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Youth Olympics ceremony performer improving after horror fall – IOC

Jan 09, 2020 - 9:49 PM

The condition of a figure skater who fell from 16 feet during rehearsals of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics opening ceremony has 'improved a little'

Photo by Fabrice/Coffrini/AFP

Youth Olympics ceremony performer's life 'in danger' after horror fall

Jan 09, 2020 - 10:56 AM

A female skater suffers severe injuries after falling to the ice from 16 feet during rehearsals of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony

UNFORTUNATE. The International Olympic Committee says it's 'saddened' of the accident. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

WATCH: How to skate your way to Disney on Ice

Dec 21, 2019 - 10:47 AM

Rappler Hustle gives you a glimpse on how you can fulfill your dreams of becoming a Disney of Ice figure skater

Chen glides to third straight Skate America crown

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:09 PM

World champion Nathan Chen dazzles in a crowd-pleasing 'Rocket Man' number to seal the gold

STRENGTH AND GRACE. Nathan Chen dominates the first event of the international skating Grand Prix series. File photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

U.S. figure skater files lawsuit claiming sex abuse by coach

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:33 AM

Richard Callaghan, the famed coach of Olympic champion Tara Lipinski, has been accused of 'numerous sexual assaults' by former ward Adam Schmidt

Figure skater Coughlin abused me, says Olympic medalist Wagner

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Another figure skater reveals she was sexually abused by John Coughlin, the American skater who committed suicide in January

ANOTHER VICTIM. Ashley Wagner says she got assaulted when she was 17. Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Former skating champ Coughlin dead after suspension

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

John Coughlin's sister confirms that the former US pairs figure skating champion took his own life

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Suspect held over Olympic figure skater's murder

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:22 PM

A suspect has been detained for the fatal stabbing of 2014 Sochi Olympics bronze medalist Denis Ten

GREAT LOSS. Kazakh skating star Denis Ten died in the hospital after medics fought to save his life following the attack.Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Olympic figure skater stabbed to death

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The 25-year-old Denis Ten, who won a bronze in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, was fatally attacked by car thieves

TRAGEDY. Family, friends and fans across the world mourn the death of Kazakh skating star Denis Ten. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

I'm so sorry: 5 memorable sporting apologies

Mar 30, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Here are 5 high-profile incidents of athletes apologizing

ADMISSION. Photo illustration showing a woman watches on her computer as Oprah Winfrey interviews cyclist Lance Armstrong about doping while competing professionally in the sport, as seen from Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Filipina figure skater holds own vs opponents twice her age in UK tourney

Mar 10, 2018 - 8:04 PM

8-year-old Ayasofya Aguirre garners 15.88 technical points, just 3.74 points behind first placer Amy Ilsley, a 17-year-old college freshman

HOLDING HER OWN. Ayasofya Vittoria Aguirre manages to finish in the middle of the pack of a tournament against competitors twice her age. Contributed photo

WATCH: Michael Christian Martinez performs 2018 Olympic routine in Manila

Feb 22, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Martinez fulfills his his dream of skating to a river dance and tribal-themed program

ZERO DEDUCTIONS. Michael Christian Martinez finishes with a clean performance after practicing for only 16 days. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

More skating for two-time Olympian Michael Christian Martinez

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Martinez still wants to achieve more goals in his figure skating career

ICE KING. Michael Christian Martinez performs his Emerald Tiger routine. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Skated with our hearts': Virtue and Moir win stunning gold

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'We knew today we'd put in a fantastic performance, gave it all we had, we skated with our hearts,' Scott Moir says of his record-breaking ice dance Winter Olympics win with fellow Canadian Tessa Virtue

HEARTS. Canada's Tessa Virtue and Canada's Scott Moir compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Oh my quad! US skater Chen makes history with 6 quads

Feb 17, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Chen breaks his own record of 5 quads set last year

Michael Christian Martinez: Olympian and pioneer in Philippine figure skating

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The two Winter Olympics stints of Martinez are already a feat on its own, especially when you hail from a country where snow is nowhere to be found

OLYMPIAN. Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez shown here after competing in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Love on ice – skating and dating at the Olympics

Feb 11, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Love on and off the ice may or may not conquer all

SOUL MATES. USA's Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim share a life together both on and off the ice. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Who's who in Pyeongchang: 2018 Winter Olympics athletes to watch

Feb 01, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Here are the athletes expected to shine in the Winter Olympics set February 9 to 25 in Pyeongchang in South Korea

STARS TO WATCH. Nathan Chen poses for photographers after the medal ceremony for the Championship Men's during the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the SAP Center on January 6, 2018 in San Jose, California. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: January 20-26, 2018

Jan 27, 2018 - 3:20 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Italy's Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek perform during the Gala Exhibition at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow on January 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV

PH's Michael Martinez to compete in 2018 Winter Olympics

Jan 25, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Martinez takes the place of Swedish figure skater Alexander Majorov

RETURN. Michael Martinez gains a spot in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Patrick Chan claims record 10th Canadian figure skating title

Jan 14, 2018 - 2:00 PM

3-time world title holder Chan is set to be part of Team Canada for the Winter Olympics

PYEONGCHANG BOUND. Patrick Chan is slated to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. File photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

US figure skating runner-up Ross Miner snubbed for Olympics

Jan 08, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou and Adam Rippon will represent the US men's team at the Winter Olympics instead

SNUBBED. Miner rose from fifth after the short program with a strong free skate to finish second but it wasn't enough to convince the selection committee he deserved a spot in South Korea over Zhou or Rippon. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Chen signals Olympic intentions with emphatic triumph at US Figure Skating Championships

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Chen is sure to head the US Olympic squad after landing 5 quadruple jumps in his free skate to continue his unbeaten 2017-18 campaign

CHAMPION. The 18-year-old Chen finished with a total of 315.23 points - 40.72 points more than silver-medallist Ross Miner. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Bradie Tennell wins US figure skating title with near-flawless performance

Jan 06, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Bradie Tennell is all but assured of a trip to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next mont

ELECTRIC. Bradie Tennell electrified the crowd at the SAP Center, landing each of her jumps en route to a total of 219.51 points. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Michael Martinez finishes 8th in Nebelhorn Trophy

Sep 30, 2017 - 8:29 PM

The Filipino figure skater misses the cut for the 2018 Winter Olympics that will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea

MISSED CUT. Philippines' top figure skater bows out in qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Michael Martinez satisfied with SEA Games silver after successful first quad toe

Aug 28, 2017 - 11:59 PM

Martinez is happy with a SEA Games silver for now because the bigger picture for him is in South Korea next year

BIGGER PICTURE. Michael Martinez says he's focused on the bigger picture: qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Michael Martinez stumbles, now second place after SEA Games short program

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:23 PM

Michael Martinez lands second with a score of 54 74 behind Malaysia s Julian Yee

SECOND PLACE. Michael Martinez looks to do better in the figure skating long program at the SEA Games after falling behind Malaysia's bet. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

10 Filipino athletes to look out for in 2017 SEA Games

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Here s a short list of some of the outstanding Filipino athletes who will see action at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jules Alpe set to light up SEA Games ice skating rink for the first time

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Jules Alpe 18 has never known a passion greater than his love for figure skating

PH ice athletes aim to bag gold medals in SEA Games

Jul 27, 2017 - 4:12 PM

This is the first time that the SEA Games will feature ice hockey figure skating and speed skating events

A more mature Michael Christian Martinez guns for Olympics slot

Jun 07, 2017 - 8:31 PM

Martinez is working hard to make his dream of competing in the Winter Olympics again a reality He aims to qualify via the Nebelhorn Trophy this September

WISER, MORE MATURE. Michael Christian Martinez, seen here during the 2017 World Championships, aims for another Winter Olympics ticket, this time as a more mature person and skater. Photo from ISU World Figure Skating Championships Helsinki 2017 Facebook page

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Apr 03, 2017 - 8:56 PM

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Palit Bise, Martinez, Suu Kyi | Midday wRap

Apr 03, 2017 - 12:34 PM

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Michael Christian Martinez's 2018 Olympic stint not yet certain

Apr 02, 2017 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED The International Skating Union confirms via email that Martinez did not qualify for the 2018 Games via the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships

UNCERTAIN. Michael Christian Martinez's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics is uncertain due to a technicality. File Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Michael Christian Martinez finishes last in World Championships final

Apr 01, 2017 - 4:11 PM

3rd UPDATE His overall score including the short program is at 196 79

OPENER. Michael Christian Martinez performs first in the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships final. File Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

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Mar 31, 2017 - 7:31 PM

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Chinese skating pair put injuries behind with World Championships gold

Mar 31, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Chinese pairs skaters Sui Wenjing and Han Cong win their first world title and lay the ground work for their Pyeongchang 2018 campaign

BACK ON TOP. The figure skating duo looked finished after Sui Wenjing (R) underwent surgery on both feet last year, but their gold medal finish in Helsinki showed they still had another run in them. Photo from Wikipedia

Michael Christian Martinez advances to World Championships final

Mar 31, 2017 - 3:14 AM

The Filipino figure skater finishes the short program in 24th place good enough to get him into the free skate final

MAKING THE CUT. Michael Christian Martinez, seen during his star making run at the 2014 Winter Games, made the cut for the men's final free skate. File photo by EPA

WATCH: Michael Christian Martinez at Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Feb 19, 2017 - 4:48 PM

The 20 year old 2014 Winter Olympian has a total score of 214 15 good for 14th place in the competition

Martinez finishes 7th in skating tourney despite leg injury

Dec 05, 2015 - 9:04 PM

Martinez finishes with a total of 202 82 points

Filipina figure skater wins 4 gold medals in Indonesia

Nov 02, 2015 - 10:12 PM

Verniece Enciso also won two silvers and the Best Performance Award at the Skate Bandung 2015 in Indonesia

Verniece Enciso aces Skate Bandung 2015 in Indonesia. Photo from press release

PH figure skating team bags 6 golds in Hong Kong

Oct 10, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Six Filipina figure ice skaters bagged gold medals in the annual competition besting representatives from China Indonesia Thailand and other participating Asian nations

The Philippine team put on an impressive showing in Hong Kong. Photo from press release

Michael Martinez wins 2015 Asian Open Figure Skating tourney

Aug 10, 2015 - 12:38 AM

Martinez scores 72 14 points in the short program and 116 39 points in the free skating program

WATCH: Michael Martinez puts on figure skating exhibition

Jun 25, 2015 - 10:42 PM

Watch as Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez skates up a storm at SM Megamall

Japan's Mura claims men's title at Skate Canada

Nov 02, 2014 - 12:28 PM

Japan s Takahito Mura upset two time European champion Javier Fernandez to win the men s singles title at Skate Canada

Takahito Mura won the Skate Canada leg of the Grand Prix. File photo by Jeff Kowalsky/EPA

Figure skating champ Takahashi denies harassment in booze-fueled scandal

Aug 22, 2014 - 8:13 PM

Figure skater Daisuke Takahashi denies being a victim of sexual harassment after the Japan Skating Federation president was photographed kissing him at a party

‘It was a case of two adults getting a little out of control,’ the 28-year-old Takahashi says. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

Michael Martinez to compete in Grand Prix of Figure Skating

Jul 30, 2014 - 1:20 PM

Philippine Olympian Michael Martinez will compete in the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating from October to mid December

MIRACLE ON ICE. Michael Christian Martinez will have a busy schedule of international figure skating. File photo by EPA

Martinez overcomes injuries to win gold at Triglav Trophy

Apr 07, 2014 - 4:31 AM

Michael Christian Martinez overcame lingering injuries to win the gold at the ISU sanctioned Triglav Trophy International Figure Skating Tournament in Jesenice Slovenia

STANDING TALL. Michael Martinez (center) stands atop the podium with second placed Keiji Tanaka (L) and third placed Ryuju Hino (R). Photo from Martinez's Facebook

Martinez in first place after Triglav Trophy short program

Apr 05, 2014 - 2:18 AM

Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez is off to a hot start in the Triglav Trophy International Figure Skating Tournament in Jesenice Slovenia after topscoring the short program

MIRACLE ON ICE. Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez is in the top spot of the Triglav Trophy competition after the short program. Photo by Adrian Dennis/EPA