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2011 Cup of China
Schedule (all times Eastern):
Friday, Nov. 4
3:30 a.m.: Short dance
5:00 a.m.: Ladies short program
6:45 a.m.: Men’s short program
8:45 a.m.: Pairs short program
Saturday, Nov. 5
2:30 a.m.: Free dance
4:15 a.m.: Ladies free skate
6:15 a.m.: Men’s free skate
8:30 a.m.: Pairs free skate
Third Time’s a Charm – Mirai Nagasu will compete at the Cup of China for the third time in her career. Nagasu, who finished 5th at Skate Canada, finished 5th in 2009 and 4th in 2010 at the Cup of China. She won gold at the 2011 Neblehorn Trophy.
World Premiere – Christina Gao will make her senior international debut at the Cup of China in Shanghai. Gao owns five medals from two seasons competing on the Junior Grand Prix, including the 2009 JGP Final bronze medal.
Hey Abbott! – Jeremy Abbott makes his season debut this week. The two-time U.S. champion finished the 2010-11 season with a bronze medal at the Four Continents championships after medaling in both of this Grand Prix events (silver at NHK Trophy and bronze at Rostelecom Cup) and finishing fourth at the 2011 U.S. Championships.
West Heads East – Richard Dornbush, who performs a western-themed free skate, made his Grand Prix Series career debut two weeks ago at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America where he placed fourth.
Nine is Fine – Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig, who enter their ninth season together in pairs, look for their second career Grand Prix Series medal in China. They were fifth at this event last season before winning bronze at 2010 Rostelecom Cup.
Family Ties – Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani became the first ice dancing team to medal at both of their Grand Prix events in their first year as seniors (bronze at NHK Trophy and Skate America). The brother-sister duo built on that success by becoming the 2010 U.S. silver medalists and then the first U.S. ice dancing team to medal in their debut at the World Championships (bronze).
World Premieres – Charlotte Lichtman & Dean Copely make their international senior debuts. They are the 2011 U.S. titlists and 2011 World Junior bronze medalists. Emily Samuelson & Todd Gilles make their competitive debuts. They announced their partnership in late August. Samuelson, a 2010 Olympian with former partner Evan Bates, did not compete last year after a Bates injury forced them to sit out the season. Gilles previously skated with Jane Summersett and Trina Pratt.