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August 2, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Pierre Brunet, a 10-time national champion and Olympic gold medalist for France in figure skating, died in Boyne City, Mich. He was 89.
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February 22, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - The numbers do not add up to a pretty picture for United States figure skating. The U.S. skaters left Sochi with the ice dance gold by Meryl Davis and Charlie White as their only medal in the sport's four traditional disciplines, matching Team USA's lowest Olympic total since the 1994 Winter Games. The women now have failed to win a medal at either the Olympics or World Championships since Kimmie Meissner's world title in 2006 - the longest such U.S. drought since figure skating became an Olympic sport in 1924.
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February 21, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
Figure skating is a beautiful sport. It's fluid and graceful -- and it's fast. So fast, in fact, that it can look totally different when you slow it down. Or bring it to a halt. Still photography can bring out skating's most awkward moments, as you can see in the slideshow above. Some things that look great flowing across the ice don't look so great when a skater is caught in that one split second - something we couldn't help but notice when browsing through pictures of figure skating at the Olympics this year.
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February 21, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
A petition demanding an investigation into the Olympic gold medal win of Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova is breaking records at Change.org. Fans of Sochi silver medal winner Yuna Kim of South Korea have caused the petition to catch fire. It was gaining 100,000 new signatures every 15 minutes in the wee hours of Friday morning, Pacific time, with 90% of signatures coming from inside Korea. "No other Change.org petition has gotten to 1 million signatures in eight hours before," spokesman Mark Anthony told the L.A. Times on Friday morning.
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February 21, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
Millions of people are unhappy that Russia's Adelina Sotnikova beat out South Korea's Yuna Kim for a gold medal in Olympic women's figure skating.  I'm not sure I am. The reason for that is tied up in the fact that figure skating -- for all its balletic grace and beauty -- is a sport.   I'll be honest: I don't remember much about Sotnikova's free skate at the Sochi Olympics, except that she gave a hammy wave to the judges near the end of her routine.   Yes, her long program was jam-packed with jumps, and it was entertaining to watch her unique spins.
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February 21, 2014 | Ed Stockly
The Winter Olympics, from Sochi, Russia, on TV. Many of the most popular events will be broadcast in prime time and on the weekends on NBC. NBCSP is also airing events in prime time and picking up a number of live events in the early-morning hours. Hockey and curling can be found on MSNBC and USA. Curling also will air on CNBC. And a few events will be exclusively online at www.NBCOlympics.com . Below is the latest television schedule for the 2014 Winter Olympics for Friday, Feb 20, through Sunday, Feb. 23: Friday, Feb. 21 Biathlon, Freestyle Skiing (6:30 a.m. NBCSP)
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February 20, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
For most viewers, Olympic figure skating can be a subjective and murky sport, the difference between medals and also-ran status found in small gradations not visible to the naked eye. But in Wednesday night's prime-time short skate from Sochi, Russia, NBC viewers were treated to a more direct view of the haves and have-nots. The top three skaters - South Korea's Yuna Kim, Russia's Adelina Sotnikova and Italy's Carolina Kostner  -  had the kind of performances that makes even skating duffers take notice, finishing within a point of one another.
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February 20, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Elvis Stojko was ready. It was moments after the women's Olympic figure skating competition and Stojko had a detailed result sheet in hand. He began to tick off, element by element, why he felt Adelina Sotnikova of Russia deserved to beat defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea and Carolina Kostner of Italy. "Adelina came loaded," Stojko said. "Did the other two have more beautiful skating? Absolutely. But it's a sport, and this was totally fair. " It was no surprise that Stojko, a two-time OIympic silver medalist from Canada known for his athleticism, might have such an opinion about an outcome certain to be among the most questionable and debated in figure skating's checkered judging history.
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February 19, 2014 | By John Cherwa
A look at the top events at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday: WOMEN'S HOCKEY The U.S. women haven't won the gold since 1998; a Canada win would give it a fourth straight title. Canada beat the U.S., 3-2, in a pool-play game. This is actually the only high-stakes competitive matchup in this tournament, making all the other games seem like an afterthought. WOMEN'S FIGURE SKATING It was supposed to be a coming-out party for the new Russian phenom, only a different one showed up. Adelina Sotnikova took the spotlight from Yulia Lipnitskaya to grab second going into the free skate.
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February 19, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
If I had landed that double loop, I might remember very little about one of my last performances as a figure skater. It's a jump I had done, in competition and in practice, probably hundreds of times. But on that day, during my last shot at a medal in regionals, I fell. My elbows hit the ice, my chest and neck jolted back and my head soon followed. It's not as bad as it might sound. The French braid on the back of my head acted as a helmet as I knocked the ice. But it wasn't your average tumble -- if you only watch figure skating on TV, you've probably not seen a fall like it. One person told my mom afterward that she didn't think I would get up. Not because I was badly injured, but because it seemed like an appropriate time for me to give up. On my way to the competition in Colorado, I had developed one of the many head colds that plagued me as a teenager.
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February 18, 2014 | By John Cherwa
Men's Giant Slalom Ted Ligety is considered a strong threat to take the gold medal. He is the defending World Cup champion and has been dominant in this race in the past. Things got a little easier when Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway pulled out, reportedly because of allergy problems. Women's Figure Skating The short program of the women's event should set the stage for what will be a showdown in the free skate on Thursday. Yuna Kim of South Korea and Mao Asada of Japan go against 15-year-old Russian superstar in the making Yulia Lipnitskaya.
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