The off-season has certainly been an eventful one.
The biggest surprise, I think, was Yu-Na Kim parting ways with her coach of four years, Brian Orser. Who saw that coming?
And no doubt everyone’s hearts went out to Kurt Browning when the news broke that he had accidentally burned down his home. It is incredible how one inadvertent moment can change your life.
On a positive note, a new and exciting season is about to unfold. With so many retirements, skaters taking the season off, and so many juniors rising to the senior ranks, the competitive circuit will look very different this year.
The International Skating Union instituted changes to the ice dance discipline in June. The compulsory dance portion has been eliminated and the original dance replaced with a short dance. It will be interesting to see what competitors come up with for this new dance format.
A few issues ago we covered three young men who put down superb performances at the 2010 Olympic Games, Michal Březina, Florent Amodio and Denis Ten. The trio outskated many seasoned veterans and ranked high in the final standings.
The IFS team decided it would be a great idea to kick off the new season with a look at some of the rising stars who will grace the Grand Prix and World stages this coming year. IFS senior editor Susan D. Russell and Canadian editor Rob Brodie wrote the cover story on a few of the skaters they believe are on the rise.
One of those is our cover subject, Adam Rippon. Aside from his history-making victories on the junior circuit and claiming gold at the 2010 Four Continents Championships, his recent win at the Japan Open proved that he is definitely a star in the making. Rippon defeated reigning World champion Daisuke Takahashi and two-time Olympic medalist Evgeni Plushenko at the competition in Tokyo.
IFS had exclusive backstage access at the recent “All That Skate LA” shows headlined by Kim and Michelle Kwan. We have coverage from the event as well as many fun photos in this issue.
We are pleased to welcome Pj Kwong to our editorial team as a guest writer. Kwong is a highly respected member of the international skating community. She has been a coach for many years, a commentator for the CBC network in Canada, is the announcer at many national and international events, and has recently published a book.
We also welcome the new IFS publisher, William Corvalan, who recently joined the Madavor team. Having previously worked for top media companies like Time Inc. and Bonnier, Corvalan brings several years of multi-media publishing experience to his new role at Madavor.
This issue contains a comprehensive Media Guide for television listings in the U.S. and Canada covering competitions and shows for the remainder of the year so you will not miss a moment of the action.
Originally published in December 2010