Elvin Walker

Elvin’s Contributions


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...

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...



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