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North Korea and China in ice dance to the music of diplomacy

Pyongyang - At the climax of a festival on ice to celebrate late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Friday, Olympic skaters from the host nation and neighbouring China swapped partners to dance together.

Killers of Kazakhstan's Olympic ice skater get 18 years in jail

Almaty - Kazakhstan on Thursday sentenced two men accused of killing Denis Ten, a figure skater who won bronze at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, to 18 years in a penal colony.

Kazakh Olympic figure skater stabbed to death at 25

Astana - Kazakh figure skater Denis Ten, who won bronze at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, died on Thursday aged 25 after being stabbed, Kazakhstan's culture and sports ministry told AFP.

Puppy love: Russian teen ice princess to get beloved Japanese dog

Toukyo - Russia's gold-medal-winning teenage skating sensation Alina Zagitova is finally set to realise her dream of owning an Akita, a breed of large Japanese dogs once presented as a gift from Japan to President Vladimir Putin.

Hanyu won gold with injured ankle 'only 20-30pc better'

Toukyo - Japan's "Ice Prince" Yuzuru Hanyu revealed Tuesday that he clinched figure skating Olympic gold despite his injured ankle being at barely a quarter of full fitness.

Russian ice princess 'can't believe' fairytale Olympic gold

Gangneung - Teenage figure skating sensation Alina Zagitova expressed disbelief Friday after winning her duel with Evgenia Medvedeva to claim Russia's first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Zagitova wins ice princess duel for Russia's first gold

Gangneung - Teenage figure skater Alina Zagitova prevailed in her duel with Evgenia Medvedeva to claim Russia's first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday.

'Friendly and kind' N. Korean skaters in Olympic spotlight

Taipei - North Korea's figure skaters Ryom Tai-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik are "friendly and kind and a little bit shy", South Korea's Kim Kyueun said Tuesday ahead of their hugely anticipated Olympic appearance.

S. Korea welcomes 'special' Olympic skaters from North

Seoul - South Korean organisers of next year's Winter Olympics welcomed Saturday the "special" qualifying of figure skaters from the North, as Seoul seeks to promote its isolated neighbour's participation as a key part of the "Peace Games".

Olympics: World junior champ Zhou set for cheers in China debut

Park City - World junior figure skating champion Vincent Zhou makes his senior Grand Prix debut in five weeks in Beijing, where he starts making his case for a Winter Olympic debut at Pyeongchang.

Figure skating: Japan's former world champ Asada retires

Toukyo - Japan's former world champion Mao Asada retired from figure skating Monday in a bombshell announcement, citing a lack of motivation after a mystifying slump in form.

Wife of Putin aide shocks with Holocaust-themed skating routine

Moscow - The wife of President Vladimir Putin's spokesman faced a storm of criticism on Monday for performing a Holocaust-themed ice-dancing routine with striped costumes based on concentration camp uniforms.

Figure skater Candeloro recounts horror of Argentina crash

General Levalle - French figure skater Philippe Candeloro was getting ready for his next adventure on the reality show "Dropped" when he heard a strange noise and realized something had gone wrong.

Chan won't defend world figure skating title in Japan

Winnipeg - Reigning men's world champion Patrick Chan, who settled for silver at the Sochi Olympics, said he will not seek a fourth consecutive title at this month's World Figure Skating Championships.The Canadian, the latest big name to pull out of the March 24-...

Sotnikova deserved gold, angry Russians insist

Sochi - Adelina Sotnikova's coaches hit back Friday at suggestions the dramatic victory of Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating champion was the result of a voting fix in favour of the Winter Games' hosts.The 17-year-old surged to her first major...

Sotnikova stuns Kim to win controversial gold

Sochi - Adelina Sotnikova won Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating gold in controversial circumstances on Thursday as defending champion Kim Yu-Na was dumped into the silver medal position.The 17-year-old took the title ahead of South Korean supe...

Girls go wild for skating heart-throb Joubert

Sochi - French figure skating heart-throb Brian Joubert has six world championship medals to show for his long career -- plus the undying devotion of legions of female fans.Some of his many admirers have shown themselves ready to take desperate measures to get...

Skaters stunned by late Plushenko withdrawal

Sochi - Yevgeny Plushenko's rivals were stunned on Thursday night after hearing that the four-time Olympic medallist had withdrawn injured at the last minute from the Winter Olympics.Plushenko, pulled out shortly before he was due to skate his short programme ...

Japan's Hanyu stars as Plushenko bows out

Sochi - Japanese star Yuzuru Hanyu gave a stunning display to put him on the road to Olympic gold as Russian veteran Yevgeny Plushenko called time on his long career after withdrawing injured from the Sochi Games.In a dramatic night of action at the Iceberg Sk...

Injured Plushenko calls time on career

Sochi - Two-time gold medallist Yevgeny Plushenko dramatically announced his retirement from figure skating after withdrawing from the Winter Olympics with a back injury on Thursday in a move which stunned the host nation."Amateur sport is finished for me.

Plushenko, Hanyu, Chan eye figure skating history

Sochi - Double Olympic gold medallist Yevgeny Plushenko, three-time world champion Patrick Chan, and Japanese figure skating star Yuzuru Hanyu all have Winter Games history in their sights starting Thursday.Plushenko, 31, is looking to become the most medalled...

Plushenko fit to go for Olympic skating record

Sochi - Figure skating superstar Yevgeny Plushenko will compete in the individual men's event at the Winter Olympics, Russian Federation president Alexander Gorshkov confirmed on Monday.

Russia lead but Hanyu upstages Plushenko

Sochi - Yevgeny Plushenko rolled back the years as the Russian veteran helped the Olympic hosts lead the new team skating competition but Japanese teen Yuzuru Hanyu stole the show on Thursday.

'I want to be Ross Phelps, sorry I meant Michael Phelps'

Sochi - Olympic ice dance champion Scott Moir got tongue-tied in his enthusiasm for the new Olympic team event on Thursday which could give him two gold medals in Sochi.

Lipnitskaia, 15, leads Russian 1-2 at Europeans

Budapest - Fifteen-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia became the youngest woman ever to win the European figure skating title on Friday, a result which she believes should give her one of the coveted berths on the Winter Olympic team of hosts Russia.

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