Olympics

Vahe Gregorian

Nathan Chen: The future of U.S. men’s figure skating?

U.S. men’s figure skating is amid a long international drought, both in terms of the Olympics and World Championships. Daredevil 17-year-old Nathan Chen, who is doing unprecedented things with quad jumps, may be just the force to change that -- even if he comes from an entirely improbable background.

Vahe Gregorian

Missouri-made Gracie Gold seeks reset after jarring 2016

Because of her background in the state, two-time defending U.S. champion Gracie Gold will have a sense of familiarity when she competes in Kansas City in the U.S. Figure Skating championships beginning Thursday at the Sprint Center. And maybe that will help her get her mojo back after a rough 2016 triggered by an agonizing free skate at the World Championships.

Olympics

Russian sports officials admit to widespread Olympic doping operation

Russian officials are for the first time conceding one of the biggest conspiracies in sports history: a far-reaching doping operation that implicated scores of Russian athletes, tainting not just the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi but also the entire Olympic movement. The officials, however, continue to reject the accusation that the doping program was state-sponsored.

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U.S. Figure Skating championships: 2-minute drill with Nathan Chen

Interview with Nathan Chen, 17-year-old phenom and quad jump machine who has chance to win men's competition at U.S. Figure Skating championships at Sprint Center.
Vahe Gregorian The Kansas City Star
U.S. Figure Skating championships: 2-minute drill with Nathan Chen 2:36

U.S. Figure Skating championships: 2-minute drill with Nathan Chen

Missouri-made Gracie Gold seeks reset after jarring 2016 1:20

Missouri-made Gracie Gold seeks reset after jarring 2016

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir preview the U.S. Figure Skating championships 2:02

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir preview the U.S. Figure Skating championships

KC synchronized skating team rehearses for national championship opening ceremony 2:33

KC synchronized skating team rehearses for national championship opening ceremony