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Reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu confirmed that he will be returning to two of his iconic programs - the short program to Chopin's Ballade No. 1 and the free skate to Seimei.
In anticipation of the start to his season - and he debuts this season at Autumn Classic - let's take a look at the best competition of his life, the 2015 Grand Prix Final, where he skated both of these programs flawlessly and rewrote the record books.
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1998 US Nationals short program
1998 US Nationals free skate
Sarah Hughes USA
2002 Olympics free skate
UPDATE (2/8/17): Seven months after his announcement, Farris announced that he's coming back after leaving skating on the wrong terms. He is aiming for the summer competitions as the beginning of his comeback.
After battling concussions for over a season, former World junior champion Joshua Farris announced his retirement from competitive skating. Farris was coming off a career-best season, where he finished third at U.S. Nationals and won the silver at the 2015 Four Continents Championships. Here are some of his career highlights:
2015 Four Continents short program
2015 U.S. Nationals free skate
2013 Junior Worlds free skate
2012 Junior Grand Prix short program and free skate
2016 ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition free skate
In her long, prolific career that included four Japanese titles, three World medals (one silver and two bronze), a Grand Prix Final title, and fourth- and fifth-place Olympic finishes, Fumie Suguri was the most consistent Japanese woman in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She returns this week to the ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition, reminiscent of another Japanese great, Midori Ito, who competed at that same competition a few years ago. Here are some of Suguri's career highlights.
1996 World Junior Championships free skate
4th FS, 4th overall
2002 Olympics free skate
5th FS, 5th overall
2003 Four Continents free skate
1st SP, 1st overall
2004 Grand Prix Final free skate
1st FS, 1st overall
2006 Olympics short program
4th SP, 4th overall
2009-10 Japan Nationals
6th SP, 9th FS, 7th overall
Her last appearance at Japan Nationals. She was unsuccessful in qualifying for it the next three seasons.
Requested by a number of folks after Worlds, a look at Ashley Wagner's two career-defining skates of her now-trademark Moulin Rouge free skate. The left is her 2015 Nationals free skate, where she won her third U.S. title with the most difficult content of her career. The right is her 2016 Worlds free skate, where she won the World silver medal.
Besides the different hair colors, what's most interesting to compare between the two is the difference in the level of her skating just one year apart. She's come to be known for her storytelling and music interpretation, and that's apparent and cream of the crop in both programs. But the transitions, the ice coverage, and the intricacy of the program increased exponentially, and even the power that she achieves on her basic stroking is noticeably stronger than it was last year.
It was not just the home crowd excitement in Boston that helped her component marks - Wagner's skating has moved up a couple of notches since last year, and it's no surprise that we've seen her PCS rise all season long.