Archive | November, 2012

Host Cities Announced for 2015 and 2016 U.S. Championships

28 Nov

U.S. Figure Skating announced that Greensboro, N.C. and Saint Paul, Minn. will host the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Both cities are recent hosts of the U.S. Championships, so take a trip back in time with the March 2008 and March 2011 editions of SKATING magazines which recapped the action from Saint Paul and Greensboro. Click on the cover to read the magazine.

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Team USA Earns Five Medals, Davis and White Earn Grand Prix Final Berth at 2012 NHK Trophy

24 Nov

Saturday, Nov. 24 – Miyagi, Japan

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Team USA has four medals, including one gold and three bronze, to its credit with only the pairs free skate to go from 2012 NHK Trophy in Miyagi, Japan.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned their 11th straight Grand Prix Series gold medal, dating back to 2009, with a top performance in Japan. Their nine-point lead heading into the free dance grew to nearly 22 points total after earning 108.62 points for their Notre-Dame de Paris free dance. The performance included four level 4 lifts and level 4 twizzles that earned 7.07 points. They earned 178.48 points for the week. With the win, Davis and White became the one-seeded team headed into the 2012 Grand Prix Final, an event at which they are three-time reigning champions. Teammates and training mates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani earned their first medal of the season, the bronze, with a total score of 154.56 points. Their Memoirs of a Geisha free dance netted 93.72 points, over 10 points more than their score at Rostelecom Cup two weeks ago when Alex was battling leg cramps. Their program was highlighted by level 4 twizzles and three level 4 lifts. The silver medal and a spot in the Final went to Russia’s Elena Ilinykj and Nikita Katasalapov with 156.62 points.

Mirai Nagasu earned the bronze medal behind teammates Mao Asada and Akiko Suzuki of Japan. Nagasu, who was competing at this event for the first time since 2008, totaled 176.68 points. She began the event by earning 61.18 points for her “Downhill Special” short program after executing elements including a triple toe-triple toe combination and two level 4 spins. The “Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78” free skate, for which she earned 115.50 points, began with a solid triple Lutz followed by a pair of double Axels, one done in combination with a triple toe, and two level 4 spins. Asada barely edged Suzuki to win her second gold of the season. She totaled 185.27 points while Suzuki totaled 185.22 points after winning the free skate. Suzuki, the reigning World bronze medalist, set a personal best score of 126.62 points for her Once Upon a Time in Mexico free skate. Agnes Zawadzki, who won the bronze at Rostelecom Cup for her first Grand Prix medal, moved up from seventh place after the short program to finish the event in fifth position. She earned 160.37 points overall. With the conclusion of the qualifying events for the Grand Prix Series, reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner secured the No. 1 seed heading into the Final.

Ross Miner moved up from fourth place after the short program to edge Spain’s Javier Fernandez for the bronze medal with a total of 235.37 points. He performed the best international free skate of his career, crushing his personal best score set at 2012 Four Continents by 12 points. The “Captain Blood” free skate earned 161.96 points. The program began with a perfect quad Salchow that, with a GOE of 1.29 points, totaled 11.79 points. The performance continued in impressive fashion with 12 of 13 elements receiving positive GOEs. In the skate’s second half, Miner executed a triple Lutz-loop-triple Salchow jump sequence that earned 13.07 points. Like Nagasu, Miner was joined on the podium by a pair of Japanese skaters. Both Yuzuru Hanyu, who earned his second career Grand Prix gold with 261.03 points, and Daisuke Takahashi, who totaled 251.51, will skate at the 2012 Grand Prix Final. Also representing Team USA, Richard Dornbush placed fifth and Adam Rippon finished eighth. The field was depleted by one skater after Japan’s Daisuke Murakami dislocated his right shoulder in the short program and withdrew.

The pairs competition, featuring three U.S. teams, concluded Sunday from Miyagi with Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir becoming first-time Grand Prix Series medalists. The veteran team earned the bronze medal with a total score of 174.51 points. Their tango inspired free skate received a career mark of 112.66 points and featured a trio of level 4 lifts, side-by-side triple toes and a throw double Axel. Entering NHK Trophy, Castelli and Shnapir had competed in five Grand Prix events and recorded their best finish, fourth, at 2010 Skate Canada. Their short program also earned a career-best mark of 61.85 points. The short earned positive GOEs on each of its seven elements, including the triple twist, side-by-side triple Salchows and throw triple Salchow. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, in their career debut on the Grand Prix Series, moved up from fifth after the short program to finish fourth overall with a points total of 163.10 points. Their free skate, set to music from The Last of the Mohicans and 500 Nations, was clean and included five elements that earned more than six points each. They closed the show with a group five lift scored as a level four that netted 7.85 points. Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig finished sixth with an career-best of 143.70 points. Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov earned the NHK Trophy title with 192.02 points, while silver went to Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch with 180.63. Both the gold and silver medalists earned spots in the Grand Prix Final.

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2012 NHK Trophy Under Way from Japan

23 Nov

Friday, Nov. 23 – Miyagi, Japan

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Fifteen members of Team USA are competing this weekend at 2012 NHK Trophy, the last of six events that make up the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Team USA sits 1-2 going into the free dance with Meryl Davis and Charlie White in position to take their 11th straight Grand Prix gold medal dating back to 2009. Davis and White, despite seeing a one-point deduction for an extended lift, the veteran duo earned 69.86 points for their Giselle short dance and have a nine-point lead over teammates and training mates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani with 60.84 points. With a win, Davis and White will earn a spot to December’s Grand Prix Final, an event where they are three-time reigning champions. Shibutani and Shibutani look for their first medal of the season after placing fourth at Rostelecom Cup a few weeks ago.

Mirai Nagasu, a late addition to the competition, sits in second place behind Japan’s Mao Asada. Nagasu earned 61.18 points after executing elements including a triple toe-triple toe combination and two level 4 spins. Asada earned 67.95 points as she saw her program components best the field by over nearly four points. Agnes Zawadzki, who won the bronze at Rostelecom Cup for her first Grand Prix medal, sits in seventh place with 55.02 points. However, she is only four points out of bronze medal pace set by China’s Zijun Li.

Three men represent Team USA in Japan. Ross Miner is in fourth place followed by Richard Dornbush in sixth and Adam Rippon in eighth. A pair of home country skaters, Yuzuru Hanyu and Daisuke Takahashi, lead the pack while Spain’s Javier Fernandez will enter the free skate in third place. Hanyu, the 2012 World bronze medalist, set a new short program world record score with 95.32 points.

The pairs competition, featuring three U.S. team, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig and Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, begin competition on Saturday. Following the pairs short program, all three free skates will take place for singles and ice dance.

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Upcoming Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Pairs Short Program – 10 p.m. Friday

Free Dance – 11:50 p.m. Friday

Shibutani and Shibutani – 12:50 a.m.

Davis and White – 12:57 a.m.

Men’s Free Skate – 2 a.m. Saturday

Rippon – 2:15 a.m.

Dornbush – 2:32 a.m.

Miner – 2:56 a.m.

Ladies Free Skate – 5 a.m. Saturday

Zawadzki – 5:31 a.m.

Nagasu – 6:18 a.m.

Pairs Free Skate – 12:05 a.m. Sunday

2012 NHK Trophy – Guide

22 Nov

Thursday, November 22, 2012 – Paris

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Fifteen U.S. athletes will compete at 2012 NHK Trophy, the last of six events on the 2012 ISU Grand Prix Series, Nov. 23-25, in Miyagi, Japan. Reigning U.S. champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White will represent Team USA for the second time this season in a bid to top a Grand Prix podium for the 11th straight time dating back to 2009. Agnes Zawadzki, the 2012 U.S. bronze medalist, won bronze at her opening event, Rostelecom Cup, while three of the U.S.’s top American men, Richard Dornbush, Ross Miner and Adam Rippon, will compete in their second Grand Prix events. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir lead the pairs team after recently winning their first international gold medal at 2012 Ice Challenge earlier this month. Also in the pairs event, Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, who teamed up in April, make their Grand Prix Series debut after being invited to NHK Trophy just two weeks ago.

Friday Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Short Dance – 1:05 a.m.

Men’s Short Program – 2:45 a.m.

Ladies Short Program – 5:15 a.m.

Pairs Short Program – 10 p.m.

Free Dance – 11:50 p.m.

NHK Trophy Competition Notes

21 Nov

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Team USA Earns Gold, Silver at Trophee Eric Bompard

17 Nov

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Five Team USA athletes took the ice in Paris this weekend, earning two medals and two fourth place finishes at 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard.

After finishing second in the short program, Ashley Wagner performed a flawless free skate, earning a season-best score of 127.54 points and her second Grand Prix title of the season. Her “Samson and Delilah” program featured six triple jumps and positive grades of execution on 11 of her 12 elements. Wagner finished the week with 190.63 points and became the first U.S. lady to win multiple Grand Prix titles in a single season since Sasha Cohen in 2003. Second place went to Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia with 179.62 points, with her teammate Julia Lipnitskaia rounding out the podium with 179.31 points.

Christina Gao finished fourth after earning a season-best 112.16 points for her free skate. Performed to “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla, Gao’s program featured six triple jumps, including a triple toe-double toe-double loop series, which netted 8.52 points. Gao finished the week with 164.71 points.

Reigning U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott earned his first Trophee Bompard medal, the silver, with a total of 227.63 points. His free skate, set to “Bring Him Home” by Steven Jamail, earned a season-best 146.45 points. Abbott completed six triple jumps, including a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, and his program components score of 82.70 points bested the field by more than five points. The gold medal went to Takahito Mura of Japan with 230.68 points, while Florent Amodio of France came back from a seventh place finish in the short program to win the free skate and finish third with 214.25 points.

Placing fourth in the ice dancing competition, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue finished second in the free dance segment with a personal-best score of 88.69 points. Their impressive performance to a medley of flamenco songs by the Gypsy Kings featured positive grades of execution on each of their elements, including a circular step sequence, which earned 7.21 points. Hubbell and Donohue earned a total of 145.23 points and their highest Grand Prix Series placement. The top spot was held by Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France with 168.90 points, with Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy following with 153.26 points and Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko of Russia finishing third with 146.03 points.

Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia held onto their lead after the short program to take the title in the pairs event with a total of 187.99 points. Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada followed less than two points behind with 186.71 points, and Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek of Italy completed the podium with 169.49 points. Team USA was not represented in the pairs event this week.

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2012 Trophee Eric Bompard Under Way in Paris

16 Nov

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After the first day of competition, four of Team USA’s athletes are poised for the podium heading into Saturday’s events.

Fresh off  her first Grand Prix title at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America earlier this fall, Ashley Wagner sits in second place after her “Red Violin” short program, trailing Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia by less than a point. Wagner earned positive grades of execution on each of her seven elements, including a triple flip-double toe combination, which earned 7.70 points. Wagner finished the segment with a season-best short program score of 63.09 points, while Lipnitskaia will head into the free skate with 63.55 points. Lipnitskaia’s teammate Elizaveta Tuktamysheva finished third with 58.26 points. Christina Gao will take the ice for her free skate in seventh place, less than six points from medal position.

Jeremy Abbott looks to return to the Grand Prix podium after earning 81.18 points for his short program. His program components score of 40.83 points bested his competitors by more than four points, giving him a 4.53 point lead heading into tomorrow’s free skate. Abbott’s performance, set to Nathan Lanier’s “Spy,” included a flawless triple Axel and a triple flip-triple toe combination, which netted 10.30 points. Behind Abbott in second place is Takahito Mura of Japan with 76.65 points, followed by Brian Joubert of France, who finished third with 75.46 points.

In their second season together, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are in fourth place after the short dance, less than two points from the podium. Their Titanic short dance, which earned 56.54 points, featured positive grades of execution on more than half of their elements, including a Level 4 twizzle sequence worth 6.79 points. Currently in first place are Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France with 68.48 points, followed by Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy with 66.18 points, with and Ekaterina Riazova and Ilia Tkachenko of Russia rounding out the top three with 58.23 points.

While Team USA is not represented in the pairs event this week, Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia lead with 66.78 points, followed by Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada with 62.28 points and Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang of China, who finished third with 59.92 points.

Saturday Competition Schedule (all times Eastern)

Men’s free skate – 9:25 a.m.

Jeremy Abbott – 10:46 a.m.

Ladies free skate – 12:30 p.m.

Christina Gao – 1:01 p.m.

Ashley Wagner – 1:47 p.m.

Free Dance – 2:30 p.m.

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue – 3:14 p.m.