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How I Got There: Otto Jelinek

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Lan Anh Vu

Otto Jelinek is currently Canadian Ambassador to the Czech Republic. As a former refugee from Communism, he has a high-level track record. Jelinek was...

How An Olympic Icon Ended Up Living In A Bug-Infested Trailer

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.06.2015 | OWN

From the time Debi Thomas was a young girl, she wanted to grow up to become two things: a renowned figure skater and a practicing physician. She did b...

I'm Tired of Pretending Figure Skating Isn't the Best Sport Ever (But It Needs Help)

Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.27.2016 | Sports
Joseph Erbentraut

Figure skating is the original reality show. The sport's marriage of athleticism, theatre, intricate costuming and palpable drama is riveting. But it's lost its audience.

Do Our Passions Define Who We Are? A Lesson From Lucinda Ruh, Figure Skating's 'Queen of Spin'

Tajci Cameron | Posted 05.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Tajci Cameron

It happens to all of us to a certain degree -- we develop one thing we really love and start identifying with it. It could be our work that we get pas...

Never Give Up: Overcoming Illness, Injury and International Moves to Become Tinkerbell on Ice

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 04.01.2015 | Good News
Jamie Davis Smith

For all of the little girls out there who want to be ice skaters, Sasha says she wants them to stick with skating, no matter what.

Canadian Figure Skating Legend and Holocaust Survivor Honored in Amsterdam

Dianne Lodder | Posted 02.13.2015 | Sports
Dianne Lodder

Figure skating legend Ellen Burka-Danby received a "Token of Recognition" from Dutch ex- figure skater Karen Venhuizen, at the Jaap Eden ice rink in Amsterdam on 9 December 2014.

9 Reasons Why No One Compares To Figure Skater Surya Bonaly

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices

French-born figure skater Surya Bonaly has always been in a league of her own. At the height of her career, the five-time European champion was oft...

Johnny Weir On Being A Gay Activist: ‘I Still Carry My Man Bag In Russia'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Russia's anti-gay laws have sought to oppress gays, but for figure skater Johnny Weir, it's provided a forum for him to fight for equality by merely b...

Sun Valley's Ice Skating Coffee Club: When LOSS Becomes a Big Win

Terrell Harris Dougan | Posted 11.08.2014 | Fifty
Terrell Harris Dougan

Sure, we don't bend our knees and glide as the pros do. We push off, lean and swing, and then hurry to steady ourselves. Some of us look like real ice dancers. Others of us look like nervous storks. We try not to mention the twinges in our hinges. We do it for all the best things in life: balance, strength, companionship.

How We Recovered From A Sensory Meltdown At The Ice Show

Carrie Goldman | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

It wasn't about the skating anymore. It was about friendship and restoration. It was about parenting from a place of collaboration instead of judgment. It was about open communication and empathy for each other's kids.

Meryl Davis And Charlie White Turn Stephen Colbert Into a Gushing Fanboy

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.29.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Okay, I'm sorry. Even Stephen Colbert couldn't help fawning over these two the other night --neither can I. If you could bottle whatever it is Meryl ...

Stephen Calabria

Here's What Americans Think Of That Olympic Figure Skating Controversy | Stephen Calabria | Posted 02.26.2014 | Sports

Figure skating fans -- and Americans on the whole -- are split on whether the outcome of last week's Olympic women's figure skating competition was fa...

Speak Up With Jimmy: Michelle Kwan Speaks Up for Special Olympics (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Jimmy Nguyen

In this fourth and final part of my interview with Michelle Kwan, the figure skating icon talks about her work supporting the Special Olympics and speaking up for young people worldwide with intellectual disabilities.

What Are the Jumps in Figure Skating?

Quora | Posted 04.19.2014 | Sports

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Tanya Zyabkina, Main jumps in the order of generally accepted difficulty. Additional inform...

Speak Up With Jimmy: Michelle Kwan on Sports as a Diplomacy Tool (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 04.20.2014 | Sports
Jimmy Nguyen

Michelle talks about her work as a Senior Adviser and Public Diplomacy Envoy for the U.S. State Department, and using the universal appeal of sports to improve international relations. She also talks about her efforts to inspire youth around the world.

Olympic Figure Skating's Dangerous Love Affair With Little Girls

Elizabeth Licorish | Posted 04.21.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Licorish

My 10th birthday was riddled with grief. I wasn't a little girl anymore. At Delaware, there were 6-year-olds who could jump higher and spin faster than me. At 10, it felt like the ice was melting. At 10, I was washed up.

Dear Filipino Olympian Michael Martinez, Outside-the-box Big Dreamer

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 04.20.2014 | Sports
Bino A. Realuyo

I am sure when you return to the Philippines, people will praise you for all the wrong reasons. Who doesn't love a modern-day Cinderella?

WATCH: This 12-Year-Old Figure Skater Will Blow Your Mind

Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents

This amazing child athlete might be the next Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi or Johnny Weir. At just 12 years old, Starr Andrews has mastered the a...

An Interview With Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi

Anne Maxfield | Posted 04.19.2014 | Sports
Anne Maxfield

"My skating was dictated by the music. I probably couldn't compete without it. I think a lot of times you almost go on automatic pilot once you hear that first note... your body just knows what it's supposed to do to each note."

Peggy Fleming Brought Classic Glamour To The Winter Olympics

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 02.20.2014 | Style

As the Sochi Winter Olympic Games continue, we are taking a look back at figure skating legend Peggy Fleming. Back in 1968, Fleming won the Ladies' si...

PHOTOS: The Most Outrageous Figure Skating Outfits | Posted 02.13.2014 | Style

Of all the Olympians on display during the Winter Games, few have as much of an opportunity to flaunt their fashion as figure skaters....

The Impact of Music at The Olympics

Aleeka Kay Edwards | Posted 04.14.2014 | Hawaii
Aleeka Kay Edwards

In the chase to be a celebrity composer, the checkpoints are a bit blurry. Whether musicians sketch out notes and then hire composers to write what ...

My U.S. Olympic Delegation Story

Brian Boitano | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Brian Boitano

The International Olympic Committee will never again select a host country that is not tolerant and that does not support human rights, and that in itself is a next step.

A Guide to Figure Skating: Politics Behind Scoring, What It's Like to Fall, and Why Skaters Don't Get Dizzy

Quora | Posted 04.13.2014 | Sports

These questions originally appeared on Quora. Answers by Joseph Lee, U.S. Junior Nationals Competitor in both singles and pairs, involved with STARs...

The Best (And Worst) Olympic Figure Skating Costumes So Far

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.10.2014 | Sports

With competition underway and the first medals already handed out in Olympic figure skating in Sochi, fans of the games' most glamorous sport have alr...