukin lead after day one: look here!

Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin: "We are challenging ourselves not to play it safe"

November 1, 2018

Sara and Kirill will compete at their first Grand Prix event this weekend. Earlier this season they sat down with Reut to discuss their career together, Olympic Games, their new free dance and more. Check their talk here.

Skate Canada 2018, day two: A story of many comebacks

October 28, 2018

All the medals have been awarded and we already have the first skaters qualified for the Grand Prix Final. Don't miss Anna's report about day two here.

Skate Canada 2018, day one: Triumphs and surprising mistakes from podium favorites

October 27, 2018

All 4 disciplines had their short programs on the first day in Laval. Anna guides us through the strong pairs, the shock and delight in the men, upsets in the ice dance and surprises in the ladies. Read here!

A sit down with Keegan Messing

October 26, 2018

Skate Canada takes place this weekend and Canadian Keegan will put on his skates to compete. No doubt his cowboy hat as well. What is the story behind that hat? What's the status on him training the quad Axel? We discussed all that and more!!

Loena Hendrick: "If you want people to remember you, you need to do something different"

October 20, 2018

In 2017 she entered the senior stage with a splash becoming 7th at her first European Championships. This weekend she will skate her first senior grand prix competition. Time to get to know her a bit better. Go!!

Album Special: Rostelecom Cup 2017

October 16, 2018

It's time for the (senior) Grand Prix's again, this weekend starting with Skate America. To celebrate this, we share with you our album of the Rostelecom Cup of last year. Enjoy!

Finlandia Trophy 2018 Daily Photos - Day 3

October 8, 2018

The Finlandia Trophy ended with the ladies free and the free dance. Don't miss our photos from day 3 here!

Finlandia Trophy 2018 Daily Photos - Day 2

October 7, 2018

The rythm dance opened day 2, and medals have been awarded in pairs and men. Check out Alberto's shots here.

Finlandia Trophy 2018 Daily Photos - Day 1

October 6, 2018

The Finlandia Trophy kicked off in Espoo and Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov, Mikhail Kolyada and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva lead after the short programs. Take a look here!

Robin Szolkowy: "I still wouldn't say yet that I passed my coaching exam!"

October 4, 2018

Robin shares his thoughts about the increasing number of pairs at major competitions, rule changes and more. Read his talk with Titi here!

Nebelhorn Trophy 2018 Daily Photos - Day 3: Gala

October 1, 2018

With 103 photos of 22 participants this is more of an album than a daily, but we just couldn't choose! So enjoy the slightly more photos of all medallists, invitees and special guests Aljona & Bruno here!

Nebelhorn Trophy 2018 Daily Photos - Day 3

September 30, 2018

The last day of the Nebelhorn Trophy started with a rivetting men's competition, with the same guys in the top 3 as after the SP, only switched, and a big upset in the results of the pairs. Check out Joy's photo picks here!

Nebelhorn Trophy 2018 Daily Photos - Day 2

September 29, 2018

Day 2 commenced with the men starting their competition and the ladies and ice dancers finished them. Joy gathered for you at least 2 photos of every competitor. Check them out here!

Nebelhorn Trophy 2018 Daily Photos - Day 1

September 28, 2018

The Nebelhorn Trophy celebrates its 50th edition! And we're happy to be there and celebrate with them. Check Joy's photo coverage from the first day of the competitions here!

Photo Album: Dreams on Ice 2018

September 26, 2018

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

Young talent and top stars at Dreams On Ice 2018

September 24, 2018

"We are here!", young Japanese skaters exclaimed in excitement to be part of the great annual Dreams On Ice show. A mix of talented upcoming skaters and top level champions. Read Atsuko's observations here!

Daniel Samohin: "I'm not worried about losing"

September 21, 2018

While he's currently competing at the Ondrej Nepela Memorial, we take a look at his previous, pretty tough season. Read Titi's talk with him about popping shoulders, staying positive adding quads and more!

Album Special: The Japanese Nationals 2017/2018

September 19, 2018

Sometimes during the busy season we don't get to process all our material but is it ever too late for great photos? We feel not, so we present to you Keiko's gorgeous shots from Tokyo. Enjoy!

Stephen Gogolev - remember the name

September 14, 2018

Titanilla recently went to the Junior Grand Prix in Bratislava and was totally amazed by Stephen's skates. Time to get to know this 13 year old Canadian a bit better. Click here to read!

Photo Album: Made in Italy 2018

September 10, 2018

Ghiaccio Spettacolo (Andrea Vaturi) organizes every year a summer tour in Italy. This year he decided to dedicate the tour to the Italian Olympic skaters. Check out Wilma's gorgeous photos here!

Brian Joubert: "In a good moment, in a bad moment - I'm always there for my students"

September 6, 2018

Brian was at the Junior Grand Prix in Bratislava coaching his pupil Kim Cheremsky. Are you curious about his coaching experiences and future plans? Then click here!

Donovan Carrillo: "I often have to skate in a public rink with recreational skaters"

August 22, 2018

This young Mexican skater is competing in the JGP in Bratislava, upcoming weekend. No better timing to get to know him a bit better. Enjoy Titanilla's talk with him here!

Betina Popova & Sergei Mozgov: "Sergei is the most reliable partner ever!"

July 3, 2018

Dance couple Betina and Sergei had a rocky start but seem to have found their groove together. Oxana talked to them about finding each other, their training, free time, future goals and much more. Read here!

Album Canadian Stars on Ice Hamilton

June 17, 2018

Last but not least in our SOI special the show in Hamilton, which was taped for TV, including photos of the retakes. So bonusmaterial! Enjoy the show from a different angle here!

Album Stars on Ice 2018

June 9, 2018

Tina travelled to San Jose to check out the American version of the tour. Ashley, Adam, Jason & many more; the cast was star studded as usual. Pictures say more than thousand words. Check them out here!

Review Stars on Ice Canada 2018

June 4, 2018

There is something special about a Stars on Ice show in an Olympic year. When the tour kicked off in Canada, people were declaring it 'the best show ever' and crowds were sold out. Did Tina agree? Click here to find out!

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