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Around the world of figure skating - May 11

Alissa Czisny kicks off her competitive season this week in Germany.
Alissa Czisny kicks off her competitive season this week in Germany. (Lynn Rutherford)

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(05/11/2009) - Around the world of figure skating gets you caught up on the news, as well as updates on Emily Hughes, Yu-Na Kim, and Alissa Czisny.

Yu-Na Kim: Model
Yu-Na Kim, South Korea's world figure skating champion, has been recruited as a CF model for Anycall, Samsung Electronics' flagship handset.

Samsung Electronics said Sunday that it had signed a contract with Kim, who won the 2009 World Figure Skating Championship in March. More >

Emily Hughes to take year off from Harvard
Harvard Time reports that Emily Hughes will take next year off from her studies to concentrate on skating, in the hopes of making the 2010 Olympic team. Watch >

Sun Valley to heat up over summer
Several big name skaters will perform in Sun Valley this summer. More >.

Mroz stays an even course
In an unusual coincidence, U.S. skater Brandon Mroz seems to almost always finish with an even numbered placement in major competitions. He has finished second four straight times at U.S. Championships: novice in 2006, juniors in 2007 and 2008, and seniors in 2009. More >

Former skating queen survived darkest days
More than two decades after standing on the podium in Calgary, Elizabeth Manley wants people to know there are greater achievements than an Olympic medal.

Chief among them, for her, were overcoming depression, beating incredible odds and getting to stand among the champions by performing on her own terms. More >

Skate Canada speaks out about recent controversy
A message from the CEO William Thompson: In recent months, Skate Canada has come under a media light that has not portrayed the actual beliefs and messaging of Skate Canada. To some extent, we have felt a bit between a rock and a hard place as each time we seek to clarify, it seems to result in more controversy. One challenge has been that some members of the press have taken comments out of context and juxtaposed them with comments by others that do not represent our position in order to create a story. More >

Czisny graduates
Reigning U.S. ladies champion, Alissa Czisny graduated from Bowling Green State University over the weekend. More >