Figure skating

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, United States' Nathan Chen celebrates after winning the men's free skate of the figure skating Grand Prix finals at the Palavela ice arena, in Turin, Italy. Chen, master of the quad, is on the verge of skating off with his fourth consecutive title at the U.S. Championships this week. He says such an achievement is not front and center in his mind. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
January 22, 2020 - 2:33 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Long stints atop U.S. men's figure skating were common for decades. No fewer than eight skaters, including Dick Button, Scott Hamilton and Brian Boitano, have reigned for at least four straight years. Boitano was the most recent American to manage the feat, though, and that...
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Russia's Alina Zagitova competes in the women's free skating program during the figure skating Grand Prix finals at the Palavela ice arena, in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
December 14, 2019 - 3:43 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova is skipping the rest of this season to find her motivation again. That means that the 17-year-old Russian won't defend her world title in the spring. She hasn't set a date for her return to competition. Zagitova told Russian state TV...
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United States' Nathan Chen reacts after competing in the men's free skating during the figure skating Grand Prix finals at the Palavela ice arena, in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
December 07, 2019 - 9:05 am
TURIN, Italy (AP) — American figure skater Nathan Chen won the Grand Prix Finals for the third season in a row Saturday, beating Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu by a dominant 44-point margin. Chen and Hanyu both landed five quadruple jumps in their free skates, a number that was almost...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2018, file photo, Yuzuru Hanyu, of Japan, performs during the men's free figure skating final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Hanyu, the world's most popular figure skater, and American Nathan Chen, his biggest rival, face off at the Grand Prix Finals this week in Turin, Italy. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
December 04, 2019 - 3:45 pm
Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu owns the last two Olympic gold medals. No man has won three in a row. American Nathan Chen owns the last two world titles. No U.S. man has won three straight since Scott Hamilton in the early 1980s. Hanyu, the world's most popular figure skater, and Chen, his biggest rival,...
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Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro of Canada perform in the pairs free skating program during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Sapporo, northern Japan, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Hanai)
November 23, 2019 - 11:25 am
SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Teenager Alena Kostornaia captured her second title of the season Saturday at the NHK Trophy to complete a sweep of the Grand Prix series by Russian women. Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan breezed to victory in the men’s event, landing four quadruple jumps. "For...
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Alena Kostornaia of Russia competes in the Ladies Free Skating during the ISU figure skating France's Trophy, in Grenoble, French Alps, France, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
November 02, 2019 - 5:46 pm
GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Alena Kostornaia left no doubt there's a new era in women's figure skating by a convincing win over Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova at the Internationaux de France, while Nathan Chen won the men's event on Saturday. In a battle between the two Russians, 16-year-old...
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This combination photo shows sibling Olympic ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani, and a cover of their middle grade book "Kudo Kids: The Mystery of the Masked Medalist," scheduled for release on May 12. (AP Photo, left, Razorbill via AP)
October 24, 2019 - 8:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Shib Sibs are writing Kid Lit. Maia and Alex Shibutani, the sibling ice dancers and Olympic bronze medalists, are collaborating on a middle grade book series, Penguin Young Readers announced Thursday. The first book is called "Kudo Kids: The Mystery of the Masked Medalist." It's...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2019, file photo, Nathan Chen, of the United States, performs his men's short program routine during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan. Chen, who has won the last two world titles, is one of 18 athletes who will compete Friday and Saturday at Skate America in the first event of the season at the Orleans Arena. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
October 17, 2019 - 2:33 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nathan Chen would love little more than to become the first man to win four straight U.S. figure skating championships since Brian Boitano achieved the feat in the mid-1980s. But with nationals still three months away, and an entire Grand Prix season on the horizon, the 20-year-old...
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September 27, 2019 - 4:52 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota figure skating coach was sentenced Friday to 24 years in prison for sexually abusing one of his skaters. Thomas Incantalupo, 48, of St. Louis Park, was arrested last year when he worked with the Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club. He pleaded guilty in June, admitting to...
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August 31, 2019 - 9:03 pm
Alysa Liu became the first American woman to land a quad in competition when she hit her signature quadruple lutz during a dominant free skate to win the Junior Grand Prix on Saturday. The 14-year-old phenom opened her program in Lake Placid, New York, with the tough triple axel, then landed a...
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