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  • Russia’s Kostiukovich and Ialin target senior nationals; eye gold for 2020 Junior Worlds
    Russian pair skaters Polina Kostiukovich and Dmitrii Ialin have collected a silver and a bronze medal at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in the past two years and now have set their eyes on the top prize for the upcoming season. Following their vacation in May, the team started their season’s preparations at […]
    Tatjana Flade
  • Italy’s Rizzo to train with Orser in the summer
    While Italy’s Matteo Rizzo has been improving year after year, it was this past season that the figure skater really broke through by taking the bronze medal at the 2019 ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Minsk, Belarus. It was the first European Championship medal for an Italian man in ten years since Samuel Contest […]
    Tatjana Flade
  • Maria Sotskova: ‘I can’t give up. This is what I love’
      When Olympian Maria Sotskova hit a personal low at Russian Nationals last December, finishing 16th in a deep field of her compatriots, the skater naturally put her career in question. Now, however, the 19-year-old has quickly realized that she is not yet done with the sport and is preparing for the upcoming season with […]
    Tatjana Flade
  • 2019 Golden Skate Accolades
    The “best of the best” for the 2018-19 Figure Skating season There were so many great moments during the 2018-19 Figure Skating season! The organizing committee used a weighted-scoring method based on the nominations in over 25 categories to determine the top finalists. Come vote for and discuss your favorites! Polls close on Jun 30, […]
    Paula Slater
  • Russia’s Popova and Mozgov are ‘on the right track’
    While Russian ice dancers Betina Popova and Sergey Mozgov say that they are “terrible athletes” and very difficult to work with, they ended their season with a highlight by striking gold at the Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, in March. Now they are fully motivated for the upcoming 2019-20 season while working with coach Anjelika […]
    Tatjana Flade
  • Zabiiako and Enbert: ‘Everything is falling into place’
      Russian pair skaters Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert took an important step forward this past season, winning their first gold medals in the ISU Grand Prix Series and their first World medal—a bronze. Looking ahead to the upcoming 2019-20 season, the duo is aiming higher and wants to establish themselves as the number one […]
    Tatjana Flade
  • USA’s Tomoki Hiwatashi comes to 2019-20 season with renewed confidence
      USA’s Tomoki Hiwatashi ended this season with a high note when he won the 2019 World Junior title in Zagreb, Croatia—three months after a disappointing result at the 2018-19 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Final. “I was definitely disappointed with the results,” said Hiwatashi of the Final. “I wasn’t expecting that. I expected myself to […]
    Paula Slater
  • Evgenia Medvedeva: ‘This year was more important than last’
    2018 Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva (Евгения Медведева) of Russia talks about what she has learned since last year, her music for the 2019-20 figure skating season, her tour with Stars on Ice, and more. The post Evgenia Medvedeva: ‘This year was more important than last’ appeared first on Golden Skate.
    Ted Flett
  • ‘Setbacks’ not a problem for France’s James and Cipres
      France’s Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres skated from one success to the next this past season, becoming the first French pair team to win the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and the first French pair in 87 years to claim the European title. The duo won every competition they entered with the […]
    Tatjana Flade
  • Russia’s Andrei Lazukin skates out of the shadows
    Russian figure skater Andrei Lazukin has been around for a while, but over this past season, he has skated out of the shadows and right into the limelight. The long-time student of Alexei Mishin got into the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama as a substitute for Russian Champion Maxim Kovtun, who withdrew […]
    Tatjana Flade