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Team USA Earns Two Medals at Rostelecom Cup

23 Nov

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At 2013 Rostelecom Cup, the final event in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, Team USA earned a pair of bronze medals. The United States will be represented with two entries at the Grand Prix Final in December in Japan.

Mirai Nagasu, the fourth-place finisher at the 2010 Olympics, earned her fourth career medal on the Grand Prix Series as she finished in third place with 175.37 points. Nagasu opened her short program with a clean triple toe-triple toe combination and later added five triples in her free skate to go along with three Level 4 spins. The finish is her best of the season in three events.

In ice dance, Madison Chock and Evan Bates earned their first Grand Prix medal together earlier this season at Cup of China and added a second bronze medal this weekend in Moscow. In fourth after the short dance, Chock and Bates were third in the free dance to propel them on to the podium with 153.37 points.

In the six events that make up the Grand Pirx Series, athletes are awarded points based on their finishing position. From December 5-8, 2013, the top six in points in each discipline compete in the Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan. Team USA will be represented in both the ladies and ice dance events.

By virtue of her Skate America silver medal and her gold medal at Trophee Bompard, reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner will compete in her third Grand Prix Final. Last year Wagner earned silver, improving upon her fourth-place finish from 2009.

In ice dance, Meryl Davis and Charlie White have won their last 14 Grand Prix events, including Skate America and NHK Trophy this year. The duo will look for their record fifth straight Grand Prix title in Japan.

Narrowly missing out on the Grand Prix are Adam Rippon and Jason Brown, Gracie Gold, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani and Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who are all alternates.

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Team USA finishes at Rostelecom Cup

Richard Dornbush – 5th
Joshua Farris – WD

Mirai Nagasu – 3rd
Agnes Zawadzki – 6th

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim – 6th
Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker – 7th


2013 Rostelecom Cup Day 1

22 Nov

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Day one has completed at 2013 Rostelecom Cup, the final stop on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series, and members of Team USA are in medal contention ahead of their final performances.

In the ladies event, American Agnes Zawadzki skated to a personal best score of 60.45 and is in third after the short program, while teammate Mirai Nagasu is only .01 points behind in fourth. Both Zawadzki and Nagasu opened with clean triple toe-triple toe combinations and while Nagasu edged Zawadzki in the execution of her elements, Zawadzki got the slight nod in the base value for her elements and in points for her components.

In first place, topping her personal best score by nearly six points is Russian Julia Lipnitskaia with 72.24 points. She executed a clean skate which included an opening triple Lutz-triple toe, worth an event-best 11 points. In second is 2012 World champion Carolina Kostner of Italy with 67.74 points.

In the men’s event, Maxim Kovtun, in his home country, delivered the short program of his lifetime. Kovtun executed a beautiful opening quad Salchow-triple toe combination followed by a quad toe and a triple Axel in the second half of his skate. He earned a score of 92.53, which is more than 11 points better than his previous personal best. In second place with 84.90 points is Tatsuki Machida of Japan, while Javier Fernandzez of Spain is in third with 81.87 points. American Richard Dornbush is in 63.74 points while, his teammate, Joshua Farris was forced to withdraw from the competition after sustaining an injury during practice.

In the pairs event, despite a mistake on the difficult throw triple Axel, Germans Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy are in first place with 73.25 points with Russians Vera Bazarova & Yuri Larionov and Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch in second and third with 69.72 and 65.65 points respectively.

Americans Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim posted a personal best score of 59.56 and are into fifth place. The duo, who train in Colorado Springs, will look to top their fifth place performance from their GP event earlier this year. Fellow Americans Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker are in seventh place with 51.59 points.

In the dance event, Russians Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitry Soloviev are well in front with 68.42 points. The reigning World bronze medalists paced the field with a big score for their components and also led the competition in points for their elements. Their step sequence received a short dance-best 8.36 points. Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje are in second with 61.50 while Russians Ekaterina Riazanova & Ilya Tkachenko are in third with 58.59. Looking for their second medal of the GP season, Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates are in fourth place with 57.80 points

(All times Eastern; subject to change)


Saturday, Nov. 13
5:00 a.m. – Ladies free
Mirai Nagasu – 5:54 a.m.
Agnes Zawadzki – 6:02 a.m.

6:50 a.m. – Pairs free
Davis/Brubaker – 7:05 a.m.
Scimeca/Knierim – 7:22 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – Men’s free
Richard Dornbush – 8:50 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – Free dance
Chock/Bates – 11:14 a.m.

(All times Eastern; subject to change)

Broadcast Date


Time (TV)

Friday, Nov. 22

Ladies short

6 p.m.

Pairs short

7 p.m.

Men’s short

9 p.m.

Short dance

10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23

Pairs free

6 p.m.

Free dance

7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24

Rebroadcast of NBC coverage



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