Hyungyeom Kim: Strengthening the fundamentals
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by Paula Slater
6d ago
Hyungyeom Kim Following a successful run on the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) circuit last season, South Korea’s Hyungyeom Kim is eagerly anticipating his first full year competing as a senior in 2024-25. While he made his senior international debut in 2023-24 at a challenger event and the world championships, this upcoming season will mark his first as a full-time senior competitor. The 2023-24 JGP Final silver medalist has two new programs which he will showcase at the 2024 Cranberry Cup International—the first Challenger Series event of the season. It will be held in Norwood, Mass., August 8-11 ..read more
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USA’s Taira Shinohara: From soccer to skating
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by Paula Slater
1w ago
Taira Shinohara Less than five months ago, USA’s Taira Shinohara won the silver at the 2024 Prevagen U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the junior level, improving six spots since his last outing in 2023. While the outcome of his short program was disappointing, he observed that the point difference for the next few placements were very close. “I just believed in myself that I could do a comeback,” he said of his free skate. “While there were no expectations in terms of placement because there were many strong skaters in the competition, I knew I could finish with a satisfying score.” Shino ..read more
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Canadian junior champs Kemp and Elizarov ‘dig in’
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by Anna Kellar
2w ago
Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov After a challenging 2023-24 season, Canadian junior champions Ava Kemp and Yohnaton Elizarov are excited for a productive and hopefully, injury-free summer. They already have two new programs and are working on a range of new elements before the start of their third Junior international season. Overcoming physical and mental challenges Although Kemp and Elizarov had competitive successes this past season, it was still a challenging year with injuries and relocating their training base. In March 2023, Elizarov suffered a sudden collapse of his lung and had to have ..read more
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Keira Hilbelink: ‘Quad is a work in progress’
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by Paula Slater
3w ago
Keira Hilbelink This past season, Keira Hilbelink repeated a silver-medal win at the 2024 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. It proved to be a tight competition as there was a mere 3.78 points separating the first-place skater from the sixth-place skater after the short program. “I did not expect to place in the top three after finishing sixth the short program,” said Hilbelink. “However, I had hopes on getting in the top five with the combined short and long program. Before I competed at the U.S. Nationals, I had nerves about the triple-triple. Once I landed it in the short, I felt a bi ..read more
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Nikita Starostin: Germany’s ‘sunshine’
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by Judith Dombrowski
1M ago
Nikita Starostin Nikita Starostin of Germany has been gaining attention in recent seasons with his captivating performances, vibrant costumes, and steadily improving results. In the 2023-24 season, the 21-year-old ventured onto the Grand Prix stage for the first time, securing a respectable 7th-place finish at the Grand Prix in Espoo, Finland. He went on to place 13th at the 2024 European Championships, but at 2024 Worlds, failed to qualify for the free skate. Despite the setback, Starostin is channeling his disappointment into determination during the off-season. He is currently focusing on ..read more
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Israel’s Tkachenko and Kiliakov move up the ranks
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by Paula Slater
1M ago
Elizabeth Tkachenko and Alexei Kiliakov Israel’s Elizabeth Tkachenko and Alexei Kiliakov had a spectacular season this year, showing massive improvement since 2022-23. The ice dance team medaled at both their individual Junior Grand Prix (JGP) events, before taking silver at the Junior Grand Prix Final. They capped that off with a second-place finish at the 2024 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. The team chalks it up to being together for so long. “Last year was actually our fifth year competing in the Junior category,” Kiliakov pointed out. “Even though we are young, we are really s ..read more
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Cleo Park: From Disney helmets to U.S. Junior bronze
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by Paula Slater
1M ago
Cleo Park performs her short program at the 2024 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Cleo Park This past fall, USA’s Cleo Park made her international debut as a junior in two back-to-back international events: 2023 Kings Cup International and 2023 Tayside Trophy. She placed third and first, respectively. A month later, she took third at sectionals and qualified for the 2024 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. There, she placed first after a strong short program, third in the free skate, and third overall to win the bronze in the junior division. “I normally do not skate my be ..read more
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Aleksandr Fegan: On Ice and En Pointe
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by Paula Slater
1M ago
Aleksandr Fegan At just four years old, USA’s Aleksandr Fegan discovered his passion for figure skating after meeting 2014 Olympic champions, Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar. Showing remarkable dedication from the start, he ventured into competitive skating at the tender age of five. Although victory eluded him in his first competition, the thrill of the sport captured his heart, affirming his determination to pursue it as his chosen path. “My skating role models are Yuzuru Hanyu, Nathan Chen, and Ilia Malinin,” revealed the skater, who is now 14. “I love Hanyu’s skating style and try to ..read more
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Young You: Injury-free and ready for 2024-25
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by Judith Dombrowski
2M ago
Young You Injury-free, Young You (유영) of the Republic of Korea is eager for a fresh comeback for the 2024-25 figure skating season. The 2020 Four Continents silver medalist capped off her season this year at the World Championships with a 12th place finish. However, the skater faced formidable challenges over the past two seasons, grappling with injuries and enduring a mentally demanding period following the Olympic season. While grappling with injuries, she secured an 11th and eighth place finish at her two Grand Prix events—Skate America and Grand Prix Espoo. As a result, she faced a signif ..read more
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Aleksandr Selevko: ‘Spotlight shy’ but determined
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by Maya Bagriantseva
2M ago
Aleksandr Selevko ‘Spotlight shy’ In the world of figure skating, there’s nothing quite like that one magical tournament where everything falls into place. For Estonian figure skater Aleksandr Selevko, the 2024 European Championships in Kaunas were exactly that. Not only did he win the silver, but he also became the first Estonian skater to medal at a senior-level ISU Championship. This feat came unexpectedly to many—including himself. “I didn’t have high expectations for this season, especially after struggling with injuries for the past two years,” said Selevko, looking back. “So, I decided ..read more
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