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U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football – Week 7 Recap

21 Oct

After the seventh week of the first annual U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football League, Ashley Wagner is undefeated but not unscathed as Max Aaron’s team tied Wagner’s team. Here’s what happened this week:

Team Bates (Evan Bates | @Evan_Bates) def. Snowplow Sam, 89-68

Snowplow Sam’s team continued its miserable path this weekend, losing its fifth game in a row, this time to Evan Bates’ squad. Bates was propelled by Aaron Rodgers’ 24-point performance on Sunday, as well as a 15-point showing from Andre Ellington. Snowplow Sam, who originally hoped for a strong season from his running backs, got just 10 points total from the position this week. Bates, now with three wins, is right back in the thick of the playoff race.

Team Thah ‘D’(Ricky Dornbush | @RichardDornbush) def. Team Bradley (Ryan Bradley | @RyanSBradley), 90-79

Dornbush’s team put together a dominant week behind six double-digit scoring performances, which tied a season high in the league. Bradley, who was the recipient of strong performances from Peyton Manning and Le’Veon Bell, had two zero-point spots and two, two-point spots. After a strong start, Bradley’s team has lost two straight.

Coach Coughlin (John Coughlin |@JohnCoughlinUSA) def. Team White (Charlie White | @CharlieaWhite), 70-63

It took seven weeks, but John Coughlin’s team finally got a win. Thirty-six points from Russell Wilson and 23 points from Shane Vereen led a powerful Coughlin attack over Charlie White’s squad. White, who was hurt by unexpected poor performances from Mark Ingram, Larry Fitzgerald and the Lions’ defense, would have been very competitive against nearly every other team in the league this week.

Team Knierim (Chris Knierim | @ChrisKnierim) def. Miner Problem (Ross Miner | @rossminer), 100-97

A 13-point performance from Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown completed Chris Knierim’s come-from-behind win over Ross Miner’s miner problem. This was by far the most competitive match-up of the week—Knierim went 8-1 against the league; Miner went 7-2. Both teams are clearly in the upper half of the league and will continue to make noise as the playoffs approach.

Team A-Wags (Ashley Wagner | @AshWagner2010) vs. Team Aaron (Max Aaron | @MaxTAaron), Tie, 81-81

In perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the season so far, Max Aaron fell just short in unseating the undefeated Ashley Wagner, but wasn’t handed a loss either. Aaron, who had made several trades coming into the week in preparation for the match-up, would have won if not for an interception thrown by Phillip Rivers in a time-expiring Hail Mary pass. Ironically, both teams had one of their poorer weeks, scoring just 81 points while going 3-4-1 against the league.

Skate for Hope set for May 3

10 Apr

Olympic gold medalists Scott Hamilton and Sarah Hughes will join 12 U.S., World and Olympic figure skaters at the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Ice Arena on May 3 as guest emcees in this year’s Skate for Hope Awareness and Research Fundraising Show.

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Sarah Hughes and Dan Hollander pose with a local skater at 2013 Skate for Hope                          (Keegan James Photography)

The show will also include local skaters of all ages who raise funds for cancer research to earn their spots in the cast. Skate for Hope is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the goal of eradicating breast cancer. To date, Skate for Hope has raised more than $500,000 for breast cancer research.

Tickets for the star-studded show start at just $11 and are on sale through ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, and at the Stroh Center Box Office.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a partnership between Hamilton, who is a cancer survivor, and the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute where he was treated. CARES was created to promote cancer awareness and has raised millions of dollars for cancer research since its inception in 1999.

One of the most recognizable names in international figure skating, Scott Hamilton learned to skate at the BGSU Ice Arena. He returns to his hometown after serving as NBC’s lead figure skating analyst for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Skate for Hope utilizes figure skating, a sport that epitomizes women’s strength, to bring attention, resources, education and awareness to fight against breast cancer. Each year, Skate for Hope presents a spectacular production that celebrates the strength, courage and journey of all cancer survivors.

Skate for Hope’s mission is to:

  • Empower children and young adults to better cope with a friend or family member’s cancer diagnosis
  • Raise funding for clinical breast cancer research
  • Provide breast cancer education and awareness
  • Honor community cancer survivors

In addition to the two celebrity emcees, Scott Hamilton and Sarah Hughes, elite figure skaters headlining the show include:

  • Felicia Zhang & Nathan Bartholomay, 2014 Olympians, U.S. silver medalists
  • Max Aaron, 2013 U.S. champion, reigning U.S. bronze medalist
  • Rachael Flatt, 2010 Olympian, 2010 U.S. champion
  • Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier, 2013 Canadian silver medalists
  • Caitlin Yankowskas & Hamish Gaman, 2014 British bronze medalists
  • Emily Samuelson, 2010 Olympian with former partner Evan Bates
  • Emily Hughes, 2006 Olympian, two-time U.S. silver medalist
  • Dan Hollander, World Professional champion

Please visit www.skateforhope.org for complete information.

Questions – Please contact Carolyn Bongirno at 614.531.9499 or bongirno@mac.com 

(updated for Day 4) – 2014 World Championships – Viewers’ Guide

25 Mar

Useful Links

Twitter  #Worlds2014  |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Live Results/Starting Orders  |  icenetwork Event Page

Fifteen Americans are competing this week in the final event of the season, the 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

NBC will air a worlds recap show from 3-6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 13, with additional broadcast coverage on Universal Sports Network throughout competition weekend.

Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from Saitama. 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.

The broadcast schedules are below.

(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

March 29
Free dance – 11:30 p.m.
Aldridge and Eaton – 11:44 p.m.
Shibutani and Shibutani – 1:22 a.m.
Chock and Bates – 2:16 a.m.
Ladies free – 4:15 a.m.
Edmunds – 6:50 a.m.
Wagner – 7:05 a.m.
Gold – 8:01 a.m.

(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)
March 28
Short dance – 1 p.m.
Men’s free – 2 p.m.
March 29
Free dance – 1 p.m.
Ladies free – 2 p.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)


(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.

Competition begins today in Salt Lake City

12 Sep

Twitter  #SLC2013 | icenetwork Event Page  |  Schedule   |   Competition NotesResults

The senior international season begins today as competition commences at the 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic with the pairs and men’s short programs.

Competition Schedule (All times Eastern, subject to change)

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

Pairs short program – 8:50 p.m.

Men’s short program – 10:15 p.m.

In the pairs event, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir will begin their Olympic campaign as reigning U.S. champions. They will be joined by 2012 U.S. champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, who will return to competition for the first time since Coughlin underwent surgery last December. Also competing are 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay, who finished fourth at this competition last year.

Max Aaron, the 2013 U.S. champion, will lead Team USA in the men’s event. Aaron hopes to defend his 2012 title at this event and in October will embark on his first Grand Prix season. Reigning World Junior champion Joshua Farris will make his senior international debut today, while Stephen Carriere will compete internationally for the second time since 2010. Recently named to the event, Grant Hochstein will also return to the international scene for the first time since 2011.

Competition also begins today for the 2013 Challenge Skate, an invitational for American skaters who have competed nationally at the intermediate, novice and junior levels. The event will begin at 10:45 a.m. MDT with the novice pairs short program, followed by the novice ladies short program at 11:52 a.m. and the novice men’s short program at 1:28 p.m. Expected to take the ice are reigning U.S. intermediate silver medalist Anastasia Kortjohn, 2013 U.S. intermediate champion Andrew Torgashev and reigning U.S. intermediate champions Alicia Bertsch and Austin Hale.

Icenetwork will provide complete event coverage, including live and on-demand event video to Season Pass subscribers. Results, news, photos and more will be available for free to all users.

SKATING magazine – August/September Issue

5 Sep

Click on the cover to view the entire digital version of the August/September SKATING magazine.

2013 Aug-Sept SKATING

SKATING magazine – August/September Cover

30 Jul

Every month we will unveil the new cover for the upcoming issue of SKATING magazine. Here is the cover for the August/September issue featuring U.S. champion Max Aaron. Click here for three bonus photos from his shoot.

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