Latest Women's skating News

Ready to rumble: Mixed relay debuts in short track skating

Jan. 14, 2022 14:14 PM EST

Short track speedskating is already thrilling with its high-speed crashes and elbows flying. Now, there’s a new event adding to the chaos with its Olympic debut in Beijing. The 2,000-meter mixed team relay features a maximum of 12 teams with four skaters each — two men and two...

Dutch dominance in jeopardy at Olympic speedskating oval

Jan. 14, 2022 14:11 PM EST

Make room on the podium for countries other than the Netherlands at the speedskating oval in Beijing. The Dutch typically dominate in their national sport — winning seven golds and 16 medals overall four years ago — but this time the medals figure to be more evenly spread around....

Russians heavy favorites for Olympic figure skating medals

Jan. 12, 2022 12:07 PM EST

Kamila Valieva began her run-up to the Beijing Olympics by heading to the lower-level Finlandia Trophy in early October, where the 15-year-old Russian superstar broke the world record for the free skate and total score. She continued it three weeks later by breaking those new marks...

American skater Chen eyes elusive Olympic gold in Beijing

Jan. 12, 2022 11:51 AM EST

Nathan Chen has accomplished just about everything that one can accomplish in the sport of figure skating. Six consecutive national championships, the most since two-time Olympic champion Dick Button in the 1940s and '50s. Three consecutive world championships, the...

US Figure Skating picks experience over youth for Beijing

Jan. 10, 2022 11:52 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For all its strength and elegance, grace and power, the sport of figure skating tends to court controversy. Just look at the number of films and documentaries about Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, or the scandal in the pairs competition that rocked the...

Chen, Zhou join Brown in making make US team for Olympics

Jan. 09, 2022 21:34 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three-time world champion Nathan Chen proclaimed 17-year-old Ilia Malinin to be the future of U.S. Figure Skating. Maybe so, but Malinin’s present won’t include the Beijing Olympics. That distinction belongs to Chen, who won his sixth...

Liu joins Bell, Chen on US figure skating team for Olympics

Jan. 08, 2022 19:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Alysa Liu certainly didn't look as if she was suffering from COVID-19 on Saturday, when her smiling face was beamed into Bridgestone Arena by Zoom following the announcement of the American team headed for the Beijing Olympics. The biggest question now: When...

Bowe, Mantia win 1,500 titles to qualify for 3rd Olympics

Jan. 08, 2022 18:27 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brittany Bowe won the women’s 1,500 meters and Joey Mantia took the men's event in track-record time at the U.S. speedskating trials Saturday, putting the veterans on their third Olympic team. Bowe finished in 1 minute, 50.32 seconds to claim her third individual...

Bell tops Chen to win first US figure skating championship

Jan. 08, 2022 00:01 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mariah Bell had been to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships nine times without standing atop the podium. She'd finished second once. Third a couple times. A disappointing fifth four years ago, when the ever-smiling Bell arrived at nationals as one of the...

2-time US champ, Olympic hopeful Liu out with COVID-19

Jan. 07, 2022 23:08 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two-time champion Alysa Liu withdrew from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday, less than a day after a third-place finish in the short program put her in position to make the Olympic team. The 16-year-old Liu...