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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.

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Opening the Olympic season for the Russian team

September 22, 2017

Next to capturing the test skates in photos, Oxana also gives you her first impressions of the programs and the audience reception. Read here!

Photo album: Russian Test Skates

September 21, 2017

The test skates took place in Sochi on September 9/10. Take a look at Oxana's photos from the first performances of the Russian team new programs: click here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Gala

September 18, 2017

The World Championships ended as usual with the gala. The stars of the competition and some special guests all coming together to celebrate, have fun and treat the audience. Naturally Askar captured this with his camera as well. Enjoy the last piece of our season special here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Miscellaneous

September 16, 2017

Before we move to the gala check our backstage and off ice photos, K&C and mixed zone moments, interactions with coaches and more of our miscellaneous shots in this gallery.

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Ladies

September 15, 2017

Evgenia Medvedeva's solid domination in the field, the two Canadian girls who medalled, Carolina Kostner's new journey (& the third big come back) were only a few cogs in the wheel of the exciting ladies competition. Check out all 'cogs' here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Dance

September 14, 2017

Another come back in the season occurred; Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir returned to the ice and danced away with the gold. Their teammates from France coined silver and brother and sister team Shibutani went home with the bronze. Theirs, and many other pics you can enjoy here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Men

September 13, 2017

Yuzuru Hanyu's mesmerizing free skate, Patrick Chan achieving his season's best for the SP with over 100 points and so many more highlights - and unfortunate lows - happened during the men's part of the competition. Relive it through the photos here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 World Championships - Pairs

September 12, 2017

And thus we entered the last part of our special, our photo document of the most important competition of last season. Starting with the pairs this time, Check out Askars shots of Wenjing Sui and Cong Han's comeback against all ods, and more!

Season recap special:
Helsinki 2017 - Lighting up the season

September 11, 2017

Reut recalls one of the brightest and most fascinating events of the last season and of this entire Olympic cycle. Check her article about the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships here.

Season recap special:
Reflecting back on the World Team Trophy 2017

September 10, 2017

Atsuko and Keiko went to the World Team Trophy and saw some exceptional skating as well as the participants having a lot of fun with the team concept of the competition. Read more here.

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 Junior World Championships - Gala

September 9, 2017

The Junior World Championships ended with a lovely exhibition and our photographers worked hard there too. Look here.

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 Junior World Championships - Pairs

September 8, 2017

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor won an historic gold for Australia. Don't miss Luna and Paoling photos from the pairs event: here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 Junior World Championships - Men

September 7, 2017

Let's go on with our memoirs from Taipei with the men photos: click!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 Junior World Championships - Dance

September 6, 2017

Rachel Parsons / Michael Parsons claimed the gold in Taipei. Take a look at the short and free dance!

Season recap special:
Photo album - 2017 Junior World Championships - Ladies

September 5, 2017

Continuing to the next competition! Junior Worlds took place in Chinese Taipei and Alina Zagitova rocked the ladies' event. Look here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The European Championships 2017 - Exhibition

September 4, 2017

As tradition tells, the competition was closed with a fun and entertaining gala of the champions including some special guests; local young talent and known champions. Enjoy!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The European Championships 2017 - Pairs

September 3, 2017

From a fairytale for the home talent, to the fulfilling of a dream for others. Lots of emotion burst through the arena making the pairs a very memorable competition. Check out the shots here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The European Championships 2017 - Men

September 2, 2017

The men not only rocked on the ice, but also had loads of fun during the press conferences. We tried to capture it all for you. Click here to see if we succeeded!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The European Championships 2017 - Dance

September 1, 2017

Dance was special this time, with results being amended after the short and the order for the free changed. Luckily this did not reflect on the photos in a bad way. Check out our shots from all dancers here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The European Championships 2017 - Ladies

August 31, 2017

Time for the next album in our special! There are photos of all 34 ladies, not only on the ice, but also coach / audience interactions, press conferences and medal ceremonies. Enjoy!

Adult skating in Oberstdorf: The funniest competition I ever attended!

August 29, 2017

Taking a break from our special to bring you Maria's experiences visiting an adult competition for the first time. It turned out to be filled with joy and inspiration. Read more here!

Season recap special:
Photo album - The Japanese Nationals 2016/2017

August 26, 2017

We continue our season memories with Keiko's beautiful pictures from the Japanese Nationals in Osaka. Look here!

Season recap special:
Photo album NHK Trophy 2016

August 24, 2017

The NHK Trophy was the last competition before the Grand Prix Final and thus the last chance for several skaters to qualify. Relive the tension and the beauty of the competition through Keiko's lovely photos here!

Season recap special:
Photo album Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 - Exhibition

August 22, 2017

Concluding the competition as usual with the gala exhibition. Lots of fun to be had in Oberstdorf, which clearly shows in the pics. Still over 200 of them to enjoy. Click!

Season recap special:
Photo album Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 - Pairs

August 21, 2017

Of the pairs we have the least amount of pics, simply because there were less pairs competing than in the other disciplines. Still, with 157 shots we don't think there is much to complain about. Click here!

Season recap special:
Photo album Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 - Men

August 20, 2017

Alexander Petrov, Jorik Hendrickx and Grant Hochstein lead the pack, nine other guys followed. Of course we present shots of everyone. Click here to see them!

Season recap special:
Photo album Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 - Dance

August 19, 2017

Anna and Luca, Madison and Evan, Piper and Paul and all the others had fun to show their programs to the judges and the audience. 202 photos might give you an idea of the fun time we had. Go!

Season recap special:
Photo album Nebelhorn Trophy 2016 - Ladies

August 18, 2017

Before getting into the new season in a few weeks, let's remember the great emotions of the past season with these special treats we kept for you. Kicking of with the Ladies competing at the Nebelhorn Trophy. From the number one to the girl who withdrew after the short, all are included; amply even. Enjoy!

Hyoen-Basara, the once in a lifetime experience for figure skating fans!

August 12, 2017

Japanese figure skating discovered a great partner in the Kabuki performing arts to produce the most spectacular show ever. Read Atsuko's memories here!

Mikhail Kolyada: "I hope my dream will come true!"

August 9, 2017

Mikhail Kolyada shares his impressions of the season, discusses the vital topics in figure skating and lifts the veil of secrecy on some details of preparation for the Olympic Games. Read more.

Photopage: The dreamy Stars on Ice show in Seattle

August 2, 2017

Anna had more photos than we could use in her report, so check out some more lovely shots of the star studded show in Seattle here.

The dreamy Stars on Ice show in Seattle

July 26, 2017

This years Stars on Ice show "In Dreams" was filled with talent, artistry, technical prowess, charisma and energy, but also included a beautiful tribute. Anna shares her impressions here.

Maia and Alex Shibutani: building bridges between worlds

July 7, 2017

Maia and Alex reflect on the season, share some thoughts on their creative process and explain why their off ice activities are so important to them. Read more.

Talking to Taiwanese skaters Amy Lin & Chih-I Tsao

June 29, 2017

After our talk with Eddy Wu and his nice words about Taiwanese skaters Amy Lin and Chih-I Tsao, it's time to get to know them a bit better. Click here to read.

Mr Eddy Wu: From hotel management to ISU judge & event organiser on the worlds stage

June 23, 2017

Mr Wu just organised the first Junior Worlds in Taipei, several Four Continents, having skated, coached and judged competitions. Click here to read our interview!

Photo Album: Stars on Ice 2017

June 17, 2017

The 31st annual US Stars on Ice tour visited San Jose, CA with special guests Nathan Chen and Karen Chen. Check out the photos here!

About strong young hearts and (no) dangers of being Stéphane's student

June 11, 2017

In the second part of their talk Deniss Vasiļjevs and Stéphane Lambiel discuss topics from the subject and more, we're sure you'll enjoy it!

Deniss and Stéphane work on "pies"

June 8, 2017

Deniss Vasiļjevs and Stéphane Lambiel met with Reut during Worlds in Helsinki and started their talk from an interesting challenge. Check what came of it here!

 


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