Archive | October, 2013

2013 Cup of China Viewers’ Guide

31 Oct

Useful Links

Twitter  #COC13 |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork Event Page

Live Results/Starting Orders

2013 Cup of China will take place Nov. 1-2 at Capital Gymnasium in Beijing. The event will be broadcast live to icenetwork Season Pass subscribers. Fans can also catch the action on NBC and Universal Sports Network. NBC Sports will continue its season-long coverage of the Grand Prix Series from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. For full icenetwork and Universal Sports Network schedules, please see below.

Team USA’s lineup features a pair of U.S. silver medalists. Ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates look to ride the wave of success they enjoyed in the second half of last season. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim won the U.S. silver medal in their first season together. Agnes Zawadzki, the two-time reigning U.S. bronze medalist, won her first Grand Prix medal (bronze) last year at Rostelecom Cup. Zawadzki just made a coaching change (switching from Christy Krall to Tom Zakrajsek, but remaining at same training facility) in early October. Representing the men’s contingent, Richard Dornbush will make his second Cup of China appearance (2011). He is the 2011 U.S. silver medalist. The pairs team of Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay competed at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America two weeks ago, while ice dancers Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton, two-time World Junior bronze medalists, will make their Grand Prix Series debut in Beijing.

2013 CUP OF CHINA ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Friday, Nov. 1
4 a.m. – Short dance (LIVE)
  Aldridge/Eaton – 4:26 a.m.
       Chock/Bates – 4:46 a.m.
5:30 a.m. – Ladies short (LIVE)
Zawadzki – 6:17 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – Men’s short (LIVE)
Dornbush – 8:24 a.m.
9:15 a.m. – Pairs short (LIVE)
Zhang/Bartholomay – 9:29 a.m.
     Scimeca/Knierim – 9:56 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2
3 a.m. – Free dance (LIVE)
4:40 a.m. – Ladies free (LIVE)
6:35 a.m. – Men’s free (LIVE)
8:35 a.m. – Pairs free (LIVE)

2013 CUP OF CHINA UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings; live online stream can be accessed by those with USN as part of their cable subscription)

Friday, Nov. 1
Short dance – 6 p.m. (TV), 3 a.m. (live online)
Ladies short – 7 p.m. (TV), 4:30 a.m (live online)
Men’s short – 9 p.m. (TV), 6:30 a.m. (live online)
Pairs short – 10 p.m. (TV), 8:15 a.m. (live online)

Saturday, Nov. 2
Free dance – 6 p.m (TV), 2 a.m. (live online)
Pairs free – 7 p.m. (TV), 3:40 a.m. (live online)
Sunday, Nov. 3
Encore presentation of NBC broadcast – 6 p.m. (TV only)

2013 Skate Canada International Day 2

26 Oct

Useful Links

Twitter  #SCI13 |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

Skate Canada International began Friday from Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick, and heading into Saturday’s free skates, Team USA is poised to add to its medal total for the season.

Gracie Gold shattered her personal best score by more than seven points as she leads after the short program with 69.45 points. Her “Three Preludes” short program featured seven clean elements including a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, two level four spins and a level four step sequence. Her teammate, Christina Gao, also skated a personal best short program to the tune of 62.82 points and is in fourth. Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia and Japan’s Akiko Suzuki are in second and third, respectively. In her Grand Prix Series debut, Courtney Hicks encountered some hiccups in her short program and is in ninth place.

In the midst of a busy two weeks that saw them first compete at Skate America and now has them at Skate Canada, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are in position to win their first Grand Prix Series medal. They earned a personal best score of 60.92 and are in third behind the Canadian teams of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje.

Team USA’s trio of men endured some struggles Friday night. Jeremy Abbott started strong, landing his program-opening quad toe but then doubled both jumps of a planned triple-triple combo and putting a hand down on his triple Axel. He sits in fourth place with 74.58 points. In his Grand Prix debut, Joshua Farris, the World Junior champ, is in eighth place with 69.14 points. Ross Miner, in his third Skate Canada appearance, fell on both his quad Salchow and triple Axel. His score of 66.71 points put him in 10th place.

Canada’s Patrick Chan leads followed by Japan’s Nobunari Oda and Yuzuru Hanyu.

Both pairs teams made their Grand Prix debuts Friday. The reigning World Junior champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier are in fifth place with 55.01 points, while Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker are in seventh with 52.69. The top three teams, led by Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, all scored between 69.57 and 69.02 points.

Live coverage of Saturday’s action will be available starting at noon ET to icenetwork Season Pass subscribers and those who have Universal Sports Network as part of their cable package.

For full event coverage, visit www.icenetwork.com.

Saturday’s Schedule (all times ET)

Pairs Free Skate – Noon

Davis/Brubaker – 12:15 p.m.
Denney/Frazier – 12:32 p.m.

Ladies Free Skate – 2:15 p.m.

Hicks – 2:22 p.m.
Gao – 3:09 p.m.
Gold – 3:32 p.m.

Free Dance – 4:30 p.m.

Hubbell/Donohue – 5:22 p.m.

Men’s Free Skate – 7:10 p.m.

Miner – 7:17 p.m.
Farris – 7:34 p.m.
Abbott – 8:15 p.m.

Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt Look Forward to the 2014 Season

24 Oct

By Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz

U.S. Ice Dancing 2012 pewter medalists Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt know exactly what makes their now seven year partnership work. It is mutual respect and trust for each other, both on and off the ice.

“One major thing that makes our partnership work is that our personalities complement one another well,” Giulietti-Schmitt said. “We have learned from each other and grown immensely as individuals and as a team. Our goals have been the same since the day we started skating together and our commitment to all aspects of training never wavers.”

Part of this commitment includes relying on each other on the good days and the bad days.

“We are also very supportive and understanding of one another and we always try to be there for each other if one of us is having a rough day, “ Kriengkrairut said. “Regardless of the circumstances we can depend on each other to give one hundred percent every day.”

The 2014 season brings big changes for this team. Kriengkrairut and Giulietti- Schmitt now train in Novi, Michigan with Coach Igor Shpilband, after training several years in Ann Arbor with long time coaches Yasa Nechaeva and Yuri Chesnichenko. The move has been a positive one thus far, with the two kicking off the new season winning the free dance at the Lake Placid Ice Dancing Championships in historic Lake Placid, New York, in August.

“Igor has endless resources to help us in specific areas of our skating. Having such a large collaboration of efforts helps the whole package come together,” Kriengkrairut said. “After seven years of the same coaching style and approach, our new environment is drastically different and has taken some time to get used to but it has been a very positive change so far.”

One resource is the addition of Coach Barbara Fusar-Poli, the 2002 Olympic bronze medalist, who recently began working with the team on developing their interpretation of the dialogue of the music. “Barbara brings a whole new element,” Giulietti-Schmitt said. “She has a great eye for the finer details.”

Kriengkrairut added “Barbara is so creative and exudes such a genuine emotional connection with the music that it’s contagious. She inspires us to let go and be more bold, to really capture the dialogue in the music so there is a convincing connection between us.”

“We’ve also enjoyed working with Alexei Gorshkov who has helped us with our Finnstep, and with Michael Lee, a professional mime and acting coach, who has helped us with character development as well,” Kriengkrairut said.

The two are also enjoying Shpilband’s classical choreography incorporated in this year’s free dance.

“We decided right from the beginning to go a more traditional route this year,” Kriengkrairut said. “I have personally always been drawn to the lyrical style and I love exploring that more with our free dance. The music is so powerful and passionate, which really allows us to enhance our connection with each other and bring a new style and maturity to the ice.”

They are also concentrating on off ice ballroom dancing to enhance their short program.

“We’ve had a lot of ballroom experience with our ballroom coaches Stephen and Susan McFerren over the past seven years, so it helps that we are familiar with the style and carriage off the ice. Now they are helping us transition the style and carriage onto the ice which requires some tweaking here and there since it obviously has a much different feel than on the floor. They have played a huge part in choreographing parts of the short dance this year, bringing out true quickstep and Charleston characters,” Giulietti-Schmitt said.

Of course the 2014 U.S. Championships, where the two hope to achieve a spot on the podium, is also important because of the upcoming Olympic year, and a coveted spot on the Olympic team.

“Regardless of it being an Olympic year, we wanted to bring some changes to our skating,” Giulietti-Schmitt said. “We’ve already developed a great foundation and are confident that the whole package will develop over the course of the season.”

Kriengkrairut states they are totally committed to their daily goals and are constantly pushing themselves.

“Whatever happens, we are continuing to approach this season with the same mental approach as we have every other season. Each day we train with a purpose: to be better than the previous day and to enjoy the process,” Kriengkrairut said. “Small improvements add up over time. There are always days that may feel rough but there are also always days where the hard work doesn’t feel like hard work at all because we truly love what we are doing. We are so engrossed in the process that before we know it we have developed something great, and that it extremely rewarding.”

This mindset has also served them well off ice. Kriengkrairut recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. Giulietti-Schmitt graduated in 2008 from Eastern Michigan University with a geology degree. Both plan to further pursue their fields after their competitive career. Kriengkrairut wants to attend medical school and Giulietti-Schmitt wants to pursue a master’s degree in urban planning. Both agree that studies and skating engrained qualities that are important in all aspects of life.

“It has taught us the importance of discipline, perseverance, time management, organization and that the best results come from genuine passion and love for what we do,” Giulietti-Schmitt said.

Skating taught them that even bound within a set of rules there is still freedom for individual variation, and the same is true with their studies.

“Once the structure is developed the opportunity to flourish is unbound,” Kriengkrairut said. “Having both skating and school has shown us that the beauty of learning is that it is limitless and such an approach can be applied to anything we are passionate about.”

They also share their talents with young skaters. Giulietti-Schmitt is a coach and director of the Learn to Skate Program at the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club, and both have been dedicated performers with the Skate Dance Dream Shows, offering young people a chance to skate and dance their way to their dreams with current competitive skaters and dancers.

“The thing that is most satisfying about teaching young kids is seeing the pure enjoyment they have for skating and how excited they get when mastering a new skill,” Giulietti-Schmitt said. “Teaching has made us better competitors and individuals in many ways. It constantly reminds us why we love the sport so much. It has also taught us how to be patient, humble and appreciative for all the things that have made it possible for us to be where we are today.”

In the end, it is the challenges and epiphanies of daily training that keep them going.

“We love the process of approaching things that seem impossible and learning to make them possible. We then train to where it become something we can do half asleep, which sometimes happens with all our training and coaching,” Kriengkrairut said, jokingly.

In the end, both enjoy finding new ways to become more creative, passionate and precise.

“Sometimes skills aren’t mastered quickly but there is nothing better then when it finally “clicks” and we understand what needs to be done,” Giulietti-Schmitt said. “Knowing that perfection doesn’t exist is frustrating at times but it is also the motivation that pushes us to grow as skaters.”

Kriengkrairut and Giulietti-Schmitt discovered much about themselves during their seven years together, and they have developed a curiosity to unveil even more about themselves than ever before.

“We have had seven years together already,” Kriengkrairut said. “We are just enjoying the process. We have nothing to be nervous about and nothing to lose. We have great material and are really happy with the way things are going so far. We are extremely excited to push ourselves and see how it will all evolve over the course of the season.”

It is this curiosity that has given them a large appetite for more.

See the gallery below for photos of Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt. Photos courtesy of Jacque Tiegs.

2013 Skate Canada International Viewers’ Guide

24 Oct

Useful Links

Twitter  #SCI13 |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

2013 Skate Canada International will take place Oct. 24-27 at Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick. The event will be broadcast live to icenetwork Season Pass subscribers. Fans can also catch the action on NBC and Universal Sports Network. NBC Sports will continue its season-long coverage of the Grand Prix Series from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. For full icenetwork and Universal Sports Network schedules, please see below.

Team USA has a strong lineup set to compete in Canada. Jeremy Abbott, a three-time U.S. champion and 2010 Olympian, will compete at Skate Canada for the first time since winning the event in 2009. He will be joined by 2013 U.S. silver medalist Ross Miner and World Junior champ Joshua Farris (who is making his Grand Prix debut). Gracie Gold, the U.S. silver medalist, will compete at Skate Canada for the second straight year and will be joined by Christina Gao and Courtney Hicks, a Grand Prix rookie. Two pairs teams will represent Team USA, with both making their Grand Prix debuts. Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker teamed up in the spring, while Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier are the current World Junior titlists. Finally, ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue round out a whirlwind two weeks that also saw them compete last week at Skate America.

2013 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Friday, Oct. 25
2 p.m. – Pairs short (LIVE)
3:35 p.m. – Ladies short (LIVE)
7 p.m. – Short dance (LIVE)
8:30 p.m. – Men’s short (LIVE)

Saturday, Oct. 26
Noon – Pairs free (LIVE)
2:15 p.m. – Ladies free (LIVE)
4:30 p.m. – Free dance (LIVE)
7:10 p.m. – Men’s free (LIVE)

2013 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Friday, Oct. 25
2 p.m. – Pairs short (LIVE)
3:30 p.m. – Ladies short (LIVE)
7 p.m. – Short dance (LIVE)
8:30 p.m. – Men’s short (LIVE)

Saturday, Oct. 26
Noon – Pairs free (LIVE)
4:30 p.m. – Free dance (LIVE)

Sunday, Oct. 27
8 p.m. – Encore presentation of NBC broadcast

2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America Day Three

20 Oct

Useful Links

Twitter  #SA2013 | Photo Galleries

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

How to Watch Skate America

Men’s Short Program Video Recap

Short Dance Video Recap

Day Two Recap

Team USA earned four of a possible six medals on day two of the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America as Meryl Davis and Charlie White captured their fourth straight Skate America title on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.

For the first time skating on true home ice, in Detroit, Mich., in an international figure skating competition, the reigning World and U.S. champions stood atop the podium with a total of 188.23 points. With the win, the Detroit natives extended their winning streak to 13 consecutive ISU Grand Prix events dating back to 2009.

Skating to the music of Scheherazade, Davis and White dazzled to 112.53 points for their free dance, earning a GOE greater than one on each of their eight elements and racking up 10.21 points for their combination lift, the highest scoring element in the competition.

Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy earned their second-career Skate America silver medal with 168.49 points. The 2010 Olympians earned 98.61 points for their free dance. Americans Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani collected their sixth Grand Prix medal, bronze, with a total of 154.47 points, edging out their teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who finished with 152.98 points and finished in fourth.

Team USA took home two men’s medals with Adam Rippon enjoying the best Grand Prix finish of his career and winning the silver medal. Rippon, whose last Grand Prix medal was a bronze at 2010 Skate Canada, rebounded from a fall into the boards on his program-opening quad Lutz to put together a mostly clean program from there (with the exception of a popped triple Axel). Rippon finished with 241.24 points overall.

Max Aaron won bronze in his first career Grand Prix appearance. Like his teammate, Aaron rebounded from a missed quad to open his Carmen free skate. Aaron’s program was strong enough to help him move up from sixth after the short program into medal contention (he was second in the free skate). Rippon and Aaron will face off later this fall at 2013 NHK Trophy in Japan.

Japan’s Tatsuki Machida, who won bronze at this event last season, took home gold with a total score of 265.38 points, while America Jason Brown, also in his first Grand Prix, finished fifth.

They set a world record score earlier this season, and to open their Grand Prix season, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia out-did themselves and broke their own record in the pairs short program. With a score of 83.05, the reigning World champions are on top and look primed to defend their event title. In second place with 71.51 points are last year’s fourth-place finishers at the World Championships, Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch of Canada with 71.51 points and in third are Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia with 64.80 points.

Not far behind a spot on the podium are the contingent of three American pairs teams as reigning U.S. champs Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are in fifth place with a personal best 62.56 points, 2012 U.S. champs Caydee Denney and John Coughlin are in sixth with 62.06 points and Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay are in seventh with 55.83 points.

In the ladies event, Mao Asada of Japan leads with a score of 73.18 points, followed by American Ashley Wagner and Elema Radionova of Russia. Asada opened her short program with a triple Axel and later added a clean triple loop-double loop in the second half. Wagner opened her program with a triple flip-triple toe and delivered it with a positive GOE en route to a personal best 69.26 points. Radionova, at just 14 years old, landed a triple Lutz-triple toe worth 10.90 points, the highest scoring element of the event, en route to 67.01 points and third place.

Day Three Schedule

Today at 2:30pm Pairs free skate
Today at 4:15pm Ladies free skate
Tonight at 7:30pm Skating Spectacular

2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America Day Two

19 Oct

Useful Links

Twitter  #SA2013 | Photo Galleries

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

How to Watch Skate America

Day One Recap

The 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America competition got under way Friday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, and with that, Meryl Davis and Charlie White took the first step toward a record fourth consecutive Skate America ice dance title with their sparkling short dance set to Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady. The reigning World titlists racked up 75.70 points and lead second-place finishers Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy, who tallied 69.88 points. U.S. bronze medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani sit third with 61.26 points, with 2012 U.S. bronze medalists Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue next at 60.71 points. The free dance is set for 9 p.m. Saturday night.

Jason Brown, making his first Grand Prix Series appearance, finished second with his personal-best short program to “The Question of U” by Prince. Brown, the 2013 World Junior silver medalist, trails leader Tatsuki Machida of Japan, who chalked up 91.88 points with his “East of Eden” program. Machida won the bronze medal last year at Skate America. Adam Rippon, the 2012 U.S. silver medalist, is third with 80.26 points. He executed his first quad Lutz in competition. U.S. champion Max Aaron fell on his opening quad and is in sixth place with 75.91 points. The men’s free skate begins on Saturday night at 7.

Day Two

On day two, the first medals of the Grand Prix season will be awarded in the men’s and dance events while the ladies and pairs will perform their short programs. See the schedule below for more information:

Today at 12:00 p.m. Pairs short program
Today at 1:30 p.m. Ladies short program
Tonight at 7:00 p.m. Men’s free skate
Tonight at 9:00 p.m. Free dance

2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America Viewers’ Guide

16 Oct

Useful Links

Twitter  #SA2013

Official Event Page   |   icenetwork Event Page

Schedule   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America will take place Oct. 18‒20 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The following is a comprehensive list of how to follow the event:

Television

NBC will air live coverage of the ladies free skate and highlights of the men’s free skate and free dance from the previous day on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 4-6 p.m. (ET). Tom Hammond will call the action alongside Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic, Tracy Wilson and Andrea Joyce. In conjunction with NBC’s live coverage, icenetwork will broadcast live backstage coverage with host Tanith Belbin. The feed will be free for all registered users (no subscription required).

IN Timesicenetwork

In addition to NBC’s coverage, icenetwork will provide live and on-demand coverage for Season Pass subscribers of the rest of the event.

The icenetwork team is led by Mike Mancuso (play-by-play), and features former Olympic, World and U.S. medalists. Returning to the broadcast booth are Tonia Kwiatkowski, a three-time U.S. medalist, and Tanith Belbin, a five-time U.S. ice dancing champion and Olympic silver medalist with Ben Agosto.

In addition to subscription video, icenetwork will offer free coverage of Skate America, including video, live results, event recaps, blogs and photo galleries. Free video content will include interviews and backstage footage. Belbin will host “AT&T Ice Desk Live” throughout the event, offering her insight and analysis on the competition, as well as conduct behind-the-scenes interviews. Icenetwork will provide a unique second-screen experience for fans throughout NBC’s live coverage on Sunday.

AT&T Ice Desk Live
“Ice Desk Live” will allow fans to hear insights, reactions and commentary from icenetwork’s assortment of talent covering the event. Hosted by Belbin, this fast-paced live show will include immediate reactions following competition, previews of what is about to come and questions from fans watching at home.

“AT&T Ice Desk Live” Streaming Schedule

Oct. 18
• Prior to the men’s short program at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 19
• Prior to the men’s free skate at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 20
• After the completion of the ladies free skate at 6:00 p.m.

Social Media
Event Hashtag: #SA2013
Follow along with everyone tweeting about the event and use the event hashtag yourself to add to the conversation!

All day, every day the U.S. Figure Skating Twitter will be bringing you news, updates and behind-the-scenes photos from the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America. Follow @USFigureSkating on Twitter to be the most up-to-date on everything happening in Detroit.

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