Hiro Yoshida

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04/01/14  •  Articles

Final Thoughts From Worlds

With the conclusion of the gala exhibition on Sunday another World Championships came to a close. I am sure it will come as no surprise to anyone that there was a capacity crowd in place for this fabulous show. More than 18,000 spectators attended each day...


03/29/14  •  Articles

Yuzuru Hanyu: Close Call

Friday night at the Saitama Super Arena and once more there was a packed house from the first flight. Everyone wanted to see whether Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan's first male Olympic figure skating champion, could take his first World title, or if the overnight leader...


03/29/14  •  Articles

Dance Final: Mixed Emotions

It felt a bit strange watching the free dance at a World Championships without Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, but oh, what an interesting event it turned out to be. The previous four World titles had been carved up between...


03/29/14  •  Articles

Runaway Victory for Mao Asada

As I watched the ladies free here in Saitama, I could not help but think back to the last post-Olympic Worlds in this nation. There, in Makuhari, Chiba, another neighboring prefecture of Tokyo, a young Japanese skater by the name of Yuka Sato skated off...


03/28/14  •  Articles

Short Dance: Italians Dance Into the Lead

When you cover an event like the World Figure Skating Championships, it's all go, go, go. Whether it's watching the events, heading to the mixed zone to get comments from skaters or attending the press conferences, the schedule is really packed. So with...


03/27/14  •  Articles

Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy: Take Five

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy captured a fifth World title at their 10th World Championship appearance to close out a memorable career. Fittingly enough, it was also with one of their highest scoring programs ever as the Germans accumulated 145.86...


03/27/14  •  Articles

2014 Worlds - Ladies Score Record Highs

It has been quite a while since I have attended a competition in Japan and there have been a couple of things that have struck me so far. The first is that no matter where a skater comes from there are Japanese fans supporting them. The second is that as...


03/26/14  •  Articles

Men Rock the World Stage in Saitama

In Japan, figure skaters are rock stars. If there was ever any doubt about that, it was dispelled by the reception the competitors in the men's short program received tonight at the Saitama Super Arena. In particular, the acclaim that greeted the three Japanese...


03/26/14  •  Articles

Pairs In The Medal Hunt

There was a good crowd in the arena for the pairs short program, which got under way at the unfortunate hour of 10:00 a.m. As expected, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy took the lead with their "Pink Panther" program. The Germans are appearing in their...


03/25/14  •  Articles

Japanese Ladies Press Conference - 2014 Worlds

The three Japanese ladies who will participate at this World Championships held a press conference earlier today. Q: To all three ladies - what are your goals for these Championships? Asada: This World Championships is the last competition of the season...


03/24/14  •  Articles

Then And Now: Changing Times in Japan

In the early hours of March 11, 2011, I was emailing a contact in Japan. It was less than two weeks until the World Figure Skating Championships were supposed to begin in Tokyo and somehow I had forgotten to send an ID photo for my press credential. I attached...


01/28/14  •  Articles

Julia Lipnitskaia, 15, captured the 2014 European title and is headed to the Olympic Winter Games. Download the special IFS online edition to read the full story.


01/14/14  •  Articles

Europeans: A Decade of Change

The last time I was in Budapest was for the 2004 European Figure Skating Championships - almost exactly 10 years ago. A lot has changed in Hungary and in our sport over that decade. The 2004 Europeans was the last to be judged under the 6.0 system and probably...


01/13/14  •  Articles

Europeans Preview

Budapest, Hungary plays host to the European Figure Skating Championships for the seventh time in 2014. Many of the skaters have not yet arrived but will do so over the next two days. In the meantime, here are some of my top tips for those of you travelling...


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