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2013 Grand Prix Final, Junior Grand Prix Final – Day 4 Recap

7 Dec

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Team USA closed a strong week at the Grand Prix Final and Junior Grand Prix Final by adding a pair of medals Sunday in the junior dance event. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker earned silver as their training mate Kaitlyn Weaver cheered them from the stands. Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter took home the bronze.

Hawayek and Baker’s goal was to skate with as much heart and soul as possible, and that accomplishment was reflected Sunday in their PCS mark. The “second mark” totaled 44.86 of their 81.37 points. Their total score was 139.42.

Said Baker, “We try to put as much heart and soul into the programs as we can. It’s thrilling to know the hard work pays off and we are really happy to put out performances we are proud of.”

The couple acknowledged their levels were lower than they want them to be so that will be a point of emphasis going into their next events.

“We are happy with the scores for the levels we got this week,” Hawayek explained. “Levels are something we’re going to be pushing toward for our next competitions, nationals and hopefully junior worlds. We’re not going to give up the fight. We are going to really work on drilling those levels.”

McNamara and Carpenter delivered an intense and powerful program to the music of Sherlock Holmes and earned 80.75 points.

“I think we did a clean skate today,” Carpenter said. “Of course there are always little things. By the end we’re worn down a little. It’s a very intense program and sometimes it takes a minute to come out of character and back to ourselves.”

Their total score was 135.89 points. Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons finished sixth, while the gold medal went to Russia’s Anna Yanovskaya and Sergey Mozgov with 152.48 points.

In all, the Americans captured five medals including ice dance gold and ladies bronze. Meryl Davis and Charlie White extended their historical streak to five consecutive Grand Prix Final titles and they did so in world record fashion, setting world marks in short dance, free dance and overall. Capturing bronze, Ashley Wagner became the first U.S. lady to win medals at back-to-back Grand Prix Finals since Sasha Cohen did so in 2002 and ’03.

Nathan Chen won bronze in the junior men’s event, while Polina Edmunds and Angela Wang finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the junior ladies event.

We now look forward to the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, at the conclusion of which we will nominate the 2014 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. The U.S. Championships are set for Jan. 5-12, in Boston, with the big announcement to be made Jan. 12. For more information, please visit www.boston2014.com.

2013 Grand Prix Final, Junior Grand Prix Final – Day 1 Recap

5 Dec

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The “Final” ISU event prior to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games got under way Thursday from Marina Messe Arena in Fukuoka, Japan. Team USA is represented in five events over the junior and senior ranks at the 2013 Grand Prix and Junior Grand finals.

Ashley Wagner is in position to win her second straight Grand Prix Final medal as she sits in a close third place after the short program. Wagner’s clean “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” performance featured her best triple flip-triple toe combination of the season – an element which accounted for 10.20 of her 68.14 points.

“It was awesome,” she said simply after the program. “I am so happy with the performance. The flip-toe felt great, the spins felt really great. I feel really good. I wish the score had been higher, we’ll see what happens in the protocol. But so far so good.”

Japan’s Mao Asada leads with 72.36 points. Wagner very narrowly trails Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, who totaled 68.38 points.

Nathan Chen, who came into the event as the No. 1 seeded skater, sits in a close third place after the short program. Despite falling on the second half of his triple Lutz-triple toe combo, Chen is just two points behind the leader Keiji Tanaka from Japan. The aforementioned element still received 9.11 points and the program’s remaining six elements all received positive GOEs. Chen’s total score was 71.52 points. Tanaka earned a season-high of 73.63 points in front of the home crowd. Russia’s Adian Pitkeev is in second.

Thursday’s action began with the junior ladies short program, in which Team USA has a pair of entries. Polina Edmunds and Angela Wang, who is competing in here second JGP Final, are in fifth and sixth places, respectively. Both ladies struggled with their jumps and shared the sentiment of hoping for a stronger showing in Friday’s free skate.

Wang said simply, “I want to skate better and show what I have been doing in training.”

A quartet of Russian ladies make up the top four and is led by Maria Sotskova with 61.29 points.

The leaders are as follows in the events where Team USA is not represented:
Junior pairs: Xiaoyu Yu and Yang Jing (China) 61.10 points
Senior men: Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) 99.84 points

Friday will be another busy day for the Americans with the conclusion of the junior ladies and men’s events and the senior short dance featuring four time reigning Grand Prix Final champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Davis and White are undefeated dating back to 2012 Skate America and have won three gold medals this season.

The junior ice dancers still have a day to wait. Their events are set for Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, Dec. 6
12:30 a.m. – Junior ladies free (LIVE)
Wang – 12:37 a.m.
Edmunds – 12:44 a.m.
1:40 a.m. – Junior men’s free (LIVE)
Chen – 2:11 a.m.
3 a.m. – Senior pairs short (LIVE)
4:15 a.m. – Senior short dance (LIVE)
Davis and White – 5:01 a.m.
5:30 a.m. – Senior men’s free (LIVE)
6:50 a.m. – Junior pairs short (LIVE)

Saturday, Dec. 7
1 a.m. – Junior short dance (LIVE)
Parsons and Parsons – 1:06 a.m.
McNarara and Carpenter – 5:33 a.m.
Hawayek and Baker – 5:39 a.m.
2:15 a.m. – Senior pairs free (LIVE)
3:50 a.m. – Senior free dance (LIVE)
5:20 a.m. – Senior ladies free (LIVE)
Wagner – 5:51 a.m.
10:15 p.m. – Junior free dance (LIVE)

UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK 2013 GRAND PRIX FINAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change)

Thursday, Dec. 5
6 p.m. – Men’s short
8 p.m. – Ladies short

Friday, Dec. 6
11 a.m. – Pairs short
6 p.m. – Short dance

Saturday, Dec. 7
11 a.m. – Pairs free
Noon – Free dance

Team USA Earns Five Medals in Sochi

8 Dec

Saturday, December 8th – Iceberg Skating Palace – Sochi, Russia

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Schedule (PDF)   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

*Coverage of the 2012 Grand Prix Final will air on NBC this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. ET*

Team USA added three medals today as events concluded from the 2012 Grand Prix Final and 2012 Junior Grand Prix Final. Ashley Wagner earned silver today for her first Grand Prix Final medal, while Meryl Davis and Charlie White made history as they became the first ice dance team in history to win four Grand Prix Final titles.

Davis and White skated their best performances of the season in Sochi to total a season-high 183.39 points. Their “Notre-Dame” free dance, that White called “fantastic,” was highlighted by an array of level 4 elements including one spin, four lifts and the twizzle sequence. They earned 110.19 points for the segment.

White continued, “Emotionally, technically, we really put it all out there. I’m proud of the way we fought through it. It’s a great step to help us build toward winning Worlds.”

Russian President Vladmir Putin was on hand to watch the free dance, a fact that Davis and White were aware of but tried to push to the back of their minds before the skate.

“The ice, the atmosphere and the crowd were fantastic,” Davis said. “We heard (Russian President) Putin was in the audience which is really exciting. When you hear about important people in the audience, it’s not something you try to focus on before you skate. But afterward we were like, ‘Oh! Putin was in the audience. That’s cool.'”

Wagner showcased her tenacity as she continued her “Samson and Delilah” free skate following a hard fall on a double Axel and earned 115.49 points for the segment. She started out strong with a triple flip-double toe-double toe jump sequence that earned 9.30 points. Wagner would fall earlier in the program on a triple Salchow, but rebounded nicely with a pair of spins and two triple jumps before suffering the fall that required immediate ice on her left hip following her exit from the ice.

Despite the pain, Wagner went on to perform triple flip and her closing spin.

“I’m really proud of myself. I was able to pull myself together after a fall like that,” she said. “Going into the next jump, you’re pretty much terrified that you’re going to do that again. I knew I could either give the competition away or at that point I could continue to fight. I’m happy that I really pushed through.”

Wagner, who totaled 181.93 points for the week, doesn’t think she injured herself seriously.

“We’re going to see how it progresses for the rest of the weekend,” she said. “The team doctor said that I have a hip pointer. I don’t know what that is but I can tell you it hurts. We might be looking into getting X-rays later this week. For the most part, I think it’s one of those things where I got myself pretty good. But I’ll be fine by the time nationals comes around.”

Japan’s Mao Asada enjoyed the best competition of her season to secure her third Grand Prix Final title with a score of 196.80 points. Her teammate Akiko Suzuki won bronze with 180.77 points.

Christina Gao, in her Grand Prix Final debut, totaled 154.54 points for the week. She felt much more comfortable in her free skate after what she called a shaky short program.

“It felt much better than yesterday,” Gao said. “I didn’t have a great warm up but I’m glad I pulled it together for the program. I know I’m tough and I’m more consistent than I’ve ever been before. Overall, I’m happy with how I did.”

Featuring a field of newly minted JGP Final competitiors, the junior ladies podium featured Hannah Miller, who won the silver medal for Team USA. Coming into the competition, Miller was focused on competing two strong performances. She did just that, and received what coach Kirsten Miller-Zisholz called “a bonus” medal.

On medaling, Miller said, ““It’s super great. It was just my goal to come here and skate my best. That put me in a medal spot so I’m excited.”

She earned 168.41 points for the week and claimed the silver medal by one point over bronze medalist Anna Pogorilaya of Russia. Elena Radionova helped the host country complete a sweep of the junior podium with a total score of 179.40 points.

Angela Wang had reason to celebrate after executing the second-best free skate of the day to the tune of 110.89 points, a season high. Her Ladies in Lavender program was highlighted by the highest-scoring technical element of the segment, a triple Lutz-triple toe-double toe combination worth 12.50 points.

“I felt really calm,” she said. “I have been working really hard on my artistry for this program and I hope that showed.”

Wang finished with 162.05 points for the week.

Leah Keiser placed sixth in Sochi with a total score of 137.44 points.

Complete coverage of the event is available at icenetwork.com.

Members of Team USA will next be in action at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships set for Jan. 20-27 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

2012 JGP United States Begins Wednesday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

28 Aug

The figure skating world will converge on Lake Placid, N.Y., this week as the United States is set to host a Junior Grand Prix event for the first time since 2009. The event will be broadcast live and on-demand to icenetwork.com Season Pass subscribers.

Useful links

2012 icenetwork.com JGP United States event page         Live streaming schedule

U.S. Figure Skating preview release

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Lineup Announced for 2012 JGP USA

31 Jul

The ISU announced today the full lineups for the second ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series event of the season to be held Aug. 29-Sept. 2, Lake Placid, N.Y. The event will be streamed live on icenetwork.com.

The 20-member Team USA will be led by reigning World Junior silver medalist Joshua Farris. Competitors for the remaining events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ladies

Kiri Baga

  • 2010 JGP Japan silver medalist
  • 2009 JGP Turkey champion

Courtney Hicks

  • 2011 U.S. junior champion
  • 2011 JGP Australia champion

Angela Wang

  • 2009 U.S. novice bronze medalist

Men’s

Joshua Farris

  • 2012 World Junior silver medalist
  • 2011 JGP Final bronze medalist

Lukas Kaugars

  • 2012 Gardena Spring Trophy junior champion

James Schetelich

  • 2012 U.S. novice silver medalist

Ice Dancing

Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton

  • 2012 World Junior bronze medalists
  • 2012 U.S. junior champions

Madeline Heritage and Nathaniel Fast

  • 2009 U.S. juvenile champions

Elliana Pogrebinsky and Ross Gudis

  • 2010 U.S. intermediate bronze medalists

Pairs

Madeline Aaron and Max Settlage

  • 2011 U.S. novice champions

Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier

  • 2012 U.S. junior champions

Olivia Oltmanns and Joshua Santillan

  • 2009 U.S. intermediate champions

Jessica Pfund and AJ Reiss

  • 2012 U.S. Championships, junior, 5th place

Click here to see the full list of entries.

Now in its 16th season, the JGP Series consists of seven international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the seven scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 6-9 in Sochi, Russia.

2012 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating schedule

  • Courchevel, France (Aug. 22-26)
  • Lake Placid, N.Y. (Aug. 29 – Sept. 2)
  • Linz, Austria (Sept. 12 – 16)
  • Istanbul (Sept. 19 – 23)
  • Bled, Slovenia (Sept. 26 – 30)
  • Zagreb, Croatia (Oct. 3 – 7)
  • Dresden, Germany (Oct. 10 – 13)
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