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2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day Eight

27 Jan

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2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Saturday, January 26, 2013 | CenturyLink Center | Omaha, Neb.

Daily Schedule (All times Eastern)

Senior men’s free skate: 1:15 p.m.

Intermediate men’s and ladies free skate: 10:30 a.m.

Juvenile and intermediate free dance: 2:10 p.m.

2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day Seven

26 Jan

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2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Saturday, January 26, 2013 | CenturyLink Center | Omaha, Neb.

Daily Schedule (All times Eastern)

Senior pairs free skate, early groups: Noon

Senior ice dancing free dance, early groups : 1:05 p.m.

Senior pairs free skate: 2:35 p.m.

Senior ice dancing free dance: 4:15 p.m.

Senior ladies free skate: 6:45 p.m.

Juvenile boys free skate: 9:45 a.m

Juvenile girls free skate: 11:15 p.m.

Headlines

Reigning Champions Reign in Short: All three reigning champions now lead after the short program/dance as last night Jeremy Abbott skated to the top score in the men’s event.

Championship Saturday: Live on NBC for six hours today, from 3-6 and 8-11 p.m. ET, three championships in the senior events will be awarded.

Strive for Five: Meryl Davis and Charlie White look to climb to the top of the sport as they maintain a sizable lead in the dance event. With a win, the duo will have five straight titles and tie themselves for the most U.S. ice dancing titles in American history.

At Long Last?: The pairs team of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir have admittedly been through a lot together. With a sizable lead in the pairs event, the duo may rise to the top and claim their first title.

2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day Six

25 Jan

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2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Friday, January 25, 2013 | CenturyLink Center | Omaha, Neb.

Daily Schedule (All times Eastern)

Senior ice dancing short dance : 3:00 p.m.

Senior men’s short program: 8:30 p.m.

Juvenile pattern dance: 10:15 a.m.
Intermediate ladies short program: 1:00 p.m.
Intermediate men’s short program: 2:30 p.m.
Juvenile pairs free skate: 4:00 p.m.
Intermediate pairs free skate: 5:45 p.m.
Intermediate pattern dance: 7:40 p.m.

Headlines

Wagner Begins Defense – Ashley Wagner skated 19th of 20 and delivered a rock solid performance en route to the lead after the short program and half of her title defense is complete.

Zawadzki and Nagasu Loom – Agnes Zawadzki fell on her double Axel on what otherwise was a flawless performance and is in second while Mirai Nagasu landed a triple-triple en route to a third place score. Both Zawadzki and Nagasu are in position to claim gold if the defending champ falters.

Over the Moon – Marissa Castelli flew high on her twists and throw during the short program and, along with Simon Shnapir, they lead by a wide margin after the short program.

Chasing History – Meryl Davis and Charlie White will go after their fifth straight U.S. championship in the short dance today while Jeremy Abbott looks to claim his fourth title, and defend his gold from 2012 as the men’s event kicks off tonight.

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2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day Five

24 Jan

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2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Thursday, January 24, 2013 | CenturyLink Center | Omaha, Neb.

Daily Schedule (All times Eastern)

Senior pairs short program: 5:00 p.m.

Senior ladies short program: 8:30 p.m.

Headlines

Back-toBack Champs: Junior ice dancers Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton defended their 2012 title last night to become two-time defending U.S. junior ice dancing titlists.

Victory At Last: After finishing in second last year, Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer earned their first U.S. title together in junior pairs.

Remember The Name: Polina Edmunds, 6th and 7th, respectively, the last two years in this event, rose to the top of the podium as she won both the short program and free skate as junior ladies champion.

Senior Athletes Compete: Beginning at 5 p.m. the senior events kick off with the pairs short program. Reigning champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin will not compete due to injury so the field is wide open for a new champ. In the ladies event, which begins at 8:30 p.m., Ashley Wagner will look to be the first American to defend her title since Michelle Kwan.

2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day Four

23 Jan

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2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | CenturyLink Center | Omaha, Neb.

Daily Schedule (All times Eastern)

Junior free dance: 1:00 p.m.

Junior pairs free skate: 3:40 p.m. *Awards to follow

Junior ladies free skate: 9:45 p.m. *Awards to follow

Headlines

Vin Is In – Vincent Zhou nailed his free skate last night and scored above 205 points to claim his third title, over three levels, in three years. Reigning champion Nathan Chen, who was battling illness earned the bronze medal and snapped his winning streak and Shotaro Omori captured silver.

The Lines Have Been Drawn – Later today the other three junior disciplines will come to a close, but the favorites have emerged after the short programs and short dance. Reigning champs Aldridge and Eaton lead in dance, upstart Aaron and Settlage in pairs and riding the momentum of her season so far, Polina Edmunds in ladies.

Full House – The senior athletes have arrived and by mid-day today, they will all have had their first official practice.

2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day Three

22 Jan

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2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | CenturyLink Center | Omaha, Neb.

Daily Schedule (All times Eastern)

Junior pairs short program: 3:00 p.m.

Junior short dance: 6:30 p.m.

Junior men’s free skate: 8:30 p.m.*

*Awards to follow

Today’s Headlines

First Titles Handed Out – Yesterday, all of the novice disciplines came to and end and we handed out the first four gold medals of the event. Congratulations to Tyler Pierce, Tomoki Hiwatashi, Chloe Lewis and Logan Bye and Christina Zaitsev and Ernie Utah Stevens!

Senior Athletes Arrive – By the end of the day, most all of the senior level athletes will be in Omaha and the ladies and pairs will each have their first official practices today.

Junior Couples Compete – Today marks the opening of both the junior pairs and dance events. Reigning champions Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton are back to defend their title in dance, while we’ll crown a new champion in pairs.

Shot at Gold – Shotaro Omori leads favorites and past champions Vincent Zhou and Nathan Chen after a masterful performance in the short program. Tonight, the exciting conclusion will see one rise to the top.

2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day Two

21 Jan

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2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Monday, January 21, 2013 | CenturyLink Center | Omaha, Neb.

Daily Schedule (All times Eastern)

Novice free dance: 10:20 a.m.

Novice ladies free skate: 12:30 p.m.

Novice men’s free skate: 3:20 p.m.

Novice pairs free skate: 5:15 p.m.

Junior ladies short program: 9:00 p.m.

The 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships continue today with the conclusion of the novice events and the junior ladies short program.

Today’s Headlines

Novice events conclude – Less than four points separate the top three novice competitors in each discipline heading into today’s final events. First to take the ice will be the ice dancers, where newly-partnered Tory Patsis and Joseph Johnson lead the field with 43.73 points following yesterday’s pattern dance competition. Right on their heels are veterans Chloe Lewis and Logan Bye, who finished fourth in novice at last year’s U.S. Championships. Lewis and Bye, in their third season together, sit in second place with 41.25 points. Rounding out the potential podium is the sibling duo of Gigi Becker and Luca Becker with 40.94 points.

Once the ice dancing medalists are determined, Tyler Pierce will attempt to once again edge out her challengers in the novice ladies free skate competition. Pierce executed flawless elements in yesterday’s short program, including a triple Lutz-double toe combination, a triple loop and the highest program components score of the event. She leads with 45.66 points. In second place is Pierce’s teammate, Amy Lin, who earned 44.86 points for her “Kung Fu Panda 2″ short program. Lin achieved a Level 4 on two of her spins and sits less than a point behind first place at her first U.S. Championships at the novice level. Less than a point behind Lin, Bradie Tennell has 43.22 points and heads into the free skate in third place.

As competition enters the afternoon hours, the novice men’s champion will be crowned. After the short program, Tomoki Hiwatashi leads the way with 52.05 points. Celebrating his 13th birthday in style, Hiwatashi received positive grades of execution of at least 0.64 on each of his six elements, including a triple Salchow-double toe combination. In second place, Nicholas Vrdolijak earned 49.53 points for his short program, which included a triple Lutz and a triple flip double toe combination. Vrdolijak finished seventh in the novice event at last year’s U.S. Championships. Finishing out the top three is Oleksiy Melnyk, who earned 49.27 points in yesterday’s short program.

Kaitlin Budd and Nikita Cheban hope to hold onto the top stop as the novice pairs free skate commences this afternoon. After beginning their partnership just seven months ago, Budd and Cheban lead the field with 36.42 points following an effortless short program to “Summertime” by Giovanni. Sitting in second are Christina Zaitsev and Ernie Utah Stevens, who come to the event fresh off their first international assignment in Croatia last fall. Zaitsev and Stevens, who are coached by Zaitsev’s parents, have 35.21 points heading into today’s free skate. In third place, Elise Middleton and Robert Hennings earned 33.74 points for their elegant “Skater’s Waltz” short program, highlighted by old fashioned choreography and the second highest program components score of the event.

High-Flying Ladies – The junior ladies will compete on championship ice for the first time this evening as they close out the day’s events with their short programs. Polina Edmunds and Karen Chen, both of whom completed triple-triple combinations in their short programs at the 2013 Pacific Coast Sectional Championships, will battle for the top spots, joining Eastern Sectional champion Maria Yang and Midwestern Sectional champion Barbie Long.

Live competition will be available on icenetwork.com for Season Pass subscribers.

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