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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)


(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.

2012 JGP United States Begins Wednesday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

28 Aug

The figure skating world will converge on Lake Placid, N.Y., this week as the United States is set to host a Junior Grand Prix event for the first time since 2009. The event will be broadcast live and on-demand to icenetwork.com Season Pass subscribers.

Useful links

2012 icenetwork.com JGP United States event page         Live streaming schedule

U.S. Figure Skating preview release


Lineup Announced for 2012 JGP USA

31 Jul

The ISU announced today the full lineups for the second ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series event of the season to be held Aug. 29-Sept. 2, Lake Placid, N.Y. The event will be streamed live on icenetwork.com.

The 20-member Team USA will be led by reigning World Junior silver medalist Joshua Farris. Competitors for the remaining events will be announced in the coming weeks.


Kiri Baga

  • 2010 JGP Japan silver medalist
  • 2009 JGP Turkey champion

Courtney Hicks

  • 2011 U.S. junior champion
  • 2011 JGP Australia champion

Angela Wang

  • 2009 U.S. novice bronze medalist


Joshua Farris

  • 2012 World Junior silver medalist
  • 2011 JGP Final bronze medalist

Lukas Kaugars

  • 2012 Gardena Spring Trophy junior champion

James Schetelich

  • 2012 U.S. novice silver medalist

Ice Dancing

Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton

  • 2012 World Junior bronze medalists
  • 2012 U.S. junior champions

Madeline Heritage and Nathaniel Fast

  • 2009 U.S. juvenile champions

Elliana Pogrebinsky and Ross Gudis

  • 2010 U.S. intermediate bronze medalists


Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage

  • 2011 U.S. novice champions

Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier

  • 2012 U.S. junior champions

Olivia Oltmanns and Joshua Santillan

  • 2009 U.S. intermediate champions

Jessica Pfund and AJ Reiss

  • 2012 U.S. Championships, junior, 5th place

Click here to see the full list of entries.

Now in its 16th season, the JGP Series consists of seven international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the seven scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 6-9 in Sochi, Russia.

2012 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating schedule

  • Courchevel, France (Aug. 22-26)
  • Lake Placid, N.Y. (Aug. 29 – Sept. 2)
  • Linz, Austria (Sept. 12 – 16)
  • Istanbul (Sept. 19 – 23)
  • Bled, Slovenia (Sept. 26 – 30)
  • Zagreb, Croatia (Oct. 3 – 7)
  • Dresden, Germany (Oct. 10 – 13)

World Junior Figure Skating Championships – Day 2

1 Mar

Useful Links


Starting Order/Results Page  Twitter

TV Schedule/Competition Notes (PDF)



Chinese pair Wenjing Sui and Cong Han made it look easy as they earned their third consecutive World Junior title, joining the Soviet Union’s Natalia Krestianinova and Alexei Torchinski as the only pairs teams to win three straight World Junior titles.

Their teammates Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jin claimed the silver medal and Russia’s Vasilisa Davankova and Andrei Deputat won the bronze.

Sui and Han, who won their first senior title last month at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., turned in a dazzling free skate to earn 116.40 points. Skating to “The Soul of Flamenco,” they impressed with a quadruple twist and a quadruple throw Salchow and side by side double Axels. Their competition score of 175.69 was more than eight points higher than Yu and Yang, who earned 167.48.

Yu and Yang, the Winter Youth Olympic Games gold medalists, turned in a season-best free skate score of 112.76 points, completing a triple twist and side by side double Axel-double Axel sequence.  They performed to Requiem for a Dream.

The Russian pair made a strong international debut, jumping from fifth place after the short program to earn the bronze with their “Romeo and Juliet” free skate that earned 103.16 points. Their competition score was 153.66. The Russian junior champions had level 4 spins and a level 4 death spiral.

That performance kept Americans Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier, who turned in two personal-best performances, off the medals podium. Skating to music from the Pearl Harbor soundtrack, Denney and Frazier performed a triple twist and two triple throw jumps to earn fourth place with 150.55 points. They earned 99.74 in the free skate.

With a solid showing, Team USA retained three pairs spots for the 2013 World Junior Championships, which will be held in Milan, Italy. Training mates Kylie Duarte and Colin Grafton skated well, earning personal-best scores in the short (48.24) and free skate (85.69) for a competition score of 133.93 points and eighth place. U.S. junior silver medalists Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer climbed up a notch after the short program and finished 10th with a total 127.93 points. The three U.S. teams train under coaches Dalilah Sappenfield and Larry Ibarra in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Current Standings

American Joshua Farris showed off his powerful jumps to win the short program and edge China’s Han Yan by just 0.55 points. Skating to “Clair de Lune,” Farris earned a personal-best 75.43 points, while Yan finished with a seasons-best 74.88. Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten is in third place with 73.78 points.

Farris, 17, opened with a strong triple Axel followed by a triple flip-triple toe combination and triple Lutz. His three spins each earned a level 4. Farris trains in Colorado Springs, Colo., with coaches Christy Krall and Damon Allen.  Farris, who competed at the U.S. Championships as a senior, placed third at the 2011 Junior Grand Prix Final.

Yan, the 15-year-old Chinese powerhouse, also performed a clean triple Axel, triple flip-triple toe and a level 4 flying sit spin, but a level 2 on his camel spin was difference between first and second places. He skated to “Waltz No. 2” by Dmitri Shostakovitch.

Performing to “Rachmaninov’s Elegie op. 3,” Ten, 18, performed a triple Axel and triple flip-triple toe and triple Lutz to stay in contention.

After a personal-best 70.20 points in the short program, American Jason Brown, 17, is in medal contention in fourth place. He received high program components and executed a triple flip-triple toe combination. Brown, who placed ninth as a senior at the U.S. Championships, is the 2011 Junior Grand Prix Final champion. He is coached by Kori Ade and trains in the Chicago area.

U.S. junior silver medalist Timothy Dolensky, 19, is in ninth place with 57.73 points, a personal best. Skating to his original composition “Windfall,” he performed a triple loop-triple toe loop. Dolensky is coached by Debbie Prachar and Brittney Bottoms in Kennesaw, Ga.



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