In the Loop

February 7: Roman Kostomarov, the 2006 Olympic ice dance champion, who has been hospitalized since early January has had both his feet amputated due to an undisclosed medical condition.

January 25: The decision in the sexual assault case against former pairs coach Richard Gauthier has been rendered. He has been found guilty. French report.

January 23: Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dmytro Sharpar, a former Ukrainian figure skater from Kharkiv, who died near Bakhmut. He was 25 years old. 

January 19: The ISU has announced the top three nominees in all categories for the 2023 Skating Awards. See the nominations HERE.

January 18The ISU Council has confirmed that no Grand Prix will take place in Russia during the 2023/24 Season. The Fédération Française de Sports de Glace advised it is no longer able to host the Grand Prix Final in Orléans, France, so a new host is needed.

January 17: Canada′s Keegan Messing and his wife Lane welcomed a baby girl into the world today.

January 8: Jia Shin, the 2022 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist, won the 2023 senior Korean Championships today. Videos of the women′s free skates (including Seoyoung Wi, Ahsun Yun, Chaeyeon Kim, Haien Lee, Jia Shin, Yelim Kim) and some of the men.

January 3: During a podcast released today, Tessa Virtue revealed she recently became engaged to Morgan Rielly, a hockey player with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier have withdrawn from Canadian nationals next week due to Gilles recovering from an appendectomy. 

January 2: Yuzuru Hanyu′s third autobiographical instalment, ″Aoi Hono III,″ (″Blue Flames III″) is scheduled for release on Feb. 2. ″Ari Hoo I″ was released in 2012 and ″Ari Hoo II″ in 2016. All royalties and partial proceeds benefit Hanyu′s home rink in Sendai.

December 31Italian pairs skater Matteo Guarise and retired ice dancer Carolina Moscheni married today at the historic Villa Boromea in Lombardy. Instagram

December 29: Tatjana Flade, the IFS European editor, sat down with Adam Siao Him Fa at the French Grand Prix to talk all things skating. Watch the video interview HERE. The interview is in French but translation is set for all languages.

December 28: German media is reporting that Olivia Smart has teamed up with Tim Dieck and that the team will begin training at the I.AM Academy in Montréal in April. Dieck split with his former partner after the 2022 Olympics. Which country they will represent will be decided in the New Year. 

December 25: The Japan Skating Federation has named its teams for the 2023 ISU Championships. Full list is HERE.

December 22: Mexico’s Donovan Carrillo is recovering from right ankle surgery. He posted a photo from his hospital bed saying it all went well and he is looking forward to returning to the ice. Instagram

December 14: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will be inducted as members of the Order of Canada today in a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The duo was nominated in 2020 but the ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic.

December 13: Skate Canada announced a major change to its definition of a ″team,″ which has been revised from ″one woman and one man″ to ″a team consists of two skaters.″ This opens the door for same sex teams to compete at domestic competitions in Canada. Press Release  

December 12: An Australian TV network has produced a documentary “Katya and Harley,” about the lives and career of the late Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor. Outside of Australia you need a VPN to watch it. This article provides a lot of background information that has not been previously published.

December 8: U.S. Figure Skating today named Tracy Marek as its first female chief executive officer. Marek is a 25-year executive marketing veteran in the sporting world, who most recently served as the executive vice president and chief marketing officer for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

December 6: The harassment lawsuit filed by Nobunari Oda against Japanese coach Mie Hamada was heard by a judge on Dec. 1. A decision in the case will be rendered on March 2, 2023.  Nikkan Sports

December 5: Romain Haguenauer and Jamal Othman announced they are now the proud parents of a baby boy, Noam Camille, who was born on Nov. 27.

December 3: Australian skating took a hit this week with Kailani Craine and James Min both announcing their respective retirements.

December 2: The inaugural World Ice Skating Day takes place Dec. 4 around the world. Check out the events in your country/city HERE.

December 1: The Canadian pairs team of Ava Rae Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov have withdrawn from the Junior Grand Prix Final. Kemp sprained her ankle in an off-ice warmup session. They have been replaced by the Japanese team of Haruna Murakami and Sumitada Moriguchi.

November 28: The International Testing Agency is hosting a webinar for athletes and coaches on Dec.14. Experts will answer questions submitted anonymously about anti-doping. Register HERE.

November 23: We caught up with Starr Andrews at NHK Trophy to talk about skating, health, life and future plans. Check out the video interview HERE.

November 17: Alexander Gorshkov, the 1976 Olympic ice dance champion and president of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, passed away today in Moscow. The cause of death is reportedly due to a heart attack.

November 14: WADA has officially filed an appeal in the Kamila Valieva doping case. Read the update HERE.

November 8. Frustrated by the inaction of RUSADA with respect to the Kamila Valieva doping case, the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) has now taken the case directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Tweet by WADA president.

November 3: Jason Brown is not quite done yet. He is back training and plans to compete at 2023 U.S. nationals. Twitter

November 2: In a recently released book, “Une Medaille a Toux Prix” (“A Medal at Any Cost”), former Canadian pairs skater Julianne Séguin reveals her ongoing health battles due to concussions she suffered in her career, and the toxic relationship with her long-time coach Josée Picard. Read the article HERE.

November 1: The first of Yuzuru Hanyu’s one-man, self-produced show “Prologue” takes place this Friday in Yokohama. “I hope to make it a show where people will be able to get a feel for what my skating career has been like.” article

October 26: The president of the World Anti Doping Authority said the agency has put the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA on formal notice that if the ongoing delay in Kamila Valieva’s case is not resolved promptly it will use its right to take it (the case) directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

October 21: RUSADA posted on its website today that due to Kamila Valieva being a minor, the results of its investigation will not be made public. Official statement is HERE.  

The ISU has launched a new interactive App for skating fans. Information on the App and download links are HERE.

October 19: Yuna Kim is getting married on Oct. 22. She will be serenaded by the group of which her future husband is a member. Read the story HERE.

October 15 UPDATED: Yuma Kagiyama has withdrawn from the Grand Prix Series due to stress fractures in his talus (lower ankle) and fibula.

October 12: Reigning U.S. champion Mariah Bell announced her retirement from competitive skating. Instagram

French star Kévin Aymoz, who suffered an ankle injury at the French Masters on Oct. 8, reports it has been diagnosed as a sprain. He has withdrawn from the Budapest Trophy this week.

October 6: Bradie Tennell and Yuma Kagiyama have withdrawn form the Japan Open, with both citing an ankle injury as the reason.

October 5: Wakaba Higuchi has withdrawn from all competitions this season as she continues to recover from a stress fracture in her right shin.

The date for the announcement of the decision in the Kamila Valieva doping case is scheduled for sometime in October. Russian press is reporting the decision may not be made public due to the fact that Valieva is a minor. 

September 30: Yuzuru Hanyu’s first skating spectacular will play out in two cities in Japan in November and December. The first show will take place in Yokohama, Nov. 4-5, and the second in Hachinohe, Dec. 2-3.

September 29: Michelle Kwan has been confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Belize.

September 28: Two Russian skaters — Dmitri Aliev and Makar Ignatov — have received notices to attend at the military registration and enlistment office. Alexei Mishin confirmed that none of his skaters has yet received a notice.

September 27: Australian pairs skater Harley Windsor suffered a broken ankle in training last week. That injury will preclude he and his partner from competing in the Grand Prix Series and all other competitions in 2022. Instagram

September 25: Japan’s Rika Kihira, who is still dealing with an ongoing foot injury, finished sixth at the Chubu Championships this weekend. Results / Free Skate

September 24: The Dick Button Festival of Artistic Skating will be held Oct. 1-2 in Lake Placid. This event offers an opportunity for everyone interested in learning more about the artistic side of skating. Details are HERE.

September 18: Zachary Donohue, the 2022 Olympic ice dance bronze medalist, and former Australian ice dancer Chantelle Kerry were married today in Sydney, Australia. Instagram

September 17: Sasha Cohen and Geoffrey Lieberthal were married in Colorado today. Instagram / Instagram Stories

September 16: The ISU announced this afternoon that the Junior Grand Prix event scheduled for Armenia next week will not take place as planned due to the conflict between that nation and Azerbaijan over disputed territory. Read the press release HERE.

September 15: RUSADA has finalized its investigation into the Valieva doping issue and documents are now being prepared for hearings. “Given it appears that RUSADA’s investigation is over and the case is now headed to court, they must have found sufficient evidence of a violation or otherwise the case would be closed and WADA would be notified of its right to appeal,” U.S. Anti-Doping CEO Travis Tygart said. Read the article HERE.

September 9: Vancouver skating fans will have an opportunity to skate with and attend a meet and greet with Patrick Chan at the Hillcrest Centre rink on Sep. 17 and at Trout Lake on Oct. 18. Pre-registration is required. More information is HERE.

According to this report, the RUSADA investigation into Kamila Valieva’s failed doping test is reaching its final stage. ″RUSADA′s Investigation Department is doing a lot of work to collect information and interview the athlete′s entourage,″ the agency said in a statement.

September 8: Carolina Kostner is recovering from a painful injury she suffered a week ago. ″Double jaw fracture, 5 stitches and a severe headache. There have been stormy days, sleepless and painful nights. Despite everything, I can tell you I will soon be well again! Life surprises you, not always in the best way, nevertheless you get up stronger than before! I fall 100 times, I get up 101. The mantra that I keep repeating to myself from the moment the ambulance took me to the emergency room last Thursday, on what should have been a pleasant day at work.″ Twitter

September 6: Ekataerina Ryabova of Azerbaijan announced her retirement today and will now become a full-time coach. Ryabova is engaged to French ice dancer Geoffrey Brissaud.

August 30: The 2022 Grand Prix assignments have been updated HERE.

August 29: The Skate Canada High Performance camp takes place Aug. 31-Sep. 2 in Mississauga, Ontario.

: Wesley Chiu, Corey Circelli, Stephen Gogolev, Keegan Messing, Conrad Orzel, Roman Sadovsky
Women: Madeline Schizas
Pairs: Deanna Stellato Dudek/Maxime Deschamps Lori-Ann Matte/Thierry Ferland, Brooke McIntosh/Benjamin Mimar
Ice Dance: Alicia Fabbri/Paul Ayer, Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier, Marjorie Lajoie/Zachary Lagha, Molly Lanaghan/Dmitre Razgulajevs, Marie-Jade Lauriault/Romain Le Gac, Miku Makita/Tyler Gunara, Haley Sales/Nikolas Wamsteeker, Carolane Soucisse/Shane Firus 

August 26: Interview (in English) with Japan′s Hana Yoshida, the first gold medalist of the 2022 Junior Grand Prix season, following her victory in the women′s event today. Watch it HERE.

August 25:

For those who have access to Peacock, NBC is offering a discounted monthly rate of US$1.99 for new subscribers for its Premium Plan starting Sep. 19. Information is HERE.

The 2023 Skate Canada Challenge has been split into two separate events, with the junior and senior competitions set to take place at the Seven Oaks Arena at the Garden City Community Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, 2022. The pre-novice and novice Challenge competition is scheduled for early 2023 (no date confirmed at this time).