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In Loving Memory of
Ioana Visan

Co-Founder & Webdesigner Absolute Skating

1978 - 2016

With love we think about Ioana Visan, our co-worker and friend. Ioana’s very capable expertise has brought you many of the articles published on AS. With a passion for figure skating, she was one of the co-founders of the site, as well as an accomplished author of fantasy, cyberpunk, paranormal and science fiction novels. She is greatly missed and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Read our tribute to Ioana here.

The AS management and staff



2017 World Team Trophy Daily Photos - Day 4

April 23, 2017

The World Team Trophy ended with a fun exhibition. Take a look at our photos from Tokyo here!

2017 World Team Trophy Daily Photos - Day 3

April 22, 2017

It's gold medal for Team Japan! Team Russia got the silver, Team USA the bronze - don't miss Keiko's photos from the final competitive day: click!

Ice Fantillusion 2017: Dreams - A sneak peek

April 22, 2017

10th anniversary; Dreams come through! So incredibly much happens on the ice, we had a hard time chosing only a few photos so check out our slightly large sneak peek from IF's first show here!

2017 World Team Trophy Daily Photos - Day 2

April 21, 2017

Team Japan still in the lead, while Team USA moved to second and Team Russia to third place. Take a look here.

2017 World Team Trophy Daily Photos - Day 1

April 20, 2017

Team Japan leads after day one, followed by Team Russia and Team USA. Check out Keiko's photos from Tokyo: click!

Ice Fantillusion from World of Color to Dreams

April 18, 2017

Getting excited for the new Ice Fantillusion shows upcoming weekend, we fondly recall last year's show. Enjoy our memories and a lot of photos here!

Javier Fernandez: "It is what it is, I have to learn from it"

April 12, 2017

Despite being 1st in the SP, Javi was not able to keep on to a medal spot. He feels this situation may have his advantages. Howcome? And what is his Olympic strategy re jumping quads? Titi talked to him about that & more here!

2017 World Championships Daily Photos - Day 5

April 6, 2017

Our daily photos from Helsinki end with the exhibition gala. Take a look here!

2017 World Championships Daily Photos - Day 4

April 2, 2017

Men and ice dancers got their medals on the last day of competitions in Helsinki. Don't miss Askar photos: Click!

Worlds 2017, Helsinki, Day Four: quad showdown and dance drama

April 2, 2017

The last competitive day saw the triumph of Yuzuru Hanyu and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Titi tells us about this and much more here.

2017 World Championships Daily Photos - Day 3

April 1, 2017

The dancers finally got a chance to strut their stuff and the ladies already finished up their competition. Check out Askar's amazing pics here!

Worlds 2017, Helsinki, Day Three: Javi's masterpiece and Chinese champions

April 1, 2017

Miss perfection strikes again! But there was also heartbreak and a lot of happiness in Canada. Read what happened in Helsinki on the third day here!

Worlds 2017, Helsinki, Day Two: Javi's masterpiece and Chinese champions

March 31, 2017

Lots of emotions at the men short and the pairs free programs; joy, shock, dissapointment, amazement. Titanilla tells you all about it here!

2017 World Championships Daily Photos - Day 2

March 31, 2017

Two amazing competitions colored the second day in Helsinki. Check out the shots of the short program of the men and the free program of the pairs here!

2017 World Championships Daily Photos - Day 1

March 30, 2017

37 short programs of the ladies and 28 of the pairs passed by on this first day. Askar photographed them all, and you can check out his lovely photos here!

Worlds 2017, Helsinki, Day One: An expected leader and tough pairs girls

March 30, 2017

No surprise about the leader of ladies' competition; pairs skaters have shown once again what are they made of. This was day one at the Worlds in Helsinki. Read here!

Jorik Hendrickx: "It is so unique to share this journey with my sister"

March 28, 2017

In this fourth article in our series on Belgian skater Jorik we deal with the post-Olympic period. Staying motivated, juggling the sports with his studies, being proud of sis Loena and of course their amazing result at the latest Europeans, we talked about it all. Go!

Guillaume Cizeron: "It's definitely more difficult to keep the world title than to win it the first time!"

March 27, 2017

There is so much to find out about Gabriella Papadakis and Guillame Cizeron's programs, thoughts about skating, and training conditions, Asli had a talk with Guillame about all that, his off ice aspirations and more. Click here!

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: "We want to be an entirely new team"

March 24, 2017

Tessa and Scott talk with Asli about their goals, their programs and much more. Read here.

Alisa Agafonova and Alper Ucar: "We always managed to overcome obstacles"

March 21, 2017

Alisa and Alper discuss about their life journey, struggles, memories and ambitions. Read here!

Champions for children

March 14, 2017

Dream came true for students of Czech Skating Academy when Javier Fernandez and Carolina Kostner joined Tomáš Verner for a mini-camp in Kravaře. Titi tells us all about this special event here.

Zoe Jones and Christopher Boyadji: "We are here!"

March 9, 2017

Zoe Jones, a former singles skater who just returned to major competitions after 15 years, and Christopher Boyadji define one of the most inspiring stories in figure skating. Learn more about them here.

Photo album: Musselmans Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute 2016

March 6, 2017

This show featured skaters like Nancy Kerrigan, Kurt Browning, Todd Eldredge and their families performing together and had live musical guest Dan+Shay. Click here to view the photos.

Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot: fighters sharing emotions and fun

March 2, 2017

Don't miss Titi's fun chat with Aljona and Bruno: Go!

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron: "Our free dance is a challenge for us and for the whole skating world"

February 27, 2017

Gabriella and Guillaume talk about their third European title, their music choices and more. Read here!

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2017
Daily Photos - Day 4: Men

February 23, 2017

Nathan Chen took the title in a quads-packed men fight: check here!

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2017
Daily Photos - Day 3: Ladies

February 21, 2017

Mai Mihara struck gold, Gabrielle Daleman claimed the silver and Mirai Nagasu the bronze: click here!

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2017
Daily Photos - Day 3: Pairs

February 19, 2017

Wenjing Sui and Cong Han picked up their fourth Four Continents title. Take a look at the pairs free skating photos here.

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2017
Daily Photos - Day 2

February 17, 2017

The ice dancers got their medals and the men started their fight during day two. Look here!

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2017
Daily Photos - Day 1

February 16, 2017

Sea on one side, mountains on the other, but Ludwig is in Gangneung for what happens inside the ice rink. Today the fight for the medals started in 3 disciplines, and you can check out the photos here!

Photo album: Art on Ice 2017

February 12, 2017

Art on Ice concluded yesterday its 2017 tour: ten amazing shows in Zürich, Lausanne and Davos. Don't miss Wilma's photos here!

The Japanese Nationals 2016/2017

February 9, 2017

The Japanese Nationals were exciting, fun and also the basis for the Japanese federation to pick their 4 Continents and Worlds teams. Atsuko tells about all the medal winners and stand-out skaters. Read here.

Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres: "Mental games at practice give us confidence"

February 6, 2017

Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres just had the skate of their lives at the Europeans in Ostrava. Read about their feelings, their programs and much more here.

Sneak Peek: Art on Ice 2017

February 3, 2017

Take a look at what Reut saw yesterday at the Art on Ice premiere in Zürich. Click here!

Carolina Kostner: "I discovered that I truly love this sport"

February 1, 2017

Read Titi's talk with one of the brightest stars of the Europeans in Ostrava. Click!

2017 European Championships Daily Photos - Day 5

January 30, 2017

Champions came together to close off these beautiful championships in a great, diverse gala, alternating elegant, dramatic and funny programs. It was a blast! Check out the photos here.

Europeans 2017, Ostrava, day four: the French triumph in ice dancing and it's a fifth title for Fernandez

January 29, 2017

On the last competitive day Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron earned their third title, while Javier Fernandez grabbed his fifth European gold in a row. Read here.

2017 European Championships Daily Photos - Day 4

January 29, 2017

Ice dance and men closed the Europeans with the reigning champions defending their titles. Don't miss Joy's beautiful photos: Go!

Europeans 2017, Ostrava, day three: Medvedeva's world record

January 28, 2017

Evgenia set a new world record, Anna and Carolina got silver and bronze and Javier rocked the men's short. Read!

2017 European Championships Daily Photos - Day 3

January 28, 2017

Tragedy and victory came together during the men's short competition, but Javier once again proved to be a powerhouse. Outstanding debuts and comebacks, mixed with admirable consistency would be what defined the ladies. The last group was electric! Check out the photos here!

Europeans 2017, Ostrava, day two: Tarasova and Morozov crowned champions

January 27, 2017

First medals, beautiful skates, and a lot of emotions. All that and more in our report from Ostrava here.

2017 European Championships Daily Photos - Day 2

January 27, 2017

The second day came to a close with very emotional pair skates and standing ovations, even from the press sections. It started a bit less well tho, with revised results in the short dance, hours later. Doesn't make the pics less fun though, enjoy!

Europeans 2017, Ostrava, day one: Russian leaders, some surprises and a great comeback

January 26, 2017

Reigning European and World champion Evgenia Medvedeva is in the lead in ladies competition, while pairs short program was dominated by Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov. Read here.

2017 European Championships Daily Photos - Day 1

January 26, 2017

This year's Europeans opened with 36 ladies skating their short program. It was a long, but beautiful day, topped off by the exhilarating pairs short, with a surprising result. Check out our first dailies here!

Israeli skating on the rise

January 25, 2017

During the Israeli Nationals in mid-December we had the opportunity to catch up with Boris Chait, Alexei Bychenko, and Daniel Samohin. Check our talk with them here!

Elena Buyanova: "In sport there is no life without rivalry"

January 23, 2017

Read Oxana's talk with Elena Buyanova about her work, her new student and more. Go!

Galit Chait: "Every day I look forward to the next training session"

January 21, 2017

Galit Chait tells us about her goals, her work as a coach and an ISU technical specialist, and more. Read here.

The sparkling creativity of Team LuLu

January 19, 2017

The new Slovakian team is looking forward to skating at their first Europeans in Ostrava. Meet Lucie and Lukáš here!

Sneak Peek: Music on Ice 2017

January 17, 2017

Another great success for the new edition of Music on Ice in Bellinzona. Take a first peek here!

Isabella Tobias and Ilia Tkachenko: "We always push ourselves"

January 15, 2017

After their partners retired, Isabella and Ilia teamed up to represent Israel. Towards their second Euros together they talk about their partnership, Israeli team, this season's programs and more. Check here!

Photo album: Holiday Movie Skating Spectacular 2016

January 13, 2017

Michael Weiss, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano & more skaters, live music artists Romina, The Four Phantoms, and Jim Wilson on a theme of Holiday Movies. What more could you want for a show? Check out the photos here!

Kavita Lorenz and Joti Polizoakis: "We are happy to show another side of us"

January 11, 2016

Partnership, programs and inspiration are only some of the topics Titi touched with Kavita and Joti, check out her talk with the German couple here!

Photo album: Holiday Festival on Ice 2016

January 9, 2017

Have you all recovered from the holidays yet?? Sad they are over? Then check out Tina's lovely photos from this annual show in Canada, featuring skaters like Kurt Browning, Yuka Sato and more. Go!

Three kings on ice enjoying post-competitive life

January 7, 2017

Three of the kings, Brian Joubert, Tomáš Verner & Florent Amodio, chat about skating in the show, their current projects, quads in competitions and more. Go!

Photo album: Israeli Nationals 2016

January 5, 2017

Isabella Tobias, Ilia Tkachenko, Alexei Bychenko, Daniel Samohin, and young aspiring skaters competed in Holon on December 14-15. Check photos from both competitive days here!

Photo album: Japan Open 2016

January 2, 2017

Don't miss Keiko's wonderful photos from the event which opened this season. Click here!

Japan Open 2016

December 27, 2016

Even though late, we did't want to withhold you Atsuko's account from this great competition, including press conference quotes. Read here.

Grand Prix Final 2016 - The Junior Competition

December 24, 2016

Yes we published dailies during GPF, but with the tight schedule we couldn't include all the juniors. So here they are after all, a little holiday bonus. Enjoy!

The Japanese Junior Nationals 2016/17

December 21, 2016

The senior nationals in Japan start on the 22th, but the junior competition has been held already. Atsuko tells what happends and Keiko illustrates with her lovely photos. Read here.

Catching up with Maxim Zavozin

December 19, 2016

Prior to the Russian Nationals we talked to Maxim Zavozin, former Hungarian ice dance champion and currently coach in CSKA club. Read our talk with Maxim here.

Photo album: Music on Ice 2016

December 16, 2016

One of our favourite shows is preparing to amaze us again: "Music on Ice: Home... sweet home" will take place in Bellinzona on January 13th and 14th. Let's recall the beginning of Cosmo's story through these photos. Click!

Grand Prix Final 2016 Daily Photos- Day 3

December 13, 2016

5 finales took place on this last competition day in Marseille. Defended titles, fresh medals and dethroned champions, it was quite a day. Enjoy the photos here.

Grand Prix Final 2016 Daily Photos- Day 2

December 12, 2016

On this second day there were 2 gold medals for Russia and one for the USA. In the Ladies a world record was reached and the Short Dance had a surprising outcome. Check the pics here.

Sara Hurtado: "Beginning is always the hardest"

December 11, 2016

Sara Hurtado is back on the ice, representing Spain with her new partner, Kirill Khaliavin. Read all about this new chapter in her life in our interview.

Grand Prix Final 2016 Daily Photos- Day 1

December 9, 2016

This prestigious competition in Marseille kicked off with all 4 disciplines in the Juniors and the senior Men and Pairs. Check out our dailies here.

Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau: "Let's have fun! Let's be crazy!"

December 8, 2016

The pairs' competition opens the senior Grand Prix Final tonight. Get to know the promising young pair from Quebec in our talk here.

Rostelecom tidbits

December 7, 2016

Before we start with the Grand Prix Final, Reut and Tatiana share some thoughts and memories from the Rostelecom Cup 2016. Read their story here.

The NHK Trophy 2016

December 3, 2016

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Anna Pogorilaya, Yuzuru Hanyu, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the NHK Trophy in Sapporo and they all qualified for the Grand Prix Final. Read here.

NHK Trophy 2016 Daily Photos - Day 3

November 28, 2016

Only the ice dance competition was left for the last day in Japan and of course the exhibition. Check out the highlights here.

NHK Trophy 2016 Daily Photos - Day 2

November 27, 2016

The ice dance started with the short dance, while pairs, ladies and men already recieved their medals. Watch the highlights from the second day in Sapporo here.

NHK Trophy 2016 Daily Photos - Day 1

November 26, 2016

Pairs, men and ladies already had their short program on the first day in Japan. Keiko sent us the highlights, shots of the top 3. Go!

Cup of China 2016 - Pairs

November 25, 2016

Last but not least, we bring you Ludwig's photos from the pairs event. Click!

Cup of China 2016 - Men

November 24, 2016

Patrick Chan struck gold in the men competition: look here.

Cup of China 2016 - Ladies

November 24, 2016

Elena Radionova rocked the ladies event in Beijing. Watch here

Cup of China 2016 - Ice Dance

November 22, 2016

At the Cup of China the ice dance competition was fierce. Check out the photos from Beijing here

Trophée de France 2016 - Ladies

November 16, 2016

The last competition of the weekend was the ladies. Evgenia Medvedeva won with a landslide. Enjoy the photos here!

Trophée de France 2016 - Men

November 15, 2016

The next discipline were the men: check Ludwig's photos here.

Trophée de France 2016 - Ice Dance

November 14, 2016

Let's continue with the Ice Dance: take a look here!

Trophée de France 2016 - Pairs

November 13, 2016

Deviating from our regular dailies, from the Trophée de France we bring you the photos per discipline. Today we start with the pairs. Click here

Rostelecom Cup 2016 - Extras

November 10, 2016

Some more unforgettable moments from Moscow - practices, draws, interactions between skaters and their coaches. Check our backstage extras album here!

Rostelecom Cup 2016 - Gala

November 9, 2016

We continue our Rostelecom Cup coverage with the gala. Don't miss Irina's photos here!

Rostelecom Cup 2016 Daily Photos - Day 2

November 6, 2016

All 4 disciplines already had their finales in Moscow. Take a look at Ludwig's lovely photos here.

Rostelecom Cup 2016 Daily Photos - Day 1

November 5, 2016

The third grand prix takes place in Moscow. Check out our daily photos from the short programs here.

In loving memory of our friend, Ioana Visan

October 29, 2016

Today was the 6 weeks memorial service for Ioana, so today we share some of our most cherished memories of the friend and colleague we so suddenly lost. Read our tribute to Ioana here.

Daniel Samohin - climbing to the top

October 28, 2016

Competing this weekend at Skate Canada, Daniel rocked the last season and has ambitious plans for the future. Read here.

The 2016 Junior Grand Prix in Yokahama, Japan

October 21, 2016

Read here Atsuko's memories about the Junior Grand Prix!

Photo album: 2016 Junior Grand Prix Yokohama

October 14, 2016

Take a look at our shots from the Junior Grand Prix series in Yokohama: click here.

Friends on Ice 2016, dress rehearsal

October 7, 2016

Atsuko and Keiko had the privilege to be at Friends on Ice dress rehearsal. Read Atsuko's impressions here.

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov: "Life without a goal doesn't have a meaning"

September 30, 2016

Tania and Maxim talk motivation, "Ice Legends", being celebrities in Russia and more. Read our interview with them here.

Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 Daily Photos - Exhibition Gala

September 26, 2016

Check out the gala photos from Mireille and Joy. Click here!

Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 Daily Photos - Day 3

September 25, 2016

The competition ended with the Ladies and Pairs Free: take a look here.

Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 Daily Photos - Day 2

September 24, 2016

We continue our coverage from Oberstdorf with the photos from day 2: look here.

Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 Daily Photos - Day 1

September 23, 2016

The 48th Nebelhorn Trophy has started in Oberstdorf: take a look at what Mireille and Joy saw here!

Photo album: Friends on Ice 2016

September 19, 2016

Enjoy Keiko's beautiful shots from the show in Yokohama, Japan: look here!

Deniss Vasiļjevs: "Standing ovation is the highest award any sportsman can get"

September 12, 2016

Latvian prodigy Deniss Vasiļjevs sums up his season and answers fans' questions. Read.

Photo album: Pinzolo on Ice 2016

September 5, 2016

Stéphane Lambiel, Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise, Alexander Majorov and others... Take a look at the first show of the Italian Summer Tour 2016 by "Ghiaccio Spettacolo": click here!

Jason Brown: "I love playing a character on the ice, whatever that might be"

August 29, 2016

Jason Brown is back in good health and planning to enjoy his next season. Read here.

Album: Skating School of Switzerland, Summer Camp 2016

August 22, 2016

Stéphane Lambiel and his team offered an inspiring learning experience for young skaters from all over the world. Our photos from the summer camp in Champéry can be found here.

Album: The Japanese Junior Nationals 2015-2016

August 15, 2016

Following our album from Japanese Senior Nationals, here is the album from the Junior Nationals of past season. Check here.

Album: The Japanese Senior Nationals 2015-2016

August 6, 2016

Courtesy of our archives we stay 'in Japan' a bit longer, with this nice photo gallery from the Japanese Nationals of past season. Click here.

Album: Dreams on Ice 2016

July 29, 2016

This showcase of Japanese top skaters and some Russian guest stars was caught on camera by Akira Sawamoto. Check out the gorgeous photos here

Dreams on Ice 2016

July 21, 2016

Many Japanese top skaters and a few Russian guests performed in Niigata for Dreams on Ice 2016. Atsuko tells us about this lovely show here.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje: "It's been a great journey so far"

July 14, 2016

Kaitlyn and Andrew discuss about costumes, languages, cooking, Olympics and much more. Don't miss our talk with them here.

Photo album: Golden Ice of Israel 2016, part III

July 7, 2016

Want to go behind the scenes of "Golden Ice of Israel"? Final part of our album includes photos from the rehearsal and some backstage moments. They all can be found here!

Photo album: Golden Ice of Israel 2016, part II

July 6, 2016

Second act of the show "Golden Ice of Israel" was no less impressive. Take a look at photos here.

Photo album: Golden Ice of Israel 2016, part I

July 5, 2016

Season 2015/16 was very special for figure skating in Israel: European silver, junior Worlds gold. And, as the cherry on the cake, an exceptional four hours gala held in Holon Toto Arena. Check photos from the first act here!




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