What Happened to U.S. Women's Figure Skating?

Another Olympic figure skating competition has ended and the main controversy seems to be trying to figure out whether the Russians rigged the competition in favor of 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova. (Good luck proving that with anonymous score sheets.) But lost in all the commotion is the fact that the U.S. women's team … » 2/22/14 1:00pm 2/22/14 1:00pm

This Coverage of Figure Skater Yulia Lipnitskaya Is Heart-Wrenching

During the Olympic figure skating short program competition last night, 15-year-old prodigy and pride of Russia Julia Lipnitskaia (or Yulia Lipnitskaya, if you'd rather) took a fall on the ice that ended up knocking her all the way down to fifth place. A lot had been riding on the young athlete. She had already helped… » 2/20/14 3:15pm 2/20/14 3:15pm

The Coach Who Doesn't Care: How One Man Turns Skaters Into Champions

Gracie Gold was having a bad night. The 18-year-old figure skater was about a minute and a half into her free skate at the U.S. International Classic in September when she singled a double axel. It was a significant mistake—a loss of a couple of points—but for a disciplined skater, that kind of error shouldn't have… » 2/19/14 6:45pm 2/19/14 6:45pm

Why Does Every Olympian Skate To Les Misérables?

There are still two days left of Olympic figure skating, and I have officially maxed out my lifetime tolerance for the Les Misérables soundtrack, something not even Russell Crowe could do to me. Same goes for the score from the 1968 movie adaptation of Romeo and Juliet: I have never seen this film, but in the last week… » 2/18/14 1:59pm 2/18/14 1:59pm

Video Of Figure Skater Farting Is Gross, Hilarious, Graceful

Figure skating is a beautiful graceful sport that I wish I had picked up when i was just a tiny Russian who had not yet discovered the power of video games. It is an amazing spectacle that mixes physical artistry, beautiful music, and amazing costumes that I would wear on the regular if I could afford them/fit into… » 2/15/14 3:00pm 2/15/14 3:00pm

Has Figure Skating Maxed Out In Difficulty?

At the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, American Evan Lysacek won the men's singles figure skating gold medal without a single quadruple jump, while Russia's Evgeni Plushenko, who did have a quad in his program, took home silver. Four years later, this sort of scenario never materialized: Every top male competitor in… » 2/14/14 4:55pm 2/14/14 4:55pm

Could You Afford Your Very Own Figure Skating Costume? (Probably Not.)

With a couple note-worthy exceptions, figure skating has always seemed like a rich girl sport. The girls I knew who could afford to do it were always the ones with highest, most shiny of ponytails who, in the winter, wore headbands instead of hats and had really nice ski jackets. Their parents could spend money on… » 2/14/14 12:30pm 2/14/14 12:30pm

Evgeni Plushenko Figure Skating to Ginuwine's 'Pony' Is Perfect

Evgeni Plushenko, the cocky thatch-headed Russian who most in the know about figure skating would agree is currently the best male figure skater in the world, has a history of performing athletic, colorful routines. Turns out, his most notorious silly routine is even better when remixed with Ginuwine's notorious sex… » 2/10/14 3:00pm 2/10/14 3:00pm

15-Year-Old's Figure Skating Routine Will Make Your Mind Go Boom

If you watch one skater during the winter olympics, it has got to be this one. What Yulia Lipnitskaya (who is 15! When I was 15 i could barely tie my shoes! It was actually pretty sad.) can do with just her skates, some ice, and a fly-ass outfit is MAGIC. Okay, I'm sure there were years and years of hard work in there, … » 2/08/14 6:15pm 2/08/14 6:15pm

Meet The Underdogs Of The U.S. Figure Skating Team

The figure skating competition is already underway in Sochi, and I have to break the bad news to you: For the first time in years, no American man or woman is expected to seriously vie for an individual gold medal. Which doesn't mean this won't still be the most fascinating, nerve-wracking competition in the games, or… » 2/06/14 5:28pm 2/06/14 5:28pm

Inside Figure Skating's 'Gay Problem'

The decision to roundly condemn Russia for its persecution of LGBT citizens seems a straightforward one, even when you bring the Sochi Olympics into it. That is, until someone points out that President Obama appointed Brian Boitano to his Sochi delegation, a figure skater who came out after Olympic career was over, and … » 1/31/14 4:30pm 1/31/14 4:30pm

Confessions Of A Tonya Harding Apologist

I was 5 years old when I fell in love with Tonya Harding. The year was 1988, and I had just taken up figure skating. My favorite aunt, Julie, had recently moved from my Maryland neighborhood to Portland, Ore., and I was determined to find something to like about the state. Tonya, a scrappy Oregonian underdog, was the… » 1/17/14 12:49pm 1/17/14 12:49pm