2012 NHK Trophy Under Way from Japan

23 Nov

Friday, Nov. 23 – Miyagi, Japan

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Fifteen members of Team USA are competing this weekend at 2012 NHK Trophy, the last of six events that make up the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

Team USA sits 1-2 going into the free dance with Meryl Davis and Charlie White in position to take their 11th straight Grand Prix gold medal dating back to 2009. Davis and White, despite seeing a one-point deduction for an extended lift, the veteran duo earned 69.86 points for their Giselle short dance and have a nine-point lead over teammates and training mates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani with 60.84 points. With a win, Davis and White will earn a spot to December’s Grand Prix Final, an event where they are three-time reigning champions. Shibutani and Shibutani look for their first medal of the season after placing fourth at Rostelecom Cup a few weeks ago.

Mirai Nagasu, a late addition to the competition, sits in second place behind Japan’s Mao Asada. Nagasu earned 61.18 points after executing elements including a triple toe-triple toe combination and two level 4 spins. Asada earned 67.95 points as she saw her program components best the field by over nearly four points. Agnes Zawadzki, who won the bronze at Rostelecom Cup for her first Grand Prix medal, sits in seventh place with 55.02 points. However, she is only four points out of bronze medal pace set by China’s Zijun Li.

Three men represent Team USA in Japan. Ross Miner is in fourth place followed by Richard Dornbush in sixth and Adam Rippon in eighth. A pair of home country skaters, Yuzuru Hanyu and Daisuke Takahashi, lead the pack while Spain’s Javier Fernandez will enter the free skate in third place. Hanyu, the 2012 World bronze medalist, set a new short program world record score with 95.32 points.

The pairs competition, featuring three U.S. team, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig and Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, begin competition on Saturday. Following the pairs short program, all three free skates will take place for singles and ice dance.

Complete coverage of NHK Trophy is available on icenetwork.com.

Upcoming Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Pairs Short Program – 10 p.m. Friday

Free Dance – 11:50 p.m. Friday

Shibutani and Shibutani – 12:50 a.m.

Davis and White – 12:57 a.m.

Men’s Free Skate – 2 a.m. Saturday

Rippon – 2:15 a.m.

Dornbush – 2:32 a.m.

Miner – 2:56 a.m.

Ladies Free Skate – 5 a.m. Saturday

Zawadzki – 5:31 a.m.

Nagasu – 6:18 a.m.

Pairs Free Skate – 12:05 a.m. Sunday

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