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Lineup Announced for 2012 JGP France

24 Jul

The ISU announced today the full lineups for the first ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series event of the season to be held Aug. 22-26, Courchevel, France.

The eight-member Team USA will be led by reigning JGP Final champion Jason Brown. Competitors for the remaining events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ladies

Ashley Cain

  • 2012 U.S. junior silver medalist
  • 2010 U.S. novice silver medalist

Vanessa Lam

  • 2011 JGP Austria champion
  • 2011 JGP Australia bronze medalist

Men’s

Jason Brown

  • 2012 World Junior bronze medalist
  • 2011 JGP Final champion

Harrison Choate

  • 2012 U.S. junior pewter medalist

Ice Dancing

Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter

  • 2012 U.S. junior bronze medalists

Holly Moore and Daniel Klaber

  • 2012 U.S. novice champions

Now in its 16th season, the JGP Series consists of seven international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the seven scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 6-9 in Sochi, Russia.

2012 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating schedule

  • Courchevel, France (Aug. 22-26)
  • Lake Placid, N.Y. (Aug. 29 – Sept. 2)
  • Linz, Austria (Sept. 12 – 16)
  • Istanbul (Sept. 19 – 23)
  • Bled, Slovenia (Sept. 26 – 30)
  • Zagreb, Croatia (Oct. 3 – 7)
  • Dresden, Germany (Oct. 10 – 13)

World Junior Figure Skating Championships – Day 4

3 Mar

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Ladies

Final Standings

Only 13 years old, Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia earned the gold medal, besting silver medalist and U.S. junior champion Gracie Gold by more than 15 points. Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, the 2011 World junior champion, won the bronze medal.

Lipnitskaia, who scored 123.96 for her free skate, capped an unbeaten season with a World junior-record score of 187.05 (breaking the 2005 record set by Japan’s Mao Asada). Gold, 16, had 171.85 points total, while Sotnikova earned 168.45 points.

Skating to “Romeo and Juliet,” Lipnitskaia landed seven triple jumps and earned Level 4  on three spins. She will not be age eligible for the world championships until the 2013-14 season.

Gold, skating to soundtracks from “The Mission” and “The Untouchables,” opened with a solid triple Lutz-triple toe, followed by a double Axel-triple toe.  Her strong spins, a triple flip, a second triple Lutz and a triple Salchow helped earn a personal-best free-skate score of 113.85 points. Gold trains in the Chicago area under Alexander Ouriashev.

Sotnikova, 15, opened her program, skated to a modern arrangement of “Bolero” with a triple Lutz-triple loop. She scored 111.88 points for the program.

Team USA’s Christina Gao, who placed fifth competing as a senior at the U.S. Championships, took seventh with 151.09 points and American Vanessa Lam, 16, placed 13th with 138.94 points.

Men

Final Standings

Flanked by American skaters, China’s Han Yan earned the highest score in ISU World Junior Championships history to win the gold medal. He needed every bit of his 222.45 total points, squeaking past Team USA’s Joshua Farris (221.97) by 0.48 points. American Jason Brown earned the bronze with 214.90 points.

Han beat American Adam Rippon’s 2009 record of 222.0 points.

It is the first time in eight years that Team USA has placed two men on the World junior podium. In 2004, Evan Lysacek won the silver and Jordan Brauninger earned bronze.

Yan, who will be 16 on Tuesday, turned in two personal-best performances to become the first junior men’s champion in Chinese history. He impressed with his quadruple toe as he performed to “Waltz No. 2 by Dmitri Shostakovitch.” His six triples helped net a free skate score of 147.57.

Farris, 17, earned a personal-best 146.54 for his free skate. Farris, who trains in Colorado Springs under coach Christy Krall, opened with back-to-back triple Axels, the first combined with a double toe loop. Skating to Rachmaninov’s “Piano Concerto No. 3,” he landed five more triples jumps.

Skating to “Flow Like Water,” Jason Brown, 17, earned the highest program component scores in the free skate. He turned heads with his ’Tano Lutz (one arm extended overhead) that gained +3s from five judges on his way to a 144.70-point free skate. Brown finished with 214.90 points. Brown trains in Chicago under coach Kori Ade.

U.S. junior silver medalist Timothy Dolensky, 19, finished 12th with 169.94 points.

World Junior Figure Skating Championships – Day 3

2 Mar

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Ladies

Current Standings

Bolstered by Level 4 spins, Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia won the short program, besting American Gracie Gold by 5.09 points to win the short program. Last year’s champion, Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, is in third.

Skating to “Dark Eyes,” Lipnitskaia, 13, impressed with a triple toe-triple toe combination and her triple Lutz, which helped earn 63.09 points.  U.S. junior champion Gold, 16, has 58.00 points while Sotnikovav, 15, is close behind with 56.57 points.

Performing to “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” Gold opened with a triple flip-triple toe combination and showed off a solid triple Lutz. She earned Level 4s for all three spins and a Level 3 for her steps. Gold trains in Chicago with coach Alexander Ouriashev.

Defending World junior champion Sotnikova, skating to Ravel’s “Bolero,” landed a triple toe-triple toe and a triple Lutz..

American Christina Gao, who placed fourth at last year’s World Junior Championships, sits in fifth place with 52.66 points. Skating to Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor,” Gao’s triple toe-triple toe combination complimented two Level 4 spins. Gao, who will turn 18 next week, trains in Toronto with coach Brian Orser.

Team USA’s Vanessa Lam, a two-time medalist on the JGP circuit this season, is 11th after skating to “Con Te Partiro.” Lam, 16, trains in Westminster, Calif., under coaches Doug Chapman and Dianne de Leeuw.

Ice Dance

Final Results

Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Ruslan Zhiganshin and teammates Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin turned in strong performances to hold their places in earning gold and silver medals.  U.S. junior champions Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, who prevented a Russian medals sweep by coming back from fifth place to earned the bronze.

Skating to “Phantom of the Opera,” Sinitsina and Zhiganshin earned Level 4s in five of the seven elements on their way to a season-best 90.03 points. The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Champions, who have not lost a competition this season, finished with 153.81 points.

Skating to “Live and Let Die,” Stepanova and Bukin turned in Level 4 lifts, spins and twizzles for 85.06 points. They finished with 147.74 points.

Aldridge and Eaton turned in two outstanding performances, earning personal bests in the short (57.76) and free (83.38) for a total 141.14. Their upbeat “Lord of the Dance” program was technically demanding, and they handled it with aplomb.  The Canton, Mich.-based skaters train under a team headed by Pasquale Camerlengo and his wife, two-time world dance champion Anjelika Krylova.

Americans Lauri Bonacorsi and Travis Mager, who performed to “Close to You,” finished in seventh place with 128.41 points. The two-time U.S. junior silver medalists train under 1980 Olympic dance champions Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov in Aston, Pa.

Team USA’s Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons, who earned a personal-best 45.37 in the short program, finished in 15th place with 109.16 points. The team performed to “Enigmatic Soul” and “To Glory.” They train at Maryland’s Wheaton Skating Academy under coaches Alexei Kiliakov and Dmitri Ilin.

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Team USA Earns Four Medals in Quebec

11 Dec

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Team USA earned four medals in Quebec at the Grand Prix Final and Junior Grand Prix Final including two gold medals. Meryl Davis & Charlie White became the first U.S. team ever to win three straight gold medals at a Grand Prix Final with their top performance in ice dancing while Jason Brown earned gold in the men’s event of the Junior Grand Prix Final. Also earning podium finishes were Joshua Farris with a bronze in the junior men’s event and Britney Simpson & Matthew Blackmer, with a junior pairs bronze medal.

Davis & White continued their winning streak with their ninth consecutive gold medal as the Americans posted a best-ever short dance score of 76.17 to give them a five-point margin heading into the free dance competition. In the free dance, Davis & White edged Canadians Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir by .05 points, posting another personal best, to win the competition by 5.21 points.

Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat of France earned the bronze, while Americans Maia & Alex Shibutani, competing in their first Grand Prix Final, posted season-best scores in both the short and free dance competitions and finished in fifth place overall.

Brown, in his second season on the JGP circuit, placed second in both segments of competition and won the gold medal over silver medalist Han Yan of China and teammate Farris, who won bronze in his second trip to this event. Brown set international best scores throughout the competition.

The ladies crown belongs to Italy’s Carolina Kostner. She has medaled at each of her four trips to the Final, but this year’s is her first gold. She was joined on the podium by Japan’s Akiko Suzuki and Russia’s Alena Leonova. Alissa Czisny, competing on a sore left leg, finished fifth in the ladies field.

Canada’s Patrick Chan skated to an easy 11-point victory over Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi, who battled from a fifth-place showing in the short program to win silver. Javier Fernandez of Spain won bronze in his first trip to the Grand Prix Final. American Jeremy Abbott skated his best free skate of the season, landing a quad in competition for the first time since the 2010 U.S. Championships, but finished fifth overall.

Like the junior ladies podium, the junior ice dancing podium also belonged to Russia. Victoria Sinitsina & Ruslan Zhigansin led the way followed by Anna Yanovskaia & Sergei Mozgov and Alexandra Stepanova & Ivan Bukin. In their JGP Final debut Team USA’s Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton finished fourth

By a slim margin, senior pairs gold went to Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy of Germany. They edged Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov by 0.18 points. Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov, also of Russia, took bronze.

Simpson & Blackmer, who formed their partnership over the summer, earned the junior pairs bronze medal. They enjoyed two clean skates and totaled 146.35 points. They were joined on the podium by China’s Wenjing Sui & Cong Han in first and Katherine Bobak & Ian Beharry of Canada in second.

Russia enjoyed a sweep of the junior ladies podium with Julia Lipnitskaia leading the way. Teammates Polina Shelepen and Polina Korobeynikova finished second and third, respectively. American Vanessa Lam, competing in her first JGP Final, finished fifth overall.

Ice Dancing Quotes

Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich./Arctic FSC) & Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit SC)

(training town: Canton, Mich.)

1st place (1 SD, 1 FD)

Total: 188.55; FD: 112.38; SD: 76.17 points (all are international PB scores)

(on winning nine consecutive competitions) White – “It’s fantastic. The consistency of our training, coming every day to the rink with a good attitude and bringing it over to competition with the same sort of idea is what we do. We control ourselves and so far we’re doing a good job of that.”

(on winning FD by 0.05 points over CAN’s Virtue and Moir) Davis – “The closeness of the points will drive us even more. We work very hard every day but having Scott and Tessa there right next to us pushes us that much more. We’re really excited to get back home and keep working and improving.”

(on winning three straight Grand Prix Finals) White – “It’s a testament to our hard work, our coaches and our parents,  who are always helping us. I wish we could take all the credit, but it’s everyone that helps us. Of course our partnership is a key, having been together for so long and being able to rely on each other. At this point, in senior, it’s something you get used to, but at the same time you can’t take it for granted.”

(on performing best free dance of season) Davis – “We feel really good about where our skating is. It’s nice to be rewarded for it with the points. I think we can feel the growth of both programs from competition to competition. We’ll stick on that upward trend throughout the season.”

Maia Shibutani (Ann Arbor, Mich./SC of New York) & Alex Shibutani (Ann Arbor, Mich./Arctic FSC)

(training town: Canton, Mich.)

5th place (5 SD, 5FD)

Total: 160.55; FD: 95.03; SD: 65.53 points (all are season-high scores)

(on Final experience) Maia – “We feel really good. This was a good competition for us. We made a lot of improvements in our programs since the Grand Prix events. I think we have been really excited to be here. It’s our first Grand Prix, hopefully the first of many.”

(on preparing for U.S. Championships) Alex – “Like Maia said, it was our first Grand Prix Final and so we have tried to soak it all in as much as possible. We’re going to go home and work really hard. We are always going to make corrections and keep pushing the bar for ourselves so by the year we’re as good as we can be.”

(on free dance) Maia – “We’ve done a lot of hard work in order to improve everything about our programs. We’re really happy because within this competition, we see a big increase in our levels. That shows that we are going in the right direction.”

Team USA Off to a Good Start in Quebec

10 Dec

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Team USA earned its first medal of the week earlier today while many more skaters stand in medal contention. Britney Simpson & Matthew Blackmer, who formed their partnership over the summer, earned the junior pairs bronze medal. They enjoyed two clean skates and totaled 146.35 points. They were joined on the podium by China’s Wenjing Sui & Cong Han in first and Katherine Bobak & Ian Beharry of Canada in second.

Russia enjoyed a sweep of the junior ladies podium with Julia Lipnitskaia leading the way. Teammates Polina Shelepen and Polina Korobeynikova finished second and third, respectively. American Vanessa Lam, competing in her first JGP Final, finished fifth overall.

With the exception of the senior free dance, which goes final Sunday, the remainder of events will be decided Saturday. A rundown Team USA’s current ranks is below:
Junior Ice Dancing: Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton (5th after short)
Junior Men’s: Joshua Farris (1st); Jason Brown (2nd)
Ladies: Alissa Czisny (4th)
Men’s: Jeremy Abbott (2nd)
Ice Dancing: Meryl Davis & Charlie White (1st); Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (5th)

Friday Quotes

Vanessa Lam (Bellflower, Calif./trains in Westminster, Calif./All Year FSC) – 5th overall (3 SP, 5 FS) – Total: 145.62; FS: 91.28; SP: 54.34 points (international PB)

(on free skate) “The beginning of the program, I was a little overcautious. That’s probably why I went down on the first element, the Lutz. I regained my footing on the second jump. But I felt my timing was off for the triple loop. The program didn’t feel like I had my footing under me. I didn’t feel as comfortable as I did yesterday.”

(on what she can take from this competition) “Training has a lot to do with it but I have to keep my focus for competition and fight through my programs. I’m going to have to train harder and push myself more. I need to put more pressure on myself when I’m doing my routines. I need to get used to putting on my performance when I have to.”

Britney Simpson (Golden, Colo./Broadmoor SC) & Matthew Blackmer (Detroit/Detroit SC) – (training town: Colorado Springs, Colo.)

3rd overall (3 SP, 5 FS) – Total: 146.35; FS: 94.44; SP: 50.91 points (all scores represent season-highs)

(on free skate) Simpson – “We are very excited. We did what we came here to do which is two season best scores and skate how we have been training at home with two clean programs. It was so amazing that the crowd kept us going and we got more into the program. We focused on components, which is what we do best.”

Blackmer – “My favorite is when we are in our last element, our pairs spin, there is a moment where we can look at each other and relax knowing we’ve done our job. Right before we went out, Dalilah (Sappenfield) said ‘It’s only you two out there, stay within you two.’ I feel like we did a really good job of that. We were focused on each other and our connection. That really showed in our marks.”

(on how this prepares them for U.S. Championships) Blackmer – “Anyone can attest that having international experience is a good ally going into a national championship. This will be my first nationals and I feel so ready and relaxed. Each competition has made me feel more that way.”

(on experience taken from this event) Simpson – “What we’re going to take away is knowing how to compete at a high level and how to enjoy skating and be prepared for our nationals and enjoy it.”

Blackmer – “We came into this competition without putting pressure on ourselves. I think it was a nice learning tool especially going into other competitions in the States.

(on what to watch in the senior pairs competition) Simpson – “For me personally, watching all of the senior teams that made it here is exciting. The best of the best make it here and it’s going to be fun to watch all of them.”

Blackmer – “It’s a cool experience to see all of these teams. I’m excited to see the Germans and the Russians battle it out and see elements like a throw triple Axel.”

Alissa Czisny (Auburn Hills, Mich./trains in Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit SC) – 4th place – 60.30 points

(on short program) “Besides the one jump, I felt like the program was good, but the loop didn’t happen today so I’m disappointed in that.”

(on how she approached the program) “I wanted to try to focus on each element. I feel like the fans here deserve a great performance.”

(on being the defending Grand Prix Final champion) “There is definitely pressure. It is good experience for me to go into a competition defending and learning how to defend a title.”

Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich./Arctic FSC) & Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit SC)

(training town: Canton, Mich.) – 1st place – 76.17 points (international PB)

(on season’s best score) Davis – “It was indeed our season’s best. We’ve been working on our short dance a lot since both Skate America and Cup of Russia. I think we’re feeling more solid and confident with the dance. We can really get our feet under us now. We’re really pleased with it.”

(on lead going into free dance) White – “A bigger lead is always nice. But I don’t think it’s going to affect our mind set very much. I must have said this a million times, sorry I don’t get more interesting, but we have the same idea going into every skate and that’s to skate how we practice. As long as we do that, we’re going to be happy.”

Davis – “Charlie and I were really pleased. This was our best program both with the season’s best score and our best program in competition so far this which is always nice when those line up. Charlie and I were talking a lot before we skated about keeping perspective. What’s happened with Mao’s mom is so sad and we all put so much into skating and it’s so important to all of us, but things like this really put into perspective what’s important. We wanted to go out there and have fun and that’s what we did.”

(on watching other skaters – specifically referencing Virtue and Moir’s fall) White – “We don’t usually watch anyone before us. We try to focus on ourselves. There’s a lot to focus on. We just want to think about that. But of course when you’re out there and the crowd is laughing really hard, we wonder what’s going on and figure it is Scott hamming it up.”

(on free dance) Davis – “Hopefully it will be an improvement over what we did at Cup of Russia. Charlie and I are pleased with both of the free dances we have done this season. We haven’t made any major changes. We’ve been focusing on the nuances of the dance. Hopefully it will be similar with a little bit of an elevated performance.”

Maia Shibutani (Ann Arbor, Mich./SC of New York) & Alex Shibutani (Ann Arbor, Mich./Arctic FSC)

(training town: Canton, Mich.) – 5th place – 65.53 points (season-high)

(on short dance) Alex – “It was our best performance of the year. Our best score. In terms of what we could control, we were really confident and relaxed. It was great warming up with Meryl and Charlie and Tessa and Scott, that helped for sure. We’re very happy with how we skated and it was a great start to our week. We’re so excited to be here.”

(on first Final experience) Maia – “We’re just so excited to be here. last year, we were first alternates, so to be here is really amazing. We keep trying to soak it all up because it’s only your first Grand Prix Final once. It’s such a lucky experience for us because we will have so many great memories from being here with Meryl and Charlie and Tessa and Scott.”

(on improvements throughout the season) Maia – “We were happy with our elements today. we saw a great increase in our score from every other competition we’ve done. That shows we’re moving in the right direction. We got some better levels and GOEs.”

Alex – “We practiced really well so far this week. We made a lot of changes to our short dance after NHK Trophy. We’ve been working very hard all year on improving our connection and the Latin movement. We’re getting more and more comfortable with that. It’s always been a lot of fun but now we are starting to get into a groove and I think that is showing in our performance and with the score.

“After our two competitions back to back, we weren’t able to make a lot of adjustments in between. We learned a lot over those two weeks. When we got home with Marina and Igor we changed our circular step sequence and side-by-side and a lot of the transitions toward the latter half of the program. All programs evolve and you go through changes to make sure you can perform them the best you can when you have to compete.”

Jeremy Abbott (Aspen, Colo./trains in Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit SC) – 2nd place – 82.66 points

(on short program) “That program was a lot of work. I stepped out of the first jump and then didn’t have the combo. I wasn’t sure if they would count the step out as an extra jump. The whole program, I was like ‘Do I do the triple Lutz-triple toe, do I do the plain triple Lutz?’ Going into the triple Axel I was thinking this, going into the spin, I’m thinking this. Finally, I’m like, ‘I have to make up my mind.’ So I decided to do the Lutz-toe, if they drop it, they drop it but I’m sticking to the plan that I make regardless of the consequence. In the end, it was for the better because if I had no combo, I would be five points less. I worked it after the Lutz-toe. I had a little fun. I think I was thinking so much through the whole program I forgot to change edge on the camel spin because at that point I was so tired of thinking that I just went. I totally missed the edge but still level three so it’s OK. I had fun and I’m happy to move on to tomorrow.”

(on returning to the Grand Prix Final after missing last season) “I’m very happy to be here. The Grand Prix Final is such a great competition. To qualify really means you’re one of the best in the world. I’m proud to be here and representing the U.S. To be the only man here representing the U.S., I feel like I have a lot on my shoulders. I’m proud to carry it.”

(on plan for free skate) “I want to do my program justice. I have a good program that I’m really proud of and I think is special. I have yet to skate it to a point that show cases it. I want to stay focused and perform the way it deserves to be performed.”

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2011 GP Final – Viewer’s Guide

9 Dec

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2011 GP Final (All times Eastern)

Friday, Dec. 9
1:00 p.m.: Senior ladies short program
2:05 p.m.: Senior short dance
8:00 p.m.: Senior pairs short program
9:15 p.m.: Senior men’s short program

Saturday, Dec. 10
3:40 p.m.: Senior ladies free skate
4:55 p.m.: Senior men’s free skate
8:15 p.m.: Senior pairs free skate

Sunday, Dec. 11
1:50 p.m.: Senior free dance

Notes

The DefenderAlissa Czisny is the reigning Grand Prix Final champion. The 2011 U.S. titlist began the season by winning gold at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America, the first event of the Grand Prix Series. She went on to secure bronze at Trophée
Eric Bompard in Paris in mid-November.

Three’s CompanyJeremy Abbott, the 2008 Grand Prix Final champion, makes his third trip to the Grand Prix Final and first since placing fourth in 2009. Abbott’s season includes a gold medal from Cup of China and a bronze from Rostelecom
Cup.

The Rookie(s)Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani earned their spot at the Grand Prix Final thanks to a gold medal at NHK Trophy, their first Grand Prix Series win, and silver at Cup of China. Both U.S. ice dancing teams in the train in Canton, Mich., under coaches Marina Zoueva and Igor Shpilband.

The Whole Nine YardsMeryl Davis & Charlie White enter the event having won eight consecutive events dating back to 2010 NHK Trophy. The 2011 World champions, Davis and White, are the two-time reigning Grand Prix Final titlists and also
earned the bronze medal at this event in 2008.

History in the Making? Davis & White look to become the fi rst Americans to ever win three consecutive Grand Prix Final titles. They would join Russia’s Tatiana Navka & Roman Kostomorov as the only teams in history to do so (2003-05).

Final Facts –
* The U.S. has won 29 medals since the Grand Prix Series’ inception in 1995 (11 men’s, 12 ladies, 6 ice dancing)
* The U.S. has won 9 gold, 8 silver, 12 bronze
* Michelle Kwan has won the most Grand Prix Final medals (5)
* The U.S. has won medals in ice dancing every year since 2007 (4 consecutive years)

JGP Quotes

Junior Pairs

Britney Simpson (Golden, Colo./Broadmoor SC) & Matthew Blackmer (Detroit/Detroit SC)

(training town: Colorado Springs, Colo.) – 3rd place – 50.91 points (season-high)

(on short program) Simpson – “It felt like what we have been training at home. It was so much fun with the Canadians here watching it. It was really easy to skate”

Blackmer – “From a components standpoint, it felt really, really good. We emoted really well and had a strong connection between us. Overall, it was a great performance.”

(on free skate) Simpson – “What we’re coming here to do is to skate and not worry about placement. We want to enjoy skating and that is what we are going to show tomorrow in the long.”

(on the Chinese team performing quad throws and twists) Simpson – “We can’t control anything other than what we are capable of doing. We are going to go out tomorrow and do what we can do best.”

(on intensity of short program today) Blackmer – “We spend a lot of time on our component mark because we feel that is something we are strong at. We work on basic posture and stroking and enhancing the dynamics of our skating.”

Junior Ladies

Vanessa Lam (Bellflower, Calif./trains in Westminster, Calif./All Year FSC) – 3rd place – 54.34 points (international personal best)

(on short program) “I felt really excited to get out there. Warm up was good for me. I was just ready to do my thing. It felt nice to perform. I’m pleased with the performance and presented my program the way I feel I wanted to present it.”

(on transitions in program) “Mostly transitions felt better for me. I’ve been working on them for the past few weeks after my Junior Grand Prix events and hopefully people see improvement.”

(on goals for free skate) “To land my jumps of course. But also presenting to the audience. I’m working on my components score.”

(on competing at first JGP Final) “It’s so amazing here. Everything is so pretty. To be here at this event is so exciting and I’m looking forward to watching the seniors after I’m done competing.”

(on final goal for the season) “My goal is to improve on my transitions and skating skills, my program components in general. I want to be able to get more into the music when I perform.”

Junior Ice Dancing

Alexandra Aldridge (Birmingham, Mich./Detroit SC) & Daniel Eaton (Bloomfield, Mich./Detroit SC)

(training town: Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) – 5th place – 51.59 points

(on short dance) Aldridge – “It was not our best, that’s for sure. We started off really strong. The lift was great and the first of pattern of cha cha was pretty good. Then we had a stumble, recovered well and finished the cha cha. The twizzles were very good. Our choreography got a little sloppy, but we finished as strong as we could.”

(on tomorrow’s free dance) Eaton – “We’re going to reset our minds and get ready for the free dance. We want to do what we are good at doing.”

(on free dance being the stronger of their two programs) Aldridge – “The free dance is definitely our stronger program. We love doing the Irish dance, the crowd loves it. It’s good that we have that to look forward to tomorrow.”

Junior Men

Jason Brown (Highland Park, Ill./trains in Highland Park and Northbrook, Ill./Skokie Valley FSC) – 2nd place – 68.77 points (international PB)

(on short program) “I felt really good about it. I stayed focused. I tried to use my excitement to my advantage and express to the audience how much fun I was having. Hopefully they felt that way.”

(on what he has improved this season) “I have improved in my program components and my skating skills. I have gotten faster and am more confident in what I do. I think my spins have improved and the speed into my jumps.”

(on triple Axel) “It’s coming. It’s one of those jumps where I keep thinking it’s coming and it’s coming. Every day I think it gets closer. We were thinking about doing it in the short but decided not to. I’m not planning to try it in my free skate.”

(on free skate) “I’m going to use the short program and go forth from there. I want to stay focused and keep up with how well I did today. I’m going to try my best to go through my long like I did my short today.”

(press conference opening statement about short program and experience here) “I tried to stay calm. It’s been amazing to be at this event with six of the best senior men in the world. It’s unbelievably motivating.”

(on where short programs ranked in terms of season) “This was my personal best. There were parts of the program that weren’t as strong as other competitions, but as a whole it was my personal best.”

Joshua Farris (Colorado Springs, Colo./trains in Colorado Springs, Colo./Broadmoor FSC) – 1st place – 72.99 points

(on short program) “I opened with a great triple Axel. Probably one of the best I’ve done in competition this year. I did my triple flip but fell out of the circle a little bit do I did a double toe to have a nice skate. My spins were great. I also did a really good Lutz. Overall, I felt really good about the program. It felt very easy and over my feet.”

(on competing in second JGP Final) “I feel much more confident. I was focused on myself instead of others this time. That is something I’ve done all year.”

(on where short programs ranked in terms of season) “I don’t think it was my personal best. There were things that were better than other programs. But it was my second best of the season.”