Americans Take Home Hardware on Friday at #SLC2014

12 Sep

The second day of competition has come to an end at the 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic and 2014 Novice and Junior Challenge Skate here at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex. We opened the day with the novice men’s, ladies and pairs free skates and ended with the senior short dance and ladies short program, and senior men’s and pairs free skates. In the International Classic, the Americans took home five medals, sweeping the pairs event and grabbing gold and silver in the men’s event.

Here’s where we stand after the second day of competition:

Novice Men (Free Skate) – Full Results

  1. Eric Sjoberg – 83.00 (125.07)
  2. Kendrick Weston – 75.82 (120.77)
  3. Mathew Graham – 70.40 (109.98)

 

Novice Ladies (Free Skate) – Full Results

  1. Alice Yang – 69.68 (107.21)
  2. Taylor Morris – 65.92 (103.23)
  3. Tamia Ellison – 64.73 (98.79)

 

Novice Pairs (Free Skate) – Full Results

  1. Kate Finster/Eric Hartley – 66.75 (95.77)
  2. Alexandria Yao/Connor Fleming – 62.58 (94.76)
  3. Jaqui Green/Rique Newby-Estrella – 60.27 (89.05)

 

Senior Dance (Short Dance) – Full Results

  1. Alexandra Aldridge/Daniel Eaton – 54.08
  2. Nicole Orford/Thomas Williams (CAN) – 53.74
  3. Marjeve Cyr/Benjamin Brisebois Gaudreau (CAN) – 46.96
  4. Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus – 46.34

 

Senior Ladies (Short Program) – Full Results

  1. Polina Edmunds – 63.27
  2. Riona Kato (JPN) – 61.55
  3. Courtney Hicks – 58.90
  4. Alaine Chartrand (CAN) – 58.35
  5. Mirai Nagasu – 55.46
  6. Ashley Shin – 49.83

 

Senior Pairs (Free Skate) – Full Results

  1. Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim – 114.24 (163.24)
  2. Jessica Calalang/Zack Sidhu – 104.26 (156.18)
  3. Madeline Aaron/Max Settlage – 90.36 (138.52)

 

Senior Men (Free Skate) – Full Results

  1. Max Aaron (USA) – 161.26 (240.22)
  2. Ross Miner (USA) – 142.72 (209.78)
  3. Daisuke Murakami (JPN) – 136.11 (204.67)
  4. Douglas Razzano (USA) – 133.42 (199.57)
  5. Ronald Lam (HKG) – 127.44 (194.11)
  6. Andrei Rogozine (CAN) – 126.87 (192.16)
  7. Jordan Moeller (USA) – 125.60 (189.81)

*Above results listed through American skater finishes in each event


Lights, Camera, Action!

Instant reactions from Team USA…

Alexandra Aldridge/Daniel Eaton – 54.08 (1st place after the short dance)

 

Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus – 46.34 (4th place after the short dance)

 

BONUS: Want to see what the Canadian teams of  Nicole Orford/Thomas Williams (2nd place) and Marjeve Cyr/Benjamin Brisebois Gaudreau (3rd place) said after their performances? Click there names for the interview.

 

Polina Edmunds – 63.27 (1st place after the short program)

 

Courtney Hicks – 58.90 (3rd place after the short program)

 

Mirai Nagasu – 55.46 (5th place after the short program)

 

Ashley Shin – 49.83 (6th place after the short program)

 

Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim – 114.24 (163.24) (1st place)

 

Jessica Calalang/Zack Sidhu – 104.26 (156.18) (2nd place)

 

Madeline Aaron/Max Settlage – 90.36 (138.52) (3rd place)

 

Max Aaron (USA) – 161.26 (240.22) (1st place)

 

Ross Miner (USA) – 142.72 (209.78) (2nd place)

 

Douglas Razzano – 133.42 (199.57) (4th place)

 

Jordan Moeller – 125.60 (189.81) (7th place)

 

BONUS: See what silver medalist Daisuke Murakami said after his free skate.


What Else They’re Saying….

Dance

Alexandra Aldridge on their performance: “We feel like our performance was good. For us, the characters were the most important, and I think we kept those characters from beginning to end. That’s exactly what we came here to do.”
Daniel Eaton on their performance: “The performance itself was really a goal for us here. We know we’re capable of doing really well, so we wanted to come here and put out a really good performance.”

Anastasia Cannuscio on their performance: “It went okay. I think performance-wise it was good, but we had a couple of stupid mistakes. Other than those, it felt pretty strong. We want to see what our levels are and what the protocol can tell us.”
Colin McManus on competing at their third International Classic:We’re definitely hungry for a medal. The first year we were still so young on the senior international scene and last year the field was really tough with names like Meryl (Davis) and Charlie (White) here. This year we would definitely like to see a medal of any color.”

Ladies

Polina Edmunds on her performance: “I did a clean program, but I had a little bobble on my flip, so of course I want to fix that. For the most part it was a good program and I’m happy I pushed through it. I skated how I train and I’m really excited to move forward with this program and keep building the artistry.”

Courtney Hicks on the free skate tomorrow: “I want to show that I’m a strong competitor and that I can do two good programs – not one good, one bad like seasons before. I want to enjoy the choreography and show strong jumps.”

Mirai Nagasu on the new season: “This is the first international for me this year and I hope to just keep building from here. Even if I don’t place where I want to here, hopefully I can just learn from it and get where I need to be later in the season.”

Ashley Shin on her first senior international competition: “To be honest, I was really nervous at first, but I started to get used to it the more I got to practice. It really started to sink in when I got out there. I just want to try everything here and soak in the experience of what it’s like to be at a senior competition.”

Pairs

Alexa Scimeca on their performance: Scimeca: “I feel like we redeemed ourselves from the short program. I think we were humbled by the short. It really brought us back down to earth and made us focus on what we needed to. We always skate for ourselves, but I think we forgot that going into the short. Before we skated today we reminded each other of that, that this is just for us and our own improvement, not anyone else.”
Chris Knierim on their free skate: “There’s one moment in the program, right after the side-by-side spin, where I can catch my breath and reconnect.”

Jessica Calalang on their second senior international competition: “We feel pretty great. We have another senior b in about a month, so I feel like this is a good base for us to grow on.”
Zack Sidhu on the rough spots: “I missed the jumps and our throws were a little sketchier than usual. Normally those are very solid. We could have pushed harder and gone a little faster, but I think our presentation was good and that’s what we’ve been trying to improve.”

Max Settlage on their performance: “It wasn’t our best, but we’re not worried yet because it’s just the beginning of the season. We have a long time to build everything up and make ourselves even better.”

Men

Max Aaron on his performance: “It was a push in the right direction. This was about pushing the components out and showing transitions. That was my main goal. I took another fall on something silly, but that’s okay. I’m trying to make things bigger and sometimes that takes me off my balance. I’m learning where those limits are and that’s what it’s going to take.”

Ross Miner on his performance: “I’m really proud that I got all three Axels done. I haven’t done that in competition in a long time. I had a few stupid mistakes, but in general, I think this competition is much more indicative of how I’ve been skating at home.” 

Douglas Razzano on his performance: “Today wasn’t perfect and obviously I wanted to be perfect, but some things were better than my last competition and my score was about the same. Given the altitude and the schedule – it’s 10 p.m. and I’m usually in bed by 10 p.m. – I think today went well. I’m okay with it.”

Jordan Moeller on his “Peer Gynt” free skate: “This program is really dark. I’ve never done anything this dramatic before. It’s a different form of energy than I’m used to. Usually I go for the more soft and flowy stuff, but this is not that at all. It’s different, but it’s a lot of fun.”


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Looking at Saturday

Two days down, two to go! Saturday will be a fun one as we’ll see the junior Challenge Skate competitors for the first time, and watch finales for the senior dance and ladies competitions. The full schedule is below:

10:15 AM: Novice Pattern Dance

11:05 AM: Junior Short Dance

11:40 AM: Junior Ladies Short Program

2:30 PM: Junior Men’s Short Program

3:45 PM: Junior Pairs Short Program

5:00 PM: Senior Ladies Free Skate

7:50 PM: Senior Free Dance

9:20 PM: Senior Dance and Ladies Awards Ceremonies

First medals to be awarded today in Salt Lake City

12 Sep

With one day of competition down, another exciting day of skating is set for today at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex. The day begins with the 2014 U.S. Challenge Skate where athletes will vie for titles in the novice men’s, ladies and pairs free skates. The action continues when the 2014 U.S. International Classic resumes with the short dance and ladies short program, followed by the pairs and men’s free skates.

Here’s today’s schedule:

Friday, Sept. 12

7:55 AM: Novice Men’s Free Skate

9:45 AM: Novice Ladies Free Skate

11:30 AM: Novice Pairs Free Skate

3:50 PM: Senior Short Dance

5:20 PM: Senior Ladies Short Program

7:50 PM: Senior Pairs Free Skate

9:05 PM: Senior Men’s Free Skate

For the event’s full schedule, click here.

 

Friday’s Storylines to follow:

Important Links:

2014 U.S. Challenge Skate – Live Results/Starting Order, recap of Thursday’s events.

2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic – Live Results/Starting Order, recap of Thursday’s events.

Icenetwork will provide complete event coverage of the U.S. International Classic and Challenge Skate. Exclusive streaming video of all U.S. International Classic competition will be available to subscribers, while free recaps, news and photos will be accessible to all users. For more information, please visit www.icenetwork.com.

Want to follow the action as it happens? Follow us on Twitter (@USFigureSkating), ‘Like’ U.S. Figure Skating on Facebook, and be sure to check back here for exclusive content and behind-the-scenes coverage.

First Day in the Books at #SLC2014

11 Sep

The first day of competition has come to an end at the 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic and 2014 Novice and Junior Challenge Skate here at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex. We opened the day with the novice division’s pairs, ladies and men’s short programs (See some highlights here!), and followed with the senior pairs and men’s short programs (See some highlights here!). Fun fact: Tonight marked the first time in ISU history that the pairs technical panel (controller, specialist & asst. specialist) are all women.

Here’s where we stand after the first day of competition:

Novice Pairs (Short Program) – Full Results

  1. Alexandria Yao/Connor Fleming – 32.18
  2. Kate Finster/Eric Hartley – 29.02
  3. Jacqui Green/Rique Newby-Estrella – 28.78

 

Novice Ladies (Short Program) – Full Results

  1. Alice Yang – 37.53
  2. Taylor Morris – 37.31
  3. Tamia Ellison – 34.06

 

Novice Men (Short Program) – Full Results

  1. Kendrick Weston – 44.95
  2. Eric Sjoberg – 42.07
  3. Mathew Graham – 39.58

 

Senior Pairs (Short Program) – Full Results

  1. Jessica Calalang/Zack Sidhu (USA) – 51.92
  2. Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim (USA) – 49.00
  3. Madeline Aaron/Max Settlage (USA) – 48.16

 

Senior Men (Short Program) – Full Results

  1. Max Aaron (USA) – 78.96
  2. Daisuke Murakami (JPN) – 68.56
  3. Ross Miner (USA) – 67.06
  4. Ronald Lam (HKG) – 66.67
  5. Douglas Razzano (USA) – 66.15
  6. Andrei Rogozine (CAN) – 65.29
  7. Jordan Moeller (USA) – 64.21

Lights, Camera, Action!

Instant reactions from Team USA…

Jessica Calalang/Zack Sidhu – 51.92 (1st place after the short program/pairs)

 

Alexa Scimeca/Chris Knierim – 49.00 (2nd place after the short program/pairs)

 

Madeline Aaron/Max Settlage – 48.16 (3rd place after the short program/pairs)

 

Max Aaron – 78.96 (1st place after the short program/men)

 

Ross Miner – 67.06 (3rd place after the short program/men)

 

Douglas Razzano – 66.15 (5th place after the short program/men)

 

Jordan Moeller – 64.21 (7th place after the short program/men)


What Else They’re Saying….

Pairs:

Jessica Calalang on their performance: “It feels great to be in first. We had a little mistake in the beginning, but we tried to put it past us and keep performing.”
Zack Sidhu on their goals heading into the free skate: “We want to do the same thing we did in the short tonight. We’re going to perform to each other and perform to the audience and continue to keep that going throughout the whole skate.”

Alexa Scimeca on the star lift: “Even though we messed it up today, we’re not going to give up on it. We’re going to try it again tomorrow and build on it at each competition because we want to keep it for the next four years.”
Chris Knierim on their performance: “It was rough. It’s not exactly what we wanted technically, but we kept ourselves in it with the components side, so that’s good. We lost a lot of points technically.”

Madeline Aaron on their program: “I love this program. Max does, too. I think we’ve been wanting to skate to this music for a long time, it was just a matter of finding the right pieces. It’s a ballet, but it’s a fast-moving, controlled ballet, so we really enjoy skating to it.”
Max Settlage on competing internationally at the senior level for the first time: “Honestly it feels the same as junior. I feel like we’ve stepped up our game for that very reason. So it’s easy and familiar for us.”

Men’s:

Max Aaron on skating to “Footloose”: “My choreographer, Mark Pillay, came up with it and (coach) Tom (Zakrajsek) and I decided to go for it. I love what he (Pillay) does with his athletes, so we might as well go for it. He’s great at what he does, so I let him pick the music and do his thing.”

Ross Miner on tomorrow’s free skate: “My goal going into the free skate is to skate like I’ve been training at home. It’s been a while since I’ve skated as well as I am at home right now. I feel like I’m finally getting better, better than I ever have been before, as opposed to trying to maintain and hold onto something like I was last year. I feel like I’m actually making true progress instead of trying to claw my way back. I just want to show that and enjoy.

Douglas Razzano on his performance: “You know, other than the quad toe, I would say it’s an improvement over Skate Detroit earlier this season. I thought my spins were great and my steps were good. The other two jumps were done – they weren’t flawless, a la Beyoncé – but it was an improvement over Detroit and that I’m okay with.”

Jordan Moeller on his first senior international event: “I don’t want to say it’s intimidating, but it’s a whole different setting. I was only on the junior circuit for one year and taking the jump up to senior is awesome. I’m so excited to be here. This being the first event, I have a few jitters, but I’m really excited.”


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Sliding Ahead to Friday

Another exciting (and long) day on cue for Friday. We’ll finish up the Challenge Skate’s novice men’s, ladies and pairs events in the morning before getting our first look at the senior dance and ladies events. We’ll conclude with free programs and award ceremonies for the senior men and pairs. The full schedule is below:

7:55 AM: Novice Men’s Free Skate

9:45 AM: Novice Ladies Free Skate

11:30 AM: Novice Pairs Free Skate

12:40 AM: Novice Men, Ladies, and Pairs Award Ceremonies

3:50 PM: Senior Short Dance

5:20 PM: Senior Ladies Short Program

7:50 PM: Senior Pairs Free Skate

9:05 PM: Senior Men’s Free Skate

10:40 PM: Senior Men’s and Pairs Awards Ceremonies

Checking in from #SLC2014 – Thursday, Sept. 11

11 Sep

We’re ready for an exciting day at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex as the 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic and the 2014 U.S. Challenge Skate get underway. Here’s today’s schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 11

8:55 AM: Novice Pairs Short Program

10:05 AM: Novice Ladies Short Program

11:45 AM: Novice Men’s Short Program

7:20 PM: Senior Pairs Short Program

8:25 PM: Senior Men’s Short Program

For the event’s full schedule, click here.

 

Thursday’s Storylines to follow:

  • Max Aaron, the 2013 U.S. champion and reigning U.S. bronze medalist, starts his pursuit of his third consecutive International Classic title. To date, he has never finished anything other than first at this event.
  • Ross Miner and Douglas Razzano will be making their 2014 international debuts.
  • Jordan Moeller, the 2014 U.S. junior silver medalist, will make his senior-level debut in Salt Lake City.
  • Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim will hit the ice to tune-up for next month’s Skate America in Scimeca’s hometown of Chicago.
  • Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage will make their senior international debut after winning the 2013 U.S. junior title.

 

Important Links:

2014 U.S. Challenge Skate – Live Results/Starting Order

2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic – Live Results/Starting Order

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Athletes Descend on Salt Lake City for International Classic/Challenge Skate

10 Sep

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Hundreds of athletes, coaches and officials are arriving in Salt Lake City today, as the 2014-15 international season kicks off at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex.

Now in its third year, the U.S International Figure Skating Classic will be the first in a series of 11 competitions that will make up the newly formed ISU Challenger Series. The international field will include athletes from Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mexico, Philippines and Spain.

In conjunction with the event, U.S. Figure Skating will also host the U.S. Challenge Skate, an invitational for nearly 100 American skaters who have competed at a sectional or U.S. championship at the intermediate, novice and junior levels. The event’s goal is for skaters to experience an international competition setting. In addition to competing against other top skaters at their levels, athletes will have the opportunity to attend seminars and be judged by an international judging panel.

Tickets, starting at $10 per day, will be available at the door. For more information, please visit http://www.usfigureskatingclassic.com.

Icenetwork will provide complete event coverage of the U.S. International Classic and Challenge Skate. Exclusive streaming video of all competition will be available to subscribers, while free recaps, news and photos will be accessible to all users. For more information, please visit www.icenetwork.com.

 

2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic SchedulePrint

(all times Mountain, subject to change)

 

Thursday, Sept. 11

7:20 PM: Senior Pairs Short Program

8:25 PM: Senior Men’s Short Program

 

Friday, Sept. 12

3:50 PM: Senior Short Dance

5:20 PM: Senior Ladies Short Program

7:50 PM: Senior Pairs Free Skate

9:05 PM: Senior Men’s Free Skate

10:40 PM: Senior Men’s and Pairs Awards Ceremonies

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

5:00 PM: Senior Ladies Free Skate

7:50 PM: Senior Free Dance

9:20 PM: Senior Dance and Ladies Awards Ceremonies

 

 

2014 U.S. Challenge Skate SchedulePrint

(all times Mountain, subject to change)

 

Thursday, Sept. 11

8:55 AM: Novice Pairs Short Program

10:05 AM: Novice Ladies Short Program

11:45 AM: Novice Men’s Short Program

 

Friday, Sept. 12

7:55 AM: Novice Men’s Free Skate

9:45 AM: Novice Ladies Free Skate

11:30 AM: Novice Pairs Free Skate

12:40 AM: Novice Men, Ladies, and Pairs Award Ceremonies

 

Saturday, Sept. 13

10:15 AM: Novice Pattern Dance

11:05 AM: Junior Short Dance

11:40 AM: Junior Ladies Short Program

2:30 PM: Junior Men’s Short Program

3:45 PM: Junior Pairs Short Program

 

Sunday, Sept. 14

8:55 AM: Novice Free Dance

10:00 AM: Junior Free Dance

10:35 AM: Junior Ladies Free Skate

1:25 AM: Novice Dance and Junior Ladies and Dance Award Ceremonies

1:55 PM: Junior Men’s Free Skate

3:20 PM: Junior Pairs Free Skate

4:30 PM: Junior Men’s and Pairs Award Ceremonies

 

U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football – Week 1 Recap

9 Sep

The first week of the inaugural U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Football League is in the books. Below is a short recap of the action:

 

Team White (Charlie White | @CharlieaWhite) def. Snowplow Sam, 103-82

White, a 2014 Olympic gold medalist, knows a thing or two about winning, and it showed this weekend in his win over U.S. Figure Skating’s Snowplow Sam. Trailing heading into Monday, White’s team benefited from excellent performances by Matthew Stafford (29 points) and Calvin Johnson (28 points) on Monday night to secure the win.

Miner Problem (Ross Miner | @rossminer) def. Team Aaron (Max Aaron | @MaxTAaron), 95-60

Miner avenged his second-place 2013 U.S Championships finish to Aaron with a dominate win this weekend. Miner Problem got out to an early lead with 24 points from Marshawn Lynch in Thursday’s season-opening game between the Seattle Seahawks the Green Bay Packers. Aaron’s team got double-digit performances out of just two players (Nick Foles, 14; Rob Gronkowski, 10) making him the lowest scoring team in the league in week 1. One story that needs to be told about this matchup is how Miner’s team was drafted. Because he was scheduled to be teaching skating lessons for the first part of the league draft, Miner employed the help of a skating-dad to draft until Miner finished the lesson—so kudos to this skating-dad who put his child’s instructor in the win column.

Team A-Wags (Ashley Wagner | @AshWagner2010) def. Team Thah ‘D’ (Ricky Dornbush | @RichardDornbush), 101-77

Wagner, the only ladies skater in the league, proved most of the league wrong after turning in the third-highest score in the league and starting her fantasy football career with a victory. Before play began, Wagner traded Colin Kaepernick, one of her three drafted quarterbacks, to Snowplow Sam for Percy Harvin, who yielded her nine points in the opening week. Wagner used strong performances from Julius Thomas (28 points), Andrew Luck (25 points) and Matt Forte (16 points.). Meanwhile, Dornbush’s highest point scorer was Drew Brees (15 points). He also got just 10 points from the Seattle Seahawks defense, who he drafted in the fourth round.

Team Bradley (Ryan Bradley | @RyanSBradley) def. Coach Coughlin (John Coughlin | @JohnCoughlinUSA), 121-97

Week 1 pitted friends, Kansas City Chiefs’ fans and 2011 U.S. champions John Coughlin and Ryan Bradley, against one another. After the Chiefs fell to Tennessee in the first big NFL upset of the season, both Coughlin and Bradley were searching for some type of weekend victory —this one would go to Ryan Bradley. Both teams had good weeks. Bradley was the league’s highest score, while Coughlin would have gone 6-3 against the league—but it was Peyton Manning’s 22-point performance Sunday night that clinched the win for Bradley.

Team Knierim (Chris Knierim | @ChrisKnierim) def. Team Bates (Evan Bates | @Evan_Bates), 85-74   

It was a match-up of skating  teams, with pairs skater Knierim edging two-time Olympian, ice dancer Evan Bates, on the final day of play. The closest result of the week, Bates was hindered by a nine-point performance by Tony Romo and a four-point performance by Eddie Lacy. New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings put Knierim over the top with a 15-point performance on Sunday night, helping the Arizona native complete the come-from-behind victory.

 

Hopefully this week was a sign of good things to come for Knierim and Miner, both of whom will compete this weekend at the 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (Coverage for that event can be found on Skatingmagazineblog.com starting Thursday!). Fans can follow along all season by visiting usfigu.re/USFSFantasyFootball and checking back on the SKATING magazine blog.

Shaughnessy recovering from broken jaw

2 Sep

By Sarah Brannen

The senior pairs team of Alexandria Shaughnessy and Jimmy Morgan went from high to low in quick succession at the end of August. They were delighted to receive their first international assignment, the Ondrej Nepela Trophy. A few days later, on Aug. 26, they were finishing up what Morgan called “a really great run-through” of their free skate at The Skating Club of Boston, coming around the corner in a butterfly hold, when they both tripped and fell. Shaughnessy couldn’t break her fall and took the full impact on her chin, breaking her jaw in three places as well as breaking some teeth.

“I immediately knew it was bad,” Shaughnessy wrote in an email. “Because, well, first there was a good amount of blood, and second I could feel pieces of my teeth falling out. My body was so numb that I had no idea I had even split my chin open and needed stitches.”

“It was right where it needed to be to do the most damage,” Morgan said of the impact.

Morgan and coach Carrie Wall accompanied Shaughnessy to Boston Children’s Hospital. Two days later, on Aug. 28, Shaughnessy had surgery, also at Children’s Hospital, to implant a titanium plate in her chin. After her jaw heals, she will need crowns for some of her teeth. Her jaw was wired shut for two weeks. She wasn’t able to talk for a few days and communicated by notepad and sign language, but she says she can now talk a little.

“Sometimes the pain is very uncomfortable around my chin area,” Shaughnessy wrote.  “But lately it’s been more manageable because I have a good routine for eating (protein shakes and smoothies) and taking my medicines.”

Shaughnessy, 21 and Morgan, 22, finished 12th at the 2014 U.S. Championships, their first as seniors. They were the 2012 U.S. novice bronze medalists. Shaughnessy’s doctors plan to evaluate the timeline for her recovery this week, so the team is not certain whether they will be able to compete at the Nepela Trophy.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed, of course,” Morgan said. “Obviously she can take as much time as she needs. We have a long road ahead of us — if worse comes to worst and we miss our first international, we have many more ahead of us.”

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