Elvin Walker

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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...

09/12/11  •  SHORT PROGRAM

Madison Chock and Evan Bates: It Takes Two to Tango

The dissolution of a number of high-profile ice dance teams in Canada and the U.S. over the past few months has set the skating world on its ear. One of those teams was America’s Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein, the 2009 World junior champions. Fresh off...


07/25/11  •  SHORT PROGRAM

Nam Nguyen Transitions to the Big Leagues

The reigning Canadian junior men’s champion, Nam Nguyen, 13, has been blazing a trail since rocketing onto the national scene five years ago. Nguyen kicked off his budding career by winning three national titles in a row. In 2007, at the tender age of eight...


07/07/11  •  FEATURES

Meryl Davis and Charlie White Dance to Historic Gold

It took nearly 60 years, but it finally happened. American teams had come close before, dancing into second on eight previous occasions. But it was Meryl Davis and Charlie White who skated into the history books at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships...


07/03/11  •  SHORT PROGRAM

Nathan Chen: Young Star On The Rise

Ten-year-old Nathan Chen came out of nowhere at the 2010 U.S. Championships in Spokane, Wash., to become the youngest man, or in this instance, boy, to win the novice title in the history of the event. He returned as the heavy favorite in 2011, and the then...


06/01/11  •  TRANSITIONS

Baby Steps for Naomi Nari Nam

Life has been busy for Naomi Nari Nam since she retired from competitive skating in the fall of 2008 due to a recurring hip injury. The 25-year-old has established a budding coaching career at the East West Ice Palace in Artesia, Calif., but most recently...


05/31/11  •  SHORT PROGRAM

Alex and Maia Shibutani Building Momentum

Every skater dreams about achieving the level of success that ice dancers Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani have enjoyed this season. With podium finishes at all but one of their competitions heading into Worlds, the siblings made quite a splash in their...


05/26/11  •  FEATURES

Alissa Czisny Finds Her Competitive Spirit

The 2010 U.S. Championships in Spokane, Wash. was supposed to be the crowning achievement on Alissa Czisny’s résumé. As the reigning national champion, she had history on her side. Every American ladies champion since 1955 who won the title the year prior...


05/20/11  •  TRANSITIONS

Jeremy Barrett; Taking It Easy

When Jeremy Barrett suddenly announced his retirement at the end of February, it came as a surprise to many in the skating world. But the last year had been a tough one for Barrett, 27, in the injury department. “I was dealing with injuries and that made...


05/02/11  •  Nationals

2011 U.S. Nationals: Rising to the Challenge

The 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships descended upon Greensboro, N.C., just a few days shy of the 51st anniversary of the infamous Woolworth sit-ins that occurred just a few miles from the skating venue. It was a week of surprise performances with dreams...


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