With no international Grand Prix competitions last season, the IFS October 2021 issue showcases the 2021 Grand Prix Series, which promises to be one of the most competitive in years. With a fairly equal distribution of the top skaters in the world across all six events, including the 2021 World and 2020 European and Four Continents champions, there will be no shortage of excitement with the main contenders battling it out for top honors. Our coverage includes previews and line-ups for all six competitions.
After being denied the chance to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea due to Danish citizenship issues, Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sørensen made the decision to switch countries and represent Canada, with the goal of earning a place on its 2022 Olympic Winter Games squad. Now the second top team in the country, that dream could very well become reality in a few months time.
It is almost uncanny. Karen Chen, a 21-year-old from Fremont, California, has competed only twice at the World Championships — 2017 and 2021 — and the stakes were identical at both. But she knows how to make her appearances count at those Championships — for both herself and her country. Twice, in two pre-Olympic seasons, she has delivered when it mattered most.
Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise will celebrate their 10th anniversary as a pairs team in November. As they move into what could be the final season of their competitive career, the popular duo reflected on life during the pandemic, the upcoming Olympic season, and what lies beyond the realm of the competitive arena.
Rohene Ward has earned global recognition for his work as a choreographer, particularly for the programs he has created for the American skater Jason Brown. But getting to this point in his life and career has been a long and often disappointing journey.
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