IFS FEBRUARY 2019: Japan’s Rika Kihira was the star of the show at the 2018 Grand Prix Final and is the lead story in our full report of all the action from the senior competitions in Vancouver.

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FEBRUARY 2019Though Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu had to sit out the 2018 Grand Prix Final due to injury, the spotlight in Vancouver still shone brightly upon another young skater from that nation. Rika Kihira — a teenage sensation — is just beginning to show the world just how good she can be.

Kristi Yamaguchi was the guest of honor at the annual Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) benefit gala and home season opener at New York City’s Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers on Oct. 15.



Ice dancers Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin hope to follow in the footsteps of Javier Fernández, the Spanish trailblazer who put his nation on the figure skating map, rewriting history each step of the way.


When Mariah Bell moved from her Colorado home late in the summer of 2016 to train with Rafael Arutyunyan in Lakewood, California, he asked her to give him two years of hard work and patience. Now in her third year of training with his group, Bell is starting to see the fruits of her labor.


Australia had enjoyed a long history in figure skating before Elizabeth Cain and Peter Cain burst onto the international scene in the 1970s, but the brother and sister duo were the first skaters from down under to find success on the global stage.Their bronze-medal finish at the 1976 World Junior Championships put Australia on the skating map. It was the first-ever international medal for a pairs team from the Antipodes.


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