Archive Monthly Archives: March 2016

Women's short program, Boston

BOSTON, Ma. For Gracie Gold, it was a magical moment, if not yet a golden one. The U.S. champion, in front of a home crowd, finally delivered the goods when it counted, in the women’s short program at the world figure skating championships on Thursday. Gold has had so much promise and so many stops […]

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Vasiljevs:fully charged

BOSTON Deniss Vasiljevs operates on a battery that doesn’t quit, that causes his eyes to twinkle and his feet to dance. “He is energizer,” said his coach of one year, 1994 Olympic men’s champion Alexei Urmanov. “He have a few batteries inside of him, I think. I believe. That’s why I call him the Energizer. […]

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Canadian women ready to play

It’s just all in a day’s work, all these crazy things that Canadian champion Alaine Chartrand does in practice at the world figure skating championships. All focus is on the Russian women, and the Japanese and of course the Americans, too, but Chartrand is a lively wild card. On Tuesday during practice, Chartrand, very quietly […]

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Mao Asada: Wunderbar

In a practice rink with windows all around, the sun finally streaming in to ease the chill, skates Mao Asada, forgotten by too many. Asada hasn’t stormed the place in her last few efforts. But look at her schedule: after sitting out a season (and Patrick Chan knows how hard that is to do), Asada […]

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The Bourne Advantage: Weaver and Poje

Could it be that grief is so close to joy? That happiness can be found in grief? Yes, say Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, heading with a skip in their step to the world figure skating championships this week, with their “This Bitter Earth” free dance. They feel down-in-their-boots grief every single day they practice, […]

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