2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day 5

26 Jan

Thursday, January 26th – HP Pavilion – San Jose, Calif.

Useful Links

Twitter  #SJ2012  |   Official Event Program

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork.com Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

Purchase Official Event Photos (As they become available)

How to Follow the 2012 U.S. Championships

11:07 p.m. – Ladies and Pairs Highlight the First Day of Senior Competition

Agnes Zawadzki brought the fans at HP Pavilion to their feet with a first-place short program performance which earned 66.24 points at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Zawadzki earned 9.80 points for the triple toe-triple toe that opened her skate and received positive grades of execution throughout. Alissa Czisny, the 2011 U.S. champion, finished second with a score of 63.14 with Ashley Wagner, Caroline Zhang and Mirai Nagasu close behind. The ladies will perform their free skate on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.

In the senior pairs competition, Mary Beth Marley & Rockne Brubaker earned the top spot following the short program. Marley and Brubaker, competing in their second U.S. championships together, earned 65.80 points to lead reigning silver medalists Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig and Caydee Denney & John Coughlin heading into the free skate on Sunday.

On Friday at the 2012 U.S. Championships, reigning U.S. and World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Maia and Alex Shibutani highlight a strong field of ice dance competitors who will perform their short dance at beginning at 2:30 p.m. PT. At night, Jeremy Abbott, Richard Dornbush and Adam Rippon highlight a strong field of men who will take to the ice in their short program beginning at 7 p.m. PT.

For full event coverage, including results and staring orders, stories, photo galleries and more, please visit icenetwork.com.

1:38 p.m. – Junior ladies quotes

The performances of both Ashley Cain and Gracie Gold made the 2012 junior ladies a competition to remember. Click here to read their quotes from last night’s press conference.

12:33 p.m. -U.S. National Champion Figure Skater Rockne Brubaker Encourages Men to Start Something as a Big Brother

Emilie Perkins, Director of Marketing, Big Brother Big Sisters of Orange County

TUSTIN, CALIF., January 20, 2012 – Big Brother Rockne Brubaker of Aliso Viejo, a U.S. National Champion pairs skater, is encouraging other men to step up and volunteer as Big Brothers to over 100 young boys that are waiting for mentors in Orange County.  Brubaker, a resident of Aliso Viejo and 2008 & 2009 U.S. National Champion, 2010 Four Continents Silver Medalist and 2011 U.S. National Pewter Medalist, has been a Big Brother to nine year old Gavin since July of 2009.  He also served as a Big Brother while living in Colorado, before relocating to California.  Despite Brubaker’s busy training schedule and frequent travels to competitions, he makes time to take Gavin to the park and play soccer and video games.

“Being a Big Brother has been the coolest experience.  We play sports together and I’ve taught him to skate, his favorite part was falling and sliding on the ice.  Gavin has changed a lot over the last couple of years and I’m proud to be part of that.  I encourage more men to step up and become Big Brothers – it’s really easy to set  aside just a few hours a month to hang out with a boy like Gavin.”

More from Rockne and Gavin can be found in the March issue of SKATING magazine!

Wednesday Storylines

Golden Performance – Gracie Gold posts the highest score ever for a junior lady en route to the U.S. championship.

Sappenfield Sweep – Three teams under the guidance of Dalilah Sappenfield finish in order at the top in junior pairs.

Detroit Rock City – Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, who skate for Detroit SC, win junior dance gold.

Today’s Schedule (Pacific, three hours behind Eastern)

4:00 p.m.                   Championship Pairs Short Program (Session 13)

7:00 p.m.                   Opening Ceremonies (Session 14)

7:30 p.m.                   Championship Ladies Short Program (Session 14)

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