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2013 Four Continents – Day 2

9 Feb

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2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 | Osaka, Japan

The first medals were awarded Saturday, with Canada’s Kevin Reynolds coming out as a surprise champion. The gold was his second international medal at the senior level (he won bronze at this event in 2010). Also Saturday, Team USA’s ladies turned in a trio of solid short programs.

Newly crowned U.S. champion Max Aaron, didn’t disappoint as skated a strong free featuring a pair of his signature quad Salchows. His free skate totaled 162.19 points, en route to 234.65 overall. He finished fourth overall and second in the segment.

“This is my first time at a championship event and I’m glad to be here,” Aaron said. “The fans were great, they really got me going. They get excited and cheer for everything in the program. It’s amazing. This is a good experience to get the chance to learn how championship events work at the senior level. It’s something special I can take toward worlds.”

Richard Dornbush also set a season’s best score in the free skate with a score of 151.03 points. He finished directly behind Aaron in fifth. His season now over, Dornbush will take some time to regroup with the plan of “training as hard as I can the whole way through” the upcoming Olympic year.  Ross Miner suffered some mistakes in his program and placed ninth. He looks forward to refocusing as he heads into worlds in March.

“I’m disappointed in myself,” he said simply. “That’s not the way I train. It’s been a long couple of weeks since the U.S. Championships. I’m excited to get home and have a few days to mentally recuperate and get ready for the world championships.”

The finals in pairs, ladies and ice dance are set for Sunday with Team USA in medal standing in all three events.

Christina Gao is the top-ranked American and sits in fourth place. Gao turned in her best short program of the season to earn 62.34 points. She is in fourth place behind Japan’s Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami. Asada’s lead is nearly nine points, but only eight points separate skaters two through eight.

“I trained hard this whole season so I hope that this competition, I can go out and show how I have been training,” Gao said. “It’s only been a week since nationals but I think I kept my momentum going.”

Gracie Gold is in fifth place with 60.36 points. As recent history shows, Gold is capable of putting up big numbers in the free skate.

“I have a lot of confidence in my free skate,” she explained. “After my second grand prix, we changed the jumps around so the program is more comfortable for me. I think this really works for me as nationals showed.”

Agnes Zawadzki, in seventh place with 57.35 points, fell on her double Axel, but noted her growing confidence in the triple-triple combination.

“I am starting to feel a lot more comfortable with the triple-triple,” Zawadzki said. “That was something I was lacking early in the season with the toe-toe.”

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time U.S. ice dance champions, sit in a close second place behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Less than half a point separate veteran teams. Virtue and Moir set a season best of 75.12 points, as did Davis and White who have 74.68 points. Virtue and Moir earned a slight technical edge, something White acknowledged after the short dance.

“It happens from competition to competition,” he said. “Of course when you are competing against Scott and Tessa, you pretty much have to be perfect and that’s what’s expected of both of us. With one little mistake, we’re a little bit behind. It will make for an exciting free dance.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates, in their first Four Continents together, are in third place, followed closely by teammates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are in third place behind a pair of Canadian teams in the pairs event. The newly crowned U.S. pairs champs recorded 53.06 points. They suffered a fall on their throw but otherwise turned in a strong skate.

“It wasn’t our best performance but it’s a lesson learned and we are ready to go again,” Castelli said. “We are satisfied with our side-by-side jumps and we did a good job getting back into the program after my fall (on the throw). Every skate is a lesson learned and experience.”

Right behind Castelli and Shnapir are the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay with 52.98 points. In the lead are two-time reigning Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who earned a big 70.44 points. Their teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch recorded the second-place score of 66.33 points. The third American team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim withdrew before the short program as Scimeca was experiencing pain in her right foot.

Sunday Schedule (All times Eastern)

Pairs Free Skate: 10:50 p.m. (Saturday, Feb. 9)
Zhang and Bartholomay: 11:38 p.m.
Castelli and Shnapir: 11:46 p.m.

Ladies Free Skate: 1:30 a.m.
Zawadzki: 3:41 a.m.
Gold: 4:12 a.m.
Gao: 4:28 a.m.

Free Dance: 6:15 a.m.
Davis and White: 7:52 a.m.
Chock and Bates: 8:15 a.m.
Shibutani and Shibutani: 8:23 a.m.

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2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 | Osaka, Japan

Daily Schedule (All times Eastern)

Short Dance: 11:20 p.m. (Thursday, Feb 7th)
Shibutani and Shibutani: 12:54 a.m.
Chock and Bates: 1:01 a.m.
Davis and White: 1:07 a.m.

Pairs Short Program: 2 a.m.
Zhang and Bartholomay – 2:20 a.m.
Scimeca and Knierim  – 2:27 a.m.
Castelli and Shnapir – 2:41 a.m.

Men’s Short Program: 4:30 a.m.
Miner: 6:19 a.m.
Dornbush: 6:32 a.m.
Aaron: 6:38 a.m.

Universal Sports broadcast schedule (all times Eastern, check local listings)

Feb. 9 – 5-6 PM – Men’s Free Skate
Feb. 10 – 2:30-3:30 PM – Pairs Free Skate
Feb. 10 – 5-6 PM – Ladies Free Skate
Feb. 10 – 6-7 PM – Free Dance

Team USA Earns Five Medals, Davis and White Earn Grand Prix Final Berth at 2012 NHK Trophy

24 Nov

Saturday, Nov. 24 – Miyagi, Japan

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Team USA has four medals, including one gold and three bronze, to its credit with only the pairs free skate to go from 2012 NHK Trophy in Miyagi, Japan.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned their 11th straight Grand Prix Series gold medal, dating back to 2009, with a top performance in Japan. Their nine-point lead heading into the free dance grew to nearly 22 points total after earning 108.62 points for their Notre-Dame de Paris free dance. The performance included four level 4 lifts and level 4 twizzles that earned 7.07 points. They earned 178.48 points for the week. With the win, Davis and White became the one-seeded team headed into the 2012 Grand Prix Final, an event at which they are three-time reigning champions. Teammates and training mates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani earned their first medal of the season, the bronze, with a total score of 154.56 points. Their Memoirs of a Geisha free dance netted 93.72 points, over 10 points more than their score at Rostelecom Cup two weeks ago when Alex was battling leg cramps. Their program was highlighted by level 4 twizzles and three level 4 lifts. The silver medal and a spot in the Final went to Russia’s Elena Ilinykj and Nikita Katasalapov with 156.62 points.

Mirai Nagasu earned the bronze medal behind teammates Mao Asada and Akiko Suzuki of Japan. Nagasu, who was competing at this event for the first time since 2008, totaled 176.68 points. She began the event by earning 61.18 points for her “Downhill Special” short program after executing elements including a triple toe-triple toe combination and two level 4 spins. The “Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78″ free skate, for which she earned 115.50 points, began with a solid triple Lutz followed by a pair of double Axels, one done in combination with a triple toe, and two level 4 spins. Asada barely edged Suzuki to win her second gold of the season. She totaled 185.27 points while Suzuki totaled 185.22 points after winning the free skate. Suzuki, the reigning World bronze medalist, set a personal best score of 126.62 points for her Once Upon a Time in Mexico free skate. Agnes Zawadzki, who won the bronze at Rostelecom Cup for her first Grand Prix medal, moved up from seventh place after the short program to finish the event in fifth position. She earned 160.37 points overall. With the conclusion of the qualifying events for the Grand Prix Series, reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner secured the No. 1 seed heading into the Final.

Ross Miner moved up from fourth place after the short program to edge Spain’s Javier Fernandez for the bronze medal with a total of 235.37 points. He performed the best international free skate of his career, crushing his personal best score set at 2012 Four Continents by 12 points. The “Captain Blood” free skate earned 161.96 points. The program began with a perfect quad Salchow that, with a GOE of 1.29 points, totaled 11.79 points. The performance continued in impressive fashion with 12 of 13 elements receiving positive GOEs. In the skate’s second half, Miner executed a triple Lutz-loop-triple Salchow jump sequence that earned 13.07 points. Like Nagasu, Miner was joined on the podium by a pair of Japanese skaters. Both Yuzuru Hanyu, who earned his second career Grand Prix gold with 261.03 points, and Daisuke Takahashi, who totaled 251.51, will skate at the 2012 Grand Prix Final. Also representing Team USA, Richard Dornbush placed fifth and Adam Rippon finished eighth. The field was depleted by one skater after Japan’s Daisuke Murakami dislocated his right shoulder in the short program and withdrew.

The pairs competition, featuring three U.S. teams, concluded Sunday from Miyagi with Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir becoming first-time Grand Prix Series medalists. The veteran team earned the bronze medal with a total score of 174.51 points. Their tango inspired free skate received a career mark of 112.66 points and featured a trio of level 4 lifts, side-by-side triple toes and a throw double Axel. Entering NHK Trophy, Castelli and Shnapir had competed in five Grand Prix events and recorded their best finish, fourth, at 2010 Skate Canada. Their short program also earned a career-best mark of 61.85 points. The short earned positive GOEs on each of its seven elements, including the triple twist, side-by-side triple Salchows and throw triple Salchow. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, in their career debut on the Grand Prix Series, moved up from fifth after the short program to finish fourth overall with a points total of 163.10 points. Their free skate, set to music from The Last of the Mohicans and 500 Nations, was clean and included five elements that earned more than six points each. They closed the show with a group five lift scored as a level four that netted 7.85 points. Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig finished sixth with an career-best of 143.70 points. Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov earned the NHK Trophy title with 192.02 points, while silver went to Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch with 180.63. Both the gold and silver medalists earned spots in the Grand Prix Final.

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2012 NHK Trophy Under Way from Japan

23 Nov

Friday, Nov. 23 – Miyagi, Japan

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Fifteen members of Team USA are competing this weekend at 2012 NHK Trophy, the last of six events that make up the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Team USA sits 1-2 going into the free dance with Meryl Davis and Charlie White in position to take their 11th straight Grand Prix gold medal dating back to 2009. Davis and White, despite seeing a one-point deduction for an extended lift, the veteran duo earned 69.86 points for their Giselle short dance and have a nine-point lead over teammates and training mates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani with 60.84 points. With a win, Davis and White will earn a spot to December’s Grand Prix Final, an event where they are three-time reigning champions. Shibutani and Shibutani look for their first medal of the season after placing fourth at Rostelecom Cup a few weeks ago.

Mirai Nagasu, a late addition to the competition, sits in second place behind Japan’s Mao Asada. Nagasu earned 61.18 points after executing elements including a triple toe-triple toe combination and two level 4 spins. Asada earned 67.95 points as she saw her program components best the field by over nearly four points. Agnes Zawadzki, who won the bronze at Rostelecom Cup for her first Grand Prix medal, sits in seventh place with 55.02 points. However, she is only four points out of bronze medal pace set by China’s Zijun Li.

Three men represent Team USA in Japan. Ross Miner is in fourth place followed by Richard Dornbush in sixth and Adam Rippon in eighth. A pair of home country skaters, Yuzuru Hanyu and Daisuke Takahashi, lead the pack while Spain’s Javier Fernandez will enter the free skate in third place. Hanyu, the 2012 World bronze medalist, set a new short program world record score with 95.32 points.

The pairs competition, featuring three U.S. team, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig and Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, begin competition on Saturday. Following the pairs short program, all three free skates will take place for singles and ice dance.

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Upcoming Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Pairs Short Program – 10 p.m. Friday

Free Dance – 11:50 p.m. Friday

Shibutani and Shibutani – 12:50 a.m.

Davis and White – 12:57 a.m.

Men’s Free Skate – 2 a.m. Saturday

Rippon – 2:15 a.m.

Dornbush – 2:32 a.m.

Miner – 2:56 a.m.

Ladies Free Skate – 5 a.m. Saturday

Zawadzki – 5:31 a.m.

Nagasu – 6:18 a.m.

Pairs Free Skate – 12:05 a.m. Sunday

NHK Trophy Competition Notes

21 Nov

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Team USA Nets Three Medals at 2012 Cup of Nice; Skate Canada Concludes

28 Oct

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Team USA netted three medals, including two gold, at 2012 Cup of Nice.  Keegan Messing and Max Aaron maintained the momentum they gained from strong short programs Friday to earn the top two podium spots, while pairs team Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim won gold in their competitive debut.

Messing, who earlier this fall captured the bronze medal at 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy, successfully defended his 2011 Cup of Nice title as he posted a total score of 224.44 points. His free skate netted 144.33 points. The program featured several strong jump elements including an opening triple Axel and a triple Lutz-triple toe combination. Teammate Aaron earned 219.62 points overall as he won his second medal of the season. Aaron was also the 2012 U.S. International Challenge Skate champion.

Scimeca and Knierim, who teamed up in the spring, led after the short program with a score of 59.01 points. Their strong performance in that segment proved the difference as they maintained gold-medal standing despite placing second in the free skate. Their total score of 156.00 points edged that of silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia by less than a point.

North of the border, Skate Canada concluded with all four free skates. In the ice dancing event, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue recorded one of Team USA’s best finishes of the weekend, placing fifth with 135.16 points in their season opener. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada earned their first gold medal of the season while Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca LaNotte and Russia’s Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko also stood on the podium. Hubbell and Donohue are set to compete next at Trophee Bompard the weekend of Nov. 16.

Ross Miner also finished fifth after recording the fourth-best free skate of the competition. He was in eighth after the short program. Miner, who is also set to compete at NHK Trophy to close the Grand Prix season, totaled 213.60 points for the week, including 144.19 for the free skate. The title went to Spain’s Javier Fernandez, who earned his first Grand Prix gold medal. After opening up on his program-opening quad Salchow, Miner went on to execute an array high scoring elements including a triple Lutz-single loop-triple Salchow sequence that earned 12.77 points.

Gracie Gold, in her Grand Prix debut, and Caroline Zhang placed seventh and ninth, respectively. The ladies podium included Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond, winning gold in her Grand Prix debut, and Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami of Japan. Gold and Zhang will compete head-to-head once again at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow next month.

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig also made their Grand Prix debut this weekend in Windsor and placed seventh. Teammates Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin finished sixth. No strangers to the top of the podium, Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won gold in the pairs event.

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2012 Skate Canada, 2012 Cup of Nice Under Way

26 Oct

Daily Recap – Friday, Oct. 26

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The second of six ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events, 2012 Skate Canada, began Friday with all four disciplines taking the ice. The event will end Saturday.

In the ice dancing competition, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are poised to earn their first Grand Prix medal. Their short dance score of 54.84 points has them less than one point out of bronze medal position. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada lead Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca LaNotte by 0.01 points with Russia’s Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko in third.

While Caroline Zhang and Gracie Gold, in her Grand Prix debut, sit in eighth and ninth, respectively, after the short program, both are within striking distance of the podium. Just over eight points separate Gold from leader Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia. Ross Miner is in eighth place going into Saturday’s free skate.

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig also made their Grand Prix debut today in Windsor and totaled 47.05 points for the short program. They sit in sixth, just in front of teammates Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin with 46.47 points.

Skate Canada Competition Schedule (ET)

Saturday

Ladies – 10:45 a.m.

Gold: 11 a.m.
Zhang: 11:08 a.m.

Pairs – 1:05 p.m.

Vise and Baldwin: 1:12 p.m.
Davis and Ladwig: 1:20 p.m.

Ice Dancing – 4:40 p.m.

Hubbell and Donohue: 5:24 p.m.

Men’s – 7:10 p.m.

Miner: 7:34 p.m.

After the first day of competition in Nice, all three American representatives are in medal position going into the free skate. Keegan Messing, who earlier this fall captured the bronze medal at 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy, posted a short program score of 80.11 points and leads going into the free skate. His program featured a triple Axel worth 10.50 points with a GOE of 2.00 and a triple Lutz-triple toe combination that netted 10.80. His technical mark was 42.36 points. Teammate Max Aaron trails by under five points with a score of 75.95 points. After falling on his program-opening quad Salchow, Aaron executed a strong triple Axel in the second half of his program that earned 10.68 points.

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim lead the pairs event in their competitive debut together. With a short program score of 59.01 points, they lead nearly nine points. Each of their program’s seven elements received positives GOEs as they were the only team to earn more than 30 points on their technical elements.

Cup of Nice Competition Schedule (ET)

Saturday

Men – 11 a.m.

Aaron: 2:21 p.m.
Messing: 2:28 pm.

Sunday

Pairs – 8:15 a.m.

Scimeca and Knierim: 9:14 a.m.

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