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NHK Trophy Marks Grand Prix Series’ Sixth Stop

26 Nov

NHK Trophy 

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series makes its sixth and final stop before the Grand Prix Final this week with NHK Trophy, Nov. 27-Nov. 30 in Osaka, Japan.

NBC will air competition coverage from 4-6 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 30. In addition, Universal Sports will broadcast coverage throughout the weekend. Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from all three days of competition. To become a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com.

Tweet @USFigureSkating and use the hashtag #NHKTrophy to join the conversation on social media.

Team USA will be represented by 10 athletes:

Ladies:

Polina Edmunds
Christina Gao
Gracie Gold

Men:

Jeremy Abbott
Joshua Farris
Ross Miner

Pairs:

DeeDee Leng & Simon Shnapir

Ice dance:

Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker

Event schedule (all times ET) | LIVE RESULTS

Friday, Nov. 28

12:45 a.m. — Pairs short program

12:52 a.m. – Leng & Shnapir

2:15 a.m.  — Ladies short program

2:55 a.m. – Edmunds
3:09 a.m. – Gao
3:41 p.m. – Gold

5 a.m. — Men’s short program

5:52 a.m. – Miner
5:59 a.m. – Farris
6:05 a.m. – Abbott

10 p.m. — Short dance

10:39 p.m. – Hawayek & Baker

Saturday, Nov. 29

11:45 p.m. — Pairs free skate
1:50 a.m. — Ladies free skate
4:40 a.m. — Men’s free skate
10 p.m. — Free dance

2014 NHK TROPHY TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event Time (ET) Network
Nov. 29 Men’s and ladies short programs 7:30-9:30 a.m. Universal Sports
Pairs free 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Universal Sports
Nov. 30 Free dance 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Universal Sports
Competition highlights 4-6 p.m. NBC
NBC encore 7-9 p.m. Universal Sports

2014 NHK TROPHY ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event Time
Friday, Nov. 28 Pairs short (LIVE) 12:45 a.m.
Ladies short (LIVE) 2:15 a.m.
Men’s short (LIVE) 5 a.m.
Short dance (LIVE) 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29 Pairs free (LIVE) 11:45 p.m.
Ladies free (LIVE) 1:50 a.m.
Men’s free (LIVE) 4:40 a.m.
Free dance (LIVE) 10 p.m.

Abbott, special guest Gold, to perform in ‘Stars on Aspen Ice’

25 Nov

Two-time Olympian and four-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, with special guest U.S. champion and fellow Olympian Gracie Gold, will headline Abbott’s second ‘Stars on Aspen Ice’ show on Dec. 20 at the Lewis Ice Arena in Aspen, Colorado.

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Photo by Daphne Backman

 

 

Both skaters are Olympic team event bronze medalists and will perform in the 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows. Three-time U.S. champion, 1983 World champion and 1984 Olympic silver medalist Rosalynn Sumners will join Abbott and Gold for an encore.

Tickets for “Stars on Aspen Ice” are on sale now at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office by calling 970.920.5770. The two performances include general admission tickets for $35/adults and $20/students. Limited VIP tickets, that include a special reception with the skaters and on-ice seating, are available for $100. The first 10 VIP tickets sold for each of the two shows will be entered into a drawing for an exclusive on-ice photo with the featured skaters. Other VIP drawings include special individual photos and Olympic gifts from Team USA Sochi 2014.

Also returning to Aspen with Abbott is the dynamic ice dance team of Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre. They are two-time U.S. bronze medalists and two-time World team members. They have toured with “Holiday On Ice,” “Broadway On Ice,” The Ice Theatre of New York and the recent 2014 Olympic Team tour of “Stars On Ice.”

Three-time U.S. gold medalist from Denver, Ashley Clark, also returns to the show. She’s the 2011 and 2014 Professional Skaters Virtual Skate Off champion. She has 16 years of experience, starring and performing around the world, and is the only professional female skater to perform a backflip on ice with fire.

Rounding out the talented field of skaters is choreographer and stylist Kelly Cochran Smith, a three-time gold medalist in moves in the field, freestyle and dance, as well as a silver medalist in pairs and international ice dance. She has performed with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and in Europe, with shows directed by Robin Cousins.

Members of the Revolutions Skating Club of Aspen will also be part of the show. They are under the direction of Abbott’s former coaches and club founders, Peggy Behr and Michelle Hocknell, as well as Abbott’s longtime friend, former competitive skater and now a club coach, Taline Isberian.

In conjunction with the show, Abbott is organizing a special silent auction to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research. Abbott’s dad, Danny Abbott, is in full care with end-stage Parkinsons, along with a number of other health issues.

Louisville Skating Academy promises magical experience with its ‘Nutcracker on Ice’

24 Nov

By Kama Korvela

Many people know the story of The Nutcracker — a young girl named Clara meets a Nutcracker Prince who takes her on a dreamy journey that involves a Mouse King, a visit to the Land of Sweets and an encounter with the Sugar Plum Fairy.  But one skating club is adding a twist to this traditional holiday tale.Nutcracker 3

The Louisville Skating Academy will present “Nutcracker on Ice” on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 at the Iceland Sports Complex in Louisville, Ky.

“This is the 11th year for the production,” Sarah Neal, the show’s artistic director, said. “It’s an exciting, abridged version of the ballet.”

The show serves as the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Christopher Elder, who will play the role of Arabian Coffee, feels his club’s version is unlike any other ice show.

Nutcracker 1“‘Nutcracker on Ice’ incorporates different facets of performance and entertainment, and it’s intertwined with the crisp, cool ice,” he said. “This creates an audience-friendly environment that will lift them out of their seats!”

There are some distinct differences between Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet and the club’s version of “Nutcracker on Ice,” Neal said.

“We perform the show in a theater in the round style, which makes it intimate for the audience,” she said. “Our production also features narration, which makes it more accessible to a variety of age groups.”

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The audience also has the opportunity to interact with the cast. Elder, who is a nine-year cast member, believes its interactive elements will draw spectators into the performance.

“The interactive aspect of our production is definitely the main reason as why people should come to the show,” he said. “Throughout the production, different roles will interact with the audience, such as the maids sweeping at the audience’s feet or the chefs.”

Each year, changes and additions are made to the show and this year is no different.

“We will have more soloists this year, including the Sugar Plum Pixie, a role that’s not in the original ballet,” Neal said.

With all of the practice, preparation and time that goes into creating a show like “Nutcracker on Ice,” it’s all worth it, cast member Katherine Thacker said.

“’Nutcracker on Ice’ is an excellent show for a skating club to put on,” she said. “Not only is it a great fundraiser, but it really brings the club together.”Nutcracker 4

For more information on “Nutcracker on Ice,” please visit: http://skatelouisville.org/events/nutcracker-on-ice/index.html

Trophee Bompard Concludes Saturday from Bordeaux, France

22 Nov

Trophee Bompard concluded today from Bordeaux, France with Team USA taking home bronze medals in ladies and ice dance. Ashley Wagner won her second medal of the Grand Prix season, adding to the silver she earned at Skate Canada last month. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue became bronze medalists for the second time after also winning a medal at Skate Canada.

NBC will broadcast competition highlights from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Season Pass subscribers can watch the competition in its entirety on icenetwork.

Ladies:

Results

Ashley Wagner – 3rd place (61.35 + 116.39 = 177.74) FREE VIDEO from icenetwork
Courtney Hicks – 4th place (55.70 + 116.88 = 172.58)
Samantha Cesario – 7th (55.19 + 106.51 = 161.70)

WATCH: Elena Radionova’s short program for free

Men:

Results

Adam Rippon – 5th place (76.98 + 148.44 = 225.42)
Richard Dornbush – 7th place (80.24 + 139.03 = 219.27)
Douglas Razzano – 10th place (64.98 + 129.26 = 194.24)

WATCH Denis Ten’s short program for free

Pairs:

Results

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim – 4th place (59.04 + 120.28 = 179.42)

Ice dance:

Results

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue – 3rd place (60.19 + 91.92 = 152.11)

From France on Friday

21 Nov

The first day of competition has wrapped at Trophee Bompard as the 2014 Grand Prix Series rolls through its fifth week in Bordeaux, France. Americans sit in medal contention in both ladies and ice dance. Ashley Wagner, winner of a Skate Canada silver medal earlier this season, sits in third behind Russians Elena Radionova and Julia Lipnitskaia. Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, bronze medalists at Skate Canada, are also in third after their short dance. Free skates in all disciplines are set for Saturday.

Ladies short program:

Results

Ashley Wagner – 3rd place (61.35)
Courtney Hicks – 6th place (55.70)
Samantha Cesario – 7th place (55.19)

Men’s short program:

Results

Richard Dornbush – 4th place (80.24)
Adam Rippon – 7th place (76.98)
Douglas Razzano – 11th place (64.98)

Pairs short program:

Results

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim – 4th place (59.04)

Short dance:

Results

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue – 3rd place (60.19)

Saturday’s schedule (all times ET):

7:05 a.m. — Ladies free skate

7:51 a.m. – Cesario
8:07 a.m. – Hicks
8:30 a.m. – Wagner

9:20 a.m. — Pairs free skate

10:08 a.m. – Scimeca and Knierim

12:30 p.m. — Free dance

1:14 p.m. – Hubbell and Donohue

2:10 p.m. — Men’s free skate 

2:17 p.m. – Razzano
2:50 p.m. – Rippon
3:23 p.m. – Dornbush

2014 TROPHEE BOMPARD TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event Time (ET) Network
Friday, Nov. 21 Men’s and ladies short programs 7-9 p.m. Universal Sports
Saturday, Nov. 22 Pairs free and free dance 2-5 p.m. Universal Sports
Sunday, Nov. 23 Competition highlights 4-6 p.m. NBC

2014 TROPHEE BOMPARD ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event Time
Nov. 21 Pairs short (LIVE) 9:30 a.m.
Ladies short (LIVE) 11 a.m.
Men’s short (LIVE) 12:55 p.m.
Short dance (LIVE) 2:50 p.m.
Nov. 22 Ladies free (LIVE) 7:05 a.m.
Pairs free (LIVE) 9:20 a.m.
Free dance (LIVE) 12:30 p.m.
Men’s free (LIVE) 2:10 p.m.

Fifth Stop on the Grand Prix Series Hits Bordeaux, France

20 Nov

Trophee Eric Bompard

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series makes its fifth stop this week with Trophee Bompard, Nov. 20-Nov. 23, at Meriadeck Ice Rink in Bordeaux, France.

NBC will air competition coverage from 4-6 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 23. In addition, Universal Sports will air same-day coverage throughout the weekend. Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from both days of competition. To become a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com.

Tweet @USFigureSkating and use the hashtag #TEB2014 to join the conversation on social media.

Team USA will be represented by 10 athletes:

Ladies:

Samantha Cesario
Courtney Hicks
Ashley Wagner

Men:

Richard Dornbush
Douglas Razzano
Adam Rippon

Pairs:

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim

Ice dance:

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue

Event schedule (all times ET) | LIVE RESULTS

Friday, Nov. 21

9:30 a.m. — Pairs short program

10:24 a.m. – Scimeca and Knierim

11 a.m.  — Ladies short program

11:54 a.m. – Cesario
12:07 p.m. – Hicks
12:20 p.m. – Wagner

12:55 p.m. — Men’s short program

1:02 p.m. – Razzano
1:15 p.m. – Rippon
1:55 p.m. – Dornbush

2:50 p.m. — Short dance

3:29 p.m. – Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue

Saturday, Nov. 22

7:05 a.m. — Ladies free skate
9:20 a.m. — Pairs free skate
12:30 p.m. — Free dance
2:10 p.m. — Men’s free skate

2014 ROSTELECOM CUP TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event Time (ET) Network

Friday, Nov. 21

Men’s and ladies short programs 7-9 p.m. Universal Sports
Saturday, Nov. 22 Pairs free and free dance 2-5 p.m.

Universal Sports

Sunday, Nov. 23 Competition highlights 4-6 p.m.

NBC

2014 ROSTELECOM CUP ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event Time

Nov. 21

Pairs short (LIVE)

9:30 a.m.

Ladies short (LIVE)

11 a.m.

Men’s short (LIVE)

12:55 p.m.

Short dance (LIVE)

2:50 p.m.

Nov. 22 Ladies free (LIVE)

7:05 a.m.

Pairs free (LIVE)

9:20 a.m.

Free dance (LIVE)

12:30 p.m.

Men’s free (LIVE)

2:10 p.m.

U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football – Week 12 Recap

19 Nov

After the twelfth week of the inaugural U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football League, Ashley Wagner remains atop the league standings as the playoff picture starts to take shape. Eight of the ten teams can still make the playoffs. If the season were to end today, #1 Ashley Wagner would face #4 Max Aaron and #2 Ross Miner would square off with #4 Chris Knierim. Here’s what happened last week:

Coach Coughlin (John Coughlin |@JohnCoughlinUSA) def. Snowplow Sam, 74-57

John Coughlin’s team cruised to a double-digit win over Snowplow Sam’s team to stay in the playoff hunt. Snowplow’s team had two players score zero points, and wasn’t helped by three others who scored less than five points. Russell Wilson led the way for Coughlin (ironically against Coughlin’s hometown Kansas City Chiefs) with 22 points. A.J. Green also contributed 18 points.

Team Aaron (Max Aaron | @MaxTAaron) def. Team Knierim (Chris Knierim | @ChrisKnierim), 98-97

Max Aaron’s squad edged Chris Knierim’s team for a critical divisional win as we enter the final three weeks of the season. Knierim just needed one more point from the Steelers’ Antonio Brown on Monday night to force a tie. Knierim is almost guaranteed to make the playoffs, but Aaron is one of four teams vying for the second playoff spot.

Team Bates (Evan Bates | @Evan_Bates) def. Team Thah ‘D’(Ricky Dornbush | @RichardDornbush), 105-68

Team Bates got a huge win over Team Thad ‘D’, helping the Rostelecom Cup gold medalist keep pace in the very competitive West Division. Bates was led by Rodgers (28), Eddie Lacy (22), Alshon Jeffery (19) and Michael Floyd (17). Dornbush’s team, which has now lost four straight points by an average of 31.75 points, has been eliminated from the playoffs.

Team Bradley (Ryan Bradley | @RyanSBradley) def. Miner Problem (Ross Miner | @rossminer), 124-76

Ross Miner’s miner problem fell to Ryan Bradley squad in a blowout, missing a chance to clinch a playoff spot. Miner still sits in good position, needing just one win in the final three weeks to make the playoffs. Bradley was led by Mike Evans’ 32 points and Le’Veon Bell’s 27 points, whose three top scorers outdid Bradley’s entire team.

Team A-Wags (Ashley Wagner | @AshWagner2010) def. Team White (Charlie White | @CharlieaWhite), 82-52

After dropping her first contest of the year last week, Ashley Wagner’s team regained its winning ways, beating Team White by 30 points. Though Andy Dalton scored 21 points, no one else scored over nine points. Wagner has clinched a playoff spot, but still has to win two games to be guaranteed the top seed. Charlie White’s team has been eliminated from the playoff picture.

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