Archive | September, 2012

2012 JGP Slovenia, Nebelhorn Trophy Competition Notes

26 Sep

Click on the image below to view the competition notes for 2012 JGP Slovenia and 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy.

Champions on Radio, Television

25 Sep

Last week in both Seattle/Kent, the site of 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America, and in Omaha, site of the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, U.S. champions Ashley Wagner and Meryl Davis and Charlie White took to the radio and television waves and also did a number of print interviews in order to promote both events.

For tickets to 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America

For tickets to the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Ashley Wagner on King 5 NewDay Northwest (Video)

Photos of Wagner at the Warm 106.9 studios

Sweeper Auditions held for U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Omaha hopes ice skating championships are a hot ticket for city’s economy

Photos from both Omaha and Seattle

In addition to the appearances from Wagner, Davis and White, 2006 Olympic silver medalist Ben Agosto was on hand at a Seattle Mariners game to throw out a first pitch to promote Skate America.

Watch the video here.

Photos courtesy of Renee Felton and Ben VanHouten

Jason Brown Reflects on Experience at 2012 JGP Turkey

25 Sep

Hi Everyone! A few of the highlights from Team USA’s recent trip to Istanbul for 2012 JGP Turkey.

WOW! Not only was that the name of our hotel, but it is a word that captures my experience at JGP Turkey. The past week in Istanbul was unbelievable. From the moment I got off the plane, I felt something special about this city and event…the people, the culture, the rink, the sites to see, my unreal teammates, our spectacular team leaders and doctor, reuniting with friends from past events, making new  and taking away cherished memories. I was also fortunate that my mom, my amazing Aunt Gayle and cousin Lisa, and my mom’s best friend Sue all made the trip to Turkey to support Team USA and, of course,  tour this historic city.

THE WEEK:

The event as a whole was truly fantastic! The hotel was beautiful, and probably  because we were in a somewhat remote location, the LOC provided coaches, parents and skaters with all of their meals in a big open dining room during the week of the competition. What a treat to have authentic Turkish food with the whole team!

All the skaters did such a great job this week!! Because of how the schedule worked out, I only got to cheer on the ice dancers in the stands loud and proud during their short dance event!!  Both teams were incredible  and so much fun to watch. Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter ended up fourth overall and Kaitlyn Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker finished fifth. In singles, Leah Keiser, Nina Jiang, Shotaro Omori and I finished first, 11th, fourth and first, respectively! For some of us, myself included, this was our second and last event, and for others it was their first JGP event of the series.

Our outstanding team leaders, Kathy Slack and Rick Perez, and our remarkable doctor, Mahlon Bradley, were so supportive throughout the entire event and truly made the competition amazing for all of us!

THE RINK:

The rink was beautiful. The outside was made of marble and was a huge facility containing an awesome workout room, Pilates/ballet room,  a terrific rink with great ice and WIFI!  The volunteers at the event were so friendly and helpful, as were the people we met while touring parts of the city!

BOWLING:

On Saturday, after the exhibition, the entire team, including Rick and Kathy, went bowling across the street from the hotel. We split up in two lanes, and Quinn and Jean-Luc won in their lanes! It was a great way to wrap up such a great week! I’m pretty sure we all decided to join Team USA bowling.

THE INCREDIBLE SITES:

The sites to see in Istanbul were incredible. My family and I went to the famous Grand Bazaar. It was so cool! It’s an indoor labyrinth of small shops and bright colors, which sell almost anything you can imagine from clothing to the well known “Turkish carpets” to traditional and gorgeous handcrafted items! I stayed an extra day after the event was over, and my mom made sure that my coach, Kori Ade, and I saw and did as much as possible. We started our day with at the Blue Mosque named for the presence of blue mosaic tiles covering its interior walls and domes. The enormity and  design is indescribable. It was a  magnificent blend of ornate decoration and simple purity. Across from the Blue Mosque, is the Hagia Sophia, a huge beautiful structure which served as both a church and a Mosque throughout the centuries. Also nearby, we walked around the underground cisterns, which used to serve as a water source. What struck me most  was the complex engineering necessary to build this cistern in the sixth century. We ended our day by going to a Hamam, a Turkish bath. What a cool experience! It’s pretty much a soapy massage,  in an open marble room that is kind of like the temperature of a sauna, where you lie down on marble slabs and get scrubbed head to toe along with getting hot and cold water poured on you! A relaxing end to an unbelievable day and incredible trip!

Everyone on the team loved having the honor of representing our country! We are so thankful for the opportunity! I wish all the best to all the U.S. skaters who will compete in the last three JGP events! GO TEAM USA!

Team USA bowling outing in Istanbul. (l-r) Nina Jiang, Jason Brown, Kaitlin Hawayek, Jean-Luc Baker, Lorraine McNamara, Leah Keiser, Quinn Carpenter, Shotaro Omori (courtesy Kathy Slack)

“An Evening with Champions” to feature all-star line-up

19 Sep

Paul Wylie chats with Emily Hughes at last year’s performance (Photo by Sarah Brannen)

The 42nd annual “An Evening with Champions” will take place Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. The event will take place at Harvard’s Bright Hockey Center and all event proceeds will benefit the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 

Hosted by 1992 Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie and Harvard University student and 2010 Olympian Emily Hughes, the show will feature an all-star cast of skaters including three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, reigning U.S. bronze medalist Agnes Zawadzki, 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley and two-time Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist and incoming Harvard freshman Christina Gao.

Click hereto view the full line-up.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir will perform for the second straight year (Photo by Sarah Brannen)

A silent auction to benefit the Jimmy Fund will begin 30 minutes before each show, with a prize drawing after intermission. Since its premier in 1970, “An Evening with Champions” has been run entirely by Harvard University students and has raised more than $2.5 million for the Jimmy Fund.

For more information, please visit: www.jimmyfund.com/skating or www.aneveningwithchampions.org.

“An Evening with Champions” can also be reached through e-mail at aneveningwithchampions@gmail.com or by phone at (617) 942-1392.

2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic Tweet Seat

17 Sep

At the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, many of the skaters answered your questions from the Tweet Seat. See what your favorite athletes had to say and be sure to send in your questions for the next time!

Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus

Ryan Bradley

Timothy Dolensky

Ross Miner

Agnes Zawadzki

Gracie Gold

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig

Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay

Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt

Madison Chock and Evan Bates

Max Aaron

Armin Mahbanoozadeh

Jeremy Ten

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch

Univ. of Utah Student Hits the Books, Ice During 2012 U.S. Challenge Skate

14 Sep

Junior ladies competitor Camille Davis definitely has home ice advantage this week in Salt Lake City. She’s a regular on the ice at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex, which is located just a few miles from her dorm at the University of Utah, where she is a fulltime freshman.

On the flipside, she has missed most of the other competition, including the senior events of the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, to be in class.

“It’s an honor to be able to be part of this event. It’s amazing to have the international skaters here. Their presence makes it’s very exciting and motivating. I’m a skating fan in general so this is great,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, I have missed their events because, you know, I have to be in class.”

While other skaters at the novice and junior levels are gushing about the fact they are getting an early fall break, Davis is still juggling classes and skating like she does on a daily basis.

“I’m always running from one thing to the next. I take classes in the morning and at night so I can train in the middle of the day,” she explained. “I think I’m in bed by about 8:45 every night because I’m so tired when I get back.”

Despite a tiring schedule, Davis is enjoying the college life.

“I love it,” she gushed. “It’s so fun. I even room with a dancer on the school’s ballet team so we understand each other’s crazy schedules. We do have one roommate who’s in a sorority and she’s usually coming home at 3 a.m. We are always asleep.”

The aspiring surgeon will miss another competition on Saturday. No, we’re not referring to the senior free dance.

“The U,” as the University of Utah is affectionately known around here, hosts the rival BYU Cougars at the Rice-Eccles Stadium tomorrow night. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. While most eyes will be on the 50-yard line, Davis’ eyes will be closed.

The junior ladies free skate begins at 7:50 a.m. on Sunday. Davis is in seventh place going after the short program.

“I am going to a pre-game party, but I have to go to bed early,” she said. “Before I came to the ‘U,’ I was a BYU fan. But not anymore, I’m definitely rooting for my school.

“On Sunday morning I don’t think I will have any problem figuring out who won.”

Camille Davis and coach Lisa Kriley pose in the Kiss and Cry
after Davis’ short program on Friday.

Fans hit the stands in Utah

13 Sep

By Mimi Whetstone

The inaugural U.S. International Figure Skating Classic and U.S. Challenge Skate got under way yesterday as skaters, coaches and officials filled the Salt Lake City Sports Complex. As practice sessions commenced, fans from around the nation gathered to fill the stands and celebrate a sport they’ve followed for years.

“I came because it was reasonable travel for an international event and it’s a great chance to see both up-and-comers and skaters we’ve been watching for years,” said Barbara Ray of Eugene, Ore. “This is a brand new competition and I can’t wait for the events to start so I can clap for each and every one of the skaters. We get to know their skating and they all work so hard. It’s like supporting your family.”

Ray has been attending skating competitions since the late 1980s, including regional and sectional championships, Skate America, Canadian and U.S. Championships.

“I’ll go to any event that’s a manageable distance,” Ray said.

Shirlene Maughan (left), Barbara Kay (center) and Karin Olson (right) watch a senior ladies practice session at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic

Since 2005, Ray has traveled the globe with friend and fellow skating enthusiast Karin Olson, of Beaverton, Ore.  This year, Olson will attend her biggest event yet: the World Championships in London, Ontario.

“I started coming to competitions when the U.S. Championships were in Portland,” Olson said. “From there, I can’t even count the number of competitions I’ve been to. This year, we’re here at the International Classic and Challenge Skate, and then we’re going to sectionals in Provo, regionals in Eugene, Ore. and Skate America in Seattle.”

Joining May and Olson in the bleachers this week is Shirlene Maughan of Salt Lake City, who attended her first skating competition more than 25 years ago.

“When I was little, I loved watching the U.S. Championships and listening to Dick Button on television,” Maughan said. “One day I told myself that if an event ever came close, I was going to go. Then in 1984, the U.S. Championships came to Salt Lake City. Scott Hamilton was there competing and I went. When they came again in 1990, I got my first all-event ticket. From there, I was hooked.”

Since then, Maughan has attended every U.S. Championships, Skate America and World Championships within a reasonable traveling distance.

“I just love this sport,” Maughan said.

James Krogue (left) and his brother Paul (right) watch a senior ladies practice session at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic

Paul Krogue and his wife Celia have been following their favorite skaters around the world, attending Junior Grand Prix events, the Junior World Championships and the Grand Prix Final on several occasions.

“We watched Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner compete in Obersdorf, Germany at the 2007 World Junior Championships,” Krougue said. “Then we got to see them win U.S. titles. It’s fun to see them go so far and do so well.”

Though Celia did not make the trip from Blackfoot, Idaho, Paul is attending the event with his brother James of Seattle, who is experiencing a first figure skating competition for the first time.

“At my first competition, all of the junior skaters were watching the senior events with their parents,” Paul Krogue said. “We got to meet them and everyone was so nice. I expect this event will provide the same for James. We’re very excited to be here.”

Competition begins today and all events will stream live on icenetwork.com.

2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic competition notes
Icenetwork.com event page – 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic
Icenetwork.com event page – 2012 U.S. Novice & Junior Challenge Skate
Icenetwork.com live streaming schedule

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