Archive | November, 2013

2013 Trophee Eric Bompard – Day 1

15 Nov

Useful Links

Twitter  #TEB2013  |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Live Results/Starting Orders  |  icenetwork Event Page

What a day from Paris! The short programs featured great all-around competition, and going into Saturday’s free skates, Team USA is in medal contention in all three disciplines in which it is represented.

NBC will air coverage of the event from 4:30-6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 17, with additional broadcast coverage available on Universal Sports Network and throughout the weekend.

Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from Trophee Bompard. To become a registered user or a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com. Event coverage, including results, news, recaps and photos, will be available on icenetwork to all users.

Ashey Wagner, who began her season with a second-place finish at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America, leads after the short program. She takes a six-point cushion into the free skate over Russia’s Anna Pogorilaya and Adelina Sotnikova, who are virtually tied at 60.03 and 60.01, respectively. En route to 66.75 points, Wagner’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” program featured a trio of Level 4 spins and Level 4 footwork, while she added two jumps, a triple loop and a double Axel, in the second half of the performance. Christina Gao and Samantha Cesario sit in fourth and fifth, respectively, and certainly in medal contention. Gao totaled 58.81 points and Cesario earned 56.55.

Friday started off strong as Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. pairs champions, registered their best short program score of the season at 63.52 points. They are in fourth place, but less than four points out of first. The “Tosca” program featured seven elements that received positive GOEs, including side-by-side triple toes and a level 4 lift and pairs spin. China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong, who have skated together internationally since 1997, hold the lead with 67.69 points. They are followed closely by Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov and Denney and Coughlin.

The top four men after the short program, Patrick Chan of Canada, Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, our own Jason Brown and China’s Han Yan, came to compete on Friday. Chan registered a personal best short program score with 98.52 points. Hanyu’s technical mark of 52.72 (overall 95.37) was the highest of the event. Brown, skating to “The Question of U” by Prince put out a perfectly clean performance. Six of the program’s seven elements earned a GOE of over 1.00 and his four non-jump elements (three spins and a step sequence) were all Level 4. His total score of 84.77 represented a personal best. Han, who won Cup of China by a landslide, narrowly trails Brown at 84.34 points.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the reigning Olympic champs, lead the dance event with 75.31 points. They are followed by Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France and Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov.

2013 TROPHEE BOMPARD ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change)
Saturday, Nov. 16
8:10 a.m. – Pairs free
Denney/Coughlin – 8:58 a.m.

9:55 a.m. – Men’s free
Brown – 10:51 a.m.

12:45 p.m. – Free dance

2:15 p.m. – Ladies free
Cesario – 3:06 p.m.
Gao – 3:14 p.m.
Wagner – 3:37 p.m.

UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK 2013 TROPHEE BOMPARD BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change)
Saturday, Nov. 16
1 p.m. – Pairs free
2 p.m. – Free dance

2013 Trophee Bompard Viewers’ Guide

14 Nov

Useful Links

Twitter  #TEB2013  |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Live Results/Starting Orders  |  icenetwork Event Page

The fifth stop on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series takes us to Paris. Six Americans have descended on the City of Light, including reigning U.S. and Trophee Bompard champion Ashley Wagner.

The event will take place Nov. 15-16, at Palais Omnisports in Paris. NBC will air coverage of the event from 4:30-6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 17, with additional broadcast coverage available on Universal Sports Network throughout the weekend.

Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from Trophee Bompard. To become a registered user or a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com. Event coverage, including results, news, recaps and photos, will be available on icenetwork to all users.

Wagner began her season with a second-place finish at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America in Detroit, the first event of the Grand Prix Series. She will be joined in Paris by Christina Gao, who finished fourth at Skate Canada, and Samantha Cesario, who debuted on the Grand Prix Circuit at Skate America. The trio of American ladies will face stiff competition from Russia’s Anna Pogorilaya and Adelina Sotnikova, the same duo that finished 1-2 two weeks ago at Cup of China.

Like Cesario, Jason Brown made his Grand Prix debut in Detroit, where he finished fifth. Ross Miner withdrew from the event earlier this week due to a right ankle sprain. Patrick Chan, the three-time World champion from Canada, looks for his second title of the season. The field also features Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu and China’s Han Yan. Hanyu was runner-up to Chan in Canada, while Yan won Cup of China by a landslide.

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin will compete for the third time this season when the take the ice in Paris. They were most recently fourth at Skate America. Among those competing in the pairs event are Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov and China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the reigning Olympic champs, headline a dance field where the United States will not be represented. Hometown heroes Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat will look for their second medal of the season after winning gold at Cup of China.

2013 TROPHEE BOMPARD ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change)

Friday, Nov. 15
9:30 a.m. – Pairs short
Denney/Coughlin – 10:02 a.m.

11 a.m. – Men’s short
Brown – 11:24 a.m.

12:45 p.m. – Short dance

2:10 p.m. – Ladies short
Cesario2:17 p.m.
Gao – 2:57 p.m.
Wagner – 3:17 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16
8:10 a.m. – Pairs free
9:50 a.m. – Men’s free
12:45 p.m. – Free dance
2:15 p.m. – Ladies free

UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK 2013 TROPHEE BOMPARD BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change)

Friday, Nov. 15
2 p.m. – Pairs short
3 p.m. – Men’s short
8 p.m. – Short dance
9 p.m. – Ladies short

Saturday, Nov. 16
1 p.m. – Pairs free
2 p.m. – Free dance

More with Gracie Gold

14 Nov

This year at Champs Camp, reigning U.S. silver medalist Gracie Gold took part in a photo shoot with Hans Rosemond for her November cover and spread in SKATING magazine. Want to see which photos didn’t make it into the magazine? Click through the gallery below!

NHK Trophy – Day 3 Recap

9 Nov

Useful Links

Twitter  #NHK2013 |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork Event Page

Results

2013 NHK Trophy wrapped up with the free dance competition, where Team USA’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned an unprecedented 14th-straight Grand Prix Series title.

Davis and White, the reigning World champions, settled for no less than gold in Tokyo, winning both segments of the competition with impressive style. They earned 186.85 points for the week, 26.59 points ahead of their challengers. Davis and White have dominated the Grand Prix Series for the last five seasons, including a record four-consecutive victories at the Grand Prix Final.

The silver medal went to Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte with 160.06 points, while the bronze went to Americans Maia and Alex Shibutani with 157.58.

What’s next?

The 2013 Grand Prix Series will continue next week with Trophée Eric Bompard, Nov. 15-17 in Paris. Team USA will be represented by seven athletes, including two-time reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner, who will compete for a spot at the 2013 Grand Prix Final after a second place showing at Skate America last month.

For complete coverage from both events, including results, photos and event recaps, visit icenetwok.com.

NHK Trophy – Day 2 Recap

9 Nov

Useful Links

Twitter  #NHK2013 |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork Event Page

Live Results/Starting Orders

The first medals were awarded early this morning at NHK Trophy, with Team USA’s Jeremy Abbott earning his first Grand Prix Series medal of the season.

Abbott, a three-time U.S. champion, came back from a seventh place finish in the short program to stand on the podium with 237.41 points. His free skate featured eight triple jumps, including a triple Axel-triple toe combination. He finished the segment with 158.63 points and the bronze medal.

In front of a home crowd, Daisuke Takahashi and Nobunari Oda claimed the top two spots, with Takahashi taking gold by an impressive 15.15-point margin. The 2010 World champion opened his “Sonatino for Violin” free skate with a flawless quadruple toe loop and earned 91.34 points for his program components, a score that bested his challengers by nearly 10 points. He earned 172.76 points for the segment, en route to a combined 268.31 points.

Abbott’s teammates, Adam Rippon and Max Aaron, finished in fourth and seventh place, respectively.

Mirroring the men’s event, Mao Asada took the ladies title in her home country by 15.78 points. Asada, a two-time World champion, has topped the podium at her last five Grand Prix events, dating back to 2011. She finished the week with 207.59 points.

In second place, 14-year-old Elena Radionova earned 191.81 points. Although she is too young to compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in her home country of Russia this season, Radionova made an impressive debut to the senior international scene, earning medals at both of her Grand Prix Series events. Japan’s Akiko Suzuki rounded out the podium with 179.32 points.

Team USA’s Gracie Gold finished fourth with 177.81 points, while her compatriot, Mirai Nagasu, finished eighth.

Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov continued to dominate their discipline, taking the pairs title by a whopping 54.31 points. Entering the free skate with a 12-point lead, the reigning World champions turned in a free skate performance to music from Jesus Christ Superstar worth 154.46 points. They earned their fifth-straight Grand Prix Series title with a combined score of 236.49.

China’s Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang took the silver with 182.18 points, while their teammates, Wenjing Sui and Cong Han took bronze with 171.32. Team USA took the next two spots, with Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir and Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Competition will conclude this evening with the free dance, where Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White are poised to win their 14th-consecutive Grand Prix Series title.

After the short dance, Davis and White lead the field with 73.70 points. Their closest challengers, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy, sit in second with 64.58 points, while Davis and White’s training and teammates, Maia and Alex Shibutani, sit third with a season-best 63.09.

The free dance will begin tonight at 10 p.m. EST, and will stream live on icenetwork to all Season Pass subscribers. Complete event coverage, including photos, recaps and results, are available to all users.

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

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

Sunday, Nov. 10
Free dance – 10 a.m.

NHK Trophy – Day 1 Recap

8 Nov

Useful Links

Twitter  #NHK2013 |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork Event Page

Live Results/Starting Orders

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.

For full event coverage, visit www.icenetwork.com.

 

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.

2013 NHK Trophy Viewers’ Guide

7 Nov

Useful Links

Twitter  #NHK2013 |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork Event Page

Live Results/Starting Orders

NHK Trophy will take place Nov. 8-10, at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo. NBC will air coverage of the event from 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 10, with additional online and broadcast coverage available on Universal Sports Network throughout the weekend.

Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from NHK Trophy. To become a registered user or a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com. Event coverage, including results, news, recaps and photos, will be available on icenetwork to all users.

Team USA will be represented by 13 athletes. Gracie Gold, the 2013 U.S silver medalist, looks for her second medal of the season after winning bronze at Skate Canada International two weeks ago. Joining Gold, Mirai Nagasu will compete in her first Grand Prix of the season. Nagasu, a 2010 Olympian, is a three-time U.S. medalist and the 2008 U.S. champion.

Adam Rippon and Max Aaron will square-off again after finishing second and third, respectively, at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America to open the Grand Prix Series. Joining them is three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, who finished sixth the following weekend at Skate Canada.

U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir enter their second Grand Prix event of the season after a sixth-place finish at Skate America. Joining them are Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, the reigning World Junior champions, who finished fifth at Skate Canada.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White are five-time reigning U.S. champions and 2013 World champions. They won their 13th straight Grand Prix gold medal at Skate America and will skate for their 14th in Japan. Joining them are training mates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, who have won six Grand Prix medals, including bronze at 2013 Skate America.

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

Friday, Nov. 8
12:50 a.m. – Pairs short (LIVE)
Denney/Frazier – 1:17 a.m.
Castelli/Shnapir – 1:38 a.m.

2:25 a.m. – Men’s short (LIVE)
Rippon – 2:39 a.m.
Aaron – 2:52 a.m.
Abbott – 2:59 a.m.

5:15 a.m. – Ladies short (LIVE)
Nagasu – 5:37 a.m.
Gold – 6:17 a.m.

10:05 p.m. – Short dance (LIVE)
Shibutani/Shibutani – 10:44 p.m.
Davis/White11:04  p.m.

11:55 p.m. – Pairs free (LIVE)

Saturday, Nov. 9
2:05 a.m. – Men’s free (LIVE)
5:10 a.m. – Ladies free (LIVE)
10 p.m. – Free dance (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.

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