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New records, new faces make for exciting times in figure skating

At the beginning of each skating season, the prospect of what might happen seems so clear. However, once the competitions start, the reality sets in and skater projections can sometimes go out the window.
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Held off podium at worlds, should Canada figure skating begin to panic?

The 2019 world figure skating championships were the first in 15 years in which Canada went home empty-handed. Does that mean it's time to panic, or should Canadian figure skating fans just trust the process?
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Canadian rivals Messing, Nguyen inseparable off ice — and on it, too

When the music starts, it's all business for Canadian figure skaters Keegan Messing and Nam Nguyen at the world championships in Saitama, Japan. But the international trip also means lots of downtime spent playing Nintendo Switch and forging a lasting friendship together.
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Invisible wounds: Gabrielle Daleman's real victory was stepping on the ice

Success has followed Gabrielle Daleman for a long time, including an Olympic team gold medal, two national titles and a world bronze medal. But mental illness has gripped her for two years. That's why her real victory this week was simply competing at the world figure skating championships in Japan.

Yuzuru Hanyu is figure skating's rock star

The whirr of the photographers’ shutters can be heard over the music — there are so many of them. Once Yuzuru Hanyu leaves the ice, the majority of the photographers do too. Even if you aren’t a figure skating fan, the intensity of the practice is an event.

Great performances, a near-disastrous collision highlight opening of skating worlds

In my line of work, I get the chance to see skaters up close and personal. There is optimism and hope on the faces of each skater as they hit the ice. It’s as if they are all thinking, “today will be the day for triumph.” The thing is, anything can happen, and it often does.
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Canadian figure skater Aurora Cotop has all the makings of a future star

In just two short years, Canada's Aurora Cotop has gone from being the national junior women’s champion to the national senior silver medallist. And now she’s at her first world figure skating championships. It is pretty impressive.
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Is age restriction for young figure skaters a good thing?

Told they’re too young, several key skaters will be absent at this week’s world figure skating championships. All three women on the Russian national podium, American champion Alyssa Liu and Canadian silver medallist Stephen Gogolev won’t compete in Saitama, Japan due to age restriction.
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Figure skating worlds could produce wild, chaotic finishes

The 2019 figure skating world championships could be called the "wild card worlds." Between injuries, unexpected performances, and the emergence of new skating superstars, things have not gone according to plan this season.
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Figure skating worlds: Canadians to watch

There is a lot of Canadian talent on skating rinks preparing for the world championships in Saitama, Japan, which CBC Sports will begin streaming on March 19. Pj Kwong offers her list of Canadian skaters to watch.
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Four Continents: It's all about how you finish

The free skate is what makes figure skating so compelling. For Pj Kwong, it's not what you did yesterday, but what you and everyone else in the field is doing in the long program that propels you — or not — towards a spot on the podium.
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Ice dancers Weaver, Poje in tough at Four Continents

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje's rivalry with American champions and world silver medallists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue is well documented and pits two extraordinarily talented and well-trained teams against one another.

'My child's health is paramount': Gabrielle Daleman's mother on her daughter's mental health battle

Canadian figure skater Gabrielle Daleman put her career on hold so she could concentrate on her mental health. Her mother Rhonda has agonized over her daughter’s pain, and reveals the anguish of watching her child go through gripping anxiety and depression.
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Weaver-Poje, Gilles-Poirier shaping up to be a battle at national figure skating championships

With the exception of the women's singles, none of the other disciplines at this week's national figure skating championships has a returning champion and the title in any category won't be handed off without a fight.
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World's top figure skaters descend on Vancouver for unpredictable Grand Prix Final

The skaters headed to the ISU Grand Prix Final in Vancouver this weekend include as many surprises in who made the list as to who didn't.