News from the World of Skating

Susan D. Russell
Sara Hurtado and Adrià Díaz


Brian Orser has a new family after being adopted by the Spanish figure skating team. “We have always been a little skating family and Brian has been really nice to us. He’s like following us and always asking, ‘How’s it going guys?’ So now we make him part of our little Spanish family,” ice dancer Sara Hurtado told IFS.

“I am flattered they feel like I am one of their own,” Orser responded. “The Federation has been wonderful to work with. We have a mutual trust and a sense of family that makes me feel proud to wear the red and yellow.”

Orser is currently conducting seminars in Australia, an adventure he told IFS “he was really looking forward to.”


The runaway winner of the IFS Fashion vote last issue was Great Britain’s Jenna McCorkell. In the upcoming issue we feature some of the best-dressed men in the sport. Go online to and vote for your favorite.


On June 28, Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill will perform at an Olympic Flame Ice Gala at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, England.


China’s gala skating event, “Artistry On Ice,” signed Katie Holmes, wife of Tom Cruise, as its promotional ambassador this year.

The Artistry brand will donate 5,000 painting art kits to the children of migrant Chinese workers to improve their study of art.

During a press conference in the ancient city, Holmes admitted she is a big fan of figure skating.


Mao Asada will return to the competitive circuit with two new programs next season. Lori Nichol crafted the short and Russia’s iconic Tatiana Tarasova developed the free.

Japan’s Mainichi News reported Asada described her new short program as “bright, lively and like a musical.”

Asada’s Grand Prix assignments are Cup of China and NHK Trophy.


The Professional Skaters Association presented venerable coach John Nicks with the EDI Award for Coach of the Year by at its annual convention in early June.

Other winners: Pasquale Camerlengo (Paul McGrath
Choreographer of the Year Award); Tammy Gambill (Developmental Coach of the Year); judge Joe Inman, (Jimmy Disbrow Distinguished Official Award); Ryan Bradley (Gus Lussi Award); Christy Krall (Sonja Henie Award); Janet Champion (F. Ritter Shumway Award); Sandy Lamb (Betty Berens Award) and Heidi Thibert (Joe Serafine Volunteer of the Year Award).


Ice dance coach Igor Shpilband was shocked to learn one Sunday afternoon in early June that he longer held the position of Ice Dance Director at the Arctic Edge Arena.

But it did not take long for the enigmatic coach to find a new home. He is now based at Michigan’s Novi Ice Arena. Madison Chock and Evan Bates also left their former training base and are now coached exclusively by Shpilband.


According to South Korea’s Chosin Ilbo a school in South Sudan will be named after Yuna Kim who pledged a donation of W70 million to the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Catholic institute to build the school.

Kim met Father Vincentius Donatti (84) and Brother Giacomo Comino (73), who aim to build 100 schools in South Sudan. "I had a chance to visit Togo a year ago as part of efforts to win support for Korea's bid for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and I felt the need to help out children there," Kim told the clergymen. "I want to offer what little support I can.”

Donatti invited Kim to visit the school after it is completed.