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 1:46pm 2/22/14 1:46pm

Was The Figure Skating Fix In? It Probably Didn't Matter.

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova delivered a shocking upset Thursday, when she–not reigning world and Olympic champion Yuna Kim, not former world champion Carolina Kostner, not even 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya, who had been pegged for weeks as the co-favorite–won Olympic gold in women's figure skating. The decision was… » 2/20/14 8:46pm 2/20/14 8:46pm

Why Does NBC's Primetime Figure Skating Broadcast Suck?

For the past few weeks, I've been having a problem. My job, such as it is, has been to watch the Olympic figure skating competitions and to then write about it for this website. So nearly every day, clad in my pajamas and sporting my best last-panel-of-a-Cathy-comic hair, I've loaded up the NBC livestream from my couch … » 2/20/14 8:00pm 2/20/14 8:00pm

Once Again, It's Yuna Kim Vs. The World

After weeks of hype surrounding 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya's gold medal Sochi prospects, the Russian rising star crumbled under the pressure Wednesday, eating the ice on an uncharacteristic fall during her short program–and opening the door wide for a slew of competitors to challenge reigning Olympic champion Yuna… » 2/19/14 6:36pm 2/19/14 6:36pm

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 12:23pm 2/19/14 12:23pm

Three Reasons 15-Year-Old Yulia Lipnitskaya Could Shock The World

If you'd asked the figure skating hivemind before the Olympics to bet on the results of the ladies competition, 90 percent of the money would have gone on defending Olympic champion Yuna Kim. Kim, the South Korean superstar who cleaned up in Vancouver with a record-high score, has long been considered the reigning… » 2/18/14 6:16pm 2/18/14 6:16pm

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 10:02am 2/18/14 10:02am

Fixed Or Not, The World's Best Ice Dancers Won Gold

After four years of buildup, and at least a week of talk about possibly corrupt judges, U.S. ice dancing stars Meryl Davis and Charlie White–America's only real hope for a figure skating gold in Sochi–delivered the goods on Monday, beating Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir by a healthy spread of 4.53 points.… » 2/17/14 6:04pm 2/17/14 6:04pm

Men's Figure Skating Was A Disaster

From start to finish, from Evgeny Plushenko bowing out moments before his short program to the eventual gold medalist falling twice in his free skate, the entire men's individual competition seemed more than a little cursed. » 2/14/14 6:16pm 2/14/14 6:16pm

What Olympic Sport Is Your Country Most Excited About?

The data people over at Facebook have put together the map above—based on Facebook mentions—showing which Olympic sports different countries are talking about the most. Data are through the 13th; click here for a much larger version. There are tons of interesting tidbits in here, with usual caveats about sample size… » 2/14/14 5:59pm 2/14/14 5:59pm

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 3:16pm 2/14/14 3:16pm

Your Guide To Jason Brown, The Skater You Can't Help But Cheer For

American figure skater Jason Brown probably won't win an individual medal at these Olympics, but he might end up becoming a household name anyway. If that seems odd to you, don't worry, we can explain. » 2/13/14 3:37pm 2/13/14 3:37pm

Watch Russian TV React Live To The End Of Evgeni Plushenko's Career

Evgeni Plushenko is the closest thing Russia has to royalty anymore, and the celebrated Olympic figure skater's withdrawal today is a shock to the Winter Games host nation. Here's the live coverage from Россия-1, with commentators slowly realizing Plushenko's Olympic career was ending before their eyes, and reporting… » 2/13/14 11:55am 2/13/14 11:55am