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2012 Trophee Eric Bompard Under Way in Paris

16 Nov

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After the first day of competition, four of Team USA’s athletes are poised for the podium heading into Saturday’s events.

Fresh off  her first Grand Prix title at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America earlier this fall, Ashley Wagner sits in second place after her “Red Violin” short program, trailing Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia by less than a point. Wagner earned positive grades of execution on each of her seven elements, including a triple flip-double toe combination, which earned 7.70 points. Wagner finished the segment with a season-best short program score of 63.09 points, while Lipnitskaia will head into the free skate with 63.55 points. Lipnitskaia’s teammate Elizaveta Tuktamysheva finished third with 58.26 points. Christina Gao will take the ice for her free skate in seventh place, less than six points from medal position.

Jeremy Abbott looks to return to the Grand Prix podium after earning 81.18 points for his short program. His program components score of 40.83 points bested his competitors by more than four points, giving him a 4.53 point lead heading into tomorrow’s free skate. Abbott’s performance, set to Nathan Lanier’s “Spy,” included a flawless triple Axel and a triple flip-triple toe combination, which netted 10.30 points. Behind Abbott in second place is Takahito Mura of Japan with 76.65 points, followed by Brian Joubert of France, who finished third with 75.46 points.

In their second season together, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are in fourth place after the short dance, less than two points from the podium. Their Titanic short dance, which earned 56.54 points, featured positive grades of execution on more than half of their elements, including a Level 4 twizzle sequence worth 6.79 points. Currently in first place are Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France with 68.48 points, followed by Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy with 66.18 points, with and Ekaterina Riazova and Ilia Tkachenko of Russia rounding out the top three with 58.23 points.

While Team USA is not represented in the pairs event this week, Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia lead with 66.78 points, followed by Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada with 62.28 points and Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang of China, who finished third with 59.92 points.

Saturday Competition Schedule (all times Eastern)

Men’s free skate – 9:25 a.m.

Jeremy Abbott – 10:46 a.m.

Ladies free skate – 12:30 p.m.

Christina Gao – 1:01 p.m.

Ashley Wagner – 1:47 p.m.

Free Dance – 2:30 p.m.

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue – 3:14 p.m.

2012 Trophee Eric Bompard – Guide

15 Nov

Thursday, November 15, 2012 – Paris

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Five U.S. athletes will compete at 2012 Trophee Eric Bompard, the fifth of six events on the 2012 ISU Grand Prix Series, Nov. 16-18, in Paris. Reigning U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and Christina Gao will represent Team USA for the second time this season in a bid to once again top the podium and qualify for the Grand Prix Final. Although the U.S. will not be represented in the pairs event, three-time reigning U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott and reigning U.S. bronze medalists Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue will each attempt to improve on fifth place finishes earlier this fall at 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America and Skate Canada, respectively.

Friday Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Men’s – 10:30 a.m.

Jeremy Abbott – 11:37 a.m.

Ladies – 12:15 p.m.

Christina Gao – 12:42 p.m.

Ashley Wagner – 1:28 p.m.

Ice Dancing – 2:00 p.m.

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue – 2:20 p.m.

U.S. Assignments Announced for 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series

21 May

The International Skating Union (ISU) announced today the athlete selections for the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. The Grand Prix begins Oct. 21-23 with 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America from Seattle/Kent, Wash.

The Grand Prix Series, entering its 18th season, incorporates six international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters. At the conclusion of the series, athletes’ points are totaled, and the top six ladies, men, pairs and ice dancing teams are invited to compete at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The Grand Prix Final is scheduled for Dec. 5-9, 2012, in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The event will run concurrently with the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

Skate America will feature the four reigning U.S. champions including Ashley Wagner (ladies), Jeremy Abbott (men’s), Caydee Denney and John Coughlin (pairs) and Meryl Davis and Charlie White (ice dancing). Other notable competitors include Russia’s Alena Leonova, the 2012 World ladies silver medalist and Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic, who is the 2011 Skate America champion. Pairs team Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, also of Russia, are two-time reigning World silver medalists.

Gracie Gold, the 2012 U.S. junior champion and World Junior silver medalist, will make her Grand Prix debut in the Series’ second event, Skate Canada. She will compete at Rostelecom Cup alongside Johnny Weir. Weir, a three-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian, is set to return to competition for the first time since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, when he takes the ice at Rostelecom Cup (Moscow) and Trophée Eric Bompard (Paris).

Two newly formed American pairs teams received one assignment each with Caitlin Yankowskas and Joshua Reagan competing at Cup of China (Shanghai) and Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig skating at NHK Trophy (Miyagi, Japan). With the exception Davis, each skater competed on the Grand Prix Series with their previous partners.

The full list of Team USA’s assignments, as well as the full international lineup for Skate America, are below (listed alphabetically). Visit www.isu.org for the full list of selections across the Grand Prix Series.

2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America — Seattle/Kent, Wash. — Oct. 19-21

Ladies:

Rachael Flatt – Will make her fourth Skate America appearance; earned the silver medal in 2009, ‘10

Christina Gao – Made Gran Prix Series debut in 2011, placing fifth at Cup of China and 10th at Rostelecom Cup

Ashley Wagner – Makes Skate America debut as reigning U.S. and Four Continents champion

Men’s

Jeremy Abbott – Begins sixth Grand Prix Series with first-ever appearance at Skate America

Douglas Razzano – Placed seventh at 2011 Skate America in Ontario, Calif.

Pairs

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin – Finished fourth at 2011 Skate America in their Grand Prix debut

Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff – Only other international completion included a fourth-place finish at 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy

Ice Dancing

Meryl Davis and Charlie White – Look for third consecutive Skate America gold; finished fourth in 2007

Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt – Return to Skate America after finishing sixth in 2010

Skate Canada International — Windsor, Ontario — Oct. 26-28

Ladies

Gracie Gold – Is the 2011 JGP Estonia gold medalist

Caroline Zhang – Makes third Skate Canada appearance; finished fifth in 2008, eighth in 2009

Men’s

Ross Miner – Looks to improve on sixth-place finish in 2011

Pairs

Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker – Debuted on Grand Prix in 2011 with seventh-place showing at Skate America

Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin – Also competed on Grand Prix for the first time at 2011 Skate America (6th)

Ice Dancing

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue – Begin second season together; are the 2012 U.S. bronze medalists, finished 10th at 2012 World Championships

Cup of China — Shanghai — Nov. 2-4

Ladies

Mirai Nagasu – Makes fourth straight Cup of China appearance; reigning silver medalist; owner of two Grand Prix Series medals

Men’s

Adam Rippon – Starts fifth Grand Prix season; has won two Series medals

Pairs

Caitlin Yankowskas and Joshua Reagan – First Grand Prix assignment as a partnership.

Ice Dancing

Madison Chock and Evan Bates – Begin second season; finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at 2011 Skate Canada and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard

Rostelecom Cup — Moscow — Nov. 9-11

Ladies

Gracie Gold

Agnes Zawadzki – Competes at third straight Rostelecom Cup (fourth in 2010, seventh in ’11)

Caroline Zhang – Has competed on Grand Prix circuit since 2007; first appearance in Russia

Men’s

Richard Dornbush – Starts second Grand Prix season after finishing fourth at 2011 Skate America, sixth at 2011 Cup of China

Johnny Weir – Has medaled in four of five entries at Rostelecom Cup

Pairs

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin

Ice Dancing: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani – Commence third Grand Prix season; have medaled at all four Grand Prix assignments, qualified for 2011 Grand Prix final and placed fifth

 

Trophée Eric Bompard — Paris — Nov. 16-18

Ladies

Ashley Wagner – Won bronze in only other appearance at this event (2007)

Men’s

Jeremy Abbott – Has won seven Grand Prix medals, including 2008 Grand Prix Final gold

Johnny Weir – Won 2004 Trophée Bompard title

Ice Dancing

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue – Finished sixth at 2011 Skate America in only other Grand Prix experience

 

NHK Trophy — Miyagi, Japan — Nov. 23-25

Ladies

Alissa Czisny – 2012 marks ninth Grand Prix season; finished sixth at only other appearance at NHK Trophy (2007)

Agnes Zawadzki – Finished eighth at 2011 NHK Trophy

Men’s

Richard Dornbush

Ross Miner – Reigning NHK Trophy bronze medalist

Adam Rippon – Placed sixth at 2009 NHK Trophy

Pairs

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir – Placed seventh at 2011 NHK Trophy; have competed on Grand Prix since 2009

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig – First Grand Prix assignment of their partnership.

Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker

Ice Dancing

Meryl Davis and Charlie White – Won this event in 2009, ’10; placed fourth in only other appearance (2006)

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani – Reigning NHK Trophy champions and 2010 bronze medalists

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