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.
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 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?
The most interesting, most memorable moments of a competition often aren’t found in a score card or a finishing order, but in the personal stories and weird little vignettes that happen outside of a two to four-minute program. Here’s the top three special moments from US Nationals, this week’s Off-Ice Podium.
The 2021 US Figure Skating Championships took place in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 14th to 17th. The event was originally slated to take place in San Jose, but was moved due to COVID, and before the event even got started, we already had several withdrawals due to the coronavirus. Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko… Continue reading US Nationals Recap
The three Worlds teams for the ice dance event are all but assured, but in a rare turn for the discipline, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top. Madi vs. Madi The fight for gold will once again be between the team of Maddison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and the team of Madison… Continue reading US Nationals preview – Dance
The discipline with the greatest chance of a shake-up, there is no clear favorite for the women’s gold and podium positions very up for grabs. Bell or Tennell The most likely contenders for the gold medal are Mariah Bell and Bradie Tennell. Tennell is the 2018 national champion and has the better international record, but… Continue reading US Nationals preview – Women
The first event up on Thursday evening will be the pairs, a discipline that is historically and currently the weakest among the US field. The last World medal for the US was in 2002, but this event is always an interesting watch at Nationals given how close many of the teams are domestically, even if… Continue reading US Nationals preview – Pairs
An event that usually kicks off the back half of the skating season with a bang, it now seems very possible that the US National Championships could be the final major event of the 2020-2021 season. If you’re new to skating, new to US Nationals, or just want to remember what this event is all… Continue reading US Nationals preview – Background