Archive | November, 2014

Day 2 from NHK Trophy

29 Nov

Gracie Gold won her first career Grand Prix gold medal and secured her first trip to the Grand Prix Final alongside Ashley Wagner, who will compete at her third consecutive Final. Gold’s gold medal win came over Russia’s Alena Leonova and Japan’s Satoko Miyahara. Gold won bronze at the season’s opening event, Skate America, last month. The men’s and pairs events also went final from Japan with the free dance set for late Saturday night ET. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker are in fourth after the short.

Event results


Gracie Gold – 1st place (68.16 + 123.00 = 191.16)
Polina Edmunds – 8th place (48.96 + 112.83 = 161.79)
Christina Gao – 9th place (54.86 + 92.65 = 147.51)


Jeremy Abbott – 5th place (81.51 + 148.14 = 229.65)
Ross Miner – (63.36 + 142.00 = 205.36)
Joshua Farris – (58.35 + 111.53 = 169.88)


DeeDee Leng & Simon Shnapir – 6th place (45.91 + 92.33 = 138.24)

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:


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

Men’s short program:


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

Pairs short program:


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

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Team USA will be represented by 10 athletes:


Polina Edmunds
Christina Gao
Gracie Gold


Jeremy Abbott
Joshua Farris
Ross Miner


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

(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

(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.

Abbott, special guest Gold, to perform in ‘Stars on Aspen Ice’

25 Nov

Two-time Olympian and four-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, with special guest U.S. champion and fellow Olympian Gracie Gold, will headline Abbott’s second ‘Stars on Aspen Ice’ show on Dec. 20 at the Lewis Ice Arena in Aspen, Colorado.


Photo by Daphne Backman



Both skaters are Olympic team event bronze medalists and will perform in the 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows. Three-time U.S. champion, 1983 World champion and 1984 Olympic silver medalist Rosalynn Sumners will join Abbott and Gold for an encore.

Tickets for “Stars on Aspen Ice” are on sale now at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office by calling 970.920.5770. The two performances include general admission tickets for $35/adults and $20/students. Limited VIP tickets, that include a special reception with the skaters and on-ice seating, are available for $100. The first 10 VIP tickets sold for each of the two shows will be entered into a drawing for an exclusive on-ice photo with the featured skaters. Other VIP drawings include special individual photos and Olympic gifts from Team USA Sochi 2014.

Also returning to Aspen with Abbott is the dynamic ice dance team of Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre. They are two-time U.S. bronze medalists and two-time World team members. They have toured with “Holiday On Ice,” “Broadway On Ice,” The Ice Theatre of New York and the recent 2014 Olympic Team tour of “Stars On Ice.”

Three-time U.S. gold medalist from Denver, Ashley Clark, also returns to the show. She’s the 2011 and 2014 Professional Skaters Virtual Skate Off champion. She has 16 years of experience, starring and performing around the world, and is the only professional female skater to perform a backflip on ice with fire.

Rounding out the talented field of skaters is choreographer and stylist Kelly Cochran Smith, a three-time gold medalist in moves in the field, freestyle and dance, as well as a silver medalist in pairs and international ice dance. She has performed with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and in Europe, with shows directed by Robin Cousins.

Members of the Revolutions Skating Club of Aspen will also be part of the show. They are under the direction of Abbott’s former coaches and club founders, Peggy Behr and Michelle Hocknell, as well as Abbott’s longtime friend, former competitive skater and now a club coach, Taline Isberian.

In conjunction with the show, Abbott is organizing a special silent auction to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research. Abbott’s dad, Danny Abbott, is in full care with end-stage Parkinsons, along with a number of other health issues.

Louisville Skating Academy promises magical experience with its ‘Nutcracker on Ice’

24 Nov

By Kama Korvela

Many people know the story of The Nutcracker — a young girl named Clara meets a Nutcracker Prince who takes her on a dreamy journey that involves a Mouse King, a visit to the Land of Sweets and an encounter with the Sugar Plum Fairy.  But one skating club is adding a twist to this traditional holiday tale.Nutcracker 3

The Louisville Skating Academy will present “Nutcracker on Ice” on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 at the Iceland Sports Complex in Louisville, Ky.

“This is the 11th year for the production,” Sarah Neal, the show’s artistic director, said. “It’s an exciting, abridged version of the ballet.”

The show serves as the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Christopher Elder, who will play the role of Arabian Coffee, feels his club’s version is unlike any other ice show.

Nutcracker 1“‘Nutcracker on Ice’ incorporates different facets of performance and entertainment, and it’s intertwined with the crisp, cool ice,” he said. “This creates an audience-friendly environment that will lift them out of their seats!”

There are some distinct differences between Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet and the club’s version of “Nutcracker on Ice,” Neal said.

“We perform the show in a theater in the round style, which makes it intimate for the audience,” she said. “Our production also features narration, which makes it more accessible to a variety of age groups.”

Nutcracker 2

The audience also has the opportunity to interact with the cast. Elder, who is a nine-year cast member, believes its interactive elements will draw spectators into the performance.

“The interactive aspect of our production is definitely the main reason as why people should come to the show,” he said. “Throughout the production, different roles will interact with the audience, such as the maids sweeping at the audience’s feet or the chefs.”

Each year, changes and additions are made to the show and this year is no different.

“We will have more soloists this year, including the Sugar Plum Pixie, a role that’s not in the original ballet,” Neal said.

With all of the practice, preparation and time that goes into creating a show like “Nutcracker on Ice,” it’s all worth it, cast member Katherine Thacker said.

“’Nutcracker on Ice’ is an excellent show for a skating club to put on,” she said. “Not only is it a great fundraiser, but it really brings the club together.”Nutcracker 4

For more information on “Nutcracker on Ice,” please visit:

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.



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



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



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

Ice dance:


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

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:


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

Men’s short program:


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

Pairs short program:


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

Short dance:


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

(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

(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.

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