Big Skating News: Sasha Cohen's Back, Dazzling U.S. Nationals

Remember Sasha Cohen? She made the U.S. Olympic team in 2002 and finished fourth, just behind Michelle Kwan. In 2006, she was the Olympic favorite and she took home the silver medal. She hasn't competed since the 2006 World Championships and now she's back, looking like she never left competitive figure skating. picapp_gallery("898368","7616964,7616957,7616963,7616969,7616965,7617059,7616881,7617702,7616877","","1","1","2") ...more

So thanks to lame tape delay by the TV networks, the results are already in for Nationals and ...more

In Grand Prix Final Marred by Mistakes, Kim Lands On Top

In the only major match-up of top figure skaters in the world since last year's World Championships, I felt somewhat let down.  Many of the ladies I felt have the strongest chance at a surprise podium position in Vancouver were not even at the Grand Prix Final this week, and those who were did not skate their best.  I hope they all get this out of their systems, because the clock's ticking.  Ladies take the ice February 23rd in Vancouver....more

Hi, Sarah! I love figure skating, too!

I'd like recommend two videos of very very ...more

Going Into the Grand Prix Final, A Preview of Olympic Figure Skating Contenders

Each year, the Grand Prix Final takes place a month or so before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Next week, the event will be held in Tokyo, Japan. The final is comprised of the four figure skating areas - ladies, men, pairs and ice dance - and competitors must qualify through winning medals at a series of six events....more

I look forward to following more of you Olympics coverage!!

 

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Will the Triple-Triple Be the Winning Combination?

Jumping has never been my strong point as a figure skater. I was always a spinner, and I was good with musical expression, so I always describe the sport to others as requiring a little bit of everything - especially now with the new judging system. But great spins don't make or break Olympic champions. Jumps do. Especially triples and triple combinations. Triple-triples add up to a lot of points....more

Interesting post. I do love seeing a few killer jumps here and there, but I have to agree ...more

Canadian Favorite Wins Skate Canada on Rocky Road to Vancouver

I remember arriving late to a local competition one year and asking a friend afterward how her skate went. She replied, "I cleaned the ice." Perplexed for a moment, I didn't know what to say, but she explained that she fell so many times there was essentially no need for a Zamboni. Ouch. Maybe the rink was cursed for the ladies skating in Kitchener, Ontario because in the Free Skate, they cleaned the ice....more

Olympic Mittens - the hottest and hardest thing to find in Canada

Take one part Olympic fever, one part the realities of a Canadian winter, one part philanthropy and one part Canadian patriotism all rolled up in red wool and what do you get? Canada's obsession with the Canadian 2010 Olympic mittens. ...more

Ten Reasons to Watch (& Love) Figure Skating

Everybody needs a good top ten list. Here's mine... ten reasons to watch (and love) figure skating: 1. Athleticism. You try doing a triple axel. No really... go ahead! 2. Drama. No, not the Tanya Harding vs. Nancy Kerrigan kind. I'm talking about the emotional depth and dramatic performance by some of the world's best actors on ice. ...more

A Few Surprises at Skate America

Every Olympic season, skaters up the ante and the best of the best come out to play, 2010 being no exception. This weekend, some of the top competitors competed at the Cancer.Net Skate America event in Lake Placid, NY, the fifth in the Grand Prix series, a carefully planned collection of international events across the globe that lead to one final event where only the top skaters compete having qualified by medaling at each of the individual Grand Prix events....more

Get Ready for the Olympic Figure Skating Season

As if I was a newbie blogger rather than a seven year veteran, I nearly concluded the title of this post with an exclamation point because I'm so excited about this Olympic figure skating season. This weekend, I resume covering figure skating here at BlogHer, starting with Skate America, culminating with the Olympic Games in February and the World Championships in March.  We have some amazing skaters to watch, so I wanted to give everyone a preview....more

Maria - you hit the nail on the head there - I've been thinking a lot about the lack of flow ...more

Let the Winter Games begin, two bloggers to win trip to the Vancouver Games!

Calling all student and women bloggers! Pull your long underwear out of storage...   ...more