The second day of competition has concluded at 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America, and we’ve got your behind-the-scenes look at all the action.
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Team USA Results | Full Results
Pairs Short Program
Ladies Short Program
Men’s Free Skate
What Team USA had to say:
Max Settlage: “It just felt like more of a show to me. When we stepped out there, the energy was building and building. I thought, ‘this is a nice change from the JGP.’ It was really exciting to have an audience.”
Brandon Frazier: “Today was a really good start to the Grand Prix Series. That was a personal best for us, which is something to be very proud of. We just want to keep moving forward from here.”
Alexa Scimeca: “We have a lot of goals, but first we’d love to win nationals this year and every year after leading up to the 2018 Olympics.”
Samantha Cesario: “Here in practice and getting it out there in the competition, every time you do it, it builds confidence. It wasn’t my best flip landing and I still went for it so that’s something that will definitely help me build confidence in the jump.”
Gracie Gold: “Missing a combination spin in a short program, points-wise, is very unfortunate. It’s kind of funny and a little bit embarrassing to do such a good program and to miss on such a little thing.”
Mirai Nagasu: “It was all mental and I was so confident going into this program that I think when things didn’t work out it caught me off guard. And I wasn’t on my game today, it happens to everyone. Tomorrow’s a new day so I guess I’ll focus on tomorrow.”
Colin McManus: “We’ve been trying so hard for the last three seasons that we’ve been senior on the international circuit to get that World qualifying score, and we finally achieved that this time. That was a huge milestone for us and that was probably our biggest goal coming into this competition.”
Evan Bates: “What Meryl and Charlie did was really incredible. We had the opportunity to be with them both in training and in competition and the way they approach their craft, how hard they work, the man-hours they put in. Going forward for us, I hope we can follow in their footsteps.”
Alex Shibutani: “We’re very happy with how we performed. We will have to go back and look at a couple of the score sheet because it seems like we didn’t get all of the levels we were going for. All of our elements are designed to get the maximum amount of points.”
Jason Brown: “Before I went out, Kori [Ade] looked at me and said, ‘You’re an athlete. I know you’re going to perform, but for so early in the season, endurance-wise get through it all. In October, it’s your job to be an athlete.’”
Jeremy Abbott: “We’ve been talking about all the changes that we’ve been making, I think at this point it was 20 years of bad habits kind of overtook three months of good habits.”
Douglas Razzano: “I’m very pleased with today. That’s obviously not perfect, but that’s a lot closer to what I do at home than yesterday [in the short program]. It was not easy, things weren’t perfect, but you know what? I made them work.”
On the schedule for Sunday (all times CST):
Pairs Free Skate – 1:15 p.m.
Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage – 1:47 p.m.
Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim – 2:03 p.m.
Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier – 2:11 p.m.
Ladies Free Skate – 3:06 p.m.
Mirai Nagasu – 3:21 p.m.
Samantha Cesario – 4:18 p.m.
Gracie Gold – 4:26 p.m.
The event, which will begin with pairs competition at 12:15 p.m. ET, will be on icenetwork on a subscription basis. The ladies free skate, which begins at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, will not be shown live on icenetwork but rather will be broadcast live on NBC. Please check your local NBC affiliate for broadcast information. Video of the ladies free skate will be available on icenetwork on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at noon ET.