Few skaters have had careers filled with more rumors, speculation and third-hand accounts than Tiffany Chin. As the first Asian-American to win the United States Figure Skating Championships, Tiffany Chin broke ground while leading a cross-cultural revolution in the sport. In part one of our interview with Tiffany Chin, we discuss her beginnings in the [...]
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Evgeny Plushenko has been on the elite skating scene for almost two decades. At just thirteen years of age, he made his debut the 1996 World Junior Championships. Though he finished sixth, Zhenya displayed a mastery of spinning, speed and a competitive mettle that would be his trademark for years to come. Despite a few [...]
Two-time United States National champion Alissa Czisny is perhaps best known for her phenomenal spins. She told me the secret behind her success. A message from Alissa to her fans: “I want to express my gratitude for my fans’ support through both the hard times and the good times. I’m forever thankful for that and [...]
TSL recently sat down with two-time United States champion Alissa Czisny to discuss her career, a pair of hip injuries that left her sidelined during the 2013 season and her quest to make her first Olympic team in 2014.
When discussing Michelle Kwan’s skating, commentators often mention her ability to convey the feeling of flight. Nowhere was that more evident than during her performance of East of Eden at the 1998 World Professional Figure Skating Championships. Landover capped off a year of incredible performances for Michelle Kwan. Just as she started the year with [...]
Sandra Bezic directed and choreographed Stars on Ice at the height of its popularity. As director, Sandra was instrumental in implementing formats that included a variety of groups numbers and duets among skaters in order to challenge the skaters and maintain audience interest year after year. In part three of our interview, we discuss Sandra’s [...]
As a choreographer, Sandra Bezic created programs for three separate Olympic gold medalists and conceived many of the sport’s most memorable programs of the last three decades. In her work with Katarina Witt, Brian Boitano, Kristi Yamaguchi, Kurt Browning, Lu Chen, Tara Lipinski and countless others, Sandra always managed to bring out the very [...]
In the figure skating world, Frank Carroll is nothing short of a legend. The former student of Maribel Vinson Owen has left his mark on the sport by coaching a bevy of national and world champions who always seem to manage to deliver their greatest performances at the most important competitions of the year. [...]
Frank Carroll’s illustrious career reached another level when he began coaching the precocious Michelle Kwan prior to the 1992 United States Figure Skating Championships. Together, they created a legacy and a standard of skating that is revered to this day. Their partnership appeared destined for Olympic gold, but it was not to be. After [...]
Jason Brown is one of the brightest talents in United States men’s skating. After winning a national title on the junior level in 2010, Brown proved himself as a force on the international junior circuit, capturing the 2011 Junior Grand Prix title and a bronze medal at the 2012 Junior World Championships. Following impressive skates [...]
Japanese skaters have made a tremendous impact on the sport of figure skating over the last quarter century. Here are some of our absolute favorite performances. One of the gutsiest performances in Olympic history. One of the most charming exhibitions of all time. When the world truly took notice of Yuka Sato. Someone who never [...]
Yuka Sato captured the gold at the 1994 World Championships; she captured the hearts of the skating world as a professional skater. A consummate professional, Yuka improved her artistry and performance ability. Choreographer LeAnn Miller brought out Yuka’s joyful personality through a series of upbeat numbers performed on the 1995 and 1996 professional circuits. Skating [...]
Lu Chen is one of the most elegant, musical and sensual skaters to ever grace the ice. Throughout her career, she worked with a number of choreographers and developed a unique style and a catalog of skating programs beloved by many fans from the golden era. Here are a few of our favorites: Not many [...]
Sandra Bezic has been one of the most visible voices of figure skating on television since the early 1990s. As a commentator, Sandra has often been controversial, as she frequently wore multiple hats as choreographer, director and commentator during the height of figure skating’s popularity. In the final part of our interview with Sandra, we [...]
Alex Johnson is one of the breakout stars of 2013 thus far. A standing ovation at Nationals followed up by a silver medal at the Challenge Cup has many in the skating world buzzing about 2014 and beyond. In this interview, Alex discusses his rebirth as a skater this season, his artistic vision, and the [...]
Sandra Bezic is one of the most influential figures in the sport of figure skating. As a competitive and professional skater, the director of Stars on Ice, choreographer and a commentator for NBC, Sandra has left her mark on the sport. In part one of our interview, Sandra discusses the challenges of getting Battle of [...]