All Four Senior Disciplines Set to Compete Friday #SLC2013

13 Sep

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White will begin their quest for Olympic gold today from the 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. After the short dance and ladies short program, we will see the free skate finals for the men’s and pairs events. Team USA is in prime medal contention in both events.

Competition Schedule (All times Eastern, subject to change)

Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

Short dance – 2:35 p.m.

Ladies short program – 5:10 p.m.

Pairs free skate – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s free skate – 9:15 p.m.

Joining Davis and White in the dance event are international threats Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, six-time Canadian medalists. Americans Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, who won bronze at this event last year, and Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus both make return trips to the U.S. International Classic. Relative newcomers Alissandra Aronow and Collin Brubaker received the late invite to the event after Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani withdrew earlier this week.

Also returning for a second year, and both in defense of their medal-winning finishes, are Agnes Zawadzki and Gracie Gold. They were 1-2 here last year and then flip-flopped to finish 2-3 at the 2013 U.S. Championships in January. Meanwhile, Samantha Cesario and Courtney Hicks will make their senior international debuts.

In the pairs event, Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch of Canada have a six-point cushion going into the free skate. They are the reigning gold medalists at this event. Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir began their U.S. title defense and, despite one bobble on the side-by-side jumps, turned in a strong Carlos Santana short program for 62.26 points. 2012 U.S. champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, returned to competition for the first time since Coughlin underwent surgery last December, and are in a close third place.

Max Aaron, the 2013 U.S. champion, turned in a strong Latin-inspired short program and has a nice lead with 81.49 points. His teammates round out the top four in the following order: Stephen Carriere, Joshua Farris and Grant Hochstein.

Competition also continues today for the 2013 Challenge Skate, an invitational for American skaters who have competed domestically at the intermediate, novice and junior levels. The event will begin at 7:55 a.m. MDT with the novice men’s free skate, followed by the novice ladies free skate at 9:10 a.m. and the novice pairs free skate at 10:40 a.m. The race for gold is close in all three disciplines. Rebecca Peng (ladies), Eric Sjoberg (men’s) and Joy Weinberg and Michael Lueck (pairs) are in first going into the free skates.

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