The second day of the World Championships saw the first medals given out in the pairs event and the beginning of the hyper-competitive men's competition. Here's a quick run-down of the ups, downs, and twists from day two in Stockholm.
The first day of the 2021 World Championships brought plenty of pleasant surprises, shocking slip-ups, and stories to look out for as the event unfolds. Here's what went down in the women's and the pairs short programs.
When the ISU put out an entire press release last month to announce the official song for Worlds 2021, I didn’t pay it much attention. I was more interested in hearing what they planned to do to make the competition safe and prevent athletes from contracting a potentially deadly disease, not hear some random pop song that they picked out for the event. But now I’ve listened to the song and seen the video and I kind of need to talk about it.
In an extremely questionable move from the International Skating Union, this week’s World Championships will still be used to decide Olympic qualifying spots for the 2022 Winter Games, despite the pandemic impacting athlete training and comfort travelling to the event. Ethical concerns aside for a moment, let’s take a look at how spots are awarded and how qualifications might shake out across the four disciplines.
The decision to hold the World Figure Skating Championships this month as planned has raised more than a few eyebrows. What have skaters had to say about the announced health and safety measures, and can anyone really stand up to the ISU?
The 2021 Russian Cup Final was officially the culmination of the Russian Cup series which began in September, but in reality, became a final face-off between two or three skaters fighting for one of the last tickets to the World championships next month. So, how did it go and who will be representing the Russian team that can't actually be called Russia?
Russian Cup Final this week will be the last domestic competition of the season (please, it has to be, I can’t take any more). And as far as we know, some results from this competition will determine entries for Worlds, but the Russian Federation has not been very forthcoming about which spots are already set. So, what's on the line this weekend?
Valentine's Day is about celebrating love, whether it's love for a significant other, for friends, or for the things you love to do. Okay, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but it is a good time for silly romantic puns, so here's a selection of Valentine's Day cards for the special skating fan in your life!
The novel coronavirus has completely obliterated the 2020-21 figure skating season. Every major international event was ultimately removed from the calendar, with only the question of the biggest and final event, the World Figure Skating Championships, remaining to be answered. Last week, in a meeting on January 28th, the ISU decided to go ahead with… Continue reading What in the Worlds?
Like everything else, the world of figure skating looks dramatically different in the COVID-19 era. A sport usually so reliant on audience reaction is now eerily silent, with no spectators being allowed at any American events this season. Taking a cue from Major League Baseball, US Figure Skating naturally took to selling cardboard cutouts of fans to line the stands at their major events of 2020, but it was a different kind of cutout who really stole the show.