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Team USA Nets Two Medals at 2011 NHK Trophy

12 Nov

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Team USA enjoyed a strong show in Sapporo, Japan, which includes a gold medal win from Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani and a bronze medal finish for Ross Miner.

Men’s

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Ross Miner battled back from sixth place after the short program to earn the bronze medal, his first career Grand Prix Series medal. He was joined on the podium by a two representatives of the host country, gold medalist Daisuke Takahashi and silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka. After falling on his “Blues for Klook” program-opening attempt at a quad flip, Takahashi executed five triple jumps and two level four spins to net a season-high 169.32 points for the segment. He assured his spot in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final with his second medal of the season and netted 259.75 points overall. Kozuka, skating to “Nausicaa Princess of the Wind,” produced two triple Axels and a total of six triple jumps. His attempt at a quad toe was two-footed on the landing. He totaled 235.02 points for the weekend (155.25 for free skate). Miner skated to music from The Untouchablessoundtrack. The program was highlighted by two triple Axels earned 141.24 points. Though he was fourth in the free skate segment, his overall score of 212.36 moved him into third place. American Armin Mahbanoozadeh, the finished eighth. His teammate Brandon Mroz sat in third after the short program, thanks in part to a landed Quad Lutz. He suffered some errors in the free skate and went on to finish ninth.

Ice dancing

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A week after earning the silver medal at 2011 Cup of China, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani won their first ever ISU Grand Prix Series gold medal and did so by battling back from a third-place showing in the short dance to win the free dance and the competition. The outcome sees the Shibutanis and silver medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada book their tickets to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in December. Shibutani and Shibutani edged the Canadians by just 0.09 points for the gold medal. Russian’s Elene Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, who were in first after the short dance, took home bronze. Performing their free dance to “In the Mood” and “Moonlight Serenade,” Shibutani and Shibutani earned level fours for five out of seven elements. The reigning World bronze medalists posted a new season’s best of 92.83 points and totaled 151.85 overall. Weaver and Poje’s skate was highlighted by difficult level four lifts and twizzles. They earned the silver with 151.76 total points. Ilinykh and Katsalapov danced to an arrangement of “Ave Maria” and had level four lifts and twizzles. Their free dance score of 87.65 dropped the team to third place at 149.48 points. Americans Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt finished the weekend in sixth place.

Ladies

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Japan’s Akiko Suzuki captured the gold and a spot in the Grand Prix Final as teammate Mao Asada claimed the silver medal. The bronze went to Russia’s Alena Leonova, while Americans Ashley Wagner and Agnes Zawadzki finished fourth and eighth, respectively. Skating to “Die Fledermaus,” Suzuki, who won both segments of competition, performed a triple Lutz, double Axel-triple toe and triple loop. With 119.43 points she was ranked second in the free but was able to hold on to first place at 185.98 points. Asada’s “Liebestraum” free skate included five triple jumps and three level four spins. The 2010 Olympic silver medalist was the free skate winner with 125.77 points (184.19 points overall). Leonova landed a triple toe-triple toe combination and two triple flips in her program. She scored 108.92 points for the free and accumulated 170.68 total.

Pairs

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Russia’s Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov rebounded from a fifth-place showing in the short to win the pairs title followed by Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran of Japan and German’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy. Overcoming a rough short program, Kavaguti and Smirnov produced a triple toe, triple twist, triple throw loop and Salchow in their “Clair de Lune” free skate. They earned scored 122.49 points, setting a season’s best, and totaled 177.51 points. Takahashi and Tran’s program to “Concerto de Quebec” included a triple twist, level four spins and lifts as well as a throw triple Salchow. They maintained silver medal standing and earned 172.09 total points. Short program sinners Savchenko and Szolkowy opened their program to the Pina soundtrack with a throw triple flip, but they made errors on the side by side jumps and did not perform a planned lift. The reigning World Champions received 112.45 points for the free and 171.68 overall. Americans Caydee Denney and John Coughlin placed fifth (163.75 points) in their second outing of the season while teammates Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir finished seventh.

2011 NHK Trophy – Friday

11 Nov

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Remaining Events (all times Eastern):

Friday, Nov. 11
10 p.m.: Free dance

Saturday, Nov. 12
12:05 a.m.: Pairs free skate
2:30 a.m.: Men’s short program
5:00 a.m.: Ladies free skate
10:55 p.m.: Men’s free skate

NHK Trophy kicked off Friday with the short dance and pairs and ladies short programs. Results are below.

Ladies

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Japan’s Akiko Suzuki, who already won silver this season at Skate Canada International, leads after the short program with a season-high score of 66.55 points. Skating to “Hungarian Rhapsody,” Suzuki landed triple toe-triple toe combination, a triple Lutz and a double Axel. She is trailed by Russia’s Alena Leonova in second and teammate Mao Asada in third. Like Suzuki, Leonova executed triple toe-triple toe and achieved a season-high of 61.76 points. The 2011 Russian silver medalist placed fourth at Skate Canada. Asada made her season debut. Skating to “Sheherazade,” she completed a triple flip-double loop, but singled her planned triple Axel. She totaled 58.42 points. “ Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia sits in fourth (57.37 points) and American Ashley Wagner is ranked fifth (55.88) followed by teammate Agnes Zawadzki in sixth(53.84). Wagner won the bronze at Skate Canada while Zawadzki makes her season debut in Sapporo.

Pairs

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Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, who have dominated the international scene of late, lead after he short program. Skating their short program to the Angels and Demons soundtrack, the duo once again tried a throw triple Axel (an element they also attempted in their gold medal win at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America to open the season), but Savchenko fell. En route to 59.23 points, they did successfully complete a triple twist and level four footwork. In second place are home country representatives Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran with 57.89 points. Their program, to “Imagine,” featured a triple twist and throw triple Salchow. Italians Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek are third with 56.23 points. They put out a solid program to “Harlem Nocturne,” completing a side by side triple toe and a level-four death spiral. Americans Caydee Denney and John Coughlin are within striking distance of the podium and sit in fourth at 55.48 points. In what is perhaps a surprise to most, Russia’s Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov sit in fifth (55.02 points) after winning gold last weekend at Cup of China. The second American team, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, are in seventh going into the free skate.

Ice Dancing

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Looking for their second medal is as many weeks, Americans Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani sit in third place after the short dance. The Cup of China silver medalists set a season’s best with 59.02 points despite losing a point due to an extended lift. They are led by Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katasalapov who narrowly lead Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje. The Russian’s earned 61.83 points in their season debut thanks to level fours on their twizzles and lift. Weaver and Poje are also vying for their second medal of the season after taking silver in their home country. They totaled 60.07 points after experiencing problems in their twizzles and footwork sequences. Team USA’s Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt are in sixth place (50.81 points) after winning gold at Ice Challenge last weekend in Graz, Austria.

2011 NHK Trophy – Viewer’s Guide

10 Nov

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Schedule (all times Eastern):

Friday, Nov. 11
12:55 a.m.: Short dance
2:45 a.m.: Pairs short program
5:15 a.m.: Ladies short program
10 p.m.: Free dance

Saturday, Nov. 12
12:05 a.m.: Pairs free skate
2:30 a.m.: Men’s short program
5:00 a.m.: Ladies free skate
10:55 p.m.: Men’s free skate

1…2…3Ashley Wagner competes for the fourth consecutive year at NHK Trophy (4th in 2008, 3rd in 2009, 5th in 2010). She also looks for her second medal of the 2011 Grand Prix season after winning bronze at Skate Canada two weeks ago.

First TimerAgnes Zawadzki is the 2011 World Junior bronze medalist. She made her Grand Prix Series debut a year ago, fi nishing sixth at Skate Canada and fourth at Rostelecom Cup. NHK Trophy marks the fi rst time Zawadzki will compete in Japan.

Seasoned Vets - Armin Mahbanoozadeh and Ross Miner continue their seasons after already competing at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America and Skate Canada, respectively, to open the year.

Lutz SkateBrandon Mroz was recently credited by the ISU with executing the first ever quadruple Lutz in a sanctioned competition. He accomplished the feat Sept. 16, 2011, at the Colorado Springs Invitational. Mroz, who has competed on the Grand Prix since 2008, won a pair of medals in two Grand Prix assignments last year (silver at Cup of China; bronze at Trophée Bompard).

Third Time’s a Charm?Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir begin their third season on the Grand Prix circuit. The Boston-based duo enjoyed their strongest finish, fourth, at 2010 Skate Canada and are looking for their first international medal.

Sneaky, SneakyCaydee Denney & John Coughlin were within two points of sneaking onto the podium in their Grand Prix Series debut at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America. They won bronze at 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy to begin their competitive careers together.

2-for-2 – Both American ice dancing teams take the ice for the second consecutive week with the hope of medaling once again. Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani were silver medalists at Cup of China last week in Shanghai, while Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt won gold at Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria. The Shibutanis were bronze medalists at this event in 2010.

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8 Nov

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