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Day 1 from NHK Trophy

28 Nov

The final event of the 2014 Grand Prix Series, NHK Trophy, is under way from Osaka, Japan. After the singles and pairs short programs, Gracie Gold has a slight lead over Russia’s Alena Leonova while Jeremy Abbott sits in second behind Takahito Mura of Japan. Singles and pairs free skates and the short dance are set for late Friday/early Saturday ET.

Ladies short program:

Results

Gracie Gold – 1st place (68.16)
Christina Gao – 6th place (54.86)
Polina Edmunds – 11th place (48.96)

Men’s short program:

Results

Jeremy Abbott – 2nd place (81.52)
Ross Miner – 10th place (63.36)
Joshua Farris – 11th place (58.35)

Pairs short program:

Results

DeeDee Leng & Simon Shnapir – 6th place (45.91)

Saturday’s schedule (all times ET):

10 p.m. — Short dance

10:39 p.m. – Hawayek & Baker

11:45 pm. — Pairs free skate

Midnight – Leng & Shnapir

1:50 a.m. — Ladies free skate

2:05 a.m. – Edmunds
2:52 a.m. – Gao
3:31 a.m. – Gold

5:40 am. — Men’s free skate

5:58 a.m. – Farris
6:06 a.m. – Miner
7:20 a.m. – Abbott

NHK Trophy Marks Grand Prix Series’ Sixth Stop

26 Nov

NHK Trophy 

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series makes its sixth and final stop before the Grand Prix Final this week with NHK Trophy, Nov. 27-Nov. 30 in Osaka, Japan.

NBC will air competition coverage from 4-6 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 30. In addition, Universal Sports will broadcast coverage throughout the weekend. Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from all three days of competition. To become a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com.

Tweet @USFigureSkating and use the hashtag #NHKTrophy to join the conversation on social media.

Team USA will be represented by 10 athletes:

Ladies:

Polina Edmunds
Christina Gao
Gracie Gold

Men:

Jeremy Abbott
Joshua Farris
Ross Miner

Pairs:

DeeDee Leng & Simon Shnapir

Ice dance:

Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker

Event schedule (all times ET) | LIVE RESULTS

Friday, Nov. 28

12:45 a.m. — Pairs short program

12:52 a.m. – Leng & Shnapir

2:15 a.m.  — Ladies short program

2:55 a.m. – Edmunds
3:09 a.m. – Gao
3:41 p.m. – Gold

5 a.m. — Men’s short program

5:52 a.m. – Miner
5:59 a.m. – Farris
6:05 a.m. – Abbott

10 p.m. — Short dance

10:39 p.m. – Hawayek & Baker

Saturday, Nov. 29

11:45 p.m. — Pairs free skate
1:50 a.m. — Ladies free skate
4:40 a.m. — Men’s free skate
10 p.m. — Free dance

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

Broadcast Date Event Time (ET) Network
Nov. 29 Men’s and ladies short programs 7:30-9:30 a.m. Universal Sports
Pairs free 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Universal Sports
Nov. 30 Free dance 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Universal Sports
Competition highlights 4-6 p.m. NBC
NBC encore 7-9 p.m. Universal Sports

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

Broadcast Date Event Time
Friday, Nov. 28 Pairs short (LIVE) 12:45 a.m.
Ladies short (LIVE) 2:15 a.m.
Men’s short (LIVE) 5 a.m.
Short dance (LIVE) 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29 Pairs free (LIVE) 11:45 p.m.
Ladies free (LIVE) 1:50 a.m.
Men’s free (LIVE) 4:40 a.m.
Free dance (LIVE) 10 p.m.

2013 World Figure Skating Championships Photos – Day 3

16 Mar

Photos from the men’s and pairs free skates courtesy of Peter Zapalo.

2013 World Championships: Day 3

15 Mar

Useful Links

Twitter  #FSWorlds13| icenetwork.com Photos

icenetwork.com Event Page   |  Schedule   |   Results

Competition Notes

Friday, March 15, 2013

The first World champions were crowned Friday in the pairs and men’s events at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won their first pairs title by a landslide, beating 2012 champs and eventual silver medalists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy by 20 points. The Russians earned 225.71 points and they set world records for both free skate (149.87) and total scores. Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won bronze.

Both American pairs teams put out solid free skates to have an enjoyable conclusion to their first Worlds experience.

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim easily set new season’s best scores and achieved all of their levels as they recorded 117.78 points for the “Life is Beautiful” skate.

“We got everything (levels) we were going for so we are very happy,” Knierim said. “We didn’t know until we got off the ice. In the program, everything felt really good. Relaxed. It was like another day at the office. We’ve been focusing on making sure we get the levels and doing everything that’s needed so there’s no gray area.”

The total score of 173.51 points put them in ninth.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir  were also “thrilled” with their outing. Despite not matching their best score of the season, the duo were satisfied with the energetic and clean skate.

“We’re thrilled. That was a great performance,” Shnapir said. “That was a great turnaround for both of us from the short. We really wanted to put out a strong program and we’re thrilled with what we were able to present today with our long. We’re happy with the outcome.”

Their free skate earned 108.32 points en route to 164.00 total. They finished 13th.

Once again, Canada’s Patrick Chan reigned supreme, winning his third straight World title with 267.68 total points. His flawless short program propelled him to a slim victory over unlikely hero and silver medalist Denis Ten of Kazakhstan. Ten bested his previous free skating personal best by 20 points to win the free skate with 174.92 points. His grand total equaled 266.48 points. Bronze went home with Spain’s Javier Fernandez. He had not finished above ninth in six previous Worlds.

Max Aaron once again brought the crowd to its feet after his West Side Story free skate. Aaron started strong with a quad Salchow-double Salchow combination. He made a few little mistakes, but was happy overall with his top 10 showing in his first Worlds. Joking with the media after the performance, Aaron explained he has a habit of running into the walls when he skates, as he did following his triple Axel tonight.

“I always want a bigger and bigger rink,” he said to lots of laughter. “I want a giant pond and I’ll bring everyone to the pond. I like to use the entire ice sheet. I have it, why not use it all? I paid for it, too. I don’t want to use half the sheet.”

He continued that even on his home ice rink, which is Olympic size, he runs (literally) into the same issue.

“I still run into the wall on the Olympic ice. I don’t really know how I do it, it just happens. I keep pushing things out more and more. Like I said, I have the ice, I want to use the whole thing. That’s my take on that. Sorry, it’s kind of silly.”

Aaron netted 238.36 points overall, including 160.16 for the free skate, to place seventh overall.

Ross Miner finished 14th with 211.90 points. His free skate totaled 141.66. Miner conceded after the free skate that he lost sight of some of what carried him through a very successful fall and U.S. Championships season.

“I’m a little disappointed,” he said simply. “Based on NHK and nationals, I think I had the capability to be competitive with the upper end of the top 10. I think top 6 would have been a reasonable goal for me. I got a little wrapped up in that and tried a little too hard instead of focusing on doing my job. I’m going to go home and try to find my mojo again, which is what got me here in the first place. That was focusing on what I can control.”

The stage is set for fantastic ice dance and ladies finals on Saturday. Meryl Davis and Charlie White began their quest for their second World title on Thursday, and they did so by producing the best short dance of the night to the tune of 77.12 points, which is the best short dance score ever.

The race is certainly a tight one from 1-9 going into the free dance. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the reigning World champs, are in second place with 73.87 points followed by Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev with 70.05.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates are competing at their first Worlds together (they each previously came to this event with former partners) and were extremely satisfied with the short dance result. They earned a personal-best 66.74 points for a seventh-place showing. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani also enjoyed their best performance of the season and narrowly trail their teammates with 66.14 points (8th).

The race for the podium is also a tight one in the ladies event. Ashley Wagner totaled 63.98 points for her “Red Violin” short program. She is in fifth.

Wagner is here with a clear goal: to help the U.S. earn three entries for the 2014 Olympics next February. To earn a third spot, Team USA needs to record a combined total finish of 13 or lower between Wagner and Gracie Gold (they have a combined placement of 14 after the short).

Gold made her World Championships debut to the tune of 58.85 points. Reigning Olympic champions Yu-na Kim leads with 69.97 points followed by current World champ Carolina Kostner of Italy with 66.86 and Japan’s Kanako Murakami with 66.64. Just 11 points separate Kim and Gold.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Free Dance – 2:30 p.m.

Shibutani and Shibutani: 4:38 p.m.

Chock and Bates: 4:46 p.m.

Davis and White: 5:24 p.m.

Ladies Free – 7 p.m.

Gold: 9:11 p.m.

Wagner: 10:06 p.m.

2013 World Championships: Day 2

14 Mar

Useful Links

Twitter  #FSWorlds13| icenetwork.com Photos

icenetwork.com Event Page   |  Schedule   |   Results

Competition Notes

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Competition continued Thursday from the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

The ladies short program, featuring 35 athletes, made for hours of entertainment for the excited fans. The U.S. ladies are in great position going into the short program, sitting fifth and ninth. Ashley Wagner totaled 63.98 points for her “Red Violin” short program. She opted for a triple-double combination, rather than a triple-triple jumping pass.

“I wanted to do that triple-triple combination but I decided to play it safe,” she said. “Mr. Nicks told me if it doesn’t feel right, don’t risk it. I would rather play it safe than sorry. The landing on the flip wasn’t exactly how I wanted it.”

Wagner is here with a clear goal: to help the U.S. earn three entries for the 2014 Olympics next February. To earn a third spot, Team USA needs to record a combined total finish of 13 or lower between Wagner and Gracie Gold (they have a combined placement of 14 after the short).

“At an event this huge and this important, my focus is to get the three spots back and I figured playing it safe with a triple-double of quality was the better way to go,” she explained. “The U.S. ladies team here is here to get that third spot back. It’s almost a personal agenda. I was the person most directly affected last Olympics and I want that third spot back. We’ve been trying for too long to get it back.”

Gold made her World Championships debut to the tune of 58.85 points. She hit all of her jumps, including a program-opening triple Lutz-triple toe. She did experience one bobble on her layback spin, saying she got too excited when the time came to changer her edge.

She explained, “I’m supposed to pull it up for an edge change. I think I got a little bit excited and as I was pulling it up, I went for the edge change immediately. I wasn’t able to get either of those features. Simple mistakes today. Easy things that I think I can fix with time and more competitions.”

Meryl Davis and Charlie White began their quest for their second World title, and they did so by producing the best short dance of the night to the tune of 77.12 points, which is the best short dance score ever. The veteran duo had a great time doing it, too.

“We felt as though it wasn’t only our season’s best in terms of result, but it was our season’s best skate,” Davis said. “To do that at the World Championships is really exciting. Charlie and I both got off the ice and the first thing we said was that it was a lot of fun to perform. The program went smoothly and we enjoyed every minute of it.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates are competing at their first Worlds together (they each previously came to this event with former partners) and were extremely satisfied with the short dance result. They earned a personal-best 66.74 points and hope to emulate their performance quality in Saturday’s free dance.

“If we can have a similar performance to what we did today with a great feeling in the program and score a personal best, that would be great,” Bates said.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani: also enjoyed their best performance of the season and narrowly trail their teammates with 66.14 points. They looked very dapper in new royal blue and purple costumes, and were all smiles following the skate.

“We are really happy with our short dance. The audience is so great. It was a season’s best for us. We feel like this program has grown so well over the course of the season. We are looking forward to Saturday,” Maia said.

Chock and Bates sit in seventh, with Shibutani and Shibutani in eighth. The race is certainly a tight one from 1-9 going into the free dance. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in second place with 73.87 points followed by Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev with 70.05.

Friday will see the conclusion of the pairs and men’s events. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim and Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir  sit in 12th and 13th, respectively. Atop the pairs leaderboard are Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov with 75.84 points followed by Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford and reigning World champs Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of German.

Max Aaron, also in his Worlds debut, brought the crowd to its feet after a great Tron: Legacy short program. He is in eighth place after posting a score of 78.20 points. Ross Miner has some ground to make up after finishing 14th with a score of 70.24 points for the short program. Patrick Chan of Canada leads after posting a short program score of 98.37 points. He is followed by Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten and his teammate Kevin Reynolds, who won Four Continents last month.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pairs Free – 11:55 a.m.

Castelli and Shnapir: 12:02 p.m.

Scimeca and Knierim: 12:59 p.m.

Men’s Free – 5:45 p.m.

Miner: 6:58 p.m.

Aaron: 8:35 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Free Dance – 2:30 p.m.

Shibutani and Shibutani: 4:38 p.m.

Chock and Bates: 4:46 p.m.

Davis and White: 5:24 p.m.

Ladies Free – 7 p.m.

Gold: 9:11 p.m.

Wagner: 10:06 p.m.

2013 World Figure Skating Championship Photos – Men’s Short Program

14 Mar

Photos from the men’s short program, courtesy of Peter Zapalo/U.S. Figure Skating

2013 World Championships Viewers’ Guide

12 Mar

Useful Links

Twitter  #FSWorlds13| icenetwork.com Photos

icenetwork.com Event Page   |  Schedule   |   Results

Competition Notes

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships | London, Ontario, Canada

Competition at the 2013 World Championships begins Wednesday, March 13, with the pairs and men’s short programs. Team USA features several new faces to the World Championships, including both pairs teams led by 2013 U.S. champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, and newly crowned U.S. men’s champ Max Aaron. Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time reigning U.S. ice dancing champions, begin the quest for their second World title on Thursday. They won the 2011 World title to become the first American ice dance world champions. Ashley Wagner, who is now a time-time U.S. ladies champion, looks to improve upon her fourth-place finish at this event a year ago.

Team USA’s results at this World Championships will dictate the number of spots the U.S. can send in each discipline to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games next February in Sochi, Russia. For complete event coverage, visit www.icenetwork.com.

Daily Schedule (All times Eastern)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pairs Short – 11:45 a.m.

Castelli and Shnapir: 12:19 p.m.

Scimeca and Knierim: 1:01 p.m.

Men’s Short – 4:40 p.m.

Aaron: 7:40 p.m.

Miner: 9:41 p.m.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ladies Short – 10:40 a.m.

Short Dance – 5:20 p.m.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pairs Free – 11:55 a.m.

Men’s Free – 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Free Dance – 2:30 p.m.

Ladies Free – 7 p.m.

2013 Worlds Broadcast Schedule
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event (Network) Time
Wednesday, March 13 Pairs short (Universal) Noon-3 p.m.
Men’s short (Universal) 7-10 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 Ladies short (Universal) 1-4 p.m.
Short dance (Universal) 7-10 p.m.
Friday, March 15 Pairs free (Universal) 1:30-3 p.m.
Men’s free (Universal) 8:30-10 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 Free dance (Universal) 4:30-6 p.m.
Ladies free (Universal) 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 Worlds recap show (NBC0 Noon-2 p.m.