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After Skater's Hanging, Nagging Questions Remain

Red-hat tributes come amid lack of info on misconduct allegations against John Coughlin

(Newser) - Pairs figure skating champ John Coughlin died by hanging in his father's home on Jan. 18, a day after learning he'd been suspended from activities associated with US Figure Skating. The manner of death is revealed for the first time in an incident report from the Kansas City... More »

Report: Before Death, Skater Was Accused of Misconduct With Minors

John Coughlin died by suicide Friday

(Newser) - John Coughlin, the US figure skating champion who took his own life Friday, was facing no fewer than three allegations of sexual misconduct, two of them involving minors, a source tells USA Today. The source says the US Center for SafeSport, which sanctioned Coughlin in December after an allegation involving... More »

Suspended Skating Champ Dead of Apparent Suicide

John Coughlin had twice won the US pairs title

(Newser) - A former figure skating champion who had just been suspended from the sport died Friday—apparently by taking his own life, USA Today reports. "My wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today," his sister Angela Laune wrote on Facebook in the strongest... More »

Olympic Figure Skater Stabbed to Death

Authorities say thieves killed Denis Ten

(Newser) - Kazakhstan is in mourning for a beloved Olympic athlete who was murdered by thieves on a street in the country's biggest city. Authorities in the central Asian country say Denis Ten, a 25-year-old figure skater, was fatally stabbed in Almaty by two men who had been trying to steal... More »

Skater Nearly Booted for Slacking Off Wins Gold

Alina Zagitova finished ahead of compatriot, 18

(Newser) - A few years back, Alina Zagitova nearly was sent home from training for not working hard enough. Now, she heads home with Olympic gold, the first for the Russians at the Pyeongchang Olympics. A grateful nation—upset that their flag, anthem, and dozens of athletes were banned from the games... More »

They Were Going for a Medal. Then 'in a Flash, Disaster'

American figure skaters Madison Chock, Evan Bates tumble to the ice during a spin

(Newser) - Olympic figure skaters in Pyeongchang have confronted wardrobe malfunctions and political controversy , but heartbreak is what came for American partners Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Per USA Today , both skaters tumbled to the ice Tuesday during their long program after their skate blades got caught up together during a combination... More »

Skater's 'Worst Nightmare' Takes Place on Olympic Ice

French skater Gabriella Papadakis' top slipped down, exposing part of her breast

(Newser) - First it was figure skater Yura Min whose costume glitch caused her a moment of distress at the Olympics. Now one of Min's French counterparts can claim the same, though Gabriella Papadakis' experience led to a bit more on-ice embarrassment. As Papadakis started her short program routine Monday with... More »

Skater Who Called Out Pence Gets NBC Gig

Adam Rippon will be an Olympics analyst

(Newser) - Adam Rippon is done with competing in PyeongChang this year, but NBC has given the outspoken figure skater a correspondent gig that will keep his face in America's living rooms through to the end of the Winter Olympics. Buoyed in large part by his penchant for cracking jokes on... More »

First Came Disaster for Nathan Chen. Then Came the Unbelievable

Figure skater lands an unparalleled six quadruple jumps

(Newser) - Nathan Chen finally admitted the pressure of being the face of American figure skating got to him, winding him up so tight for his short program that it ended in what he described as a "disaster." All that pressure was gone for his free skate. Out of medals... More »

17-Year-Old American Skater Manages an Olympic First

Vincent Zhou lands quadruple lutz

(Newser) - A 17-year-old American figure skater has pulled off a move that nobody else has landed cleanly in the 94-year history of the Winter Olympics. In the men's short program, Vincent Zhou landed a quadruple lutz, which "requires four rotations after a jump from the outside of one foot,... More »

Seconds in, Olympic Skaters Landed in a Very Risque Jam

Yura Min says she was 'terrified' for entire routine after costume hook came undone seconds in

(Newser) - If anyone can relate to Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction , it's figure skater Yura Min. Except as Min skated Sunday in Pyeongchang, it wasn't just a small bit of her costume she feared would come off. Just a few seconds into her Olympic routine with partner Alexander Gamelin,... More »

At the Start of Her Routine She Did Something Historic

Mirai Nagasu is third woman to even land a triple axel at the Olympics

(Newser) - The elitist of clubs welcomed a third member on Monday: American figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the third woman to even land a triple axel at the Olympics. You can watch the jump here . It came as part of an effort that saw the US women secure a team bronze,... More »

Figure Skater's Edgy Song Choice Grabs Notice

Jimmy Ma skated to Lil Jon's 'Turn Down for What'

(Newser) - All eyes will be on Jimmy Ma on Saturday—a figure skater with essentially no hope of getting to the Olympics, but a fan favorite after his short program at the United States Figure Skating Championships Thursday. As Stanley Kay wrote for Sports Illustrated , "I haven't watched much... More »

Figure Skater Gracie Gold Withdraws From US Championship

She won't be eligible to compete in Olympics

(Newser) - Two-time US women's figure skating champion Gracie Gold has withdrawn from the national championships while she continues to seek treatment for depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder, the AP reports. Gold announced last month that she was withdrawing from her Grand Prix assignments, and her decision to skip nationals... More »

Popular Figure Skater Reveals What She's Being Treated For

Gracie Gold skipping Grand Prix amid treatment for anxiety, depression, eating disorder

(Newser) - When figure skater Gracie Gold announced she'd be taking a leave of absence from the sport " to seek some professional help ," she expected to be back in time for her Grand Prix assignments next month. Now, she has announced she's withdrawing from those competitions as well,... More »

North Korean Skating Success Becomes Diplomatic Question

Will North Korean athletes participate in Olympics in South Korea?

(Newser) - Amid rising nuclear tensions, two figure skaters Friday became the first North Korean athletes to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held just 40 miles south of the demilitarized zone in South Korea, CNN reports. According to the New York Times , 18-year-old Ryom Tae-Ok and 25-year-old Kim... More »

Popular Figure Skater Gracie Gold Seeking 'Professional Help'

She announces she'll be taking some time off

(Newser) - Popular figure skater Gracie Gold is taking time off from her sport "to seek some professional help," she announced in a statement Friday. Gold is a two-time US figure skating champion, was a member of the 2014 US Olympic team that won the bronze medal, and is an... More »

Holocaust-Themed Skating Number Doesn't Go Over Well

One of the skaters on Russian reality-TV show is wife of Putin's spokesman

(Newser) - Using the theme song from the 1997 Holocaust film Life Is Beautiful wasn't what raised eyebrows Saturday during an ice-skating performance for a Russian reality show. It was the overall Holocaust theme that produced what the Jerusalem Post calls a "largely cold reception" to Olympic champion Tatiana Navka... More »

Wolf of Wall Street Actress to Play Tonya Harding

Margot Robbie will transform into disgraced skater for 'I, Tonya' film

(Newser) - Australian actress Margot Robbie is bent on showing her versatility, first making her breakout in 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street, appearing in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and The Big Short, starring this summer in Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan, and now announcing her intentions to play shamed... More »

The Precipitous Fall of an Olympic Figure Skater

She's broke, unemployed, and begging fans for help

(Newser) - Debi Thomas is living in a bug-infested trailer in the Appalachian Mountains, broke and unemployed, the Huffington Post reports. But it wasn't always like this. Three decades ago, Thomas was a champion figure skater. She won both the US and World Championships and became the first African-American athlete to... More »

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