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What's the Difference Between Ice Dancing and Figure Skating? Olympian Evan Bates Explains

What's the Difference Between Ice Dancing and Figure Skating? Olympian Evan Bates Explains

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The Winter Olympics are here and buzz surrounding the worldwide competition is heating up. For many fans, figure skating events are an Olympic highlight, but every four years many people seem to have the same question: What’s the difference between figure skating and ice dancing? The short answer is that ice dancing falls under the broader umbrella category of figure skating. Leading up to the PyeongChang Olympics, PEOPLE sat down with 2018 Olympic ice dancer Evan Bates, whose partner is Madison Chock, to clarify some of the differences between figure skating and ice dancing. Keep Following PEOPLE’s Complete Coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics “Ice dancing has more restrictions,” Evan Bates explained to PEOPLE. “We can only do lifts that are below the head so I can’t raise my hands above
Their Parents Fought With ISIS. Now France Is Trying To Figure Out What To Do With Them.

Their Parents Fought With ISIS. Now France Is Trying To Figure Out What To Do With Them.

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Bertrand Guay / AFP / Getty Images PARIS — The French government is struggling with what to do about potentially hundreds of children whose parents were members ISIS who died on the battlefield or are facing criminal charges related to their ISIS activities.Currently, the government is overseeing the evaluation, housing and education of 44 children who’ve returned to France over the past 18 months through a program based in the Paris suburb of St. Denis, French police and officials have confirmed to BuzzFeed News.That program will soon be expanded, an official from the counterterrorism section of the French prime minister’s office told BuzzFeed News, with an announcement expected as soon as Feb. 23. “The current methods need to be improved,” the of...
Figure Skater Adam Rippon Will Be an NBC Correspondent for the Remainder of the Winter Olympics

Figure Skater Adam Rippon Will Be an NBC Correspondent for the Remainder of the Winter Olympics

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After winning the hearts of Americans on the ice — and on Twitter — Adam Rippon will be staying in PyeongChang, South Korea, as a contributor for NBC for the remainder of the 2018 Winter Olympics. NBC spokesman Greg Hughes told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday that the 28-year-old figure skater, who helped the USA bring home a bronze medal in the team competition, will work on a variety of platforms, including television, digital and social media. Rippon has become something of a social media sensation, both among spectators at home and celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Sally Field, who are charmed by his drive, wit and candor. Already a history-maker for being the first openly gay athlete to compete for America in the Winter Olympics, Rippon has not shied away from the role fame gives him 
No, Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon Does Not Wear Butt Pads: 'It Is All Natural'

No, Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon Does Not Wear Butt Pads: 'It Is All Natural'

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Rest assured: Adam Rippon‘s butt is 100 percent real. The figure skater, 28, is currently competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and his perfectly round posterior is lighting up Twitter with people wondering if Rippon enhances his shape with butt pads. But luckily, he cleared the air on that back in December. “There’s been a lot questions to whether I compete with butt pads on and I’d like to set the record straight and let it be known that no, it’s just my real butt. Thank you for your interest, comments, and concern. Love you,” Rippon tweeted on Dec. 9. Keep Following PEOPLE’s Complete Coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics He elaborated further on this important issue during an interview with Access Hollywood ahead of the games. “It is all natural, yes,” Rippon
Gus Kenworthy Cheers on Fellow Gay Olympian Adam Rippon During Figure Skating: 'So Proud of You'

Gus Kenworthy Cheers on Fellow Gay Olympian Adam Rippon During Figure Skating: 'So Proud of You'

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As figure skater Adam Rippon took the ice for his free skate portion of the men’s event at the 2018 Winter Olympics, he was cheered on by friend and fellow out gay athlete Gus Kenworthy. “It was so nice that they came to the event and I’ll be cheering for Gus tomorrow,” Rippon told reporters afterward. “But to have the support of my friends and family here in the audience, it means the world to me.” The 28-year-old was seen giving a wave to Kenworthy, 26, who according to his Instagram was sitting with his boyfriend, Matt Wilkas, and another friend in the stands at the ice arena. The freestyle skier will compete on Sunday in men’s slopestyle, having earned a silver in that same event four years ago. From the stands during figure skating, Kenworthy’s group held up a rainbow flag for Rippon
Figure Skater's Game of Throne-Themed Program Delights Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir — and Twitter

Figure Skater's Game of Throne-Themed Program Delights Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir — and Twitter

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A Lannister always pays his debts. #WinterOlympics https://t.co/fmMl0C4Amf pic.twitter.com/SHmdiMjlcU — NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 17, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Winter has come for German figure skater Paul Fentz. The 2018 Winter Olympian — who lit up Twitter while skating to a jazzy version of the ’90s Oasis hit “Wonderwall” a day earlier — hit social media gold again with his free skate Saturday morning (Friday evening stateside) when he chose to compete dressed as a Lannister, and skated to music from the HBO mega-hit Game of Thrones. His choices delighted commentator Tara Lipinski, who declared herself to be a huge fan of the show. “It was not his best, but a Lannister always pays his debts,” she declared, as fellow commentator and BFF Johnny Weir teased h
U.S. Figure Skater Vincent Zhou, 17, Says an Olympic Berth Is 'What I've Been Dreaming Of'

U.S. Figure Skater Vincent Zhou, 17, Says an Olympic Berth Is 'What I've Been Dreaming Of'

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American figure skater Vincent Zhou has been quietly making his mark on the ice while on his way to the Winter Olympics, and the teenager says a berth at the Games is a dream come true. Zhou, 17, showed the world he a force in the skating world after a massive showing last year, which saw him become the first junior in history to land a quadruple lutz, which blazed his path to winning the 2017 World Junior Championships, 2017 Bavarian Open championships, and earning silver at the 2017 U.S. National and bronze at the 2018 U.S. National. All of that has helped place him on the verge of his debut appearance at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. “The Olympics is …,” Zhou told PEOPLE prior to the Games, “it’s what I’ve been dreaming of.” The Palo Alto, California, native was introduced to the
People Are Obsessed With The South Korean Figure Skater Who Lit Up The Olympic Cauldron In Skates

People Are Obsessed With The South Korean Figure Skater Who Lit Up The Olympic Cauldron In Skates

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All hail Queen Yuna. The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off tonight in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with people trying to guess who would be lighting the cauldron with the Olympic flame. Sam Mellish / Getty Images It turned out they were right! Pool / Getty Images Kim — who retired from professional figure skating after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — appeared on an ice rink at the top of the stadium in her skates. Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images She performed a routine before proceeding to light the cauldron with the Olympic flame. Franck Fife / AFP / Getty Images All while in her
Nagasu, Rippon make history, help lead Americans to figure skating bronze

Nagasu, Rippon make history, help lead Americans to figure skating bronze

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon shared tears of sorrow when they were left off the Olympic team four years ago, each of them passed over in decisions that could have gone either way. They shed tears of joy together Monday. The veteran figure skaters put together flawless back-to-back performances, Nagasu becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel in the Olympics, Rippon nailing both of his triple axels. They helped earn the United States the bronze medal in the team competition. Canada won the gold medal, with the Russians taking the silver. “For both of us to be on this team, and to be on the same floor in the village, it’s all super exciting,” Nagasu said. “He won’t stop talking about how exciting this all is, and I go: ‘Adam! Adam! You know we sti