Olympic Champion Yu-Na Kim Falters, Loses Crown to Rival Mao Asada

I always enjoy the World Figure Skating Championships just following the Olympics because the Olympic champions typically drop out and there tends to be a surprise winner in Olympic years. In 2006, American Kimmie Meissner came from a 6th place finish in Torino and won Worlds. This year, Worlds was back in Torino following the Vancouver games, unusually with all of the top ladies from the Olympics except Joannie Rochette contending for gold. ...more

Olympic Ladies Make History on Ice

Usually when the Olympics come around, I have a favorite skater  in each event. This year, my favorites won in each of the three events preceding the ladies. But once the final group of ladies took the ice, I realized I really just wanted them all to skate their best. Having written about all of them for so long, I know all of their stories. As a skater myself, I just wanted to share in their enjoyment of the sport and their Olympic moments. ...more

All of  the ladies did a spectacular job in the finals and should be proud of what they ...more

Rochette Positioned for Olympic Podium Days After Mother's Untimely Death

Vancouver 2010 hasn't been the constant high that usually comes with the Olympic Games. With the death of the Georgian luge competitor before the opening ceremonies began, a dark cloud formed over Vancouver that hasn't quite departed yet. As many have already heard, Canadian ladies' figure skating champion, Joannie Rochette, lost her mother to a heart attack earlier this week. ...more

First, how amazing was Joannie Rochette?  I hope she can keep it together tonight to at ...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!!

 

Beth ...more

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

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