Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu Retires

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu announced his figure skating retirement last week. The 27-year-old skater from Japan had a remarkable competitive career, breaking records and earning many world titles. As with most skaters, Hanyu began skating at just four years old. After skating at a national level from 2004-2008 and winning multiple medals atContinue reading “Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu Retires”

ISU Votes to Increase Minimum Competition Age for Skaters

In a historic decision, the International Skating Union (ISU) voted to increase the minimum age for skaters to compete from 15 to 17. The rule change was passed by the ISU Congress earlier this month in response to the Kamila Valieva doping controversy which occurred at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Valieva, the 15-year-old RussianContinue reading “ISU Votes to Increase Minimum Competition Age for Skaters”

Athlete Spotlight: Donovan Carrillo

The Olympic Games are always full of incredible moments as athletes who have trained their entire lives finally get to accomplish their dreams. Perhaps one of the most heart-warming stories from this year’s Beijing Winter Olympics is that of Donovan Carrillo. The 22-year-old from Mexico became the first to represent his country in figure skatingContinue reading “Athlete Spotlight: Donovan Carrillo”

Oksana Chusovitina: A Gymnastics Icon

Gymnastics is an extremely difficult and demanding sport, requiring strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance. As such, the athletes competing at an elite level are generally younger in age. For women’s gymnastics in particular the typical age range is very finite, as Olympic athletes are most often between age 16 and their mid-20’s. Given these demographics,Continue reading “Oksana Chusovitina: A Gymnastics Icon”

Beijing 2022 Women’s Figure Skating

The women’s single skating event final took place on February 17th and it was an evening full of excitement, emotions, and surprises. The top 25 skaters after the short program qualified for the free skate, and the order in which they competed at this event was determined by their position after the short program. TheContinue reading “Beijing 2022 Women’s Figure Skating”

Beijing 2022 Men’s Figure Skating

The men’s single skating competition took place this week in Beijing and it was an event full of beautiful artistry and powerful skating. The short program commenced on Tuesday, February 8th where the top 24 of 29 skaters would move on to Thursday’s free skate. At the conclusion of the short program, Nathan Chen ofContinue reading “Beijing 2022 Men’s Figure Skating”

U.S. Figure Skating Selects 2022 Winter Olympic Team

The 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships took place this past week in Nashville, Tennessee and the stakes were particularly high for the athletes at this competition. Being an Olympic year, this event served as the final qualifier for skaters to determine who will represent the United States at the Beijing Olympics next month. For theContinue reading “U.S. Figure Skating Selects 2022 Winter Olympic Team”

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2021 All-Around Finals

This past Thursday and Friday the men’s and women’s all-around finals took place at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan. The men started off the medal events on Thursday and it was an evening of truly riveting competition! The first rotation saw some excellent performances, especially from Brazil’s Caio Souza who earned aContinue reading “Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2021 All-Around Finals”

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Qualifications Day 2-3

The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships qualifications wrapped up today in Kitakyushu and the results are in for which athletes will be competing in the all-around and individual apparatus finals! The highest scoring 24 gymnasts for both men and women are eligible to compete in the all-around final. For each individual apparatus, the top 8 athletesContinue reading “Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Qualifications Day 2-3”

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2021 Qualifications Day 1

This year has been an exciting one for gymnastics lovers, as both the summer Olympics and Artistic Gymnastics World Championships are taking place in the same year. Usually, this does not occur, as the World Championships are scheduled only in non-Olympic years. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020Continue reading “Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2021 Qualifications Day 1”