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Trophee Bompard Concludes Saturday from Bordeaux, France

22 Nov

Trophee Bompard concluded today from Bordeaux, France with Team USA taking home bronze medals in ladies and ice dance. Ashley Wagner won her second medal of the Grand Prix season, adding to the silver she earned at Skate Canada last month. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue became bronze medalists for the second time after also winning a medal at Skate Canada.

NBC will broadcast competition highlights from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Season Pass subscribers can watch the competition in its entirety on icenetwork.

Ladies:

Results

Ashley Wagner – 3rd place (61.35 + 116.39 = 177.74) FREE VIDEO from icenetwork
Courtney Hicks – 4th place (55.70 + 116.88 = 172.58)
Samantha Cesario – 7th (55.19 + 106.51 = 161.70)

WATCH: Elena Radionova’s short program for free

Men:

Results

Adam Rippon – 5th place (76.98 + 148.44 = 225.42)
Richard Dornbush – 7th place (80.24 + 139.03 = 219.27)
Douglas Razzano – 10th place (64.98 + 129.26 = 194.24)

WATCH Denis Ten’s short program for free

Pairs:

Results

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim – 4th place (59.04 + 120.28 = 179.42)

Ice dance:

Results

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue – 3rd place (60.19 + 91.92 = 152.11)

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From France on Friday

21 Nov

The first day of competition has wrapped at Trophee Bompard as the 2014 Grand Prix Series rolls through its fifth week in Bordeaux, France. Americans sit in medal contention in both ladies and ice dance. Ashley Wagner, winner of a Skate Canada silver medal earlier this season, sits in third behind Russians Elena Radionova and Julia Lipnitskaia. Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, bronze medalists at Skate Canada, are also in third after their short dance. Free skates in all disciplines are set for Saturday.

Ladies short program:

Results

Ashley Wagner – 3rd place (61.35)
Courtney Hicks – 6th place (55.70)
Samantha Cesario – 7th place (55.19)

Men’s short program:

Results

Richard Dornbush – 4th place (80.24)
Adam Rippon – 7th place (76.98)
Douglas Razzano – 11th place (64.98)

Pairs short program:

Results

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim – 4th place (59.04)

Short dance:

Results

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue – 3rd place (60.19)

Saturday’s schedule (all times ET):

7:05 a.m. — Ladies free skate

7:51 a.m. – Cesario
8:07 a.m. – Hicks
8:30 a.m. – Wagner

9:20 a.m. — Pairs free skate

10:08 a.m. – Scimeca and Knierim

12:30 p.m. — Free dance

1:14 p.m. – Hubbell and Donohue

2:10 p.m. — Men’s free skate 

2:17 p.m. – Razzano
2:50 p.m. – Rippon
3:23 p.m. – Dornbush

2014 TROPHEE BOMPARD TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event Time (ET) Network
Friday, Nov. 21 Men’s and ladies short programs 7-9 p.m. Universal Sports
Saturday, Nov. 22 Pairs free and free dance 2-5 p.m. Universal Sports
Sunday, Nov. 23 Competition highlights 4-6 p.m. NBC

2014 TROPHEE BOMPARD ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event Time
Nov. 21 Pairs short (LIVE) 9:30 a.m.
Ladies short (LIVE) 11 a.m.
Men’s short (LIVE) 12:55 p.m.
Short dance (LIVE) 2:50 p.m.
Nov. 22 Ladies free (LIVE) 7:05 a.m.
Pairs free (LIVE) 9:20 a.m.
Free dance (LIVE) 12:30 p.m.
Men’s free (LIVE) 2:10 p.m.

Fifth Stop on the Grand Prix Series Hits Bordeaux, France

20 Nov

Trophee Eric Bompard

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series makes its fifth stop this week with Trophee Bompard, Nov. 20-Nov. 23, at Meriadeck Ice Rink in Bordeaux, France.

NBC will air competition coverage from 4-6 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 23. In addition, Universal Sports will air same-day coverage throughout the weekend. Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from both days of competition. To become a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com.

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Team USA will be represented by 10 athletes:

Ladies:

Samantha Cesario
Courtney Hicks
Ashley Wagner

Men:

Richard Dornbush
Douglas Razzano
Adam Rippon

Pairs:

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim

Ice dance:

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue

Event schedule (all times ET) | LIVE RESULTS

Friday, Nov. 21

9:30 a.m. — Pairs short program

10:24 a.m. – Scimeca and Knierim

11 a.m.  — Ladies short program

11:54 a.m. – Cesario
12:07 p.m. – Hicks
12:20 p.m. – Wagner

12:55 p.m. — Men’s short program

1:02 p.m. – Razzano
1:15 p.m. – Rippon
1:55 p.m. – Dornbush

2:50 p.m. — Short dance

3:29 p.m. – Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue

Saturday, Nov. 22

7:05 a.m. — Ladies free skate
9:20 a.m. — Pairs free skate
12:30 p.m. — Free dance
2:10 p.m. — Men’s free skate

2014 ROSTELECOM CUP TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event Time (ET) Network

Friday, Nov. 21

Men’s and ladies short programs 7-9 p.m. Universal Sports
Saturday, Nov. 22 Pairs free and free dance 2-5 p.m.

Universal Sports

Sunday, Nov. 23 Competition highlights 4-6 p.m.

NBC

2014 ROSTELECOM CUP ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event Time

Nov. 21

Pairs short (LIVE)

9:30 a.m.

Ladies short (LIVE)

11 a.m.

Men’s short (LIVE)

12:55 p.m.

Short dance (LIVE)

2:50 p.m.

Nov. 22 Ladies free (LIVE)

7:05 a.m.

Pairs free (LIVE)

9:20 a.m.

Free dance (LIVE)

12:30 p.m.

Men’s free (LIVE)

2:10 p.m.

Dornbush Flipping over Exciting Upcoming Season

20 Sep

Ricky 1By Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz

Men’s competitor Richard Dornbush is flipping with excitement about the upcoming season. Not only will the 2011 U.S. silver medalist debut two new programs in this all important Olympic year, Dornbush also added the back flip to his exhibition programs.

“Ever since I was a little kid I had wanted to learn to do a back flip on the ice,” Dornbush said. “It probably stemmed from watching other skaters like Scott Hamilton and Michael Weiss do it, but later on people I competed against learned it too.”

Dornbush first tried learning the flip with his rinks’ pulley harnesses with some help from fellow competitor Philip Warren.

“Unfortunately he was a lot smaller than me at the time and we didn’t feel confident enough to try it with me,” Dornbush said. Later on, Coach Cindy Stuart stepped in and mentioned that Michael Villarreal had just learned his and would be able to help.

“I learned it with Michael and with some help from Jed Hopkins,” Dornbush said. “After that I could not stop myself from doing some every day. It drove my coach Tammy Gambill crazy.”

The back flip is now a staple part of Dornbush’s exhibition program, and he enjoys performing them for audiences. He performed his very first one at the recent Skate Dance Dream Show in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Performing it at Skate Dance Dream was a very nerve wracking experience but after doing them in the show, I must have done six or so, I had the hang of doing it solidly under spotlights. Now there are three guys doing back flips at my rink, Philip, myself and Australian men’s competitor Brendan Kerry which makes it more fun because we all push each other in so many different areas.”

Dornbush is also looking forward to the upcoming season and debuting two exciting new programs.

“This year both my short and my long have been choreographed by Mark Pillay, who did my short last year,” Dornbush said.  “My short is set to “The Sons of Italy” and hasn’t been performed by a well known skater that I know of since Kurt Browning in the 1990/1991 season. The footwork is definitely the star of the program and is the main focus. At first I would trip up three or four times every time I did it and it worried me, but now I have it down and cannot wait to show off its intricacies in competition.”

Dornbush’s long program is a Beatles medley and he loves the subtle beginning where the songs are barely recognizable, but as the program builds the music becomes more obvious.

“In this way it really helps the build of the program,” he said.

Dornbush is looking forward to the upcoming season, and the all important U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston, where the Olympic team will be chosen.

“I am really excited about this upcoming Olympic season and am working very hard to earn a spot on that team. I really mean the “earn” part as I think there are so many U.S. guys that are pushing the envelope with the quads, as well as the performance part of skating, that it will certainly be, in my mind, a huge athletic feat to make it to the top group,” Dornbush said.

Team USA Nets Three Medals at 2013 Four Continents

10 Feb

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2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 | Osaka, Japan

The 2013 Four Continents Championships came to a close Sunday with Team USA winning three medals, including ice dance gold. After an exciting men’s event on Saturday night, the stage was set Sunday for great finales in pairs, ladies and ice dance.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time U.S. ice dance champions, delivered a stunning free dance and received their best marks of the season. Their total of 187.36 points was three more than that of Canada’s silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

“It was a really emotional skate. We gave it everything we had, literally, and that’s all we can ask of ourselves,” White said. “It’s difficult coming off nationals so to be able to go out and perform the way we did is a monument to our preparation and I’m really proud.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates, in their first Four Continents together, won the bronze medal with a season-high total of 160.42 points. Like many competitors at Four Continents, they now turn their focus to the 2013 World Championships next month.

“As the season has progressed, we have gotten stronger and stronger,” Bates explained. “Worlds is the culmination of the full season and all of our hard work. Our goal is to have the best two performances we have had all season and carry that momentum into the Olympic year.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani were edged by just a half a point to finish in fourth place. The outstanding Japanese crowd helped the team get through their performance as they were the final skaters of the event.

“We built our program on what the crowd gave us,” Alex said. “We felt the energy and excitement when we first walked into the building. I think we carried ourselves with a lot of poise and maturity, particularly tonight skating at the end of the event. We are very happy with our progress not only throughout the season but this week.”

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir maintained bronze medal position by executing a strong free skate. They totaled a season’s best 117.04 points for the segment and reached 170.10 for the week. The newly crowned U.S. pairs champs now look to the World Championships where they hope to incorporate more difficultly into their program.

“We have been working on the throw quad Salchow all season. We are looking for a good opportunity to put it in,” Shnapir said. “I think worlds is a great opportunity for us to put that out there and add it to our difficulty.”

Finishing three points behind their teammates were the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay with 170.30 points. The duo, in their first championship event, were clean with the exception of a fall on their throw triple Lutz. They will take the learning experiences of this championships into next season.

“It was a great experience,” Zhang said. “We’ve both learned a lot about how we travel, how we train in a different arena in a different country. It’s a good step.”

Two-time reigning Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford stood atop their first international podium. Their significant lead after the short program helped lift them to the first-place finish over teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, who won the free skate.

The third American team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim withdrew before the short program as Scimeca was experiencing pain in her right foot.

In the ladies event, Japan owned the podium. Mao Asada won her third Four Continents title with ease. Her total score of 205.45 points was 15 points higher than that of silver medalist Akiko Suzuki. Kanako Murakami rounded out the top three with 181.03 points.

Christina Gao finished fourth as she earned her best overall score of the season with 176.28 points. She suffered a fall on her triple Lutz but otherwise turned in a strong free skate.

Gracie Gold, in her ISU senior championships debut, placed sixth. She looks forward to taking some time to rest before diving into training for the world championships.

“I’m going to go home and take it easy for about a week to recover mentally and physically before I start my training for worlds.”

Agnes Zawadzki, who finished eighth with 158.99 points, expressed her disappointment in her experience at Four Continents following her free skate. However, she is ready to prepare for next season with the goal of becoming more consistent.

“I would like to put out stronger programs than what I did. It’s a good learning experience, I can always use it for next year,” she said simply.

Newly crowned U.S. champion Max Aaron, didn’t disappoint as skated a strong free featuring a pair of his signature quad Salchows. His free skate totaled 162.19 points, en route to 234.65 overall. He finished fourth overall and second in the segment.

“This is my first time at a championship event and I’m glad to be here,” Aaron said. “The fans were great, they really got me going. They get excited and cheer for everything in the program. It’s amazing. This is a good experience to get the chance to learn how championship events work at the senior level. It’s something special I can take toward worlds.”

Richard Dornbush also set a season’s best score in the free skate with a score of 151.03 points. He finished directly behind Aaron in fifth. His season now over, Dornbush will take some time to regroup with the plan of “training as hard as I can the whole way through” the upcoming Olympic year.  Ross Miner suffered some mistakes in his program and placed ninth. He looks forward to refocusing as he heads into worlds in March.

“I’m disappointed in myself,” he said simply. “That’s not the way I train. It’s been a long couple of weeks since the U.S. Championships. I’m excited to get home and have a few days to mentally recuperate and get ready for the world championships.”

Next up for Team USA are the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships set for March 10-17, in London, Ontario, Canada.

2013 Four Continents – Day 2

9 Feb

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2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 | Osaka, Japan

The first medals were awarded Saturday, with Canada’s Kevin Reynolds coming out as a surprise champion. The gold was his second international medal at the senior level (he won bronze at this event in 2010). Also Saturday, Team USA’s ladies turned in a trio of solid short programs.

Newly crowned U.S. champion Max Aaron, didn’t disappoint as skated a strong free featuring a pair of his signature quad Salchows. His free skate totaled 162.19 points, en route to 234.65 overall. He finished fourth overall and second in the segment.

“This is my first time at a championship event and I’m glad to be here,” Aaron said. “The fans were great, they really got me going. They get excited and cheer for everything in the program. It’s amazing. This is a good experience to get the chance to learn how championship events work at the senior level. It’s something special I can take toward worlds.”

Richard Dornbush also set a season’s best score in the free skate with a score of 151.03 points. He finished directly behind Aaron in fifth. His season now over, Dornbush will take some time to regroup with the plan of “training as hard as I can the whole way through” the upcoming Olympic year.  Ross Miner suffered some mistakes in his program and placed ninth. He looks forward to refocusing as he heads into worlds in March.

“I’m disappointed in myself,” he said simply. “That’s not the way I train. It’s been a long couple of weeks since the U.S. Championships. I’m excited to get home and have a few days to mentally recuperate and get ready for the world championships.”

The finals in pairs, ladies and ice dance are set for Sunday with Team USA in medal standing in all three events.

Christina Gao is the top-ranked American and sits in fourth place. Gao turned in her best short program of the season to earn 62.34 points. She is in fourth place behind Japan’s Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami. Asada’s lead is nearly nine points, but only eight points separate skaters two through eight.

“I trained hard this whole season so I hope that this competition, I can go out and show how I have been training,” Gao said. “It’s only been a week since nationals but I think I kept my momentum going.”

Gracie Gold is in fifth place with 60.36 points. As recent history shows, Gold is capable of putting up big numbers in the free skate.

“I have a lot of confidence in my free skate,” she explained. “After my second grand prix, we changed the jumps around so the program is more comfortable for me. I think this really works for me as nationals showed.”

Agnes Zawadzki, in seventh place with 57.35 points, fell on her double Axel, but noted her growing confidence in the triple-triple combination.

“I am starting to feel a lot more comfortable with the triple-triple,” Zawadzki said. “That was something I was lacking early in the season with the toe-toe.”

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time U.S. ice dance champions, sit in a close second place behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Less than half a point separate veteran teams. Virtue and Moir set a season best of 75.12 points, as did Davis and White who have 74.68 points. Virtue and Moir earned a slight technical edge, something White acknowledged after the short dance.

“It happens from competition to competition,” he said. “Of course when you are competing against Scott and Tessa, you pretty much have to be perfect and that’s what’s expected of both of us. With one little mistake, we’re a little bit behind. It will make for an exciting free dance.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates, in their first Four Continents together, are in third place, followed closely by teammates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are in third place behind a pair of Canadian teams in the pairs event. The newly crowned U.S. pairs champs recorded 53.06 points. They suffered a fall on their throw but otherwise turned in a strong skate.

“It wasn’t our best performance but it’s a lesson learned and we are ready to go again,” Castelli said. “We are satisfied with our side-by-side jumps and we did a good job getting back into the program after my fall (on the throw). Every skate is a lesson learned and experience.”

Right behind Castelli and Shnapir are the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay with 52.98 points. In the lead are two-time reigning Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who earned a big 70.44 points. Their teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch recorded the second-place score of 66.33 points. The third American team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim withdrew before the short program as Scimeca was experiencing pain in her right foot.

Sunday Schedule (All times Eastern)

Pairs Free Skate: 10:50 p.m. (Saturday, Feb. 9)
Zhang and Bartholomay: 11:38 p.m.
Castelli and Shnapir: 11:46 p.m.

Ladies Free Skate: 1:30 a.m.
Zawadzki: 3:41 a.m.
Gold: 4:12 a.m.
Gao: 4:28 a.m.

Free Dance: 6:15 a.m.
Davis and White: 7:52 a.m.
Chock and Bates: 8:15 a.m.
Shibutani and Shibutani: 8:23 a.m.

2013 Four Continents – Day 1

8 Feb

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2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 | Osaka, Japan

While you were sleeping, competition began in Osaka with the short dance and pairs and men’s short programs. Team USA is in medal standing in both the dance and pairs events, which are set for a Sunday finale. Richard Dornbush is in third place going into Saturday’s free skate.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time U.S. ice dance champions, sit in a close second place behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Less than half a point separate veteran teams. Virtue and Moir set a season best of 75.12 points, as did Davis and White who have 74.68 points. Virtue and Moir earned a slight technical edge, something White acknowledged after the short dance.

“It happens from competition to competition,” he said. “Of course when you are competing against Scott and Tessa, you pretty much have to be perfect and that’s what’s expected of both of us. With one little mistake, we’re a little bit behind. It will make for an exciting free dance.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates, in their first Four Continents together, are in third place, followed closely by teammates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are in third place behind a pair of Canadian teams in the pairs event. The newly crowned U.S. pairs champs recorded 53.06 points. They suffered a fall on their throw but otherwise turned in a strong skate.

“It wasn’t our best performance but it’s a lesson learned and we are ready to go again,” Castelli said. “We are satisfied with our side-by-side jumps and we did a good job getting back into the program after my fall (on the throw). Every skate is a lesson learned and experience.”

Right behind Castelli and Shnapir are the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay with 52.98 points. In the lead are two-time reigning Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who earned a big 70.44 points. Their teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch recorded the second-place score of 66.33 points. The third American team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim withdrew before the short program as Scimeca was experiencing pain in her right foot.

Richard Dornbush blew away his season’s and personal best international scores by 13 points and totaled 83.01 points for the segment. Short program leader and hometown hero Yuzuru Hanyu has a two-point lead over Han Yan of China. Japanese star Daisuke Takahashi is in fourth place. Five points separate Hanyu and Takahashi.

Dornbush was a late addition to the competition. His training as the first alternate came in handy when, on Sunday, he received word that Adam Rippon had withdrawn from the event.

“(Coach) Tammy (Gambill) always takes being alternate very seriously,” he explained. “I was on the ice every day. It’s hard to train as the alternate, because, in my case, you’re disappointed that you hadn’t gotten any assignments so it’s hard to have that self-motivation. I stayed fit enough and as soon as I got the call, there was a fire lit underneath me. I rose to the occasion.”

Ross Miner also set a season-high score of 74.01 points. He sits in ninth place. Max Aaron, with a score of 72.46 points, is right behind Miner in 10th. Aaron and Miner, who finished 1-2 at last month’s U.S. Championships, will represent Team USA at March’s world championships.

Coming late Friday into Saturday are the ladies short program and men’s free skate.

Saturday’s Schedule (All times Eastern)

Ladies Short Program: 11:40 p.m. (Friday, Feb. 8)
Gao: 1:29 a.m. (Saturday, Feb. 9)
Zawadzki: 1:48 a.m.
Gold: 2:02 a.m.

Men’s Free Skate: 3:55 a.m.

Miner: 6:10 a.m.
Aaron: 6:43 a.m.
Dornbush: 6:58 a.m.