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Detroit Skating Club presents “Crystal Anniversary, 15 Years of Talent”

3 Jun

The Detroit Skating Club is excited to announce the 15th annual ice show, “Crystal Anniversary, 15 Years of Talent,” to be performed June 5-8 at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

The spectacular show will include skaters of all disciplines, from the littlest tot all the way to top international competitors. Skaters of all levels will perform singles, ice dance, pairs and synchronized skating in solo, group and feature performances.

Guest skaters will include 2014 Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan, 2014 World Team member Elladj Balde, 2014 World Team members Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny, 2014 World Junior champions Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker and four-time Greek champion Georgia Glastris. Guest skaters will only be featured at select performances.

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, June 5: 7 p.m.

Friday, June 6: 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 7: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 8: 2 p.m.

Guest skater performance schedule:

Patrick Chan – June 8

Elladj Balde – June 6, June 7 (both shows)

Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton – all performances

Alissa Czisny – June 5-7 (both Saturday shows)

Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker – June 6, June 7 (7 p.m. show), June 8

Georgia Glastris – June 6, June 8

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased for $17 to $27 at www.dscclub.com.

 

(updated for Day 4) – 2014 World Championships – Viewers’ Guide

25 Mar

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Fifteen Americans are competing this week in the final event of the season, the 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

NBC will air a worlds recap show from 3-6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 13, with additional broadcast coverage on Universal Sports Network throughout competition weekend.

Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from Saitama. To become a registered user or a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com. Event coverage, including results, news, recaps and photos, will be available on icenetwork to all users.

The broadcast schedules are below.

2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ICENETWORK LIVE STREAMING SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

March 29
Free dance – 11:30 p.m.
Aldridge and Eaton – 11:44 p.m.
Shibutani and Shibutani – 1:22 a.m.
Chock and Bates – 2:16 a.m.
Ladies free – 4:15 a.m.
Edmunds – 6:50 a.m.
Wagner – 7:05 a.m.
Gold – 8:01 a.m.

2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS UNIVERSAL SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)
March 28
Short dance – 1 p.m.
Men’s free – 2 p.m.
March 29
Free dance – 1 p.m.
Ladies free – 2 p.m.

Team USA Earns Five Medals in Sochi

8 Dec

Saturday, December 8th – Iceberg Skating Palace – Sochi, Russia

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*Coverage of the 2012 Grand Prix Final will air on NBC this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. ET*

Team USA added three medals today as events concluded from the 2012 Grand Prix Final and 2012 Junior Grand Prix Final. Ashley Wagner earned silver today for her first Grand Prix Final medal, while Meryl Davis and Charlie White made history as they became the first ice dance team in history to win four Grand Prix Final titles.

Davis and White skated their best performances of the season in Sochi to total a season-high 183.39 points. Their “Notre-Dame” free dance, that White called “fantastic,” was highlighted by an array of level 4 elements including one spin, four lifts and the twizzle sequence. They earned 110.19 points for the segment.

White continued, “Emotionally, technically, we really put it all out there. I’m proud of the way we fought through it. It’s a great step to help us build toward winning Worlds.”

Russian President Vladmir Putin was on hand to watch the free dance, a fact that Davis and White were aware of but tried to push to the back of their minds before the skate.

“The ice, the atmosphere and the crowd were fantastic,” Davis said. “We heard (Russian President) Putin was in the audience which is really exciting. When you hear about important people in the audience, it’s not something you try to focus on before you skate. But afterward we were like, ‘Oh! Putin was in the audience. That’s cool.'”

Wagner showcased her tenacity as she continued her “Samson and Delilah” free skate following a hard fall on a double Axel and earned 115.49 points for the segment. She started out strong with a triple flip-double toe-double toe jump sequence that earned 9.30 points. Wagner would fall earlier in the program on a triple Salchow, but rebounded nicely with a pair of spins and two triple jumps before suffering the fall that required immediate ice on her left hip following her exit from the ice.

Despite the pain, Wagner went on to perform triple flip and her closing spin.

“I’m really proud of myself. I was able to pull myself together after a fall like that,” she said. “Going into the next jump, you’re pretty much terrified that you’re going to do that again. I knew I could either give the competition away or at that point I could continue to fight. I’m happy that I really pushed through.”

Wagner, who totaled 181.93 points for the week, doesn’t think she injured herself seriously.

“We’re going to see how it progresses for the rest of the weekend,” she said. “The team doctor said that I have a hip pointer. I don’t know what that is but I can tell you it hurts. We might be looking into getting X-rays later this week. For the most part, I think it’s one of those things where I got myself pretty good. But I’ll be fine by the time nationals comes around.”

Japan’s Mao Asada enjoyed the best competition of her season to secure her third Grand Prix Final title with a score of 196.80 points. Her teammate Akiko Suzuki won bronze with 180.77 points.

Christina Gao, in her Grand Prix Final debut, totaled 154.54 points for the week. She felt much more comfortable in her free skate after what she called a shaky short program.

“It felt much better than yesterday,” Gao said. “I didn’t have a great warm up but I’m glad I pulled it together for the program. I know I’m tough and I’m more consistent than I’ve ever been before. Overall, I’m happy with how I did.”

Featuring a field of newly minted JGP Final competitiors, the junior ladies podium featured Hannah Miller, who won the silver medal for Team USA. Coming into the competition, Miller was focused on competing two strong performances. She did just that, and received what coach Kirsten Miller-Zisholz called “a bonus” medal.

On medaling, Miller said, ““It’s super great. It was just my goal to come here and skate my best. That put me in a medal spot so I’m excited.”

She earned 168.41 points for the week and claimed the silver medal by one point over bronze medalist Anna Pogorilaya of Russia. Elena Radionova helped the host country complete a sweep of the junior podium with a total score of 179.40 points.

Angela Wang had reason to celebrate after executing the second-best free skate of the day to the tune of 110.89 points, a season high. Her Ladies in Lavender program was highlighted by the highest-scoring technical element of the segment, a triple Lutz-triple toe-double toe combination worth 12.50 points.

“I felt really calm,” she said. “I have been working really hard on my artistry for this program and I hope that showed.”

Wang finished with 162.05 points for the week.

Leah Keiser placed sixth in Sochi with a total score of 137.44 points.

Complete coverage of the event is available at icenetwork.com.

Members of Team USA will next be in action at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships set for Jan. 20-27 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

World Junior Figure Skating Championships – Day 3

2 Mar

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Ladies

Current Standings

Bolstered by Level 4 spins, Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia won the short program, besting American Gracie Gold by 5.09 points to win the short program. Last year’s champion, Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, is in third.

Skating to “Dark Eyes,” Lipnitskaia, 13, impressed with a triple toe-triple toe combination and her triple Lutz, which helped earn 63.09 points.  U.S. junior champion Gold, 16, has 58.00 points while Sotnikovav, 15, is close behind with 56.57 points.

Performing to “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” Gold opened with a triple flip-triple toe combination and showed off a solid triple Lutz. She earned Level 4s for all three spins and a Level 3 for her steps. Gold trains in Chicago with coach Alexander Ouriashev.

Defending World junior champion Sotnikova, skating to Ravel’s “Bolero,” landed a triple toe-triple toe and a triple Lutz..

American Christina Gao, who placed fourth at last year’s World Junior Championships, sits in fifth place with 52.66 points. Skating to Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor,” Gao’s triple toe-triple toe combination complimented two Level 4 spins. Gao, who will turn 18 next week, trains in Toronto with coach Brian Orser.

Team USA’s Vanessa Lam, a two-time medalist on the JGP circuit this season, is 11th after skating to “Con Te Partiro.” Lam, 16, trains in Westminster, Calif., under coaches Doug Chapman and Dianne de Leeuw.

Ice Dance

Final Results

Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin and teammates Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin turned in strong performances to hold their places in earning gold and silver medals.  U.S. junior champions Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, who prevented a Russian medals sweep by coming back from fifth place to earned the bronze.

Skating to “Phantom of the Opera,” Sinitsina and Zhiganshin earned Level 4s in five of the seven elements on their way to a season-best 90.03 points. The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Champions, who have not lost a competition this season, finished with 153.81 points.

Skating to “Live and Let Die,” Stepanova and Bukin turned in Level 4 lifts, spins and twizzles for 85.06 points. They finished with 147.74 points.

Aldridge and Eaton turned in two outstanding performances, earning personal bests in the short (57.76) and free (83.38) for a total 141.14. Their upbeat “Lord of the Dance” program was technically demanding, and they handled it with aplomb.  The Canton, Mich.-based skaters train under a team headed by Pasquale Camerlengo and his wife, two-time world dance champion Anjelika Krylova.

Americans Lauri Bonacorsi and Travis Mager, who performed to “Close to You,” finished in seventh place with 128.41 points. The two-time U.S. junior silver medalists train under 1980 Olympic dance champions Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov in Aston, Pa.

Team USA’s Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons, who earned a personal-best 45.37 in the short program, finished in 15th place with 109.16 points. The team performed to “Enigmatic Soul” and “To Glory.” They train at Maryland’s Wheaton Skating Academy under coaches Alexei Kiliakov and Dmitri Ilin.

World Junior Figure Skating Championships – Day 1

29 Feb

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Pairs

Current Standings

Skating a flawless short program, China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han have positioned themselves to win a third-straight World junior pairs title. With 59.29 points, Wui and Han hold a 4.57-point lead over teammates Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin (54.72). Russia’s Ekaterina Petaikina and Maxim Kurdyukov are in third with 51.18 points. Less than a half-point out of third place are U.S. junior pairs champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, whose 50.81 tops their previous best international short program score (42.25), earned during the 2011 Junior Grand Prix.

Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton, the 2012 U.S. junior bronze medalists, sit in eighth place after earning 48.24 points. U.S. junior silver medalists Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer are in 11th place with 46.83 points.

All three U.S. teams train in Colorado Springs, Colo., under coaches Dalilah Sappenfield and Larry Ibarra.

Ice Dance

Current Standings

Russian ice dancing teams hold the top three spots after the short dance Wednesday. Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin, the 2011 Junior Grand Prix Final champions, earned a score of 63.78 points. Close behind are teammates Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin (62.68) and Anna Yanovskaya and Sergey Mozgov (58.89). The French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are in fourth place (58.09) followed by 2012 U.S. junior champions Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton (57.76). Two-time U.S. junior ice dancing silver medalists Lauri Bonacorsi and Travis Mager are in eighth place with 54.53 points. Rachel and Michael Parsons, who placed fourth at the U.S. Championships, are in 16th place with 45.37 points.

ISU 2012 World Junior Figure Skating Championships

27 Feb

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Team USA Earns Four Medals in Quebec

11 Dec

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Team USA earned four medals in Quebec at the Grand Prix Final and Junior Grand Prix Final including two gold medals. Meryl Davis & Charlie White became the first U.S. team ever to win three straight gold medals at a Grand Prix Final with their top performance in ice dancing while Jason Brown earned gold in the men’s event of the Junior Grand Prix Final. Also earning podium finishes were Joshua Farris with a bronze in the junior men’s event and Britney Simpson & Matthew Blackmer, with a junior pairs bronze medal.

Davis & White continued their winning streak with their ninth consecutive gold medal as the Americans posted a best-ever short dance score of 76.17 to give them a five-point margin heading into the free dance competition. In the free dance, Davis & White edged Canadians Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir by .05 points, posting another personal best, to win the competition by 5.21 points.

Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat of France earned the bronze, while Americans Maia & Alex Shibutani, competing in their first Grand Prix Final, posted season-best scores in both the short and free dance competitions and finished in fifth place overall.

Brown, in his second season on the JGP circuit, placed second in both segments of competition and won the gold medal over silver medalist Han Yan of China and teammate Farris, who won bronze in his second trip to this event. Brown set international best scores throughout the competition.

The ladies crown belongs to Italy’s Carolina Kostner. She has medaled at each of her four trips to the Final, but this year’s is her first gold. She was joined on the podium by Japan’s Akiko Suzuki and Russia’s Alena Leonova. Alissa Czisny, competing on a sore left leg, finished fifth in the ladies field.

Canada’s Patrick Chan skated to an easy 11-point victory over Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi, who battled from a fifth-place showing in the short program to win silver. Javier Fernandez of Spain won bronze in his first trip to the Grand Prix Final. American Jeremy Abbott skated his best free skate of the season, landing a quad in competition for the first time since the 2010 U.S. Championships, but finished fifth overall.

Like the junior ladies podium, the junior ice dancing podium also belonged to Russia. Victoria Sinitsina & Ruslan Zhigansin led the way followed by Anna Yanovskaia & Sergei Mozgov and Alexandra Stepanova & Ivan Bukin. In their JGP Final debut Team USA’s Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton finished fourth

By a slim margin, senior pairs gold went to Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy of Germany. They edged Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov by 0.18 points. Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov, also of Russia, took bronze.

Simpson & Blackmer, who formed their partnership over the summer, earned the junior pairs bronze medal. They enjoyed two clean skates and totaled 146.35 points. They were joined on the podium by China’s Wenjing Sui & Cong Han in first and Katherine Bobak & Ian Beharry of Canada in second.

Russia enjoyed a sweep of the junior ladies podium with Julia Lipnitskaia leading the way. Teammates Polina Shelepen and Polina Korobeynikova finished second and third, respectively. American Vanessa Lam, competing in her first JGP Final, finished fifth overall.

Ice Dancing Quotes

Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich./Arctic FSC) & Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit SC)

(training town: Canton, Mich.)

1st place (1 SD, 1 FD)

Total: 188.55; FD: 112.38; SD: 76.17 points (all are international PB scores)

(on winning nine consecutive competitions) White – “It’s fantastic. The consistency of our training, coming every day to the rink with a good attitude and bringing it over to competition with the same sort of idea is what we do. We control ourselves and so far we’re doing a good job of that.”

(on winning FD by 0.05 points over CAN’s Virtue and Moir) Davis – “The closeness of the points will drive us even more. We work very hard every day but having Scott and Tessa there right next to us pushes us that much more. We’re really excited to get back home and keep working and improving.”

(on winning three straight Grand Prix Finals) White – “It’s a testament to our hard work, our coaches and our parents,  who are always helping us. I wish we could take all the credit, but it’s everyone that helps us. Of course our partnership is a key, having been together for so long and being able to rely on each other. At this point, in senior, it’s something you get used to, but at the same time you can’t take it for granted.”

(on performing best free dance of season) Davis – “We feel really good about where our skating is. It’s nice to be rewarded for it with the points. I think we can feel the growth of both programs from competition to competition. We’ll stick on that upward trend throughout the season.”

Maia Shibutani (Ann Arbor, Mich./SC of New York) & Alex Shibutani (Ann Arbor, Mich./Arctic FSC)

(training town: Canton, Mich.)

5th place (5 SD, 5FD)

Total: 160.55; FD: 95.03; SD: 65.53 points (all are season-high scores)

(on Final experience) Maia – “We feel really good. This was a good competition for us. We made a lot of improvements in our programs since the Grand Prix events. I think we have been really excited to be here. It’s our first Grand Prix, hopefully the first of many.”

(on preparing for U.S. Championships) Alex – “Like Maia said, it was our first Grand Prix Final and so we have tried to soak it all in as much as possible. We’re going to go home and work really hard. We are always going to make corrections and keep pushing the bar for ourselves so by the year we’re as good as we can be.”

(on free dance) Maia – “We’ve done a lot of hard work in order to improve everything about our programs. We’re really happy because within this competition, we see a big increase in our levels. That shows that we are going in the right direction.”