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Around the world of figure skating - Feb. 18

World-renowned skater Evengi Plushenko made some news off the ice.
World-renowned skater Evengi Plushenko made some news off the ice. (Getty Images)

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(02/18/2008) - From Evengi Plushenko's divorce to the latest Dancing on Ice update, around the world of figure skating has all the news from around the rink.

Star on the rise

Quesnel figure skater Breanne Ferris has accomplished something only a handful of people in the sport do -- complete her senior level. Ferris, 17, needed to pass a senior-level test, which required her to meet a senior silver or gold standard in skating skills, free skating, dance, and artistic impression. Her next major figure skating endeavor is during spring break in March when she travels to Edmonton to choreograph a new long program. More >

Coming up fast

Italy's Anna Cappellini, who turns 21 on February 19, and Luca Lanotte, 22, had a very successful debut season in senior dance during the 2006-07 season. The couple won the Winter Universiade, finished eighth at the European Figure Skating Championships, and placed 13th at the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships. More >

Suitcase girl to be TV ice skating host

It was the incident that almost brough Latin American politics to a grinding halt. 'Suitcase gate' as it was dubbed be the media brought Maria del Lujan Telpuk into the eyes of the world. She went from night-shift airport cop to pinup girl. From chilly anonymity to red-hot notoriety. Next up: The "suitcase girl" is in line for a TV ice-skating gig.

"I never imagined anything like this would happen," del Lujan Telpuk told the Argentine edition of Playboy in an interview that accompanies her appearance on the cover this month. "And all for a suitcase that somehow put me into the middle of a rivalry of nations." More >

Out but not down

More nail-biting action on Dancing on Ice. More >

Imagine

Part of Playstations DS series of games under the Imagine line will include a figure skating game aimed at girls aged six to fourteen. More >

New schedule for U.S. Championships

The United States Figure Skating Championships will make a historic schedule change for 2010.

U.S. Figure Skating Assn. Executive Director David Raith confirmed this morning that the senior competition would be spread over nine days and two weekends rather than the five days and one weekend under the current schedule. Raith said the change would give the championships greater television exposure a month before the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. More >

Single again

Listen up ladies, Evengi Plushenko is back on the market. He married student Maria Ermak, but their marriage lasted for just over a year, before the couple filed for divorce. She was granted the right to keep the couple's child, while he kept their apartment, a gift Evgeni received from President Vladimir Putin after clinching a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Turin in 2006. More >

Drugs found in Bowman's system

Former U.S. national figure skating champion Christopher Bowman died from a drug overdose and an enlarged heart, the report from the Los Angeles Country coroner's office stated last week.

The 40-year-old Bowman was found dead inside a motel room in the city's North Hills neighborhood on Jan. 10. More >