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Emotional, uplifting moments shared at Skate for Hope

8 Aug

Participating in the Skate for Hope Rose Dedication Ceremony are Serafina Rees, Lee Harris, Emily Hughes, Natalie Bongirno, Lauren Muffley and Jeremy Abbott. Photo courtesy of Leah Adams

A cast of former and current U.S. champions and Olympians donated their time and talents for the ninth annual Skate for Hope (SFH) show, which benefits breast cancer research and awareness. Since 2004, SFH has raised more than $400,000 for the cause.

This year’s event, held June 16 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, featured performances by Ashley Wagner, Jeremy Abbott, Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker, Adam Rippon, Rachael Flatt, Emily Hughes, Caitlin Yankowskas and Joshua Reagan, Emily Samuelson and Todd Gilles, Alexe Gilles, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier and Lee Harris.

About 120 amateur skaters from Central Ohio joined their heroes on the ice for the inspiring evening, which featured beautiful and emotional performances honoring breast cancer survivors who were seated in the front row.

Harris, Hughes and Abbott shared their common experience of their mothers being cancer survivors by participating in the Rose Dedication Ceremony with three of the younger amateur skaters.

“The audience was deeply moved seeing these elite athletes share the ice with three little skaters who have faced the same fears and challenges,” organizer Carolyn Bongirno said. “The show was upbeat and heartfelt throughout.”

For Harris, Hughes and Abbott, the evening proved to be an emotional one for them.

“This year was important for me to skate and dedicate my skating to my mum, alongside Caitlin Yankowskas, who graciously accepted my wishes to skate with me,” Harris said. “Being able to express my love and support for my mum through the gift that both my parents have given me with my skating was something I will never forget.”

Hughes’ mother, Amy, is a breast cancer survivor and an advocate for breast cancer research and awareness.

“This was my eighth year skating in Skate for Hope, and each year the show gets better and even more meaningful,” Hughes said. “It brings together great skating and breast cancer awareness, two things that kindle my passion. I believe everyone left the show that night wanting to contribute more to this cause. I know I did.”

Abbott’s mother, Allison Scott, is a survivor of skin cancer.

“It was a great show,” Abbott said. “It was my first time participating and I think it’s for a great cause. To be able to help support finding a cure was really amazing, and to meet these women and hear their stories was something really special and I’m glad I was part of it.”

SFH is a not for profit 501c3 charitable organization that donates its proceeds to the Stefanie Spielman Fund at the James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute and to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

SFH will celebrate its 10th anniversary in June 2013, with the goal of crossing the $500,000 milestone. To support Skate for Hope, visit skateforhope.org and to follow all announcements, Please “Like” SFH on Facebook.

 
Lee Harris and Caitlin Yankowskas offer a heartfelt moment during the show as Harris presents his mom with a yellow rose.
Photo courtesy of Leah Adams

U.S. Assignments Announced for 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series

21 May

The International Skating Union (ISU) announced today the athlete selections for the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. The Grand Prix begins Oct. 21-23 with 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America from Seattle/Kent, Wash.

The Grand Prix Series, entering its 18th season, incorporates six international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters. At the conclusion of the series, athletes’ points are totaled, and the top six ladies, men, pairs and ice dancing teams are invited to compete at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The Grand Prix Final is scheduled for Dec. 5-9, 2012, in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The event will run concurrently with the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

Skate America will feature the four reigning U.S. champions including Ashley Wagner (ladies), Jeremy Abbott (men’s), Caydee Denney and John Coughlin (pairs) and Meryl Davis and Charlie White (ice dancing). Other notable competitors include Russia’s Alena Leonova, the 2012 World ladies silver medalist and Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic, who is the 2011 Skate America champion. Pairs team Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, also of Russia, are two-time reigning World silver medalists.

Gracie Gold, the 2012 U.S. junior champion and World Junior silver medalist, will make her Grand Prix debut in the Series’ second event, Skate Canada. She will compete at Rostelecom Cup alongside Johnny Weir. Weir, a three-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian, is set to return to competition for the first time since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, when he takes the ice at Rostelecom Cup (Moscow) and Trophée Eric Bompard (Paris).

Two newly formed American pairs teams received one assignment each with Caitlin Yankowskas and Joshua Reagan competing at Cup of China (Shanghai) and Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig skating at NHK Trophy (Miyagi, Japan). With the exception Davis, each skater competed on the Grand Prix Series with their previous partners.

The full list of Team USA’s assignments, as well as the full international lineup for Skate America, are below (listed alphabetically). Visit www.isu.org for the full list of selections across the Grand Prix Series.

2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America — Seattle/Kent, Wash. — Oct. 19-21

Ladies:

Rachael Flatt – Will make her fourth Skate America appearance; earned the silver medal in 2009, ‘10

Christina Gao – Made Gran Prix Series debut in 2011, placing fifth at Cup of China and 10th at Rostelecom Cup

Ashley Wagner – Makes Skate America debut as reigning U.S. and Four Continents champion

Men’s

Jeremy Abbott – Begins sixth Grand Prix Series with first-ever appearance at Skate America

Douglas Razzano – Placed seventh at 2011 Skate America in Ontario, Calif.

Pairs

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin – Finished fourth at 2011 Skate America in their Grand Prix debut

Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff – Only other international completion included a fourth-place finish at 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy

Ice Dancing

Meryl Davis and Charlie White – Look for third consecutive Skate America gold; finished fourth in 2007

Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt – Return to Skate America after finishing sixth in 2010

Skate Canada International — Windsor, Ontario — Oct. 26-28

Ladies

Gracie Gold – Is the 2011 JGP Estonia gold medalist

Caroline Zhang – Makes third Skate Canada appearance; finished fifth in 2008, eighth in 2009

Men’s

Ross Miner – Looks to improve on sixth-place finish in 2011

Pairs

Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker – Debuted on Grand Prix in 2011 with seventh-place showing at Skate America

Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin – Also competed on Grand Prix for the first time at 2011 Skate America (6th)

Ice Dancing

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue – Begin second season together; are the 2012 U.S. bronze medalists, finished 10th at 2012 World Championships

Cup of China — Shanghai — Nov. 2-4

Ladies

Mirai Nagasu – Makes fourth straight Cup of China appearance; reigning silver medalist; owner of two Grand Prix Series medals

Men’s

Adam Rippon – Starts fifth Grand Prix season; has won two Series medals

Pairs

Caitlin Yankowskas and Joshua Reagan – First Grand Prix assignment as a partnership.

Ice Dancing

Madison Chock and Evan Bates – Begin second season; finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at 2011 Skate Canada and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard

Rostelecom Cup — Moscow — Nov. 9-11

Ladies

Gracie Gold

Agnes Zawadzki – Competes at third straight Rostelecom Cup (fourth in 2010, seventh in ’11)

Caroline Zhang – Has competed on Grand Prix circuit since 2007; first appearance in Russia

Men’s

Richard Dornbush – Starts second Grand Prix season after finishing fourth at 2011 Skate America, sixth at 2011 Cup of China

Johnny Weir – Has medaled in four of five entries at Rostelecom Cup

Pairs

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin

Ice Dancing: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani – Commence third Grand Prix season; have medaled at all four Grand Prix assignments, qualified for 2011 Grand Prix final and placed fifth

 

Trophée Eric Bompard — Paris — Nov. 16-18

Ladies

Ashley Wagner – Won bronze in only other appearance at this event (2007)

Men’s

Jeremy Abbott – Has won seven Grand Prix medals, including 2008 Grand Prix Final gold

Johnny Weir – Won 2004 Trophée Bompard title

Ice Dancing

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue – Finished sixth at 2011 Skate America in only other Grand Prix experience

 

NHK Trophy — Miyagi, Japan — Nov. 23-25

Ladies

Alissa Czisny – 2012 marks ninth Grand Prix season; finished sixth at only other appearance at NHK Trophy (2007)

Agnes Zawadzki – Finished eighth at 2011 NHK Trophy

Men’s

Richard Dornbush

Ross Miner – Reigning NHK Trophy bronze medalist

Adam Rippon – Placed sixth at 2009 NHK Trophy

Pairs

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir – Placed seventh at 2011 NHK Trophy; have competed on Grand Prix since 2009

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig – First Grand Prix assignment of their partnership.

Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker

Ice Dancing

Meryl Davis and Charlie White – Won this event in 2009, ’10; placed fourth in only other appearance (2006)

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani – Reigning NHK Trophy champions and 2010 bronze medalists

2012 World Championships: Day 3 Recap

30 Mar

Friday, March 30th –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France

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Hello again! The second medals of the week were awarded following tonight’s pairs free skate. Germany’s Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy became back-to-back World champions after netting 201.49 points overall. They edged silver medalists Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov of Russia by 0.11 points. The Russian team climbed up from eighth place after the short program to earn silver. Bronze belongs to Japan’s Narumi Takahashi & Mervin Tran.

Caydee Denney & John Coughlin, in his words, “answered the bell” after the enthusiastic crowd rose to its feet for the Chinese team of Wenjing Sui & Cong Han, who skated immediately before the Americans.

“This is by far the best field we have ever been in. We were in a warm up with people that, on any given day, could be World medalists,” he said after the team totaled 117.89 points for the free skate. “The people skating after us are World silver medalists, the people before us, Sui and Han, are three-time World Junior champions and Four Continents champions. We just overtook them which is huge for us. We answered the bell when they had brought the crowd to its feet right before us. What a great first Worlds together.”

Denney & Coughlin, who have skated together since last May, earned 180.37 points overall and placed eighth.

Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker totaled 170.90 points in their first Worlds together, including 111.28 for the free skate, to finish 10th. The program was clean with the exception of a Marley fall on the side by side double Axels. Afterward, Marley discussed the excitement of skating on the World stage.

“It was amazing,” she said, smiling. “To think, when you’re in your opening spot, that you’re where you’ve been dreaming of and training for your entire life, then to keep focused and do what you train to do every day is amazing.”

Earlier today, everyone at the Palais was excited for the final short programs of the week with the men’s field taking the ice. Canada’s Patrick Chan, the reigning World champion, leads by a short margin with 89.41 points. He has less than two points over Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic, while the top five are separated by less than eight.

For Team USA, Jeremy Abbott suffered a fall on his opening combination. He scored 74.85 points and is in ninth position. Though disappointed in the mistakes, he strived to put on a good performance for the crowd.

“I enjoy the program so much that I didn’t want to let it suffer because I made mistakes,” he said. “I tried to stay in the moment and enjoy the performance as best I could, smile and get the audience clapping and enjoying their time.”

Abbott noted he feels extremely prepared for the competition and looks forward to showcasing a strong free skate tomorrow, saying, “I did all the training for the last year and from nationals until now. I have one more program to show how prepared I am for this competition.”

Adam Rippon rounded out the third of five groups. He earned 73.55 points and sits in 10th place. Despite stepping out of his Axel and Lutz, Rippon feels prepared for the competition and ready for tomorrow’s free skate.

“I feel physically good and mentally prepared,” he said. “If I take the mistakes away, I feel it was a strong program. Going into the free, I know I can skate a lot better and that I’m prepared for it.”

Saturday’s Schedule (Times are Eastern and approximate)

The men’s free skate begins at 6:55 a.m. Starting orders will be determined after Friday’s short program.

Rippon: 9:10 a.m.

Abbott: 9:35 a.m.

The event’s finale features the ladies free skate at 12:30 p.m. Russia’s Alena Leonova, the national bronze medalist, leads the event. Currently in eighth place, Ashley Wagner is less than five points from bronze-medal position.

Alissa Czisny: 2:03 p.m.

Ashley Wagner: 3:20 p.m.

2012 World Championships: Day 2 Recap

29 Mar

Thursday, March 29th –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France

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How to View the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships

Good evening!

Team USA has its first medal of the World Championships! Meryl Davis & Charlie White earned the silver with a total score of 178.62 points. Davis & White have now won three straight Worlds medals, including two silver and one gold medal. Gold belongs to Canada’s Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir who edged the Americans with 182.65 points. Representing the host country, Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat took bronze in front of an extremely excited and supportive crowd.

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani, despite a stumble in their twizzle element, finished eighth for the week with a total score of 144.72 points, while Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue, in their Worlds debut, finished 10th. Totaling 143.95 points, the duo accomplished its goal of a top 10 finish in Nice.

The day started out with the ladies short program. Russia’s Alena Leonova leads the way after skating to a season-high 64.61 points. The reigning Russian bronze medalist leads Japan’s Kanako Murakami and Italy’s Carolina Kostner. Team USA’s Ashley Wagner earned 56.42 points and is in eighth place while Alissa Czisny is in 16th with 48.31 points.

Wagner is looking forward to her free skate to music from Black Swan, which has been her signature program this year.

“For the free program, I’m going to focus on skating as strong as I possibly can,” she said. “At this point, nothing is hopeless, but I have nothing to lose. I have to go out there and skate strong.”

Friday’s Schedule (Times are Eastern and approximate)

The men will be the last to skate the short program, with the competition beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Adam Rippon: 8:58 a.m.

Jeremy Abbott: 9:38 a.m.

The pairs event, led by reigning World champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, continues Friday with the free skate at 1:30 p.m.

Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker (10th place): 2:25 p.m.

Caydee Denney & John Coughlin (7th place): 3:29 p.m.

Saturday’s Schedule (Times are Eastern and approximate)

The men’s free skate begins at 6:55 a.m. Starting orders will be determined after Friday’s short program.

The event’s finale features the ladies free skate at 12:30 p.m.

Alissa Czisny: 2:03 p.m.

Ashley Wagner: 3:20 p.m.

2012 World Championships: Day 1 Recap

28 Mar

Wednesday, March 28th –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France

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Good evening from Nice! The first short programs of the week began today with the pairs short and short dance.

With 70.98 points, Meryl Davis & Charlie White, reigning World champions, trail Canada’s Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir by just more than one point heading into Thursday’s free dance. Davis & White are poised to earn their third consecutive Worlds medal.

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani totaled 62.35 points and sit in seventh place. Less than 10 points separate places one through seven. In the evening’s short dance, Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue started things off on the right step for Team USA, earning their best score of the season with 59.56 points. They are in eighth place. Hubbell sported a new dress that got rave reviews backstage.

In pairs, reigning World champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany lead with 68.63 points. They are followed by China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong (67.10 points) and Japan’s Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran (64.37). Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov lead the Russian contingent and are in fourth place with 65.02 points.

Team USA, whose delegation includes teams that are each skating at their first Worlds together, put out solid performances. Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker skated fourth (last in the first warm up group) and earned 59.62 points, just off their best score for the season. They are in 10th place. Two groups later, U.S. champions Caydee Denney & John Coughlin took the ice. With a fist pump to accompany their bows, the duo was clearly excited after the skate. Their efforts were recognized with 62.48 points and seventh place after the short.

Coughlin noted that Team USA had a successful outing today.

“We’re cheering for them (Marley and Brubaker) because, as they go so goes American pairs. We’re a group,” he said. “We need them to skate as well as they can and they need to skate as well as we can. We are in this together and it’s nice to have friends we’re doing it with.”

Competition continues Thursday with the ladies short program and free dance.

Thursday’s Schedule (All times Eastern and approximate)

The ladies short program will begin at 6:30 a.m.

Ashley Wagner: 9:44 a.m.

Alissa Czisny: 10:20 a.m.

The free dance will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Hubbell and Donohue: 2:52 p.m.

Shibutani and Shibutani: 3:24 p.m.

Davis and White: 3:38 p.m.

2012 World Figure Skating Championships Viewers Guide

27 Mar

Tuesday, March 27th –Palais des Expositions– Nice, France

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Good evening from Nice, France and the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships. There has been preliminary competition both yesterday and today to set the field for the competition which begins on Wednesday with the pairs short program and the short dance. On Wednesday, 10 of the 14 members of Team USA will perform on the ice at the Palais des Expositions.

What to Expect

The SKATING magazine blog will work as a supplement to all of the coverage being posted on icenetwork.com. Here you’ll be able to find daily updates, important links and the daily schedule for each of the Team USA performances throughout the competition. For more in-depth coverage, including live streaming of the event, visit icenetwork.com.

Wednesday’s Schedule (All times Eastern and approximate)

The pairs short program will begin at 7 a.m.

Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker: 7:27 a.m.

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin: 8:36 a.m.

The ice dancing short dance will begin at 12:40 p.m.

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue: 1:33 p.m.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White: 4:02 p.m.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani: 4:15 p.m.

2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships Notes

23 Mar

Click the image below to view the competition notes for the 2012 ISU World Figure Skating Championships.