Monthly Archives: December 2014

World silver medalist Tatsuki Machida abruptly retires

This piece of news came as a shock: at the end of Japanese Nationals and after the teams for Worlds and Four Continents had been announced, 24-year-old Tatsuki Machida stepped on to the ice of…

2014 Grand Prix Final: my personal list of (mostly Japanese) joys

What a roller coaster of a week this has been – and I loved every second of it. Of course, through the thousands of seconds spent in Barcelona, at this year’s edition of the Grand…

2014 Grand Prix Final in Barcelona: Olé, olé y olé!

No better place to skate a Flamenco/Paso Doble than Barcelona, in a crowded, supportive arena, tapestried with Spanish flags. I came to understand that last week, at this year’s edition of the Grand Prix Final,…

Yuzuru Hanyu, the embodiment of joy, and a night to remember in Barcelona, at the Grand Prix Final

What if I told you that after the medals ceremony Yuzuru Hanyu went off-stage and, after giving an interview to a Japanese television, took off his gold medal and put it around Brian Orser’s neck?…

Shoma Uno: the story of a triumph

Japanese junior champion Shoma Uno skated a gorgeous free program in Barcelona a few nights ago, winning the gold medal at his first participation in the Junior Grand Prix Final. This is the story of…