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2011 Trophee Eric Bompard – Viewer’s Guide

17 Nov

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2011 Trophee Bompard

Schedule (all times Eastern):

Friday, Nov. 18
9:00 a.m.: Men’s short program
10:45 a.m.: Pairs short program
12:15 p.m.: Ladies short program
2:00 p.m.: Short dance

Saturday, Nov. 19
7:30 a.m.: Men’s free skate
9:30 a.m.: Pairs free skate
12:30 p.m.: Ladies free skate
2:30 p.m.: Free dance

Golden GirlAlissa Czisny skates for her second gold medal of the season after winning the 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America title to start the season. She makes her second consecutive trip to France for this event. She is the reigning bronze medalist.

Les DeuxAdam Rippon won the bronze medal at 2009 Trophée Bompard. Competing on the Grand Prix circuit since 2008, Rippon owns three medals. He fell just short of medaling at his first event of the 2011 campaign, placing fourth at Skate Canada International three weeks ago.

First Time for Everything – Though Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig have competed internationally together since 2003, this will mark their first trip to France to compete on behalf of the United States. They opened the season with a fourth-place finish at Cup of China two weeks ago.

Put Me In, CoachMadison Chock & Evan Bates got the call last week to compete in Paris after a withdrawal. The newly formed team finished fourth at Skate Canada and third at Finlandia Trophy. Bates and his former partner, Emily Samuelson, placed fourth at this event in 2009 while Chock is the reigning bronze medalist with former partner, Greg Zuerlein.

What Happened Last Week?Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani earned their first career Grand Prix Series gold medal at 2011 NHK Trophy. They vaulted from third after the short dance to edge Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje for the gold. Both teams secured their spots at the 2011 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Ross Miner won the bronze medal, his first of any color on the Grand Prix circuit.

The rest of Team USA at NHK Trophy
Ladies: Ashley Wagner (4th), Agnes Zawadzki (8th)
Men: Armin Mahbanoozadeh (8th), Brandon Mroz (9th)
Pairs: Caydee Denney & John Coughlin (5th), Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir (7th)
Ice dancing: Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt (6th)

2011 NHK Trophy – Viewer’s Guide

10 Nov

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2011 NHK Trophy

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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