Figure Skating

Cassee Gilbert of Sparwood won the Skate Canada BC/YK Section StarSkate Athlete of the Year award, and the Kootenay Region StarSkate Athlete of the Year award in 2022. (Courtesy of Melanie Barker)

‘A positive role model’: Sparwood skater Cassee Gilbert wins provincial and regional awards

Gilbert was recognized as the StarSkate Athlete of the Year at both levels

 

Figure skaters from the Fernie Skating Club practice for the ‘just ABBA’ ice show, taking place on March 10 and 11, 2022, at the Fernie Memorial Arena. The annual ice show was returning after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘They’re really excited’: Fernie Skate Club annual ice show returning after hiatus

The show will be a 70s disco throwback theme done to the music of the band ABBA

 

Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, trains at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Valieva tumbles out of the medals in Olympic figure skating

Valieva was permitted to skate despite failing a doping test weeks before the Beijing Games

 

Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee,competes in the women’s short program during the figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Russian skater Valieva listed two legal oxygen boosters on Olympic forms

Valieva is considered a “protected person” under anti-doping rules and could escape major sanctions

Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee,competes in the women’s short program during the figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Nathan Chen of the United States reacts at the end of his program to win the gold medal in the men’s figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Thursday, February 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Nathan Chen fulfills his Olympic dream by winning figure skating gold

Chen becomes 7th American man to win a figure skating singles gold medal

Nathan Chen of the United States reacts at the end of his program to win the gold medal in the men’s figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Thursday, February 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, competes in the women’s team free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Young Russian Olympic skater Valieva practices amid banned substance report

International Olympic Committee has said legal talks are ongoing with the ISU on the issue

Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, competes in the women’s team free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Gold medalists team from the Russian Olympic Committee celebrates following the victory ceremony after the team event in the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Canada watching closely as Olympic medals in team figure skating delayed by legal issue

International Olympic Committee cited ‘legal consultation’ with Canada sitting in fourth

Gold medalists team from the Russian Olympic Committee celebrates following the victory ceremony after the team event in the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Nathan Chen, of the United States, competes during the men's short program figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Chen flips, spins way to world-record score at Olympics

Gu skis past backlash to win gold in big air after switching from U.S. to China

Nathan Chen, of the United States, competes during the men's short program figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Vanessa James and Eric Radford perform their routine during the senior pairs short program at the National Skating Championships, in Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

James, Radford nab pairs spot on Olympic team despite withdrawal from nationals

Figure skating duo withdrew after stint with COVID over the holidays

Vanessa James and Eric Radford perform their routine during the senior pairs short program at the National Skating Championships, in Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Madeline Schizas skates during the warm up for the senior women’s free program at the National Skating Championships, in Ottawa, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Schizas won the women’s singles title at the Canadian figure skating championships, all but clinching her trip to the Beijing Olympics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Madeline Schizas skates during the warm up for the senior women’s free program at the National Skating Championships, in Ottawa, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Schizas won the women’s singles title at the Canadian figure skating championships, all but clinching her trip to the Beijing Olympics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s Keegan Messing reacts to the crowd after performing his men’s free program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition, in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

COVID-19 spectre hangs over Canada’s Olympic figure skating trials in Ottawa

Canada’s top figure skaters will begin their quest for a spot on the Beijing Olympic team on Friday

Canada’s Keegan Messing reacts to the crowd after performing his men’s free program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition, in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s new skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Lace up those skates: District of Sparwood opens public skating trail

The 400 metre long loop is located next to the Recreation and Leisure Centre

Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s new skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
A dated photo of Fernie firefighters brushing up on their ice rescue training. (Soranne Floarea/The Free Press)

Skate safe: Fernie FAR offers ice safety tips

Residents urged to be cautious on ice as temperatures fluctuate

A dated photo of Fernie firefighters brushing up on their ice rescue training. (Soranne Floarea/The Free Press)
TUESDAY OLYMPIC REPEATS Ice dance gold medallists Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir hold up the Canadian flag during victory ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Ice dance star Tessa Virtue happily out of her comfort zone in Queens MBA program

Olympic athletes, both active and retired, have been front and centre in the battle against the pandemic

TUESDAY OLYMPIC REPEATS Ice dance gold medallists Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir hold up the Canadian flag during victory ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Every performer from the show gathered together on the ice.

Sparwood Skating Club gives slick performance

Grooving to the soundtrack of Grease, the skaters showed off a season of hard work

Every performer from the show gathered together on the ice.
Local skater Bree Chardonnens is headed to the BC Winter Games.

Local girl skates her way to BC Winter Games

Thirteen-year-old Bree Chardonnens will be representing the Kootenay region at the games

Local skater Bree Chardonnens is headed to the BC Winter Games.
The first performance of the night saw 26 skaters performing to the song Sing to the Night.

Skating the night away with Shred Kelly

The Fernie Skating Club hosted their annual showcase this weekend

The first performance of the night saw 26 skaters performing to the song Sing to the Night.
Shred Kelly partners with Fernie Skating Club

Shred Kelly partners with Fernie Skating Club

The Skate to the Night Ice Show will feature live music by local band Shred Kelly

Shred Kelly partners with Fernie Skating Club