Tatjana Flade

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08/19/15  •  Articles

Marchei & Hotárek: Silence the Critics

© International Figure Skating She had been told that she was too old and that her body shape was not suited to pairs skating. And when Valentina Marchei, a singles skater her entire career, started trying pairs moves with Ondřej Hotárek last summer, even...

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08/18/15  •  Articles

Denis Ten: Keeping It Real

At the end of last season, Denis Ten and Lori Nichol were once again asking themselves, “What will we do next year?” In early July, he traveled to Canada to work with Nichol on new programs for the upcoming season. He and Nichol have chosen music from the...

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08/17/15  •  Articles

While the summer heat hovers over the town of Oberstdorf and tourists stroll through the beau- tiful mountain resort in southern Germany, Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot are hard at work in the cool confines of an ice rink. Everyone can see that this is...

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06/05/15  •  Articles

Inside Russia

This is the time of year when Russian skaters traditionally end their season. School finishes at the end of May with the popular “final bell” (a party that heralds a school graduation for some) and final exams. While some athletes train or work on new programs...

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10/13/14  •  Articles

Daisuke Takahashi: Trailblazer Takes a Timeout

© International Figure Skating - August 2014 “It is a mental debate; I am not completely finished, I’m in the middle. I want to think about the future.” Japanese superstar Daisuke Takahashi has laid claim to many milestones during a career that has so far...

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03/12/14  •  COVER STORY

High Expectations

When Tatiana Volosozhar’s former partner retired she refused to accept that her skating career was over. In her heart she knew there were greater moments ahead. All she needed was a new partner. And the one person she had in mind was Maxim Trankov who had...

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01/19/14  •  Articles

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy

This season will be the final competitive hurrah for Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, and the duo is hoping to close out their decade-long career with the finest victory of them all: the 2014 Olympic title. Savchenko, 30, and Szolkowy, 34...

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12/16/13  •  Articles

Juniors Take the Grand Stage

The results of the Junior Grand Prix Final left no doubt that the Russian ladies will be a force to contend with going forward. China also had reason to cheer with victories in the men’s and pairs disciplines. Maria Sotskova, 13, led a sweep of the ladies...

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10/15/13  •  Articles

Sergei Voronov: Working “Like a Galley Slave“

A lot of people had considered that Sergei Voronov was done, but he surprised many at Finlandia Trophy, by laying down two strong performances to finish second behind Yuzuru Hanyu. When he decided last spring to look for another coach, he was turned down...

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10/15/13  •  Articles

Artur Gachinski: In a Battle for An Olympic Berth

Although he just turned 20 in August, Russia’s Artur Gachinski has had a lot of ups and downs in his career. He took the bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships and silver at the 2012 European Championships but then faded to 18th at Worlds the following...

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10/13/13  •  Articles

Yuzuru Hanyu: Golden Start to Season

Japan’s young star, Yuzuru Hanyu, got the new season off to a good start, winning the Finlandia Trophy in October in Espoo, Finland. The 18-year-old led after the short after popping the Axel, but landing a quad. He hit two quads (Salchow and toe loop...

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09/21/13  •  Articles

Elena Radionova Gears Up for Senior Debut

Russian prodigy Elena Radionova is getting ready for her senior level debut at Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany (Sep. 25-28). The Muscovite dominated at the junior level last season, winning every competition she entered including the World Junior...

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05/14/13  •  Articles

Jeremy Abbott: A Japanese Celebration

Following the World Team Trophy in April, Jeremy Abbott attended a party thrown by his official Japanese fan club. More than 70 fans dined with the American skater at a Tokyo sushi bar that they had decorated with banners. Abbott posed with the fans for...

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02/23/13  •  FEATURES

Fighting Spirit

It appears that Mao Asada has rediscovered her winning rhythm this season. After claiming the Grand Prix Final and Japanese national titles in December, Asada dominated the 2013 Four Continents Championships in Osaka, Japan the following month. For the first...

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02/23/13  •  FEATURES

Driven To Win

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu is enjoying the most successful season of his young career. Consistency has paid off, earning him a podium finish at every competition he has contested. After mining silver at the highly competitive Grand Prix Final and winning the national...

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12/29/12  •  Articles

Volosozhar and Trankov, Tuktamysheva, Bobrova and Soloviev Victorious

Just two weeks after the Grand Prix Final, Russia's top skaters returned to the Iceberg Palace in Sochi for Russian nationals. Plushenko Claims 10th Title Evgeni Plushenko did it one more time. Coming off an injury, the 30-year-old veteran pulled himself...

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