Elvin Walker

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01/28/14  •  Articles

Gracie Gold captured her first national title in fine style. Download the IFS special edition to read the full recap of the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.


02/24/13  •  REFLECTIONS

Rudy Galindo: A Night to Remember

it was a night when all of the stars were aligned, and the brightest one in the sky cast its luster upon a 26-year-old from San Jose, Calif. If not for that one evening of brilliance, the world might never have fallen in love with Rudy Galindo. That wild...


12/17/12  •  SHORT PROGRAM

New Moves for Adam Rippon

It has been a year of change for America’s Adam Rippon. With a new coach, a new training environment and a new look, the two-time World junior champion is on a mission to be in the best possible position to earn a berth on the 2014 U.S. Winter Olympic team...


10/20/12  •  FEATURES

Ilia Kulik : New Challenges

It has been almost 15 years since Ilia Kulik captured the gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. In the ensuing years he has become one of the most sought-after professionals on the international circuit. Kulik began another chapter...


09/02/12  •  FEATURES

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin: High Flyers

They came out of nowhere. Less than a year after joining forces, Caydee Denney and John Coughlin were standing atop the U.S. national podium. When Coughlin and his former partner Caitlin Yankowskas captured the 2011 U.S. pairs title and landed in sixth at...


06/27/12  •  FEATURES

Meryl Davis and Charlie White: In Sync

Meryl Davis and Charlie White headed into the 2011-12 season with the longest consecutive winning streak in figure skating history. The duo was unbeatable on the domestic and international stages, winning 10 competitions in a row before surrendering the...


05/08/12  •  TRANSITIONS

Nobua Sato: An Honorable Induction

Renowned Japanese coach Nobuo Sato was finally inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame at the 2012 Four Continents Championships in early February. The induction of the ten-time national men’s champion was originally scheduled to take place in...


05/05/12  •  SHORT PROGRAM

Roller Coaster Ride for Jeremy Abbott

It could be said that three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott has taken a page from Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.” The 26-year-old has made a career out of racing to the top of the podium in one competition, only to find himself buried in the...


04/11/12  •  Articles

Caroline Zhang Makes a Striking Comeback

It is easy to forget that Caroline Zhang is just 18 years old. The 2011 high school graduate’s résumé includes the 2007 World Junior title, a U.S. championship senior medal and a variety of hardware from major international competitions. After two consecutive...


02/26/12  •  FEATURES

Michelle Kwan: A Royal Induction

The 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. was the scene of some spectacular performances, with Jeremy Abbott winning his third title and Ashley Wagner celebrating her first. But it was an event that took place off competitive ice that...


01/16/12  •  Articles

They Said It!

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue made their Grand Prix debut at Skate America back in October, and drew kudos from audience and media alike for their sexy rhumba short dance. Donohue gave most of the credit to his curvaceous partner. “There is definitely...


01/01/12  •  SHORT PROGRAM

Joshua Farris Finds His Rhythm

At age 16, Joshua Farris made his debut at the senior level at the 2011 U.S. nationals. His performances in Greensboro, N.C, however, were the equivalent of a train wreck. Just about anything that could go wrong did. In the end, Farris limped away in defeat...


11/20/11  •  FEATURES

Mirai Nagasu: A Change of Attidude

Mirai Nagasu has been called pretty much everything in the book — from the next big star in figure skating to an unfocused, lazy teenager. But it cannot be denied that when this vibrant 18-year-old commits herself to the craft of figure skating, she is a...


11/16/11  •  SHORT PROGRAM

An Unexpected Pairing: Emily Samuelson and Todd Gilles

When Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates announced the end of their successful 11-year partnership in late July many were surprised. But just a few days later, Bates revealed that he would be continuing his career with 2011 U.S. bronze medalist Madison Chock...

11/14/11  •  SHORT PROGRAM

Yasmin Siraj Hits a High Note

It was a busy summer for Yasmin Siraj. While most teenagers were re-fueling after a long school year, this 15-year-old had a date book filled with commitments that would have left even the most ambitious person exhausted. Siraj, the 2010 U.S. junior silver...


11/12/11  •  SHORT PROGRAM

Richard Dornbush Hits the Big Leagues

The outcome of the men’s competition at the 2011 U.S. Championships was anything but predictable. No one expected Richard Dornbush, the reigning Junior Grand Prix Final champion to steal the show, but that is exactly what he did. Dornbush won the free skate...



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