Figure Skating

Nathan Chen of the US after winning a gold at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games at the Capital Indoor Stadium, and with mother Hetty Wang as a young figure skater. Photos: AP, Instagram / Nathan Chen

US skater Chen says Olympic gold ‘largely’ thanks to Beijing-born mother

‘There’s no way I would be able to make it to where I am now without her support,’ says Chen of Chinese immigrant mother Hetty Wang, who surprises him on US national television.

23 Feb 2022 - 7:15PM
Hanyu Yuzuru performs during the figure skating gala event on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

Hanyu thrills fans as figure skaters let loose at Winter Olympics gala

Japan’s ‘Ice Prince’ at his ethereal best skimming across Olympic ice for what might be the last time.

20 Feb 2022 - 5:31PM
China’s figure skating pioneers Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo kiss their medals after winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Photo: AP

Who are China’s figure skating pioneers Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo?

Shen and Zhao have witnessed China’s emergence as a world-class winter sports power, playing a key part in their rise with gold in Vancouver 2010.

20 Feb 2022 - 3:00PM
China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong go through their brilliant routine on their way to gold in the figure skating pairs event. Photo: EPA-EFE

Figure skaters Sui and Han turn on the magic for China’s ninth gold

The world record holders soaked up the pressure to complete a mesmerising routine and overcome a power trio of Russian rivals for pairs figure skating gold.

19 Feb 2022 - 11:37PM
Team USA celebrate on the podium after winning silver in the figure skating mixed team competition. Photo: DPA

US skaters file legal bid for IOC to awards medals before Games end

The figure skating mixed team medal ceremony was abandoned by the IOC after Russia’s Kamila Valieva tested positive for a banned substance.

19 Feb 2022 - 6:40PM
Kamila Valieva (right) of the Russian Olympic Committee with figure skating coach Eteri Tutberidze at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games at the Capital Indoor Stadium. Photo: Reuters

Olympic chief Bach ‘very, very disturbed’ by Valieva treatment

Kremlin hits back after IOC president Thomas Bach calls for investigation into Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s team after a ‘chilling’ post-skate exchange.

18 Feb 2022 - 7:55PM
Hong Kong short-track speedskater Sidney Chu in a training session before the Beijing Winter Olympic Games men’s 500m short-track event at the Capital Indoor Stadium. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong government’s ice rink plans ‘surreal’, Olympic skater Chu says

Beijing Games competitor Sidney Chu and Hong Kong’s first Winter Olympian Christy Ren outline how short-track speedskating would benefit from an international standard ice rink, from grass roots to elite level.

19 Feb 2022 - 12:27AM
1Kamila Valieva performs her routine in the women’s figure skating event at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Thursday. Photo: DPA

Olympics: Kamila Valieva falls, lets IOC off hook; Norway extends gold lead

Russia’s Anna Shcherbakova took gold ahead of compatriot Alexandra Trusova and Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto after the free skate.

18 Feb 2022 - 12:40AM
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, has been embroiled in a doping scandal. Photo: AP

Kamila Valieva saga puts spotlight on teen skaters’ ages in throwaway society

Debate reopens over age in women’s figure skating and whether young athletes are adequately protected after latest Russian doping saga.

17 Feb 2022 - 7:00AM
(From left) Hong Kong Winter Olympians Sidney Chu, Adrian Yung Hau-tsuen, chef de mission Karl Kwok Chi-leung and Audrey King at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre. Photo: HKSF&OC

Hong Kong, China to ‘strengthen winter sports ties’ after Beijing Olympics

With Hong Kong’s first international-standard ice skating rink still in the works, Hong Kong’s Beijing Winter Olympics chef de mission Karl Kwok targets more cross-border training and ‘snow sports tourism’.

16 Feb 2022 - 6:04PM
Teenager Kamila Valieva performs her routine during the women’s figure skating short programme on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

IOC says figure skating results provisional if Valieva wins medal

‘New York Times’ report says Valieva’s December positive test showed three types of heart medication, two of them not deemed prohibited.

16 Feb 2022 - 2:33PM
Kamila Valieva turns on the style in the women’s short programme at the Beijing Games. Photo: AP

Kamila Valieva shrugs off controversy to finish top of qualifying standings

The 15-year.old recorded the highest score of 82.16 to comfortably send her through to the next round with 24 other skaters

16 Feb 2022 - 1:47AM
Russian Olympic Committee’s Kamila Valieva skates during a training session in Beijing. Photo: dpa

Russian Valieva blames positive drug test on grandfather’s heart meds

Russian figure skater was cleared by officials to continue competing at the Winter Olympics, and is expected to take part in the women’s singles short programme on Tuesday evening.

15 Feb 2022 - 1:52PM
Former South Korean Olympic champion Kim Yuna (left) and Russian Olympic Committee figure skater Kamila Valieva. Photo: AFP, Reuters

Russian skater Kamila Valieva ‘cannot compete’- Olympic champion Kim Yuna

The Vancouver 2010 gold medallist says ‘athlete who violates doping cannot compete in the game’, as teenager Valieva continues her Beijing Games campaign despite testing positive for a banned substance.

15 Feb 2022 - 9:36PM
Figure skater Hanyu Yuzuru of Japan at a press conference event at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games at the Main Media Centre. Photo: Xinhua

Yuzuru Hanyu confirms he will still compete despite Olympics upset

‘I have two consecutive Olympic gold medals and I will live my life very proud of it,’ says the 27-year-old, who outlined his ankle injury throughout Beijing required painkillers and injections.

14 Feb 2022 - 8:30PM
Russia’s Kamila Valieva cries after a fall during a training session on Sunday in Beijing. Photo: AP

Court officials under fire after Valieva cleared to skate despite positive test

The 15-year-old tested positive for a banned substance in December but CAS upheld a temporary lifting of a ban because as a minor, she is a ‘protected person’.

14 Feb 2022 - 7:31PM
Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu in the men’s singles free skate event at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games at the Capital Indoor Stadium. Photo: Xinhua

Is figure skating great Yuzuru Hanyu on verge of retirement?

The two-time Olympic champion will address media on Monday, the Japanese Olympic Committee says, as it urges international media and fans to ‘refrain from speculative reporting’ amid swirling rumours.

14 Feb 2022 - 4:12PM
Eileen Gu waves after competing during the women’s freestyle skiing big air finals. Photo: AP

5 things to watch on Day 10 at the Winter Olympics

Fan favourites and good friends Eileen Gu and Su Yiming are back in action for China on Monday, as they look for more medals in Beijing.

18 Apr 2022 - 5:20PM
Russian Olympic Committee figure skater Kamila Valieva takes part in an official training session at the Beijing Winter Olympics on February 13, 2022. Photo: Kyodo

Explainer | What happens if Kamila Valieva loses her Olympics doping hearing?

Here’s everything you need to know about doping scandal surrounding 15-year-old Russian figure skater, and her hearing with Court of Arbitration for Sport.

13 Feb 2022 - 7:27PM
Kamila Valieva (left) alongside coach Eteri Tutberidze after competing in Beijing. Reuters

New Russian doping scandal shines light on figure skater Kamila Valieva’s coach

While there is no suggestion that Eteri Tutberidze has done anything wrong, the case has brought renewed scrutiny of her notoriously strict methods.

12 Feb 2022 - 1:08PM