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NHK Trophy – Day 1 Recap

8 Nov

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The Grand Prix Series continued last night at NHK Trophy with the pairs, men’s and ladies short programs. While Team USA landed out of the top three, contenders in all three disciplines are within striking distance of the podium.

The event opened with pairs, where Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov continued to dominate their competition with a score of 82.03 points. Settling for nothing less than gold at their last nine individual events, including a record-breaking win at Skate America last month and their first World title in March, Volosozhar and Trankov enter this evening’s free skate with an 11.90-point lead over their competitors, namely the Chinese teams of Wenjing Sui and Cong Han and Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang, who sit in second and third place, respectively.

Reigning World Junior champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier sit in fourth with 58.67, while 2013 U.S. champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir sit less than a point behind with 58.60.

The men took the ice next, with Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi leading the way. The 2010 Olympic bronze medalist leads the field heading into tomorrow’s free skate with 95.55 points, followed by Spain’s Javier Fernandez with 84.78. Takahashi’s compatriot, Nobunari Oda, rounds out the top three with 82.70.

Less than a point from the podium, 2012 U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon earned 82.25 points for the segment. His performance opened with the debut of Rippon’s quadruple toe loop, followed by two Level 4 spins, a triple Axel and a triple flip-triple toe combination. Rippon opened his Olympic campaign with a second place finish at Skate America last month. His teammates, three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott and 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron, sit in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Aaron, who found himself in sixth after the short program at Skate America, came back to earn the bronze medal in his Grand Prix Series debut last month.

Japan delivered another one-two punch when the ladies took the ice, with 2010 Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada and 2012 World bronze medalist Akiko Suzuki earning the top spots. Asada, who topped the field at Skate America last month, earned an impressive 71.26 points for her performance, which featured a triple Axel, worth a program-high 6.64 points. Suzuki, who earned silver at Skate Canada, sits second with 66.03.

In a battle for third place, 14-year-old Elena Radionova of Russia and reigning U.S. silver medalist Gracie Gold both earned 62.83 points for the segment. Gold enters the event on the heels of a bronze medal finish at Skate Canada, while Radionova continues her first Grand Prix season after a bronze medal finish at Skate America. Rounding out Team USA’s placements for the day, 2008 U.S. champion Mirai Nagasu enters the free skate in eighth place with 51.01 points.

Icenetwork’s live coverage of Friday’s action will begin with the short dance at 10:05 p.m. ET, where two-time reigning World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White will begin their campaign to claim their 14th-straight Grand Prix Series title.

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Friday’s Schedule (all times ET)

Short Dance – 10:05 p.m. (LIVE)

Shibutani/Shibutani – 10:44 p.m.

Davis/White11:04  p.m.

Pairs Free Skate – 11:55 p.m. (LIVE)

Castelli/Shnapir – 12:27 a.m.

Denney/Frazier – 12:43 a.m.

 

Saturday’s Schedule (all times ET)

Men’s Free Skate – 2:05 a.m. (LIVE)

Aaron – 2:28 a.m.

Abbott – 2:37 a.m.

Rippon – 3:09 a.m.

Ladies Free Skate – 5:10 a.m. (LIVE)

Nagasu – 5:29 a.m.

Gold – 6:08 a.m.

Free Dance – 10:00 p.m. (LIVE)

 

2013 NHK TROPHY UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Friday, Nov. 8
Pairs dance – 6 p.m.
Men’s short – 7 p.m.
Ladies short – 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 9
Short dance – 10 a.m.
Pairs free – 11 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 10
Free dance – 10 a.m.

Team USA Earns Five Medals, Davis and White Earn Grand Prix Final Berth at 2012 NHK Trophy

24 Nov

Saturday, Nov. 24 – Miyagi, Japan

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Team USA has four medals, including one gold and three bronze, to its credit with only the pairs free skate to go from 2012 NHK Trophy in Miyagi, Japan.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned their 11th straight Grand Prix Series gold medal, dating back to 2009, with a top performance in Japan. Their nine-point lead heading into the free dance grew to nearly 22 points total after earning 108.62 points for their Notre-Dame de Paris free dance. The performance included four level 4 lifts and level 4 twizzles that earned 7.07 points. They earned 178.48 points for the week. With the win, Davis and White became the one-seeded team headed into the 2012 Grand Prix Final, an event at which they are three-time reigning champions. Teammates and training mates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani earned their first medal of the season, the bronze, with a total score of 154.56 points. Their Memoirs of a Geisha free dance netted 93.72 points, over 10 points more than their score at Rostelecom Cup two weeks ago when Alex was battling leg cramps. Their program was highlighted by level 4 twizzles and three level 4 lifts. The silver medal and a spot in the Final went to Russia’s Elena Ilinykj and Nikita Katasalapov with 156.62 points.

Mirai Nagasu earned the bronze medal behind teammates Mao Asada and Akiko Suzuki of Japan. Nagasu, who was competing at this event for the first time since 2008, totaled 176.68 points. She began the event by earning 61.18 points for her “Downhill Special” short program after executing elements including a triple toe-triple toe combination and two level 4 spins. The “Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78” free skate, for which she earned 115.50 points, began with a solid triple Lutz followed by a pair of double Axels, one done in combination with a triple toe, and two level 4 spins. Asada barely edged Suzuki to win her second gold of the season. She totaled 185.27 points while Suzuki totaled 185.22 points after winning the free skate. Suzuki, the reigning World bronze medalist, set a personal best score of 126.62 points for her Once Upon a Time in Mexico free skate. Agnes Zawadzki, who won the bronze at Rostelecom Cup for her first Grand Prix medal, moved up from seventh place after the short program to finish the event in fifth position. She earned 160.37 points overall. With the conclusion of the qualifying events for the Grand Prix Series, reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner secured the No. 1 seed heading into the Final.

Ross Miner moved up from fourth place after the short program to edge Spain’s Javier Fernandez for the bronze medal with a total of 235.37 points. He performed the best international free skate of his career, crushing his personal best score set at 2012 Four Continents by 12 points. The “Captain Blood” free skate earned 161.96 points. The program began with a perfect quad Salchow that, with a GOE of 1.29 points, totaled 11.79 points. The performance continued in impressive fashion with 12 of 13 elements receiving positive GOEs. In the skate’s second half, Miner executed a triple Lutz-loop-triple Salchow jump sequence that earned 13.07 points. Like Nagasu, Miner was joined on the podium by a pair of Japanese skaters. Both Yuzuru Hanyu, who earned his second career Grand Prix gold with 261.03 points, and Daisuke Takahashi, who totaled 251.51, will skate at the 2012 Grand Prix Final. Also representing Team USA, Richard Dornbush placed fifth and Adam Rippon finished eighth. The field was depleted by one skater after Japan’s Daisuke Murakami dislocated his right shoulder in the short program and withdrew.

The pairs competition, featuring three U.S. teams, concluded Sunday from Miyagi with Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir becoming first-time Grand Prix Series medalists. The veteran team earned the bronze medal with a total score of 174.51 points. Their tango inspired free skate received a career mark of 112.66 points and featured a trio of level 4 lifts, side-by-side triple toes and a throw double Axel. Entering NHK Trophy, Castelli and Shnapir had competed in five Grand Prix events and recorded their best finish, fourth, at 2010 Skate Canada. Their short program also earned a career-best mark of 61.85 points. The short earned positive GOEs on each of its seven elements, including the triple twist, side-by-side triple Salchows and throw triple Salchow. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, in their career debut on the Grand Prix Series, moved up from fifth after the short program to finish fourth overall with a points total of 163.10 points. Their free skate, set to music from The Last of the Mohicans and 500 Nations, was clean and included five elements that earned more than six points each. They closed the show with a group five lift scored as a level four that netted 7.85 points. Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig finished sixth with an career-best of 143.70 points. Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov earned the NHK Trophy title with 192.02 points, while silver went to Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch with 180.63. Both the gold and silver medalists earned spots in the Grand Prix Final.

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2012 NHK Trophy Under Way from Japan

23 Nov

Friday, Nov. 23 – Miyagi, Japan

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Fifteen members of Team USA are competing this weekend at 2012 NHK Trophy, the last of six events that make up the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Team USA sits 1-2 going into the free dance with Meryl Davis and Charlie White in position to take their 11th straight Grand Prix gold medal dating back to 2009. Davis and White, despite seeing a one-point deduction for an extended lift, the veteran duo earned 69.86 points for their Giselle short dance and have a nine-point lead over teammates and training mates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani with 60.84 points. With a win, Davis and White will earn a spot to December’s Grand Prix Final, an event where they are three-time reigning champions. Shibutani and Shibutani look for their first medal of the season after placing fourth at Rostelecom Cup a few weeks ago.

Mirai Nagasu, a late addition to the competition, sits in second place behind Japan’s Mao Asada. Nagasu earned 61.18 points after executing elements including a triple toe-triple toe combination and two level 4 spins. Asada earned 67.95 points as she saw her program components best the field by over nearly four points. Agnes Zawadzki, who won the bronze at Rostelecom Cup for her first Grand Prix medal, sits in seventh place with 55.02 points. However, she is only four points out of bronze medal pace set by China’s Zijun Li.

Three men represent Team USA in Japan. Ross Miner is in fourth place followed by Richard Dornbush in sixth and Adam Rippon in eighth. A pair of home country skaters, Yuzuru Hanyu and Daisuke Takahashi, lead the pack while Spain’s Javier Fernandez will enter the free skate in third place. Hanyu, the 2012 World bronze medalist, set a new short program world record score with 95.32 points.

The pairs competition, featuring three U.S. team, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig and Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, begin competition on Saturday. Following the pairs short program, all three free skates will take place for singles and ice dance.

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Upcoming Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Pairs Short Program – 10 p.m. Friday

Free Dance – 11:50 p.m. Friday

Shibutani and Shibutani – 12:50 a.m.

Davis and White – 12:57 a.m.

Men’s Free Skate – 2 a.m. Saturday

Rippon – 2:15 a.m.

Dornbush – 2:32 a.m.

Miner – 2:56 a.m.

Ladies Free Skate – 5 a.m. Saturday

Zawadzki – 5:31 a.m.

Nagasu – 6:18 a.m.

Pairs Free Skate – 12:05 a.m. Sunday

NHK Trophy Competition Notes

21 Nov

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2012 Cup of China – Recap

3 Nov

Saturday, November 3, 2012 – Shanghai

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Four Team USA athletes took to the ice in the third ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event of the season, 2012 Cup of China, for day two, and each earned a fourth place finish.

Ladies

Mirai Nagasu entered the free skate on Saturday in third place and earned the fourth-best score to end the competition in fourth place.  Her performance included attempts at six triple jumps as well as a double Axel in combination, however, five of her jumps during the free skate were judged to have been under-rotated or were downgraded. Nagasu put her classic spins on display during the performance though and received Level 4 on three of them. She earned 103.70 points for her free skate and 163.46 overall.

Entering the free skate in second place, reigning Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada provided the form that placed her at to top of the podium at two World Championships. Asada opened with a strong triple loop and had three Level 4 spins throughout her program. What set Asada apart from the field, however, was the 64.34 points she received from her program components. Her Component Score was more than five points higher than anyone else. She finished with 181.76 points and earned her eighth gold medal on the Grand Prix circuit.  Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia, in her Grand Prix debut, finished in second with 177.92 points and Kiira Korpi of Finland finished in third with 169.86 points.

Men’s

During the warmup prior to the men’s free skate, Adam Rippon and Nan Song of China were involved in a collision. While Rippon is OK (As reported by his mom, Kelly, on Twitter), Song was forced to withdraw and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Rippon, who entered the free skate in fourth, earned 133.67 points on Saturday for a total of 205.48 and a fourth place overall finish. His skate was highlighted by two Level 4 elements and a triple Lutz-double toe-double loop jump sequence that occurred in the second half of the program and earned 10.81 points. Rippon will compete next at NHK Trophy.

A surprise medalist at Skate America, Tatsuki Machida of Japan will be a surprise entry at the Grand Prix Final as he upsets his teammate Daisuke Takahashi and wins gold at Cup of China. Machida opened with a strong triple Axel and later executed a triple Lutz-triple toe which earned him 10.40 points. Despite a fall on his quad toe, Machida still earned more than 11 more points for his elements than Takahashi to earn gold with an overall score of 236.92. Takahashi earned 231.75 points overall for the silver and Sergei Voronov of Russia earned his third Grand Prix medal, bronze, with 217.61 points.

Ice Dancing

In their third Grand Prix event together, Madison Chock and Evan Bates earned their second fourth place finish, tying for their best finish together on the circuit. Entering the free dance on Saturday in fourth, Chock and Bates earned 90.28 points for a total score of 149.54. During their Doctor Zhivago skate, the duo performed five Level 4 elements, including a Level 4 serpentine lift which earned a GOE of 2 and the highest point total of any element in the event.

With high expectations on their season, Nathalie Péchalat and Fabian Bourzat delivered on their word as they collected the gold medal at Cup of China. In a skate composed of songs by The Rolling Stones, the French Champions earned more than five more points than second place en route to a total competition score of 169.73. Péchalat and Bourzat were lifted by six Level 4 elements and the highest Component Score of the event, which included a 10.0 from one judge on their performance. Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia overtook second place from Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada with 159.46 and 158.97 points respectively.

Pairs

Pillars of the sport, and despite their age and the fact that they missed the Grand Prix season last year, Qing Pang and Jian Tong continue to rise to the top. They did so in their home country, earning 188.82 points and the gold medal at the Cup of China. Overcoming single Axels at the beginning of their program and an invalid element on a spin, Pang and Tong skated to such high quality that they received  66.51 points from their components, nearly four more than second place. They earned 120.25 points for their free skate. In second after the short program, Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia earned silver and their teammates Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Kilmov earned bronze.

Americans Caitlin Yankowskas and Joshua Reagan were scheduled to compete in this event but withdrew due to a rib injury to Reagan.

Next week, Team USA will send 11 athletes to Rostelecom Cup in Russia.

Ladies: Gracie Gold, Agnes Zawadzki, Caroline Zhang

Men: Richard Dornbush, Johnny Weir

Pairs: Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin

Ice dancing: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani

 

2012 Cup of China – Friday

2 Nov

Friday, November 2, 2012 – Shanghai

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Early in the morning, some 14 hours ahead of Mountain time and 12 hours ahead of Eastern Time, four Team USA athletes took to the ice in the third ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event of the season, 2012 Cup of China, and all of them will have a shot at a medal tomorrow.

Ladies

Skating eighth, Mirai Nagasu, who opened her season with a third-place finish at Finlandia Trophy is in the same position after her short program, but she should feel pretty good about where she is. Skating lively to “Downhill Special” by Benny Goodman, Nagasu opened with a triple toe-triple toe combination which she landed, but the later jump was under-rotated. For Nagasu though, that was her lone mistake. She went on to land a triple loop and a double Axel and finished her program with two Level 4 spins. Her final six elements all earned positive Grades of Execution and she finished with 59.76 points, more than seven points greater than her short program in Finland.

Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia,  who swept her two Junior Grand Prix events, the JGP Final and won the World Junior title last year, is in first after the short program with 63.06 points in her Grand Prix debut. An opening triple Lutz-triple toe with a .80 GOE earned her a competition-high 10.90 points for a single element. Former two-time World champion and Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan is in second with  62.89 points, aided by the highest Component Score of the event.

Men’s

Putting his new-look hair style and his new programs on the ice for the first time this season, Adam Rippon is into fourth place after the short program. Rippon, unconventionally, opened his program with a beautiful Level 4 Camel Spin before falling on his triple Axel. Rippon then executed a triple flip-triple toe combination and ended with a Level 4 step sequence. He earned 71.81 points and is in fourth place, less than two points from third.

In first place is the favorite and reigning World silver medalist Daisuke Takahashi. Although he under-rotated his opening quad toe, Takahashi delivered an awesome triple Axel in the second half of his program to earn the 1.1 times bonus and a GOE of 2.14. His top Component score of 42.89, along with the second-most points from his elements, has him in first place with 84.79 points. The bronze medalist at Skate America, Tatsuki Machida of Japan, is in second with 83.48 points and Sergei Voronov of Russia is in third with 73.58 points.

Ice Dancing

Competing for the third time this season, Madison Chock and Evan Bates are into fourth place after the short dance. Skating to selections from Quidam by Cirque du Soleil, Chock and Bates earned 59.26 points in a program that included all five elements receiving a positive GOE and a Level 4 rotational lift.

Defending World bronze medalists, Nathalie Péchalat and Fabian Bourzat of France skated to a first-place total of 69.15. They did not receive a GOE lower than one from any of the eight judges on any of their five elements throughout the skate. They also had the highest Component Score by more than two points. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada are in second with 65.59 points and Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia are in third with 64.32 points.

Pairs

Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China gave the home fans something to cheer about as they racked up 68.57 points for their short program and skated into first place in Shanghai. The pair, who have competed together at an astonishing 14 World Championships, racked up 35.48 points for their elements, more than three points more than anyone else. They pace the field with Russians Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov in second with 63.70 points and Canadians Kristen Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch in third with 59.12 points.

Americans Caitlin Yankowskas and Joshua Reagan were scheduled to compete in this event but withdrew due to a rib injury to Reagan.

Saturday Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Ice Dancing – 3 a.m.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates – 3:44 a.m.

Ladies – 4:40 a.m.

Mirai Nagasu – 5:49 a.m.

Men’s – 6:35 a.m.

Adam Rippon – 7:31 a.m.

Pairs – 8:35 a.m.

2012 Cup of China – Guide

1 Nov

Thursday, November 1, 2012 – Shanghai

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The third leg of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating season starts on Friday in Shaghai as 2012 Cup of China begins. Each of the three entries for the United States, Mirai Nagasu, Adam Rippon and Madison Chock and Evan Bates will be making their season Grand Prix debuts. The event will occur during the early hours of the morning in the United States so we will not post along with the event on Twitter and only provide recaps.

Friday Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Ice Dancing – 4 a.m.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates – 4:13 a.m.

Ladies – 5:30 a.m.

Mirai Nagasu – 6:30 a.m.

Men’s – 7:35 a.m.

Adam Rippon – 8:29 a.m.

Pairs – 9:15 a.m.