Saturday, October 29th – Hershey Centre – Mississauga, ON
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Friday was an active day at 2011 Skate Canada, the second event in the ISU Grand Prix Series. Here are the results:
The three American ladies, Ashley Wagner, Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu are in the top five after the short program behind 14-year-old Russian Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who leads the pack with 59.57 points. As noted in yesterday’s blog, both Wagner and Flatt were happy with their short programs and they are looking forward to today. Nagasu has slightly more work to do to reach the podium, but can feed off her first place performance at the Nebelhorn Trophy from earlier this year. Today, the ladies will perform their free skate at 2:15 p.m.
After the men’s short program, there is a separation in the pack. Javier Fernandez of Spain shattered his personal best and received 84.71 points and is in first place. Diasuke Takahashi of Japan is in second with 84.66 and reigning World champion Patrick Chan of Canada was not flawless, but still received 83.28 points and is in third. American Adam Rippon is in fourth, more than ten points behind Chan with 72.89 and Ross Miner is in seventh with 60.83 points. The men will perform their free skate at 7:10 p.m.
Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were superb as they skated to a more than eight-point lead over their teammates Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje. The performance by Virtue and Moir answered the questions asked by Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White when they went on to win Skate America last weekend. Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates finished in sixth with 50.43 points after a strong short dance ended with a late fall. The free dance will conclude Skate Canada on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
There were no Americans entered in the pairs event at Skate Canada. Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia lead the competition with 70.42 points, a more than eight-point advantage over second place. The pairs free skate is at 4:15 p.m. today.
Cup of Nice
In his senior international debut, American Keegan Messing posted an impressive 77.75 points in his short program to lead by nearly 10 points going into today’s free skate. The competition has started and they are 10 skaters through the 25 to compete. Messing will skate last, and when he finishes, we will post an update on Twitter.
In pairs, Ashley Cain and Joshua Reagan, also in their senior international debut, are in third with 53.04 points in their short program. Fellow Americans Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker are in fourth with 52.04 points. The competition is led by Italians Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek with 57.64 points.
Stay tuned to the U.S. Figure Skating Twitter page for updates throughout the day.