Archive | October, 2011

U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Challenge – Week Two

31 Oct

Week two of the U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Challenge has been completed. Here are the top five finishers for Skate Canada:

1 T Ice Cats 2214
1 T Zack and Jeremy’s DE Skating Team 2214
1 T Mixed Bag #14 2214
1 T Team Mystic 2214
5 Cranstonettes 2205

Since there was a four-way tie for first, we will award the $25 gift certificate to the team with the highest overall score that has not won a weekly award yet. That team is the Ice Cats. We will be contacting you this week with the email address you provided with a $25 gift card to the U.S. Figure Skating online store!

The ‘Dream Team’ for Skate Canada would have been:

Ladies

A: Akiko Suzuki; B: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva; C: Amélie Lacoste

Men

A: Patrick Chan; B: Javier Fernandez; C: Ross Miner

Pairs

A: Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov; B: Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran; C: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford

Ice Dancing

A: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir; B: Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte; C: Madison Chock and Evan Bates

The highest possible score was 2,214, achieved by four teams.

Here is the top five overall standing:

1 Eketnon 4214
2 T Grigsby the Young Bear-Faced Skating Fox Dog 4213
2 T Ice Cats 4213
4 Appleton Inspiration 4209
5 T Zack and Jeremy’s DE Skating Team 4208
5 T Team Mystic 4208

The picks for the Cup of China will open tomorrow and close shortly before the event begins on Friday.

Click here to sign up your team if you haven’t already!

Skate Canada Notes

31 Oct

Skate Canada Links

icenetwork.com (For complete coverage of the event)

Results Page

Skate Canada Notes (Exclusive to SKATING magazine blog)

by Lynn Rutherford

Quad Lutz Contest

Brandon Mroz landed a clean quad Lutz at the Colorado Springs Invitational in September, and the four-revolution jump was recognized by the International Skating Union (ISU).

That threw down the gauntlet to Adam Rippon, who has been working on the four-revolution jump since March. Now the race is on to land the first quad Lutz in ISU international competition.

“I think I’m on the right track for later in the season,” Rippon said. “The Grand Prix are great competitions to go out and try those new elements. My goal is nationals, so every competition I do is a stepping stone to that.”

In Mississauga, the quad Lutz was the first element in Rippon’s Bach free skate. Although it didn’t go as well as it does in practice, he was happy with the attempt.

“It was my first time trying it in competition so I had a little bit of a nervous feeling about it,” Rippon said.

“I think it will only get stronger, more like what I do in practice at home. I got [downgraded] but if I just held into the jump a little bit more, it would have been fine. I stood on my feet and that was a goal coming in.”

Russian-German Face-off

The world’s top two pairs – Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, and Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Max Trankov – seem to have taken firm aim at each other at their respective first Grand Prix events, Skate America and Skate Canada.

At Skate America, the Germans tried a throw triple Axel in their short program, saying they thought they might need the element, with its hefty 7.5-point base value, to stay ahead of other teams. It didn’t work; Savchenko took a hard fall.

In Mississauga, the Russians unveiled a re-worked free skate to Evanescense’s “Bring Me Back to Life” with all three lifts and two throws crammed into the second half, to earn maximum bonus points.

“We completely changed our second half after Oberstdorf [Nebelhorn Trophy] and Slovakia [Nepela Trophy], and we have three new lifts,” Trankov said.

“We didn’t want to show our lifts [in those earlier competitions] because last year, when we skated in small competitions in Russia, other pairs take our lifts and use them for the season. We didn’t want to make some new lifts for other couples.

“When we were in Oberstdorf, five couples did the same lifts we did last season.”

Both teams won their opening events, with the Russians far outscoring the Germans, 201.38 to 183.98. Trankov scoffed at early-season comparisons.

“If our scores will be better than the Germans in Europeans and Worlds that will be good. Now we are at Skate Canada, they were at Skate America, the judges are different, and we don’t think it’s special to compare scores. When we are competing together, for sure.”

Still, Trankov couldn’t resist adding, “Plus, we made mistakes here at Skate Canada; we still don’t know how many points we will have when we skate clean.”

Anonymous Internet Fan Does Good

Sometimes skaters and coaches spend weeks scrounging through  CDs and iTunes, trying to find the perfect piece of music. And sometimes the right selection falls right into their laps.

Take Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje’s “Je Suis Malade (I Am Sick),” for example.

“Someone sent it to us anonymously through the email on our website,” Weaver said. “This person sent it to us with a YouTube link and wrote, ‘I think you should listen to this music.’

“I had no idea what it was and I was kind of like, ‘Should I open this?’ I wasn’t sure. But I played it and I heard the Lara Fabian      version and I was so taken with it, I brought it to Andrew and our coach, Pasquale Camerlengo, and they loved it. We had Karl Hugo arrange certain parts of the music with a rhythm, to have an ebb and flow, to fit with the rules. I think we came up with a beautiful program.”

The suggestion was especially timely, because as Weaver tells it, “We were completely at a loss for free music ideas.”

The only problem is they don’t know who to thank.

“I don’t know who he or she is, but that person is out there somewhere and they have great music choices,” Weaver said. “I’m hoping that maybe [he or she] will come forward once they see that this program is our season’s free dance.”

Nuggets from Skate Canada

by Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz

  • The most popular T-shirt at the boutique seemed to be a long black sleeve tee with the Canadian Maple Leaf and the Skate Canada insignia. The ice sweepers even sported them all weekend.
  • Many people were trying the signature Canadian french fries called Poutine at the Hershey Food Vendor booths. It’s french fries covered in gravy and cheese. I guess it was pretty popular during Olympics too.
  • Many female fans who attend skating events here in Canada bring their knitting along and work on it between events. They knit socks and hats and sweaters. One woman told me it is very relaxing and a way to pass the time, but as soon as the skaters come out they assure me they drop their knitting and cheer them on.

2011 Skate Canada – Saturday

29 Oct

Saturday, October 29th – Hershey Centre – Mississauga, ON

Useful Links

icenetwork.com (LIVE stream of Skate Canada)

Starting Order/Results Page  Twitter

TV Schedule  Photo Gallery

11:40 a.m.

Friday was an active day at 2011 Skate Canada, the second event in the ISU Grand Prix Series. Here are the results:

Ladies

Short Program Results

The three American ladies, Ashley Wagner, Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu are in the top five after the short program behind 14-year-old Russian Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who leads the pack with 59.57 points. As noted in yesterday’s blog, both Wagner and Flatt were happy with their short programs and they are looking forward to today. Nagasu has slightly more work to do to reach the podium, but can feed off her first place performance at the Nebelhorn Trophy from earlier this year. Today, the ladies will perform their free skate at 2:15 p.m.

Men

Short Program Results

After the men’s short program, there is a separation in the pack. Javier Fernandez of Spain shattered his personal best and received 84.71 points and is in first place. Diasuke Takahashi of Japan is in second with 84.66 and reigning World champion Patrick Chan of Canada was not flawless, but still received 83.28 points and is in third. American Adam Rippon is in fourth, more than ten points behind Chan with 72.89 and Ross Miner is in seventh with 60.83 points. The men will perform their free skate at 7:10 p.m.

Ice Dancing

Short Dance Results

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were superb as they skated to a more than eight-point lead over their teammates Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje. The performance by Virtue and Moir answered the questions asked by Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White when they went on to win Skate America last weekend. Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates finished in sixth with 50.43 points after a strong short dance ended with a late fall. The free dance will conclude Skate Canada on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Pairs

Short Program Results

There were no Americans entered in the pairs event at Skate Canada. Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia lead the competition with 70.42 points, a more than eight-point advantage over second place. The pairs free skate is at 4:15 p.m. today.

Cup of Nice

Results Page

In his senior international debut, American Keegan Messing posted an impressive 77.75 points in his short program to lead by nearly 10 points going into today’s free skate. The competition has started and they are 10 skaters through the 25 to compete. Messing will skate last, and when he finishes, we will post an update on Twitter.

In pairs, Ashley Cain and Joshua Reagan, also in their senior international debut, are in third with 53.04 points in their short program. Fellow Americans Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker are in fourth with 52.04 points. The competition is led by Italians Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek with 57.64 points.

Stay tuned to the U.S. Figure Skating Twitter page for updates throughout the day.

SKATING Magazine Cover – November

28 Oct

Every month we will unveil the new cover for the upcoming issue of SKATING magazine. Here is the cover for the November issue:

2011 Skate Canada – Friday

28 Oct

Friday, October 28th – Hershey Centre – Mississauga, ON

Useful Links

icenetwork.com (LIVE stream of Skate Canada)

Starting Order/Results Page  Twitter

TV Schedule  Photo Gallery

3:25 p.m.

The ladies short program has ended at 2011 Skate Canada with Ashley Wagner finishing in second place with a score of 54.50  points. Rachael Flatt is in third with 54.23 points and Mirai Nagasu is fifth with 52.73 points. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia is in first with a score of 59.57.

Ashley Wagner on her short program:

“Today went very well and I was extremely pleased with my short program. It was a clean program; my triple Lutz was a little shaky and I would have preferred it to have been a lot more solid, but for the start of my Grand Prix season, I’m very pleased with it. I have to keep the same mentality I had today for tomorrow and I think I’ll be set for this competition.”

Rachael Flatt on her short program:

“I am incredibly excited about how things went today. It was a great performance and a great start to the season so I’m looking forward to the long program tomorrow.”

The pairs are completing their short program. There are no Americans in this event. Skate Canada continues tonight with the men and ice dancing events.

In France, Keegan Messing, in his senior international debut, posted a scored of 77.75 points, and leads the Cup of Nice by more than 10 points. His program included a triple-triple combination and a level four straightline step sequence.

 

8:47 a.m.

On Friday, the second ISU Grand Prix Series event, Skate Canada, will begin at 2:05 p.m. Eastern Time in Mississauga, ON. Here is a list of the members of Team USA that are participating:

Ladies

Rachael Flatt

Mirai Nagasu

Ashley Wagner

Men

Adam Rippon

Ross Miner

Ice Dancing

Madison Chock & Evan Bates

Friday’s Schedule (All times Eastern)

Ladies Short Program: 2:05 p.m.

Pairs Short Program: 3:45 p.m.

Men’s Short Program: 7:30 p.m.

Ice Dancing Short Dance: 9:10 p.m.

If you haven’t already, make sure you submit your picks for the U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Challenge (Free) before 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

In addition to Skate Canada five Team USA athletes will compete in the Cup of Nice which will begin for senior skaters today. Here is a list of the members of Team USA that are participating:

Men

Keegan Messing (Making his senior international debut)
Pairs

Musselman’s and the National Breast Cancer Foundation Team Up to Fight Breast Cancer via Facebook

27 Oct

Musselman’s Apple Sauce and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. have teamed up to support the fight against breast cancer. You can help Musselman’s raise money with only two clicks! Click here and then click “Like” on their Facebook page and Musselman’s will make a $1 donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. See the full release below:

Musselman’s Apple Sauce and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF) today launched the You’re The Inspiration campaign to support the fight against breast cancer. Musselman’s will support the NBCF’s mission – to save lives through early detection and provide mammograms for those in need – by donating $1 for every new “like” on the Musselman’s Facebook page.

The You’re the Inspiration campaign also includes a sweepstakes, featuring three grand prize trips to the Musselman’s Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular and 99 featured prizes in the form of digital downloads of the new Chicago album, Chicago XXXIII – “O Christmas Three.” Entries can be submitted via Musselman’s Facebook page.

Musselman’s recently launched another part of the You’re the Inspiration campaign, a photo submission contest that allows entrants to submit a photo and description of the person that inspires them to live life to its fullest. The photo and description finalist that garners the most votes will win a grand prize trip to one of the 2012 Disson Skating events, including exclusive, behind the scenes access to the figure skating cast at the event.

“Breast cancer has impacted millions of families, many of whom could have benefitted from early detection and early treatment,” said Bob Fisher, Vice President of Marketing at Knouse Foods. “We’re thrilled to partner with the NBCF in their efforts to provide early detection and mammograms to help those in need. ”

“For over a hundred years, Musselman’s products have helped promote a healthy lifestyle,” says NBCF Founder & CEO, Janelle Hail. “Through their support of NBCF’s mission to provide free mammograms and to educate people about the importance of early detection, Musselman’s continues to demonstrate their commitment to a healthy America.”

A variety of Musselman’s corporate and celebrity partners are participating in the promotion of the campaign, including Brian Boitano, the band Chicago, the University of Notre Dame and Disson Skating. To learn more about the campaign, visit http://www.facebook.com/musselmans.

About Knouse Foods and Musselman’s

Musselman’s is one of the leading brands of Knouse Foods, an established growers’ cooperative with a more than 60-year history of providing the best fruit products. For more information, visit http://www.knousefoods.com and http://www.musselmans.com.

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the NBCF’s mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. NBCF provides Help for Today…Hope ForTomorrow(R) through its National Mammography Program, Early Detection Plan(R), MyNBCF online social community, Beyond The Shock(R), and breast cancer research programs. For more information about NBCF, visit http://www.nbcf.org.

The ISU Recognizes Brandon Mroz Quad Lutz

26 Oct

Earlier today the International Skating Union (ISU) officially recognized the quad Lutz Brandon Mroz landed on September 16, 2011 during his free skate program at the Colorado Springs Invitational, a U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned event. Below is the statement from U.S. Figure Skating:

ISU CONFIRMS FIRST QUADRUPLE LUTZ

– Team USA member Brandon Mroz executed jump at Colorado Springs Invitational –

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 26, 2011) – The International Skating Union (ISU) today officially recognized and confirmed the first quadruple Lutz done in a sanctioned competition. On Sept. 16, 2011, Brandon Mroz (Broadmoor Skating Club) executed the jump during his short program at the 2011 Colorado Springs Invitational, a U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned competition.

Mroz, who placed second over the weekend at the 2012 Southwestern Regional Figure Skating Championships, is set to make his international season debut at NHK Trophy, Nov. 11-13 in Sapporo, Japan.

Mroz is the second American man to be recognized as the first to perform a quad jump in competition. Timothy Goebel is credited with the first quad Salchow, which he performed at the 1998 Junior Grand Prix Final.

To read the ISU’s official statement, click here. To watch the video of Mroz’s quad Lutz, click here.

For those of you wondering, the quad Lutz carries a value of 13.6.