Archive | October, 2012

Cup of China Notes

31 Oct

Click below to read competition notes for 2012 Cup of China

13th Annual “An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends” set for Saturday, Nov. 3

30 Oct

The number 13 has earned some negative connotations over the years, a reputation even 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton can admit.

“When I heard the number 13, I kind of got scared about it being unlucky,” Hamilton said. “In the history of figure skating, though, there have been 13 skaters from the United States to win the Olympic gold medal— so it’s kind of a nice number.”

So nice in fact, that it seems to be the underlying theme of Hamilton’s 13th annual show, “An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends,” at which all 13 U.S. Olympic champions are expected to attend, together in the same room, for the very first time.

The show’s proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute, where Hamilton won his own battle with testicular cancer in 1997, and Scott Hamilton’s CARES (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) Initiative, which Hamilton founded 13 years ago, in 1999.

At least thirteen U.S., World and Olympic medalists are expected to perform, including reigning U.S. champions Ashley Wagner and Jeremy Abbott, along with Alissa Czisny, Rockne Brubaker and Ryan Bradley. The evening will also feature a performance by five-time Grammy award winning artist Wynonna Judd, who has sold more than 10 million albums in her three decade career.

Hamilton’s CARES Initiative strives to further the war on cancer by empowering patients and their families via education and guidance, and support those affected by the disease through the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, which offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from mentors who have successfully made the journey from diagnosis to recovery.

The CARES Initiative also informs patients through Chemocare.com, a website is designed to provide the latest information and answers to questions about chemotherapy to patients and their families, caregivers and friends. In addition to patient support, the CARES Initiative’s vision is to promote and support world class research that might ultimately lead to a cure for cancer.

The show, held annually at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, is set to take place Sat. Nov. 3 at 5 p.m., followed by a gala benefit at Cleveland’s Renaissance Hotel ballroom. Tickets are available at theqarena.com and 1-800-332-2287 or 216-420-2200.

Tickets to the gala benefit dinner are available by calling Liz Lindecke, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic at 216- 445-0099.

For more information on The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative call the CARES hotline at 216-445-2573 or visit scottcares.org.

Team USA Nets Three Medals at 2012 Cup of Nice; Skate Canada Concludes

28 Oct

icenetwork.com | Notes

Results Page (Canada) | Results Page (Nice) | Twitter

Photo Gallery | Fantasy Skating

Team USA netted three medals, including two gold, at 2012 Cup of Nice.  Keegan Messing and Max Aaron maintained the momentum they gained from strong short programs Friday to earn the top two podium spots, while pairs team Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim won gold in their competitive debut.

Messing, who earlier this fall captured the bronze medal at 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy, successfully defended his 2011 Cup of Nice title as he posted a total score of 224.44 points. His free skate netted 144.33 points. The program featured several strong jump elements including an opening triple Axel and a triple Lutz-triple toe combination. Teammate Aaron earned 219.62 points overall as he won his second medal of the season. Aaron was also the 2012 U.S. International Challenge Skate champion.

Scimeca and Knierim, who teamed up in the spring, led after the short program with a score of 59.01 points. Their strong performance in that segment proved the difference as they maintained gold-medal standing despite placing second in the free skate. Their total score of 156.00 points edged that of silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia by less than a point.

North of the border, Skate Canada concluded with all four free skates. In the ice dancing event, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue recorded one of Team USA’s best finishes of the weekend, placing fifth with 135.16 points in their season opener. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada earned their first gold medal of the season while Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca LaNotte and Russia’s Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko also stood on the podium. Hubbell and Donohue are set to compete next at Trophee Bompard the weekend of Nov. 16.

Ross Miner also finished fifth after recording the fourth-best free skate of the competition. He was in eighth after the short program. Miner, who is also set to compete at NHK Trophy to close the Grand Prix season, totaled 213.60 points for the week, including 144.19 for the free skate. The title went to Spain’s Javier Fernandez, who earned his first Grand Prix gold medal. After opening up on his program-opening quad Salchow, Miner went on to execute an array high scoring elements including a triple Lutz-single loop-triple Salchow sequence that earned 12.77 points.

Gracie Gold, in her Grand Prix debut, and Caroline Zhang placed seventh and ninth, respectively. The ladies podium included Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond, winning gold in her Grand Prix debut, and Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami of Japan. Gold and Zhang will compete head-to-head once again at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow next month.

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig also made their Grand Prix debut this weekend in Windsor and placed seventh. Teammates Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin finished sixth. No strangers to the top of the podium, Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won gold in the pairs event.

Complete event coverage of both Skate Canada and Cup of Nice is available on http://www.icenetwork.com.

2012 Skate Canada, 2012 Cup of Nice Under Way

26 Oct

Daily Recap – Friday, Oct. 26

Useful Links

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Starting Order/Results Page (Canada) | Starting Order/Results Page (Nice) | Twitter

Photo Gallery | Fantasy Skating

The second of six ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events, 2012 Skate Canada, began Friday with all four disciplines taking the ice. The event will end Saturday.

In the ice dancing competition, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are poised to earn their first Grand Prix medal. Their short dance score of 54.84 points has them less than one point out of bronze medal position. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada lead Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca LaNotte by 0.01 points with Russia’s Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko in third.

While Caroline Zhang and Gracie Gold, in her Grand Prix debut, sit in eighth and ninth, respectively, after the short program, both are within striking distance of the podium. Just over eight points separate Gold from leader Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia. Ross Miner is in eighth place going into Saturday’s free skate.

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig also made their Grand Prix debut today in Windsor and totaled 47.05 points for the short program. They sit in sixth, just in front of teammates Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin with 46.47 points.

Skate Canada Competition Schedule (ET)

Saturday

Ladies – 10:45 a.m.

Gold: 11 a.m.
Zhang: 11:08 a.m.

Pairs – 1:05 p.m.

Vise and Baldwin: 1:12 p.m.
Davis and Ladwig: 1:20 p.m.

Ice Dancing – 4:40 p.m.

Hubbell and Donohue: 5:24 p.m.

Men’s – 7:10 p.m.

Miner: 7:34 p.m.

After the first day of competition in Nice, all three American representatives are in medal position going into the free skate. Keegan Messing, who earlier this fall captured the bronze medal at 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy, posted a short program score of 80.11 points and leads going into the free skate. His program featured a triple Axel worth 10.50 points with a GOE of 2.00 and a triple Lutz-triple toe combination that netted 10.80. His technical mark was 42.36 points. Teammate Max Aaron trails by under five points with a score of 75.95 points. After falling on his program-opening quad Salchow, Aaron executed a strong triple Axel in the second half of his program that earned 10.68 points.

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim lead the pairs event in their competitive debut together. With a short program score of 59.01 points, they lead nearly nine points. Each of their program’s seven elements received positives GOEs as they were the only team to earn more than 30 points on their technical elements.

Cup of Nice Competition Schedule (ET)

Saturday

Men – 11 a.m.

Aaron: 2:21 p.m.
Messing: 2:28 pm.

Sunday

Pairs – 8:15 a.m.

Scimeca and Knierim: 9:14 a.m.

For complete event coverage from both Windsor and Nice, please visit http://www.icenetwork.com.

2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America Highlight Videos

26 Oct

We have put together some fun highlight packages from 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America. View the videos below, comment and share!

Recap Video

Men’s Short Program

Ladies Short Program

Pairs Short Program

Ice Dancing Short Dance

Exhibition Highlights

2012 Skate Canada – Guide

25 Oct

Thursday, October 25, 2012 – Windsor, ON

Useful Links

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Starting Order/Results Page | Twitter

Photo Gallery | Fantasy Skating

The second of six ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events, 2012 Skate Canada, is set to begin tomorrow with competition in all four disciplines and end on Saturday. The event will feature the Grand Prix debuts of Gracie Gold and the pair duo of Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig. Ross Miner will be the lone U.S. male in the competition while Caroline Zhang, Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue round out the field for Team USA.

Competition Schedule

Friday

Ladies – 2:05 p.m.

Gracie Gold will skate second and Caroline Zhang will skate third.

Pairs – 3:50 p.m.

Davis and Ladwig will skate first and Vise and Baldwin will skate second.

Men’s – 7:30 p.m.

Ross Miner will skate fifth.

Ice Dancing – 9:10 p.m.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue will skate fourth.

Skate Canada and Cup of Nice Notes

24 Oct

Click below to read competition notes from Skate Canada and Cup of Nice.