Archive | September, 2013

Dornbush Flipping over Exciting Upcoming Season

20 Sep

Ricky 1By Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz

Men’s competitor Richard Dornbush is flipping with excitement about the upcoming season. Not only will the 2011 U.S. silver medalist debut two new programs in this all important Olympic year, Dornbush also added the back flip to his exhibition programs.

“Ever since I was a little kid I had wanted to learn to do a back flip on the ice,” Dornbush said. “It probably stemmed from watching other skaters like Scott Hamilton and Michael Weiss do it, but later on people I competed against learned it too.”

Dornbush first tried learning the flip with his rinks’ pulley harnesses with some help from fellow competitor Philip Warren.

“Unfortunately he was a lot smaller than me at the time and we didn’t feel confident enough to try it with me,” Dornbush said. Later on, Coach Cindy Stuart stepped in and mentioned that Michael Villarreal had just learned his and would be able to help.

“I learned it with Michael and with some help from Jed Hopkins,” Dornbush said. “After that I could not stop myself from doing some every day. It drove my coach Tammy Gambill crazy.”

The back flip is now a staple part of Dornbush’s exhibition program, and he enjoys performing them for audiences. He performed his very first one at the recent Skate Dance Dream Show in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Performing it at Skate Dance Dream was a very nerve wracking experience but after doing them in the show, I must have done six or so, I had the hang of doing it solidly under spotlights. Now there are three guys doing back flips at my rink, Philip, myself and Australian men’s competitor Brendan Kerry which makes it more fun because we all push each other in so many different areas.”

Dornbush is also looking forward to the upcoming season and debuting two exciting new programs.

“This year both my short and my long have been choreographed by Mark Pillay, who did my short last year,” Dornbush said.  “My short is set to “The Sons of Italy” and hasn’t been performed by a well known skater that I know of since Kurt Browning in the 1990/1991 season. The footwork is definitely the star of the program and is the main focus. At first I would trip up three or four times every time I did it and it worried me, but now I have it down and cannot wait to show off its intricacies in competition.”

Dornbush’s long program is a Beatles medley and he loves the subtle beginning where the songs are barely recognizable, but as the program builds the music becomes more obvious.

“In this way it really helps the build of the program,” he said.

Dornbush is looking forward to the upcoming season, and the all important U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston, where the Olympic team will be chosen.

“I am really excited about this upcoming Olympic season and am working very hard to earn a spot on that team. I really mean the “earn” part as I think there are so many U.S. guys that are pushing the envelope with the quads, as well as the performance part of skating, that it will certainly be, in my mind, a huge athletic feat to make it to the top group,” Dornbush said.

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2013 U.S. Challenge Skate Concludes Sunday

14 Sep

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A great week in Salt Lake City will conclude today with the free skates in junior ladies and pairs and the novice free dance. A hybrid of competitions in Salt Lake City included the debut of Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s Olympic season programs in the 2013 U.S. International Classic. Meanwhile, several novice- and junior-level athletes who compete in U.S. qualifying events got the opportunity to attend an early season competition with an international feel.

Heading into the junior ladies free skate, Tyler Pierce is poised for the victory. She totaled 57.16 points for a strong short program and holds a six-point lead over Amber Glenn. Olivia Oltmanns set the pace in the junior pairs event, while Madison Fox and Val Katsman have a 10-point lead after performing the Argentine tango pattern dance.

Senior events set to conclude today #SLC2013

14 Sep

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U.S. silver medalist Gracie Gold will continue her Olympic campaign today as the ladies take the ice for their free skate at the 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. Also set to compete today are 2010 Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who will finish their first competition since wrapping up a perfect 2012-13 season with a second World Championships title. The ice dancers will take the ice for their free dance following the conclusion of the ladies free skate.

Competition Schedule (All times Eastern, subject to change)

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013

Ladies free skate – 4:50 p.m.

Free dance – 7:45 p.m.

The ladies of Team USA are poised to sweep the podium this afternoon with Gold sitting in first, two-time reigning U.S. bronze medalist Agnes Zawadzki in second and 2013 U.S. pewter medalist Courtney Hicks rounding out the podium. Teammate Samantha Cesario, who placed fourth at the 2013 World Junior Championships, is in fifth place.

Davis and White are set to debut their Olympic season free dance with a comfortable lead of more than 10 points.  In second place, five-time Canadian medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje have a distanced themselves by nearly eight points from third place, which is currently held by their teammates, Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams. The rest of Team USA, comprised of Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus and Alissandra Aronow and Collin Brubaker, sit in sixth, eighth and 13th place, respectively.

Recaps of yesterday’s events, including the short dance and ladies short program competitions, the U.S. men’s podium sweep and the pairs free skate, are available free on icenetwork.

Competition also continues today for the 2013 Challenge Skate, an invitational for American skaters who have competed domestically at the intermediate, novice and junior levels. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. MDT with the novice pattern dance, followed by the junior ladies short program at 9:09 a.m. and the junior pairs short program at 10:57 a.m.

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All Four Senior Disciplines Set to Compete Friday #SLC2013

13 Sep

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White will begin their quest for Olympic gold today from the 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. After the short dance and ladies short program, we will see the free skate finals for the men’s and pairs events. Team USA is in prime medal contention in both events.

Competition Schedule (All times Eastern, subject to change)

Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

Short dance – 2:35 p.m.

Ladies short program – 5:10 p.m.

Pairs free skate – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s free skate – 9:15 p.m.

Joining Davis and White in the dance event are international threats Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, six-time Canadian medalists. Americans Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, who won bronze at this event last year, and Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus both make return trips to the U.S. International Classic. Relative newcomers Alissandra Aronow and Collin Brubaker received the late invite to the event after Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani withdrew earlier this week.

Also returning for a second year, and both in defense of their medal-winning finishes, are Agnes Zawadzki and Gracie Gold. They were 1-2 here last year and then flip-flopped to finish 2-3 at the 2013 U.S. Championships in January. Meanwhile, Samantha Cesario and Courtney Hicks will make their senior international debuts.

In the pairs event, Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch of Canada have a six-point cushion going into the free skate. They are the reigning gold medalists at this event. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir began their U.S. title defense and, despite one bobble on the side-by-side jumps, turned in a strong Carlos Santana short program for 62.26 points. 2012 U.S. champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, returned to competition for the first time since Coughlin underwent surgery last December, and are in a close third place.

Max Aaron, the 2013 U.S. champion, turned in a strong Latin-inspired short program and has a nice lead with 81.49 points. His teammates round out the top four in the following order: Stephen Carriere, Joshua Farris and Grant Hochstein.

Competition also continues today for the 2013 Challenge Skate, an invitational for American skaters who have competed domestically at the intermediate, novice and junior levels. The event will begin at 7:55 a.m. MDT with the novice men’s free skate, followed by the novice ladies free skate at 9:10 a.m. and the novice pairs free skate at 10:40 a.m. The race for gold is close in all three disciplines. Rebecca Peng (ladies), Eric Sjoberg (men’s) and Joy Weinberg and Michael Lueck (pairs) are in first going into the free skates.

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Competition begins today in Salt Lake City

12 Sep

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The senior international season begins today as competition commences at the 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic with the pairs and men’s short programs.

Competition Schedule (All times Eastern, subject to change)

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

Pairs short program – 8:50 p.m.

Men’s short program – 10:15 p.m.

In the pairs event, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir will begin their Olympic campaign as reigning U.S. champions. They will be joined by 2012 U.S. champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, who will return to competition for the first time since Coughlin underwent surgery last December. Also competing are 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay, who finished fourth at this competition last year.

Max Aaron, the 2013 U.S. champion, will lead Team USA in the men’s event. Aaron hopes to defend his 2012 title at this event and in October will embark on his first Grand Prix season. Reigning World Junior champion Joshua Farris will make his senior international debut today, while Stephen Carriere will compete internationally for the second time since 2010. Recently named to the event, Grant Hochstein will also return to the international scene for the first time since 2011.

Competition also begins today for the 2013 Challenge Skate, an invitational for American skaters who have competed nationally at the intermediate, novice and junior levels. The event will begin at 10:45 a.m. MDT with the novice pairs short program, followed by the novice ladies short program at 11:52 a.m. and the novice men’s short program at 1:28 p.m. Expected to take the ice are reigning U.S. intermediate silver medalist Anastasia Kortjohn, 2013 U.S. intermediate champion Andrew Torgashev and reigning U.S. intermediate champions Alicia Bertsch and Austin Hale.

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11 Sep

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2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic Viewers’ Guide

10 Sep

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2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic | Salt Lake City

Official practice at the 2013 U.S. International Classic begins Wednesday, Sept. 11, with the pairs and men’s, while short programs in those respective disciplines take the ice Thursday evening for the short program. All four disciplines will compete Friday with the ladies short and short dance and the conclusion of the men’s and pairs events. Team USA features Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time reigning U.S. champions, two-time World ice dance champs and 2010 Olympic silver medalists. Also set to represent Team USA in Salt Lake City are Max Aaron, Gracie Gold, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir and other U.S. medalists. The international field features two-time Canadian pairs medalists Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch and six-time Canadian ice dance medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje.

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Competition Schedule (All times Eastern, subject to change)

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

Pairs Short – 8:50 p.m.

Men’s Short – 10:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

Short Dance – 2:35 p.m.

Ladies Short – 5:10 p.m.

Pairs Free – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Free – 9:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013

Ladies Free – 4:50 p.m.

Free Dance – 7:45 p.m.