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Articles filed under Figure Skating

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  • Globe-trotting Lake County ER doc at home for Sochi Olympics Jan 8, 2014 8:01 AM
    When Dr. Timur Kouliev of Lake County leaves Monday for his job as a medical coordinator for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, he'll be returning to a place where his family vacationed when he was growing up in Moscow. “I stayed with my family in Sochi when I was a child,” remembers Kouliev, 36, who was born in Russia and took summer vacations to the resort city from his family home in Moscow. “We went to the beach.”

  • Tearful Lysacek drops out of Olympic chase Dec 10, 2013 11:42 AM
    Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip would subside. And every day when he stepped on the ice, the searing throb of pain reminded him that passion alone can’t fuel a dream. The reigning Olympic figure skating champion and Naperville native announced Tuesday that a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in Sochi.

  • Lysacek doing double, triple jumps again Oct 28, 2013 10:13 PM
    Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek says he’s doing double and triple jumps in practice as he tries to come back from injury in time to defend his title in Sochi. The Naperville native tore the labrum in his left hip in a fall on a quad in training Aug. 21. He hasn’t competed since winning gold in Vancouver in 2010, sidelined last year by a torn abdominal muscle.

  • Weir retires from figure skating Oct 23, 2013 4:06 PM
    Known as much for his outrageous costumes and comments as his intriguing skating, Johnny Weir is leaving the ice for the broadcast booth. He hopes to be just as offbeat and entertaining in his new career.

  • Time currently Lysacek’s biggest competition Oct 12, 2013 8:00 AM
    The Sochi Olympics are less than four months away, and Naperville native Evan Lysacek still hasn’t competed since winning gold in Vancouver.

  • Lysacek has torn labrum, will miss Skate America Sep 30, 2013 3:39 PM
    The reigning Olympic figure skating champion revealed Monday he’s got a torn labrum in his left hip, further delaying his comeback. Evan Lysacek hasn’t competed since winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and said the latest injury will keep him out of next month’s Skate America.

  • Lysacek’s comeback delayed again Sep 9, 2013 4:04 PM
    Olympic champion Evan Lysacek was to compete later this week at the International Skating Classic, his first event since winning gold at the Vancouver Games. But the Naperville native withdrew Monday, citing a slight abdominal tear.

  • Arlington Hts. figure skater, 64, is cleaning up on the 'silver' circuit Aug 26, 2013 1:43 PM
    Mary Ellen Gabler of Arlington Heights didn't start figure skating until she was 41, but today she's a champion on the ice. She took first place in the Adult Silver division of the Chicago Open, and this December she will be a featured soloist at the Hoffman Estates Park District's winter ice show. “My original goal was to be able to skate backward,” Gabler says. “That fascinated me.”

  • Naperville’s Lysacek begins long climb toward Sochi Jul 25, 2013 5:41 AM
    t’s been more than three years since Evan Lysacek skated off with the gold medal in Vancouver. He hasn’t competed since.Yet the skater, who grew up in Naperville embraces the idea of making history; Dick Button was the last repeat men’s Olympic champion. He embraces being back on the ice in any capacity even more. “I love skating and wouldn’t be coming back if I didn’t love it,” he said Wednesday

  • Oly champ Lysacek ready for Skate America return Jun 4, 2013 8:19 PM
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Olympic champion Evan Lysacek will return to competition for the first time since Vancouver at Skate America. The Naperville native had hoped to make his return there last year, only to be sidelined by a torn abdominal muscle. The injury required surgery. Though Skate America is Lysacek’s only Grand Prix event, it will give him a good idea of how he stacks up against the international competition.

  • Moving Picture: Grandmother shares her love of skating May 17, 2013 11:01 AM
    Two-year-old Ryan Shaffer sat on the ice in his new skates after falling down. Then ice skating instructor Karen Kay Lavris talked to him with loving encouragement and, after several tries, he got back up on his skates, made his way across the ice and gave Lavris a big hug. "I love the children, I love every part of teaching them and seeing them smile," said Lavris. "It's magic. To see a little girl or a little boy get on the ice is a magical thing."

  • Gold, Wagner give U.S. figure skating team a shot at Socchi Mar 15, 2013 11:16 AM
    LONDON, Ontario — Gracie Gold knows what she wants. This is the U.S. runner-up's first trip to worlds, and the Elk Grove Village-based skater can't help but be a bit starstruck at sharing a crowded locker room with Olympic champion Kim Yu-na and Mao Asada. "I watched them in 2008, 2009 and 2010, leading up to the Olympics," the 17-year-old said. "They were kind of idolized, so to be sitting next to them is still a little bit intimidating." Kim in particular. "She was my idol," Gold admitted. "I'm kind of waiting to ask for a picture." She'll have plenty of chances if she continues to skate like she did Thursday.

  • From figure skating to shot put, here’s something for everyone Mar 14, 2013 9:34 PM
    The road to becoming an Olympic athlete is not for the squeamish. Figure skater Derek Wagner, who will be a freshman at Geneva High this fall, has pictured himself securing that very goal.

  • Japan’s Mao Asada wins women’s title at Four Continents Feb 10, 2013 10:37 AM
    Two-time world champion Mao Asada won the women’s figure skating crown at Four Continents on Sunday, leading a Japanese sweep. In the ice dance final, American pairs finished first and third. The Four Continents is the last major event before the March 11-17 worlds.

  • Gold goes from anonymous to famous in 4 minutes Jan 30, 2013 8:47 AM
    On any given day, Gracie Gold of Elk Grove Village could have been found training on the ice at rinks in Glen Ellyn or Vernon Hills, skating fairly anonymously under the watchful eye of her coach, Alex Ouriashev. Not anymore. Not after the 17-year-old pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of women's figure skating on Saturday. "It was amazing," Gold said afterward.

  • Olympic champ Lysacek out of nationals Jan 18, 2013 7:19 PM
    Olympic champion Evan Lysacek's comeback is delayed again. The Naperville native has withdrawn from the upcoming U.S. Figure Skating Championships because of a slow recovery from surgery on a sports hernia.

  • Suburban Standouts continue to shine on local, world stage Jan 3, 2013 5:12 AM
    We weren't quite sure what we'd find in May 2011 when we set out to showcase extraordinary young people for our new Suburban Standouts column. The suburbs, it turns out, are teeming with gifted minds, accomplished athletes, talented artists and driven students who thrive, often in the face of hardship. We checked in with six of our favorites to see what they've been up to.

  • Wagner takes women’s title at Skate America Oct 21, 2012 8:30 PM
    Ashley Wagner put her self-described “Almost Girl” tag behind her at Skate America. The 21-year-old won the women’s title, and 18-year-old teammate Christina Gao made it a 1-2 U.S. finish Sunday.

  • Olympic champ Lysacek makes return official Aug 10, 2012 9:44 AM
    Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek's decision to return took all of an hour. In training for the past year, Lysacek made his return official Friday and announced that he is entered for Skate America in October — his first competition since winning the gold medal in Vancouver in 2010. The Naperville native will aim for a spot on the U.S. team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. "I'm locked and loaded, so to speak," Lysacek said. "Nothing's made me happier than training every single day."

  • Champion Hoffman figure skater, 12, eyes Olympics Jul 12, 2012 6:10 AM
    Even in the swarm of skaters buzzing by each other during the final minutes of an open-ice session, Tomoki Hiwatashi stands out. Given his unadulterated joy and unmatched skill, it's no wonder the spirited Hoffman Estates 12-year-old already is a two-time national figure skating champion.

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