2019 - 2020 Season News


Catching up with Sondre Oddvoll Bøe

August 31, 2020

This Norwegian skater is easily associated with creativity, on and off the ice. Judith had an in depth chat with him after the Challenge Cup and an online update recently. Read more here!

Music on Ice 2020

August 20, 2020

Last January we were in Bellinzona to enjoy "Music on Ice", to admire all its creativity and magic, and to talk to the cast. You've seen our photos, now it's time to share the article!

Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri: "Ice dancers must be mentally very strong"

August 3, 2020

Charlene and Marco share their feelings and thoughts about their long wait at the free dance during Europeans in Graz, his hand injury, their programs and more here!

Photo Album: Music on Ice 2020. Act II

July 23, 2020

Second part of our album from the spellbinding "Music on Ice" is ready! Enjoy!

Remembering Denis...

July 19, 2020

Throughout his skating career Absolute Skating did three very long interviews with Denis Ten, interesting, thought provoking, and insightful. We recall them today, two years since his tragic death.

Photo Album: Music on Ice 2020. Act I

July 16, 2020

For ten years already, every January, "Music on Ice" shares with us its magic in fairytale Bellinzona, and so we wanted to pass a bit of this magic to you! Check first part of our photo gallery here!

Matteo Rizzo: "I will always try to improve myself"

July 6, 2020

He is confident but down-to-earth, aware of what he has to do to achieve his goals. Matteo shared his thoughts about his expectations before the Europeans, cooperation with Brian Orser, programs and more!

Ioulia Chtchetinina, Márk Magyar - the perks of being a pair skater

June 22, 2020

What does it take to be a pair skater? Why is it so hard to find a suitable partner? What is the key to good communication? Those were the questions to which we tried to find answers with Ioulia and Márk. Go!

Catching up with Donovan Carrillo

June 10, 2020

He is one of the shiniest figures in the figure skating world, Judith spoke with him about the season, new goals, the rising popularity of figure skating in Mexico and his favorite gifts from fans. Enjoy!

Hungarian debutants look up to their coaches

May 11, 2020

For singles skater András Csernoch and ice dancers Emily Monaghan and Ilias Fourati, the Europeans 2020 were their debut at a major competition. They talked to Absolute Skating about their impressions and future plans: read here!

Haruka Imai: "I regained the joy of skating"

May 3, 2020

Many skating fans for sure remember graceful and lovely Haruka Imai from Japan. Atsuko had a chance to catch up with her during Mao Asada's "Thanks Tour". Don't miss their in-depth and detailed talk here!

Captured: Stéphane Lambiel - 2020

April 26, 2020

Stéphane lives in the present moment and doesn't like to look back. Hence we appreciate even more that he agreed to take a walk down memory lane and repeat the "test" we gave him ten years ago. About the result, internal and external motivations and more in our interview here!

Photo Album: The Mao Asada Thanks Tour

April 19, 2020

And apart from the report we also have some more great shots from Keiko! Don't miss!

The Mao Asada Thanks Tour, Nagano show

April 16, 2020

Mao Asada was at a loss after her retirement; wondering what she should do. But at last she found her way, a "Thanks Tour" which she saw as the culmination of her skating life. Read Atsuko's report and interviews in our new article!

Getting to know Emily Bausback

April 6, 2020

Season 2019/20 was eventful for the Canadian national champion, and its highlight was supposed to be the home Worlds in Montreal. But unfortunately this event, like many others, was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. We talked to Emily about that and many other topics. Check!

Brian Joubert: "Adam is a fighter - I will remember what he did in the free program!"

March 19, 2020

With Worlds 2020 being cancelled, skating rinks closed, people quarantined at their homes our passions and favourite things are what help us to keep sane and hold on. We at Absolute Skating will do our best to provide you with interesting materials and photos to brighten your day.
Today it's an interview with one of our favourite skaters and now coaches, Brian Joubert!

The Junior World Championships 2020
Daily Photos - Day 4

March 9, 2020

Enjoy EMJO's photos from the last competitive day, including the free dance and ladies' free: go!

The Junior World Championships 2020
Daily Photos - Day 3

March 7, 2020

Kamila Valieva leads after the ladies short program, Andrei Mozalev took the men's gold. Look at the photos from the third competitive day here.

The Junior World Championships 2020
Daily Photos - Day 2

March 6, 2020

The rythym dance had an exciting start with the top 3 ranking in very close margins to each other while the pairs event concluded in a Russian medal sweep. Enjoy EMJO's photos here!

The Junior World Championships 2020
Daily Photos - Day 1

March 5, 2020

The competition kicked off in Tallinn and EMJO shared her great shots from day one with us: check them here!

Photo Album: Junior Grand Prix Courchevel 2019

March 3, 2020

Before the Junior Worlds starts tomorrow let's see how some of the participants started their season at Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel. Check!

Adam Siao Him Fa: "In Poitiers I've learned a new way of work"

February 26, 2020

He didn't have his desired short program at Europeans 2020 and only just made it to the finals, but then showed what he is made of and had the 6th best free skate. Titi had a quick chat with him. Read here!

Photo Album: The NHK Trophy 2019

February 21, 2020

We're recalling today the Grand Prix event held in Sapporo, Keiko brough us some great shots from the NHK Trophy for you, click!

Photo Album: Finlandia Trophy 2019

February 12, 2020

Throwing it back to hospitable Espoo and some amazing performances we've seen there. Don't miss Polymnia's photos here!

Catching up with Lukáš Csölley

February 9, 2020

It's always exciting to see former skaters giving back to their sport in a new capacity. We met with Slovak ice dancer Lukáš Csölley during the Youth Olympic Games and talked about the new chapter in his life. Click!

Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii: "We like to speak from our hearts"

February 3, 2020

Aleksandra and Dmitrii are the newly crowned European Champions in pair skating. Titanilla's talk with them was as thought-provoking and entertaining as they are on the ice. Meet them here!

The European Championships 2020 Daily Photos - Gala

January 27, 2020

The European Championships concluded on Sunday with the exhibition gala: check the photos here!

Europeans 2020, day four: shocking win for Sinitsina, Katsalapov, gold also for Kostornaia

January 26, 2020

The unexpected happened in ice dance as Viktoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov defeated the five-time and reigning champions, while in the ladies' competition the queen of the triple Axel, Alena Kostornaia, took the gold. Click here.

The European Championships 2020 Daily Photos - Day 4

January 26, 2020

New european champions were crowned both in dance and ladies' events on the last day of competition. Enjoy Joy and Mireille's photos here.

Europeans 2020, day three: Boikova and Kozlovskii take the gold and the hearts

January 25, 2020

Russians dominated the third day of competition at the Europeans in Graz; in ladies three Russian girls are in the lead, and in pairs three Russian teams took the podium. Read here.

The European Championships 2020 Daily Photos - Day 3

January 25, 2020

On the third competitive day, the ladies started their fight and the Russian pairs ruled the podium. Don't miss our photos: click!

Europeans 2020, day two: Dmitri Aliev writes his glorious poem

January 24, 2020

Dmitri Aliev was crowned European champion for the first time in his career, while Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are eyeing their sixth continental title. Thursday was also a very emotional day in the Steiermarkhalle. Go!

The European Championships 2020 Daily Photos - Day 2

January 24, 2020

The second day in Graz gave us quite some fun times with the rhythm dance, and many tears of joy and sorrow with the men free. Take a look here.

Europeans 2020, day one: Russian dominance in pairs and veteran Březina in the lead

January 23, 2020

Figure skating is coming home - that's the motto of the Europeans in Graz. On the first day we saw success and drama, troubles and pure joy, but the competition is still open. Read here!

The European Championships 2020 Daily Photos - Day 1

January 23, 2020

The European Championships finally started in Graz! Day one sees the most experienced skater lead the pack in men, and a Russian sweep in pairs. Look here!

Meet Ekaterina Ryabova

January 21, 2020

She ranked a surprising 7th in the short program at the Europeans last year and she is determind to improve her results even more this weekend. Learn more about this young and promising Azerbaijani figure skater here.

Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer: upping their game towards home Europeans

January 19, 2020

Six-time Austrian national champions Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer look forward to performing in front of their home crowd during the Europeans in Graz. Get to know them better in our in-depth talk here.

Ivett Tóth wants to feel more relaxed on ice

January 17, 2020

The 21 year old skater from Hungary is known for her unusual music choices and programs, but she had to overcome several obstacles since the last Olympics. Is she ready for these Europeans? Find out here!

The 2019 Ondrej Nepela Memorial Photo Highlights - Miscellaneous

January 16, 2020

And as a bonus for 2019 Nepela Memorial gallery we bring you some miscellaneous shots Reut took for us in Bratislava: find them here!

The 2019 Ondrej Nepela Memorial Photo Highlights - Free Skatings

January 15, 2020

Up next are Polymnia's photos from the second competitive day: enjoy!

The 2019 Ondrej Nepela Memorial Photo Highlights - Short Programs

January 14, 2020

Back to the current season, Polymnia shows you her best shots from Bratislava. Let's start with the ladies and men short programs and the rhythm dance: click here!

Album: The Four Continents Championships 2019 - Exhibition Act 2

January 9, 2020

Act 2 held more gems, like the group performance of ladies and dance, Kaitlin and Jean-Luc's fun Austin Powers act, and Vincent rocking the place. Enjoy our last 185 photos from Anaheim. Go!

Album: The Four Continents Championships 2019 - Exhibition Act 1

January 8, 2020

At the exhibition gala a lot of fun was to be had. We got introduced to local talent, Keegan showed up in his loin cloth, Bradie went tough, the pairs and men joined for a group perfomance and more!

Album: The Four Continents Championships 2019 - Dance

January 7, 2020

The last but certainly not the least discipline was ice dance. The top 6 was divided between USA and Canada and we enjoyed many gorgeous dances. Check the shots out here!

Album: The Four Continents Championships 2019 - Men

January 6, 2020

With 25 men competing the heat was on! There were so many changes between the short and the free that it made our head spin, only 3 men stayed in the same place! Enjoy the 388 photos!

Album: The Four Continents Championships 2019 - Pairs

January 5, 2020

Up next are the pairs. The Canadian and 2 Chinese pairs had a tough fight for the color of their medals and the press conference was very hilarious. Refresh your memory with the photos here!

Album: The Four Continents Championships 2019 - the Ladies

January 4, 2020

We're exactly a month away from the start of the Four Continents 2020, so let's get in the mood with 355 images of all the ladies competing last year, like Rika, Elizabet and Mai. Enjoy!

Photo Album: Israeli Nationals 2019/2020

December 29, 2019

Israeli Nationals were held in Holon on December 11-12. Reut was there for the second day. Check her on and off ice photos here!

Photo Album: The Japanese Junior Nationals 2019/2020

December 23, 2019

Of course we had many more lovely shots from Keiko to share: take a look here!

A report from the Japanese Junior Nationals 2019/2020

December 21, 2019

While the Senior competition is taking place right these days, we take the chance to tell you about the Japan Junior National Championships recently held in Yokohama. Read here.

Meet Robert Dierking

December 19, 2019

Successful US skater in his teens, Robert now works in the Skating School of Switzerland. We met during Nebelhorn Trophy and discussed his career, coaching philosophy and more. Check our in-depth talk here.

The Senior Grand Prix Final 2019

December 16, 2019

A week after the end of the competitions in Turin, let's recall the emotions of the Grand Prix Final through some other gorgeous shots - including the first competitive day that we didn't show you yet. Enjoy Wilma's photos here!

Stéphane Lambiel talks new programs and competing in ice dance

December 12, 2019

It's never boring with Stéphane and he never ceases to surprise. This time Reut discussed with him the taste of his programs and a few other unexpected topics. Don't miss this interview here!

The Grand Prix Final 2019 - Exhibition Highlights

December 9, 2019

Day 4 concluded the Grand Prix Final in Turin with the exhibition gala: look here!

The Grand Prix Final 2019 - Photo Highlights Day 3

December 8, 2019

It was yet another eventful day full of good fight and beautiful skating. EMJO shared with us more highlights from the last competitive day in Turin. Click!

The Grand Prix Final 2019 - Photo Highlights Day 2

December 7, 2019

After all the reports from the road towards the big final, enjoy now our first live photos from Italy, courtesy of the lovely EMJO, here!

Report from the 2019 NHK Trophy

December 5, 2019

It's now Atsuko's turn to tell us about the last Grand Prix in Japan: read here!

Report from the 2019 Internationaux de France

December 4, 2019

Today we pass the microphone to Polymnia, who tells us her impressions about the Grand Prix in Grenoble. Read here.

Impressions from the JGP in Lake Placid

December 2, 2019

The Grand Prix Final week is finally here! Let's recall one of the Junior events of this Grand Prix season, as seen through Anna's eyes: go!

Anjelika Krylova: "I love to always be busy"

November 27, 2019

Olympic silver medalist, two-time World champion and renowned ice dance coach Anjelika Krylova discussed with us her relocation to Moscow, leading students and more. Read our talk with her here.

The NHK Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Exhibition Gala

November 25, 2019

Click here for the last set of gorgeous photos from Keiko: the gala!

The NHK Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Miscellaneous

November 24, 2019

We saved some extra treats from Sapporo: off ice photos, victory ceremonies and more. Click here.

The NHK Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Day 2

November 23, 2019

Enjoy Keiko's gorgeous photos from the second competitive day: go!

The NHK Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Day 1

November 22, 2019

The final act of the Grand Prix series started today in Sapporo. Gabriella Papadakis / Guillaume Cizeron, Wenjing Sui / Cong Han, Alena Kostornaia and Yuzuru Hanyu are currently in the lead: take a look here.

Outi Wuorenheimo on progress in figure skating, coaching and athletes' health

November 21, 2019

Outi Wuorenheimo, General Secretary of the Finnish Figure Skating Association, commented on the ongoing discussions on skaters' health, difficulty of technical elements, coaching methods and more!

Rostelecom Cup 2019 - Miscellaneous

November 20, 2019

We finish our coverage of Rostelecom Cup with backstage photos from various days - draws, interviews, press conferences. Find them all here!

Rostelecom Cup 2019 Daily Photos - Exhibition Gala

November 19, 2019

The Rostelecom Cup concluded with four gold medals for Russia: take a look at the photos from the victory ceremonies and the exhibition here.

Rostelecom Cup 2019 Daily Photos - Day 2

November 17, 2019

Don't miss Ksenia's photos from the second competitive day: click here!

Rostelecom Cup 2019 Daily Photos - Day 1

November 16, 2019

On the first competition day Russian skaters dominated in all 4 disciplines. Enjoy Ksenia's amazing photos from all of the short programs including some off ice photos. Go!

Rostelecom Cup 2019 Daily Photos - Practice Day

November 15, 2019

The Rostelecom Cup is about to start in Moscow, and we already have a first bunch of photos for you. Take a look at yesterday's draws and practices here!

Meet Nikolaj Majorov: Fire artist, photographer and of course, skater!

November 14, 2019

Nikolaj will be competing at the Warsaw Cup this weekend. This is the first season he's the only Majorov in competition, taking over from his brother Alexander. Read EMJO's talk with him about his plans here!

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron: "We are perfectionists!"

November 2, 2019

The most decorated ice dancers of the current field, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron started the Internationaux de France with a strong lead in the rhythm dance. Read their talk with Titi here.

Highlights Japan Open 2019

October 31, 2019

Of course Keiko took more photos in Saitama than we could use in the report, so check out her gorgeous photos here!

A report from Japan Open 2019

October 29, 2019

Team Europe, Japan and America battled for the medals and in between the competitions the audience was treated to a few special guest stars. Read Atsuko's report of this annual kick off event here!

Julian Yee: "I never knew I would make it this far"

October 24, 2019

Malaysian national champion Julian Yee is competing this weekend in Kelowna. Earlier this season we sat down with him to discuss his career, Skating Academy he opened and more. Don't miss this talk here!

Michal Březina - a veteran with new motivation

October 19, 2019

Also competing this weekend at Skate America is veteran Michal Březina. Read his conversation with Titi here.

Catching up with Alexei Bychenko and Koshiro Shimada

October 18, 2019

Before meeting for another fight at Skate America both Koshiro Shimada of Japan and Alexei Bychenko of Israel opened their season at the Nebelhorn Trophy. Read their talk with Reut here.

Finlandia Trophy 2019 - Photo Highlights Day 3

October 15, 2019

On Day 3 the competition ended with the free dance and the ladies free. Take a look here!

Finlandia Trophy 2019 - Photo Highlights Day 2

October 14, 2019

Day 2 in Espoo was the start of the competition for the ice dancers showing their rythm dance, while the pairs and men battled it out for the medals. Check out Polymnia highlights here!

Finlandia Trophy 2019 - Photo Highlights Day 1

October 13, 2019

Day 1 in Espoo started with the short programs of the pairs, men and ladies. Polymnia shows you her highlights. Enjoy them here!

Matilda Algotsson: "I love this sport so much and I don't want to stop"

October 12, 2019

We met with reigning Swedish national champion at the Nebelhorn Trophy and discussed her new programs, decision to continue her competitive career and more. Check this talk here!

Photo Album: 2019 Russian Test Skates

October 7, 2019

Every year the Russian team starts the season at the test skates. Oxana was in Moscow to photograph them for us: look here!

Nebelhorn Trophy 2019 - Miscellaneous

October 2, 2019

A little bit extra from Oberstdorf: some off ice photos we published on social media during the event. Click!

Nebelhorn Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Exhibition Gala

September 30, 2019

We still owe you Joy and Mireille's shots from the exhibition gala: check them here!

Nebelhorn Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Day 3

September 29, 2019

The competition ended in Oberstdorf with the ladies' free and the free dance. Look here.

Nebelhorn Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Day 2

September 28, 2019

A colorful and fun rhythm dance, quite a surprising men podium and a change in the pairs top-three. Take a look at Joy's photos from day 2 here.

Nebelhorn Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Day 1

September 27, 2019

The 2019 Nebelhorn Trophy kicked off in Oberstdorf with the men, pairs and ladies short programs. Joy captured all for us: click!

Photo Album: Dreams On Ice 2019

September 21, 2019

Atsuko told you all about the show, but Keiko had many more lovely photos than the ones we showed you with the report: enjoy them here!

Lombardia Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Miscellaneous

September 17, 2019

Last but not least, we kept a few bonus pictures from official practices and off ice moments. Go!

Lombardia Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Day 3

September 16, 2019

Don't miss Verit and Polymnia's shots of the last competitive day, including the men free skating and the free dance. Enjoy!

Lombardia Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Day 2 *updated!

September 15, 2019

While the ice dancers set their first dance steps on the ice in the rhythm dance, the ladies had a tough fight for the medals with all 3 colors switching around after the free. Check out Verit & Polymnia's photos here!

Lombardia Trophy 2019 Daily Photos - Day 1

September 14, 2019

The 2019-2020 senior season has officially started and we are happy to provide you the first bunch of photos from Bergamo! Elizaveta Tuktamysheva leads after day one while Boyang Jin ruled the men short. Look here!

Finlandia Trophy 2018 - the album

September 11, 2019

We're exactly a month away from the start of the 2019 edition of the Finlandia Trophy, so let's get in the mood with Alberto's gorgeous photos from last year. Enjoy!

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