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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 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…

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.

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…

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.

What Makes Ice Dancing Different? Brother-Sister Pairs, To Start What Makes Ice Dancing Different? Brother-Sister Pairs, To Start

At last month’s figure skating national championships in San Jose, California, ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue took to the ice after the sibling team of Maia and Alex Shibutani. The “Shib Sibs”—a nickname that I did not make up—have been the most successful U.S. ice dance pair of the last quadrennium and…

No, The Backflip Was Not Banned In Figure Skating Because Of Surya Bonaly No, The Backflip Was Not Banned In Figure Skating Because Of Surya Bonaly

It’s the Winter Olympics, the brief period every four years when everyone on earth cares about figure skating. Maybe too much, if this viral tweet from Thursday is any indication.

That Time Adam Rippon Sang A Rihanna Song And Then Skated To It That Time Adam Rippon Sang A Rihanna Song And Then Skated To It

Yesterday—or possibly today, I seriously don’t understand how these time zones work—Adam Rippon became the most popular figure skater in the U.S. by absolutely crushing his long program during the team competition and becoming a key contributor to Team USA’s bronze medal win.

The Theme Of Russian Skater Evgenia Medvedeva's Short Program Is "Clinical Death" The Theme Of Russian Skater Evgenia Medvedeva's Short Program Is "Clinical Death"

Last night, Evgenia Medvedeva, a Russian figure skater expected to win the gold medal in the ladies singles event later in the Games, skated for the Russian team in the short program. Yes, Russian team. As the commentators noted during the first night of the team skating event, it’s easier to say “Russia” than…

Of Course The Israeli Skater Performed To "Hava Nagila" Of Course The Israeli Skater Performed To "Hava Nagila"

Alexei Bychenko, a figure skater representing Israel, competed today in the team event. He did very well, putting out one of the few clean programs of the men’s competition. After the ten men skated, he found himself in second place behind Shoma Uno of Japan. This was a very unexpected, positive result for Bychenko.

How Seriously Should We Take Figure Skating's Team Event? How Seriously Should We Take Figure Skating's Team Event?

The figure skating competition at the Pyeongchang Games is starting tonight. It’s not the one that you’re probably familiar with, the event that turned Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, and even Tara Lipinksi into household names. Those skaters won gold in the individual medal contests; back when they…

Athletic Trainer Who Worked Alongside Larry Nassar For Years Is No Longer Working For USA Gymnastics Athletic Trainer Who Worked Alongside Larry Nassar For Years Is No Longer Working For USA Gymnastics

Yesterday, 2010 world championships silver medalist Mattie Larson read her victim impact statement at Larry Nassar’s sentencing. Larson related a litany of horrors from her time as a member of the national team—the coaching staff shunning her at the 2010 world championships after she made a mistake, how she harmed…

It Began With Rachael Denhollander And It Ends With Her

This was always how it was meant to end. Rachael Denhollander, a lawyer and the mother of three, standing across from Larry Nassar, the man who has sexually abused hundreds of women and girls under the guise of medical treatment, delivering her victim impact statement a year and a half after she first went to the …

What Larry Nassar's Victims Wanted Us To Know What Larry Nassar's Victims Wanted Us To Know

When a survivor of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse makes her impact statement to the court, she is first asked to state and spell her name for the record. And then Judge Rosemarie Aquilina asks her, “What would you like me to know?”

Former Olympic Coach John Geddert Once Admonished A Gymnast For Daring To Speak Out Against Her Coaches Former Olympic Coach John Geddert Once Admonished A Gymnast For Daring To Speak Out Against Her Coaches

If you’ve been following the sentencing of Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics team physician who sexually abused more than a 100 women and girls under the guise of medical treatment, you’ve probably heard John Geddert’s name mentioned a lot. Many of the survivors have called out Geddert, a…

Larry Nassar Victim Says MSU Is Billing Her For Her Sexual Assault [Update] Larry Nassar Victim Says MSU Is Billing Her For Her Sexual Assault [Update]

Today is Day 5 of Larry Nassar’s sentencing in a Michigan courtroom. Last week, more than 80 women spoke about how Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment. Today, the 95th survivor in these proceedings gave a doozy a statement in Judge Rosmarie Aquilina’s court.

USA Gymnastics Will No Longer Train Athletes At The Karolyi Ranch USA Gymnastics Will No Longer Train Athletes At The Karolyi Ranch

Just a few days after four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles said that Larry Nassar—the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics physician who has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual misconduct—sexually abused her at the in Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, USA Gymnastics announced that it…

How Much Sympathy Does Tonya Harding Deserve? How Much Sympathy Does Tonya Harding Deserve?

When Allison Janney won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Tonya Harding’s mother LaVona Golden in I, Tonya, she made sure to shout out Harding, who sat in the audience that night. This was not just a passing thought. Janney praised many things about Harding, whom she called “a woman…

Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon, And Vincent Zhou Selected To Represent U.S. Figure Skating At The 2018 Olympics Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon, And Vincent Zhou Selected To Represent U.S. Figure Skating At The 2018 Olympics

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Less than twelve hours after the men’s competition at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships was over, the president of U.S. Figure Skating, Sam Auxier announced the three members of the 2018 Olympic team at a press conference at the SAP Center. The three man team is Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon, and…

Is Adam Rippon’s Track Record Enough To Earn Him A Trip To The Olympics? Is Adam Rippon’s Track Record Enough To Earn Him A Trip To The Olympics?

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Ross Miner had the crowd at the SAP Center on their feet at the end of his long program at the 2018 National Figure Skating Championships. The 26-year-old Boston native had performed to a medley of Queen songs and landed a clean quadruple salchow jump (and several other jumps, too).

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