Where are they now: Catching up with former Olympic figure skater Rachael Flatt

Rachael Flatt

By Olivia Lee Medill Reports In early 2014, Olympic figure skater Rachael Flatt sat in her hotel lobby in Boston. She was surrounded by friends, family and former competitors, all scarfing down cannoli from one of Flatt’s favorite little hot spots in the city, Mike’s Pastry. With glasses of champagne raised, they toasted to Flatt, […]

Figure skating dress design with an edge

By Erin Barney Gail Johnson didn’t fit in with the other figure skating moms. She wasn’t wooed by elegant melodies or charmed by gaggles of twirling toddlers. She didn’t love glitter. Sequins weren’t her thing. But in an effort to save a few bucks, Johnson found herself more closely tied to the sport and its […]

It’s all about the story

Q&A with ice dancers Kseniya Ponomaryova and Oleg Altukhov By Erin Barney To casual figure skating fans, ice dancing and pairs routines often appear the same—spins, lifts and dazzling costumes. But ice dancers aren’t allowed to do showy overhead lifts and throw jumps. Instead, they need to wow fans and judges with their storytelling. Without […]

For Olympian Jason Brown, the ice is nice but family comes first

By EmmaKate Austin At the 2014 USA Figure Skating national championships, Jason Brown joyfully Irish-danced his way to a silver medal and a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. He did it his way: He had ignored advice to train away from home. Even after representing the U.S. in Sochi later that year and winning […]