Archive | February, 2012

World Junior Figure Skating Championships – Day 1

29 Feb

Useful Links

icenetwork.com

Starting Order/Results Page  Twitter

TV Schedule/Competition Notes (PDF)

Pairs

Current Standings

Skating a flawless short program, China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han have positioned themselves to win a third-straight World junior pairs title. With 59.29 points, Wui and Han hold a 4.57-point lead over teammates Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin (54.72). Russia’s Ekaterina Petaikina and Maxim Kurdyukov are in third with 51.18 points. Less than a half-point out of third place are U.S. junior pairs champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, whose 50.81 tops their previous best international short program score (42.25), earned during the 2011 Junior Grand Prix.

Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton, the 2012 U.S. junior bronze medalists, sit in eighth place after earning 48.24 points. U.S. junior silver medalists Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer are in 11th place with 46.83 points.

All three U.S. teams train in Colorado Springs, Colo., under coaches Dalilah Sappenfield and Larry Ibarra.

Ice Dance

Current Standings

Russian ice dancing teams hold the top three spots after the short dance Wednesday. Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin, the 2011 Junior Grand Prix Final champions, earned a score of 63.78 points. Close behind are teammates Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin (62.68) and Anna Yanovskaya and Sergey Mozgov (58.89). The French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are in fourth place (58.09) followed by 2012 U.S. junior champions Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton (57.76). Two-time U.S. junior ice dancing silver medalists Lauri Bonacorsi and Travis Mager are in eighth place with 54.53 points. Rachel and Michael Parsons, who placed fourth at the U.S. Championships, are in 16th place with 45.37 points.

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ISU 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships

27 Feb

Click the picture below to read the ISU 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships preview (PDF)

Synchronized Tweets

23 Feb

In less than a week we will pack our bags from Colorado Springs and venture across the country to Worcester, Mass. for the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships at the DCU Center. The event will feature 89 teams from eight divisions and nearly 1,800 skaters and for each, we’d love to have a voice.

With how unique the event it is, involving so many athletes, we will not be able to cover each angle ourselves. That’s where you and Twitter come in.

U.S. Figure Skating would like to set up a list on their Twitter account with as many participants of the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships as possible and we encourage you to tweet about the experience, post pictures and interact with each other. Twitter lists are a great way to see what everyone involved is up to with just one click!

If you’re interested in being involved, please send an email to socialmedia@usfigureskating.org with your Twitter handle and what team you will represent and be sure to tweet the experience! Teams that have a Twitter account for their entire team may feel free to join as well. Also, be sure to use the hashtag #12Synchro!

2012 Four Continents Championships – Day 4

12 Feb

Sunday, February 12th –World Arena– Colorado Springs, Colo.

Useful Links

Twitter  #4CC  |   Official Event Program

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork.com Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

Purchase Official Event Photos (From U.S. Championships)

Ladies Medalists Quotes

Saturday Recap

With the performances of the U.S. pairs, dance and ladies, Saturday at the Four Continents Championships was a great day for Team USA. In Pairs, all three U.S. teams skated clean programs and earned scores above 60 points, in dance, Meryl Davis & Charlie White lead a world class field and in ladies, Ashley Wagner and Caroline Zhang earned personal best scores to win the gold and bronze medal over a field which included two-time World champion and reigning Olympic silver medails Mao Asada.

On Sunday in Colorado Springs, the U.S. will have medal opportunities in pairs and in dance. The pairs competition will begin at Noon, while the free dance will begin at 2:45 p.m. (MT).

2012 Four Continents Championships – Day 3

11 Feb

Saturday, February 11th –World Arena– Colorado Springs, Colo.

Useful Links

Twitter  #4CC  |   Official Event Program

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork.com Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

Purchase Official Event Photos (From U.S. Championships)

Men’s Free Skate Quotes

Ladies Short Program Quotes

Patrick Chan of Canada earned gold after throwing down two quads in his free skate to top the men’s field. Daisuke Takahashi of Japan came from third after the short program to earn silver and American Ross Miner jumped three spots after the short program to earn bronze in his first appearance at a Four Continents Championships.

In the ladies event, Mao Asada of Japan fought through a mistake on her opening jump to post the top score while U.S. champion Ashley Wagner posted a personal best and is less than one-quarter of a point behind. Kanako Murakami of Japan received the highest element score of the competition and is less than one point behind Asada.

On Saturday, the ladies will perform their free skate at 7 p.m. MT while the pairs and dance competitions will each open at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. MT respectively.

World Figure Skating Hall of Fame to Honor Japan’s Nobuo Sato

10 Feb

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Feb. 10, 2012) – World Figure Skating Hall of Fame member Nobuo Sato of Japan will be honored today at the World Arena at Colorado Springs prior to the men’s free skate at the 2012 ISU Four Continents of Figure Skating Championships. Sato was inducted into the hall of fame in 2010.

From 1956 to ‘66, Sato won 10 consecutive Japanese men’s titles. He represented Japan at the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Winter Games. In 1965, Sato took fourth place at the World Championships, held in Colorado Springs.

Sato is best known as a coach, having trained Olympic and World champions, including his daughter, 1994 World champion Yuka Sato.

The World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., was established in 1976 to honor distinguished athletes, coaches and contributors to the sport of figure skating.

2012 Four Continents Championships – Day 2

10 Feb

Friday, February 10th –World Arena– Colorado Springs, Colo.

Useful Links

Twitter  #4CC  |   Official Event Program

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork.com Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

Purchase Official Event Photos (From U.S. Championships)

Thursday Recap

Men’s Short Program Quotes

Day two at the Four Continents Championships will bring a conclusion to the men’s competition and the start of the ladies’. Yesterday, despite issues on his quad, Partick Chan build a comfortable lead heading into a long program where he has mentioned doing two quads. Surprise Takahito Mura, despite a fifth place finish in the Japanese Championships, is in second place aided by a quad-triple combination that earned him 15.97 points for his short program. Americans Ross Miner and Adam Rippon are in sixth and seventh respectively while Richard Dornbush is in 13th.

The ladies will begin their short program at 12:50 p.m. MT and there is a lot of intrigue in their competition.

How will Ashley Wagner skate in her first performance as U.S. champion?

Will the home ice advantage help Colorado Springs resident Agnes Zawadzki?

Will Caroline Zhang build off her strong performance in San Jose and throw down another great skate in Colorado Springs?

How will Mao Asada look in an international competition before a shot at a third World title?

Who will emerge with a spot in Nice for Canada? Amelie Lacoste or Cynthia Phaneuf?

Watch live on icenetwork.com or on Universal Sports to find out the answers to all these questions.