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2012 World Championships: Day 4 Recap

31 Mar

Saturday, March 31st –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France

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That’s a wrap from Nice! The final gold medal of the week belongs to Italy’s Carolina Kostner. She earned her first World title, and fourth overall World medal, with 189.94 points. Silver went to Alena Leonova of Russia, the short program winner, and bronze to Japan’s Akiko Suzuki.

Ashley Wagner, who finished fourth, gave the crowd something to cheer about with Black Swan free skate. She received 120.35 points for the segment and totaled 176.77 for the week.

Wagner, smiling from ear to ear after the performance, acknowledged the fans’ support.

“The free skate was incredible. I’m so happy with it,” she said. “The crowd was on its feet clapping as loud as it could while I was in my spin. It took all of my effort not to come out of my spin and hit my final pose because I was so excited. Today couldn’t have been any better for me.”

Alissa Czisny finished 22nd with 124.11 points.

In the men’s event, Canada’s Patrick Chan repeated as World champion, totaling 266.11 points. The raucus crowd was treated to riveting performances, including those from Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi and Yuzuru Hanyu, who won silver and bronze, respectively. For the first time in history, Japan won two World medals. The host nation was well represented with Brian Joubert placing fourth and Florent Amodio, fifth.

For Team USA, Jeremy Abbott fought back in his free skate after Friday’s short program. He earned 151.34 points for the free skate and 226.19 overall. He finished eighth. After the skate, Abbott noted that he was skating today to make himself proud.

“I knew after yesterday I was going to have to come out clawing and scratching for everything because I was not going to lie down and take it,” he said. “I came into this championships more prepared than ever. I felt confidence and I believed deep within myself that it was going to happen for me. Yesterday, it didn’t. Today, I forgot about yesterday. This is for me. Forget the expectations, forget the placement, every other competitor, the media. This was for me and I fought my way through that program.”

Adam Rippon, in his second World Championships, placed 13th with a total score of 216.63 points. Like Abbott, he was more pleased with his performance in the free skate than in the short program.

“It wasn’t my best, but I felt like I fought through the entire program,” he said. “I felt really strong especially at the end. I put out a strong performance and can be nothing but proud of what I did today. I’m satisfied.”

Team USA will next be in action at the 2012 ISU World Team Trophy set for April 19-22 in Tokyo. Look for more details later this week.

 

2012 World Championships: Day 3 Recap

30 Mar

Friday, March 30th –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France

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Hello again! The second medals of the week were awarded following tonight’s pairs free skate. Germany’s Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy became back-to-back World champions after netting 201.49 points overall. They edged silver medalists Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov of Russia by 0.11 points. The Russian team climbed up from eighth place after the short program to earn silver. Bronze belongs to Japan’s Narumi Takahashi & Mervin Tran.

Caydee Denney & John Coughlin, in his words, “answered the bell” after the enthusiastic crowd rose to its feet for the Chinese team of Wenjing Sui & Cong Han, who skated immediately before the Americans.

“This is by far the best field we have ever been in. We were in a warm up with people that, on any given day, could be World medalists,” he said after the team totaled 117.89 points for the free skate. “The people skating after us are World silver medalists, the people before us, Sui and Han, are three-time World Junior champions and Four Continents champions. We just overtook them which is huge for us. We answered the bell when they had brought the crowd to its feet right before us. What a great first Worlds together.”

Denney & Coughlin, who have skated together since last May, earned 180.37 points overall and placed eighth.

Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker totaled 170.90 points in their first Worlds together, including 111.28 for the free skate, to finish 10th. The program was clean with the exception of a Marley fall on the side by side double Axels. Afterward, Marley discussed the excitement of skating on the World stage.

“It was amazing,” she said, smiling. “To think, when you’re in your opening spot, that you’re where you’ve been dreaming of and training for your entire life, then to keep focused and do what you train to do every day is amazing.”

Earlier today, everyone at the Palais was excited for the final short programs of the week with the men’s field taking the ice. Canada’s Patrick Chan, the reigning World champion, leads by a short margin with 89.41 points. He has less than two points over Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic, while the top five are separated by less than eight.

For Team USA, Jeremy Abbott suffered a fall on his opening combination. He scored 74.85 points and is in ninth position. Though disappointed in the mistakes, he strived to put on a good performance for the crowd.

“I enjoy the program so much that I didn’t want to let it suffer because I made mistakes,” he said. “I tried to stay in the moment and enjoy the performance as best I could, smile and get the audience clapping and enjoying their time.”

Abbott noted he feels extremely prepared for the competition and looks forward to showcasing a strong free skate tomorrow, saying, “I did all the training for the last year and from nationals until now. I have one more program to show how prepared I am for this competition.”

Adam Rippon rounded out the third of five groups. He earned 73.55 points and sits in 10th place. Despite stepping out of his Axel and Lutz, Rippon feels prepared for the competition and ready for tomorrow’s free skate.

“I feel physically good and mentally prepared,” he said. “If I take the mistakes away, I feel it was a strong program. Going into the free, I know I can skate a lot better and that I’m prepared for it.”

Saturday’s Schedule (Times are Eastern and approximate)

The men’s free skate begins at 6:55 a.m. Starting orders will be determined after Friday’s short program.

Rippon: 9:10 a.m.

Abbott: 9:35 a.m.

The event’s finale features the ladies free skate at 12:30 p.m. Russia’s Alena Leonova, the national bronze medalist, leads the event. Currently in eighth place, Ashley Wagner is less than five points from bronze-medal position.

Alissa Czisny: 2:03 p.m.

Ashley Wagner: 3:20 p.m.

2012 World Championships: Day 2 Recap

29 Mar

Thursday, March 29th –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France

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Good evening!

Team USA has its first medal of the World Championships! Meryl Davis & Charlie White earned the silver with a total score of 178.62 points. Davis & White have now won three straight Worlds medals, including two silver and one gold medal. Gold belongs to Canada’s Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir who edged the Americans with 182.65 points. Representing the host country, Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat took bronze in front of an extremely excited and supportive crowd.

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani, despite a stumble in their twizzle element, finished eighth for the week with a total score of 144.72 points, while Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue, in their Worlds debut, finished 10th. Totaling 143.95 points, the duo accomplished its goal of a top 10 finish in Nice.

The day started out with the ladies short program. Russia’s Alena Leonova leads the way after skating to a season-high 64.61 points. The reigning Russian bronze medalist leads Japan’s Kanako Murakami and Italy’s Carolina Kostner. Team USA’s Ashley Wagner earned 56.42 points and is in eighth place while Alissa Czisny is in 16th with 48.31 points.

Wagner is looking forward to her free skate to music from Black Swan, which has been her signature program this year.

“For the free program, I’m going to focus on skating as strong as I possibly can,” she said. “At this point, nothing is hopeless, but I have nothing to lose. I have to go out there and skate strong.”

Friday’s Schedule (Times are Eastern and approximate)

The men will be the last to skate the short program, with the competition beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Adam Rippon: 8:58 a.m.

Jeremy Abbott: 9:38 a.m.

The pairs event, led by reigning World champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, continues Friday with the free skate at 1:30 p.m.

Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker (10th place): 2:25 p.m.

Caydee Denney & John Coughlin (7th place): 3:29 p.m.

Saturday’s Schedule (Times are Eastern and approximate)

The men’s free skate begins at 6:55 a.m. Starting orders will be determined after Friday’s short program.

The event’s finale features the ladies free skate at 12:30 p.m.

Alissa Czisny: 2:03 p.m.

Ashley Wagner: 3:20 p.m.

2012 World Championships: Day 1 Recap

28 Mar

Wednesday, March 28th –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France

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Good evening from Nice! The first short programs of the week began today with the pairs short and short dance.

With 70.98 points, Meryl Davis & Charlie White, reigning World champions, trail Canada’s Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir by just more than one point heading into Thursday’s free dance. Davis & White are poised to earn their third consecutive Worlds medal.

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani totaled 62.35 points and sit in seventh place. Less than 10 points separate places one through seven. In the evening’s short dance, Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue started things off on the right step for Team USA, earning their best score of the season with 59.56 points. They are in eighth place. Hubbell sported a new dress that got rave reviews backstage.

In pairs, reigning World champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany lead with 68.63 points. They are followed by China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong (67.10 points) and Japan’s Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran (64.37). Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov lead the Russian contingent and are in fourth place with 65.02 points.

Team USA, whose delegation includes teams that are each skating at their first Worlds together, put out solid performances. Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker skated fourth (last in the first warm up group) and earned 59.62 points, just off their best score for the season. They are in 10th place. Two groups later, U.S. champions Caydee Denney & John Coughlin took the ice. With a fist pump to accompany their bows, the duo was clearly excited after the skate. Their efforts were recognized with 62.48 points and seventh place after the short.

Coughlin noted that Team USA had a successful outing today.

“We’re cheering for them (Marley and Brubaker) because, as they go so goes American pairs. We’re a group,” he said. “We need them to skate as well as they can and they need to skate as well as we can. We are in this together and it’s nice to have friends we’re doing it with.”

Competition continues Thursday with the ladies short program and free dance.

Thursday’s Schedule (All times Eastern and approximate)

The ladies short program will begin at 6:30 a.m.

Ashley Wagner: 9:44 a.m.

Alissa Czisny: 10:20 a.m.

The free dance will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Hubbell and Donohue: 2:52 p.m.

Shibutani and Shibutani: 3:24 p.m.

Davis and White: 3:38 p.m.

2012 World Figure Skating Championships Viewers Guide

27 Mar

Tuesday, March 27th –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France

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Good evening from Nice, France and the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships. There has been preliminary competition both yesterday and today to set the field for the competition which begins on Wednesday with the pairs short program and the short dance. On Wednesday, 10 of the 14 members of Team USA will perform on the ice at the Palais des Expositions.

What to Expect

The SKATING magazine blog will work as a supplement to all of the coverage being posted on icenetwork.com. Here you’ll be able to find daily updates, important links and the daily schedule for each of the Team USA performances throughout the competition. For more in-depth coverage, including live streaming of the event, visit icenetwork.com.

Wednesday’s Schedule (All times Eastern and approximate)

The pairs short program will begin at 7 a.m.

Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker: 7:27 a.m.

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin: 8:36 a.m.

The ice dancing short dance will begin at 12:40 p.m.

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue: 1:33 p.m.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White: 4:02 p.m.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani: 4:15 p.m.

The Cote d’Azur

25 Mar

Renee Felton is the media relations manager at U.S. Figure Skating.

Hi everyone! I’m writing from Nice, France, site of the 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. As one of Team USA’s media relations representative, I get the pleasure of watching the competition live and visiting beautiful places along the way. With a few free days (good planning, of course!) before official practice starts on Monday, I have made my way to some of the French Riviera’s most popular cities and hidden gems. The willingness to figure out public transportation has served me well! Not to mention beautiful weather and friendly people. I’m lucky to have these opportunities.

After about 21 hours of travel from Colorado Springs (via Dulles and Frankfurt), I made it to Nice just after 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. No rest for the weary, I made it to the lovely Hipark Residences and my apartment-style room (where my bed is actually a pull-out couch) to quickly change. Turns out, I didn’t need to be in such a big hurry because I made it to the train station approximately one hour before the next train to Monaco-Monte Carlo. I drank a Coca Light and chatted with a woman from Toronto. After a crowded train ride down the French coastline, I arrived in Monaco to breathtaking views. I don’t think my words can give justice to the hills, cliffs, palace, sizable yachts and Mediterranean Sea.

Good thing my legs were well rested from my hours of traveling because they came in handy walking up the steep hills and staircases to the Palace of Monaco – home of Prince Rainer. The grounds are also some to a Oceanographic museum (which I didn’t visit due to time constraints), gardens, cafes, souvenir shops and many scenic overlooks. Of course, the palace itself was not open to visitors but I did go inside the Cathedral. No matter how many old European churches I visit, I’m still blown away by the beauty and architecture. Not to mention a little caught off guard by the gravesites of important people that line the walls. The gardens, even in early spring, were beautiful. I can’t imagine how fragrant and full of live they become closer to summer.

Now walking downhill, I made my way back past the extravagant yachts docked in the harbor and toward Monte Carlo. You want to talk about extravagance! The indoor mall, shop-lined streets, casinos and hotels made me wish my per diem would stretch just a little farther. Had I not spent so much time in Gucci, I would have walked up to the Hotel de Paris just in time to actually recognize the leggy blonde who was causing quite a stir. As the crowd dispersed, I found a restaurant and had a snack before wandering around the casino and then into the mall. I learned from a shop worker that if I pay about 6-7 Euros for a bottle of French wine, it’s going to taste good. I’m sure my friends will be happy to help me test this theory when I get home.

Exhausted from the travel and walking around Monaco, I returned to Nice. Right across from the hotel is Carrefour, the big grocery store. I stopped in for some food (I still can’t figure out where people were getting their carts). Unfortunately, I didn’t buy my apples because I didn’t realize they had to be weighed in the produce section. Rookie mistake. Since then, I got some apples at a small shop . where they weighed them at the cash register.

Today, I once again made my way east on the coastline, this time to a town called Eze. It’s built up into the hillside and I got a little car sick from the bus ride. But was it worth it! I visited a perfume laboratory – where I learned that the “noses” who test and develop scents go to special schools and are only allowed to work for three hours at a time, and got myself a French scent as well as some perfumed soaps from my mom. I then made my way into the old village. The rock walls were stacked up into a maze filled with restaurants, shops and even two hotels. The views from old town Eze were breathtaking.

Once again exhausted, I wandered a little bit around Nice upon my return. I stumbled across “Happy Hours” at a café on Place Garibaldi right on the outskirts of old town Nice. I plan to go wander the old town tomorrow between practices. A couple beside me ordered a delicious looking bread. I’m glad I inquired as to what they were eating because I was treated to Socca <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socca> . Socca is a bread made of chickpea flour and olive oil. It’s a specialty in Nice and originated in Genoa. Very simple, very delicious. As if I didn’t eat enough bread already, I’m now snacking on a baguette and cheese I got at a local shop.

I’m having a great time – I must say the only disappointment so far is that my viewing subscription to ncaa.com/marchmadness is blacked out due to my location. Well, I can’t be too choosy I guess! Tomorrow if the first day of practice. Team USA began to arrive today and I’m looking forward to getting started. Here’s hoping the U.S. has a great showing in Nice!

2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships Notes

23 Mar

Click the image below to view the competition notes for the 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships.