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Team USA Earns Eight Medals Over Weekend

5 Nov

The 2011 Cup of China has ended, and although the competition occurs during the early morning hours in the United States, Team USA put together a strong showing which included three medals.

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Ladies

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After a fifth-place performance at Skate Canada last week, Mirai Nagasu backed up her second place performance in the short program with a second place performance in the free skate to take the sliver medal behind Carolina Kostner of Italy. Skating to arrangements from Aram Khachaturian, Nagasu landed five triple jumps to put the pressure on Kostner who responded with six of her own. The silver medal is Nagasu’s second medal and second silver in an ISU Grand Prix event. After an eighth place performance in her short program, Christina Gao finished fourth in the free skate to place fifth overall. Making her senior international debut, Gao landed a triple flip-triple toe combination to begin her skate which netted her 10.10 points.

Men

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Consistency and resiliency  were key to the success of Jeremy Abbott who earned gold at the Cup of China. Abbott was third after the short program, and despite a fall on his opening jump, he finished third as well in the free skate. The two consistent performances were enough for Abbott to earn his place at the top of the podium. The gold matches his finish from the 2008 Cup of China and it is his fifth medal in an Grand Prix Series event, not including his gold at the Grand Prix Final in 2008. Richard Dornbush rebounded after his short program with a fifth-place finish in the free skate to finish sixth overall.

Pairs

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Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig were fifth after the short program and placed third in the free skate to finish fourth overall, less than two points behind a spot on the podium. Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia earned gold by more than nine points as they were tops in both the short program and free skate.

Ice Dancing

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After winning bronze in each of their two Grand Prix events last season, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani finished second in both their short and free dance to earn the silver medal. The duo finished 15 points behind Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia, but nearly 18 points ahead of third. Charlotte Lichtman and Dean Copely and Emily Samuelson and Todd Gilles finished seventh and eighth respectively.

2011 Ice Challenge

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Team USA swept the top laurels at 2011 Ice Challenge, the third year of the event. Held in Graz Austria, Caroline Zhang won gold in the ladies event, Stephen Carriere won gold in the men’s event, Andrea Poapst and Christopher Knierim won gold in pairs and Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt won gold and Isabella Cannuscio and Ian Lorello earned silver in ice dancing.

2011 Cup of China – Friday

4 Nov

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While you were sleeping, the 2011 Cup of China completed its first day of competition with each athlete skating his and her short program or short dance. Here are the results:

Ladies

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After a fifth-place finish at Skate Canada, Mirai Nagasu is in second place after her short program. Skating to music of Tango Lorca, Nagasu posted a score of 60.96, more than eight points better than her Skate Canada short program. She is less than a point behind Carolina Kostner of Italy, who took silver at Skate America. In her senior international debut, Christina Gao is in eighth position after the short program.

Men

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Making his season debut, Jeremy Abbott earned the top component score and is in third place with 79.32 points. Abbott trails World bronze medalist Artur Gachinski of Russia by 2.32 points and Yuzuru Hanyū of Japan by 2.05 points. Richard Dornbush finished the short program in eighth place.

Pairs

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Beginning their ninth season together, Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig are fifth after the short program with a score of 57.88. They trail a strong field which includes three pairs who have already won medals during the 2011 ISU Grand Prix Series, and Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia, who placed fourth at the 2011 World Championships.

Ice Dance

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After becoming the first ice dancing team to medal at both of their Grand Prix events in their first year as seniors last year, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani are hoping to duplicate that feat in their second year. The siblings are in second place after the short dance with  57.79 points, eight points behind Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia but four points clear of third. Emily Samuelson and Todd Gilles placed seventh in the short dance and Charlotte Lichtman and Dean Copely are eighth.

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2011 Cup of China – Viewers Guide

3 Nov

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2011 Cup of China

Schedule (all times Eastern):

Friday, Nov. 4
3:30 a.m.: Short dance
5:00 a.m.: Ladies short program
6:45 a.m.: Men’s short program
8:45 a.m.: Pairs short program

Saturday, Nov. 5
2:30 a.m.: Free dance
4:15 a.m.: Ladies free skate
6:15 a.m.: Men’s free skate
8:30 a.m.: Pairs free skate

Ladies

Third Time’s a Charm – Mirai Nagasu will compete at the Cup of China for the third time in her career. Nagasu, who finished 5th at Skate Canada, finished 5th in 2009 and 4th in 2010 at the Cup of China. She won gold at the 2011 Neblehorn Trophy.

World Premiere – Christina Gao will make her senior international debut at the Cup of China in Shanghai. Gao owns five medals from two seasons competing on the Junior Grand Prix, including the 2009 JGP Final bronze medal.

Men

Hey Abbott! – Jeremy Abbott makes his season debut this week. The two-time U.S. champion finished the 2010-11 season with a bronze medal at the Four Continents championships after medaling in both of this Grand Prix events (silver at NHK Trophy and bronze at Rostelecom Cup) and finishing fourth at the 2011 U.S. Championships.

West Heads East –  Richard Dornbush, who performs a western-themed free skate, made his Grand Prix Series career debut two weeks ago at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America where he placed fourth.

Pairs

Nine is Fine – Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig, who enter their ninth season together in pairs, look for their second career Grand Prix Series medal in China. They were fifth at this event last season before winning bronze at 2010 Rostelecom Cup.

Ice Dancing

Family Ties – Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani became the first ice dancing team to medal at both of their Grand Prix events in their first year as seniors (bronze at NHK Trophy and Skate America). The brother-sister duo built on that success by becoming the 2010 U.S. silver medalists and then the first U.S. ice dancing team to medal in their debut at the World Championships (bronze).

World Premieres – Charlotte Lichtman & Dean Copely make their international senior debuts. They are the 2011 U.S. titlists and 2011 World Junior bronze medalists. Emily Samuelson & Todd Gilles make their competitive debuts. They announced their partnership in late August. Samuelson, a 2010 Olympian with former partner Evan Bates, did not compete last year after a Bates injury forced them to sit out the season. Gilles previously skated with Jane Summersett and Trina Pratt.