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Report: Denis Ten, Kazakhstan's First Olympic Skating Medalist, Dies After Being Stabbed During Robbery Report: Denis Ten, Kazakhstan's First Olympic Skating Medalist, Dies After Being Stabbed During Robbery

Denis Ten, the first figure skater from Kazakhstan to win world championship and Olympic figure skating medals, died in Almaty today. He was 25 years old.

The First Woman To Do A Triple Axel Is Still Skating The First Woman To Do A Triple Axel Is Still Skating

This week, Tonya Harding placed third in the Dancing With The Stars final. As we were reminded throughout the (blessedly) brief season, Harding was the first American woman to land a triple axel in competition, which she did in 1991. But Harding was not the first woman ever to do this jump—that distinction belongs to…

Evgenia Medvedeva Leaves Longtime Coach To Train With Brian Orser In Canada Evgenia Medvedeva Leaves Longtime Coach To Train With Brian Orser In Canada

Evgenia Medvedeva, arguably the most successful figure skater of the last quad with back-to-back world titles and the Olympic silver medal in Pyeongchang, is leaving her longtime coach, Eteri Tutberidze, to train with Canadian Brian Orser.

Nathan Chen Wins Men's Figure Skating World Title Nathan Chen Wins Men's Figure Skating World Title

By the time Nathan Chen skated to center ice to start his free skate at the 2018 world championships, he really only need to stay upright and hit one or two quad jumps in order to win his first ever world championship gold. Chen, who entered the men’s free skate in first place, skated last in the final group. Each of…

Kaetlyn Osmond Becomes First Canadian Ladies Figure Skating World Champion Since 1973 Kaetlyn Osmond Becomes First Canadian Ladies Figure Skating World Champion Since 1973

We’re going to talk about figure skating. No, it’s not a month ago. You haven’t woken up in February in the middle of the Winter Olympics when everything Adam Rippon said or did made international headlines. Figure skating goes on even after the Olympics are over. It is March, which means it’s time for the world…

Mirai Nagasu Apologizes For Wild Comments Made After Disappointing Free Skate Mirai Nagasu Apologizes For Wild Comments Made After Disappointing Free Skate

Hey, remember that unhinged interview Mirai Nagasu gave following her bafflingly poor free skate performance? The one where Nagasu framed the fucking Olympics as an audition for Dancing With the Stars? The one where she threw her teammates under the bus? What the hell happened there?

Well That Was A Bizarre Press Conference From Mirai Nagasu Well That Was A Bizarre Press Conference From Mirai Nagasu

Of all the parties involved in the U.S. women’s figure skating collapse yesterday, Mirai Nagasu had perhaps the most baffling performance. Nagasu was considered a dark horse candidate to sneak in for bronze after delivering a big free skate performance in the team event, but she didn’t even attempt her signature…

The U.S. Women Fall Apart In Figure Skating The U.S. Women Fall Apart In Figure Skating

A medal for the U.S. women in the ladies single figure skating was always going to be a long shot at best. With Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedevia of Russia all but assured the gold and silver medal in whatever order the judges decided, every other top skater would be left scrambling for the bronze. The list of…

15-Year-Old Alina Zagitova Bests Evgenia Medvedeva By 1.31 Points To Win Gold  15-Year-Old Alina Zagitova Bests Evgenia Medvedeva By 1.31 Points To Win Gold 

Russian 15-year-old Alina Zagitova gave a stunning performance in her free skate to win gold in women’s figure skating, retaining the tiny edge that she earned over fellow Russian and two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva in the short program.

20 Years Ago This Week, Michelle Kwan Did Not Win Olympic Gold In Nagano 20 Years Ago This Week, Michelle Kwan Did Not Win Olympic Gold In Nagano

This Olympics marks the 20th anniversary of Michelle Kwan not winning the gold medal in ladies figure skating in Nagano. I’m sure that Tara Lipinski, who did win gold and became the youngest skater ever to do so, remembers this occasion differently. Kwan herself probably does, too. Kwan, for her part, has long ago…

Tessa Virtue And Scott Moir Moulin Rouge-d Their Way To Another Olympic Gold Medal

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the Canadian ice dance team that received positive grades of execution for a lift that can only be described as “face sitting on ice skates” won their second gold medal of these Olympics tonight and their third Olympic gold medal overall. They’re now the 2010 Olympic champions in the event…

Failing In The Short Program Gave Nathan Chen The Best Long Program Of His Career Failing In The Short Program Gave Nathan Chen The Best Long Program Of His Career

GANGNEUNG, South Korea—Recent Grand Prix champion and Olympic favorite Nathan Chen shocked the skating world earlier this week with a pair of disappointing short programs. A wipeout in his Olympic debut during the team event brought the U.S. down to bronze and a disastrous first half of the men’s individual…

Yuzuru Hanyu Is The First Repeat Olympic Men's Figure Skating Gold Medalist In 66 Years Yuzuru Hanyu Is The First Repeat Olympic Men's Figure Skating Gold Medalist In 66 Years

For the first time since Dick Button in 1952, the reigning Olympic gold medalist in men’s figure skating has defended his title as Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu scored a combined 317.85 to obliterate the competition.

Nathan Chen Throws Down Massive Six Quads, Is Still Probably Doomed Nathan Chen Throws Down Massive Six Quads, Is Still Probably Doomed

Nathan Chen entered tonight’s free skate in 17th place thanks to a disastrous short program, but showed up with a massive 215.08 thanks to cleanly delivering six quad jumps in the performance:

The Father Of Artistic Figure Skating Is A New Yorker Who Lived During The 19th Century The Father Of Artistic Figure Skating Is A New Yorker Who Lived During The 19th Century

Skating on ice dates all the way back to 3,000 BC. Or, anyway, the oldest pair of skates date back that far. The blades on these early skates are made of animal bones with holes bored through them; leather straps attached the skate to the foot.

Nathan Chen Has Four Very Long Years Ahead Of Him Nathan Chen Has Four Very Long Years Ahead Of Him

American figure skater Nathan Chen came into Pyeongchang with the promise of a possible coronation. He’ll leave, instead, with a whole lot of work left to do. The 18-year-old winner of back-to-back U.S. national titles, who was many people’s pick to win gold at the men’s individual competition in his first Olympics,…

Yuzuru Hanyu Skated Masterfully And Then Winnie The Pooh Bears Rained Down On The Ice Yuzuru Hanyu Skated Masterfully And Then Winnie The Pooh Bears Rained Down On The Ice

Yuzuru Hanyu, the defending world and Olympic champion, took the ice first tonight in the final flight of the men’s short program to great anticipation. Hanyu, who is considered to be one of the greatest male skaters of all-time, hadn’t competed since injuring his ankle in November; though considered one of the…

Adam Rippon Isn't Quite The Best, But He Is The Most Fun

Figure skater Adam Rippon, the undisputed breakout American star of these Olympic games, finally got to show off his long-awaited short-form performance today in Pyeongchang. It’s modern, it’s fun, it’s soundtracked by, in Rippon’s own words, “a trashy club mix,” and it does not disappoint. Here’s a version of it from…

The Youngest American Olympian, Vincent Zhou, Nailed The Games' First-Ever Quad Lutz

Seventeen-year-old Vincent Zhou, the youngest American competing in any event at these Winter Olympics, pulled off a move tonight that no one at the Games had ever landed cleanly before: the quad lutz. It’s the most difficult move currently recognized as achievable, and it requires four rotations after a jump from the…

French Figure Skater Performs Short Program To "Rapper's Delight" French Figure Skater Performs Short Program To "Rapper's Delight"

Figure skaters are really taking full advantage of being allowed to perform to music with lyrics at the 2018 Olympic Games. Chafik Besseghier, the second guy up in the men’s short program tonight, was dressed like a taxi driver and performed to “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang.

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