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2012 Rostelecom Cup, 2012 Ice Challenge Under Way

9 Nov

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After earning three medals Friday at 2012 Ice Challenge, Team USA is poised to win several more Saturday at Rostelecom Cup and Ice Challenge.

From Moscow, 2012 Rostelecom Cup, the fourth event of the Grand Prix Series, began Friday.

Team USA is in first and third positions in the ladies event with Gracie Gold leading and Agnes Zawadzki not far behind. Gold, who made her career Grand Prix debut two weeks ago at Skate Canada, earned a short program score of 62.16 points, the fourth-highest short program score of the season. Her program included a triple flip-triple toe combination and three level 4 spins. Zawadazki, who edged her teammate for the gold medal at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in September, earned 60.18 points for her “Sex and the City” short program. She also executed a triple-triple combination, with hers featuring a pair of toe loops. Finland’s Kiira Korpi, the 2012 Cup of China bronze medalist, sits between the Americans with 61.55 points. Caroline Zhang, in her third outing of the season, is in 10th place with 46.15 points.

Richard Dornbush, in his Grand Prix season debut, is in seventh place, but sits just nine points out of bronze-medal position with 67.44 points. Dornbush’s U2 short program began with a beautiful quad toe that received a GOE of 1.29 and overall score of 11.59 points. Despite struggling on his other two jumping elements, Dornbush saw positive GOEs on his spins and step sequence. With 85.44 points, Patrick Chan of Canada holds a nine-point lead over Russia’s Konstantin Menshov and Japan’s Takahiko Kozuka, who are in a tight race for second. In his first Grand Prix since the 2010 season, Johnny Weir is in 10th place.

Caydee Denney & John Coughlin are poised to win their second medal of the season. With 59.02 points, they are in third place behind home country representatives Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov and Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov. Denney and Coughlin are the 2012 Skate America bronze medalists, while Volosozhar and Trankov won gold at the same event last month. Tiffany Vise & Don Baldwin sit in seventh place.

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani also kicked off their season in Moscow. They are in fourth and earned 58.26 points for their short dance. They are less than two points behind the third place team of Victoria Sinitsina & Ruslan Zhiganzhin of Russia. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir lead with 70.65 points. They were gold medalists at Skate Canada. Shibutani and Shibutani debuted a short dance to music by The Incantations in Moscow.

Meanwhile, in Graz, Austria, Douglas Razzano earned his second Ice Challenge silver medal (2010) with a total score of 204.62 points. He edged teammate Armin Mahbanoozadeh, who earned 200.01 points total. Gold went to Germany’s Peter Liebers.

Razzano’s short program to Rachmaninoff’s music featured seven elements that received positives GOEs, including a triple Axel and level 3 and 4 spins and a level 4 step sequence. With 72.21 points, he led after the segment. Mahbanoozadeh also turned out a solid short worth 72.14 points. The program included a triple Lutz-triple toe combination that was the segment’s highest-scoring element at 11.27 points.

Ice dancers Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt earned their second consecutive Ice Challenge gold medal. They started the competition as the only team to break the 50-point mark in the short dance with 50.46 points. They went on to win Friday’s free dance by over 20 points, totaling 89.24 points for their program set to Adele’s music. The free featured three of Level 4 lifts and a Level 4 step sequence. The duo was joined on the podium by the Czech Republic’s Lucie Mysliveckova & Neil Brown and Switzerland’s Ramona Elsener & Florian Roost. In their competitive debut, Anastasia Olson & Keiffer Hubbell finished 10th with 102.10 points.

Going into Saturday’s free skate, Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir hold a significant lead in the pairs competition. Their short program score of 60.44 points is nearly 18 points higher than that of second place team Danielle Montalbano & Evgeni Krasnopolsky of Israel. Americans Gretchen Donlan & Andrew Speroff are in third place and trail place Montalbano & Krasnopolsky by just over a point.

Complete coverage of Rostelecom Cup and Ice Challenge is available on www.icenetwork.com.

Saturday Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Rostelecom Cup

Ladies – 5 a.m.

Caroline Zhang – 5:07 a.m.

Agnes Zawadzki – 6:09 a.m.

Gracie Gold – 6:25 a.m.

Pairs – 6:50 a.m.

Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin – 6:57 a.m.

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin – 7:38 a.m.

Men’s – 8:30 a.m.

Johnny Weir – 8:37  a.m.

Richard Dornbush – 9:02 a.m.

Ice Dancing – 10:30 a.m.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani – 11:14 a.m.

Ice Challenge

Pairs – 9:30 a.m.


2012 Rostelecom Cup – Guide

8 Nov

Thursday, November 8, 2012 – Moscow

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The United States will send a large contingent of skaters to Moscow to take part in the fourth ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event of the season. Most notably will be the return to the circuit of 2010 Olympian Johnny Wier, who, along with Richard Dornbush, Agnes Zawadzki and Maia and Alex Shibutani will make their season Grand Prix debuts. Returning to action will be Gracie Gold, Caroline Zhang and Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin who will look to improve upon their skates from earlier this year to land on the podium. Finally, the pair of Caydee Denney and John Coughlin will aim for a second medal this season and a spot at the Grand Prix Final.

Friday Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Ladies – 6 a.m.

Gracie Gold – 6:07 a.m.

Caroline Zhang – 6:14 a.m.

Agnes Zawadzki – 6:27 a.m.

Pairs – 7:40 a.m.

Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin – 8:00 a.m.

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin – 8:14 a.m.

Men’s – 10 a.m.

Johnny Weir – 10:07 a.m.

Richard Dornbush – 10:20 a.m.

Ice Dancing – 11:40 a.m.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani – 12:33 p.m.

Rostelecom Cup and Ice Challenge Notes

8 Nov

Click below to read competition notes for 2012 Rostelecom Cup and 2012 Ice Challenge

“An Evening with Champions” to feature all-star line-up

19 Sep

Paul Wylie chats with Emily Hughes at last year’s performance (Photo by Sarah Brannen)

The 42nd annual “An Evening with Champions” will take place Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. The event will take place at Harvard’s Bright Hockey Center and all event proceeds will benefit the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 

Hosted by 1992 Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie and Harvard University student and 2010 Olympian Emily Hughes, the show will feature an all-star cast of skaters including three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, reigning U.S. bronze medalist Agnes Zawadzki, 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley and two-time Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist and incoming Harvard freshman Christina Gao.

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Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir will perform for the second straight year (Photo by Sarah Brannen)

A silent auction to benefit the Jimmy Fund will begin 30 minutes before each show, with a prize drawing after intermission. Since its premier in 1970, “An Evening with Champions” has been run entirely by Harvard University students and has raised more than $2.5 million for the Jimmy Fund.

For more information, please visit: www.jimmyfund.com/skating or www.aneveningwithchampions.org.

“An Evening with Champions” can also be reached through e-mail at aneveningwithchampions@gmail.com or by phone at (617) 942-1392.

2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic Tweet Seat

17 Sep

At the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, many of the skaters answered your questions from the Tweet Seat. See what your favorite athletes had to say and be sure to send in your questions for the next time!

Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus

Ryan Bradley

Timothy Dolensky

Ross Miner

Agnes Zawadzki

Gracie Gold

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig

Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay

Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt

Madison Chock and Evan Bates

Max Aaron

Armin Mahbanoozadeh

Jeremy Ten

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch

2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic Notes

11 Sep

Click on the image below to view the competition notes for the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic.

Senior skaters head to Salt Lake City to kick off the 2012 international season

10 Sep

Canadians, Americans among favorites at 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic

By Mimi Whetstone

The senior international season begins this week with the inaugural U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City, Sept. 12-16. More than 65 skaters representing 23 countries are expected to compete, including reigning Canadian champion Amelie Lacoste and two-time U.S. bronze medalist Ross Miner. The U.S. International Figure Skating Classic will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Challenge Skate, a U.S. Figure Skating invitational competition for intermediate, novice and junior athletes who have competed at the national level. Both events will stream live on icenetwork.com.


Reigning U.S. junior champion Gracie Gold, who won the silver medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships, will begin her first full senior season. Gold captured the gold at JGP Estonia last year with a personal-best score of 172.69 points. Challenging Gold will be Lacoste of Canada, who competed at the World Championships in both 2011 and 2012. Also competing for medals are Elena Glebova of Estonia, who won silver at 2011 Finlandia Trophy, reigning U.S. bronze medalist Agnes Zawadzki and Clara Peters, the first skater to represent Ireland at an ISU event. Peters earned a personal-best score of 55.90 for her free skate at the 2012 World Championships, where she placed 11th.


Battling for the top podium spot in the men’s event will be two-time reigning U.S. bronze medalist Ross Miner, who earned a personal-best score of 223.23 points at the 2012 Four Continents Championships, where he placed third and fellow American Armin Mahbanoozadeh, who earned a career best placement of fourth at the 2012 U.S. Championships. Also competing are Liam Firus of Canada, who finished in eighth place at the 2012 World Junior Championships with a personal-best score of 189.06, and Christopher Caluza of the Philippines, who represented the United States until December, 2011. Caluza competed for the Philippines at the 2012 World Championships and earned a personal-best score of 184.10 points.


Looking to win the pairs event are 2011 Canadian champions Kristen Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, who earned two bronze medals in the 2011 Grand Prix series at Cup of China and Hilton HHonors Skate America in Ontario, Calif. Another team of Canadians, Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, will fight for the title after earning the bronze medal, ahead of Moore-Towers and Moscovich at the 2012 Four Continents Championships. Danielle Montalbano and Evgeni Krasnopolski of Israel will also make a run for the medals after winning bronze at 2011 Golden Spin in Zagreb, Croatia. The new U.S. team of Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig will make their competitive debut in Salt Lake City. Davis is the 2010 U.S. junior bronze medalist, while Ladwig is a two-time U.S. silver medalist (2010-11) and 2010 Olympian with former partner Amanda Evora. Joining Davis and Ladwig on Team USA are Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin, who earned a personal-best score of 155.42 points at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America, where they placed sixth.

Ice Dancing

Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates will try to capture ice dancing gold after earning bronze at 2011 Finlandia Trophy, their first international competition as a team. Chock and Bates missed the podium by one spot at 2011 Skate Canada and placed fifth at their first U.S. Championships last January. Challenging Chock and Bates will be reigning Canadian bronze medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier and their Canadian teammates Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam, who earned silver at the 2010 World Junior Championships. Ukrainians Siobhan Heekin-Canedy and Dmitri Dun, who earned bronze at 2011 Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria, will also compete for a medal. Joining Chock and Bates on Team USA are Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, who won the ice dancing title ahead of Heekin-Canedy and Dun at 2011 Ice Challenge and finished fourth at the 2012 U.S. Championships.

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