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Around the world of figure skating - Jan. 1

Team USA's Jeremy Abbott.
Team USA's Jeremy Abbott. (Getty Images)

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(01/01/2008) - Rewards worth risks

Former Olympic junior pairs skater Raya Mafazy of West Chester Twp. has been figure skating for 16 years, and her voice fills with emotion when she talks about the sport.

"I love everything about skating," said the 22-year-old. "I like the sparkle, the dresses. I love the athleticism of it. I love the drama, the passion, the speed ... I love every aspect of it - even the pain." More >

Chinese pairs chasing first Olympic gold

Before the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo were among the title contenders, but they finished third.

Four years later, the Chinese team came back strong, but for the second time in a row, they narrowly missed the target, capturing all top four places except the first.

"We will never give up," said Chinese head coach Yao Bin, who was nicknamed the "godfather of Chinese figure skating" by home fans. "We have no choice but working harder to make our dream come true at Vancouver." More >

All about the past

Despite some hard knocks, Tonya Harding says she still finds time to skate. "I was the greatest female figure skater in the world," she says. "No one, not even most of the men, could touch me at one point. In 1991, I was the best. And nobody could touch me." More >

Abbott has high aspirations

Aspen's Jeremy Abbott has many goals, but his main one is to make the worlds podium. "I only work on the quad Salchow occasionally now," he stated. "I'm using the quad toe with a triple toe combination in the short, so I work on the quad toe more. I'm pretty consistent. I land the quad toe more than half the time." More >

A good year for Canadian figure skating

A year filled with emerging stars, comebacks and surprises has put Canadian figure skating back on the map. More >

Up close with Ekaterina Gordeeva

Ekaterina Gordeeva gives an in depth look into her hectic world.

"Of course, everyone gets sick," she says. "In the 3-4 months of the tour each skater gets seriously sick at least once or twice but you must keep going -- with antibiotics, sore throat, coughing and so on. If one person gets sick, several days later everyone else is coughing and sneezing." More >