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Day 1 from NHK Trophy

28 Nov

The final event of the 2014 Grand Prix Series, NHK Trophy, is under way from Osaka, Japan. After the singles and pairs short programs, Gracie Gold has a slight lead over Russia’s Alena Leonova while Jeremy Abbott sits in second behind Takahito Mura of Japan. Singles and pairs free skates and the short dance are set for late Friday/early Saturday ET.

Ladies short program:

Results

Gracie Gold – 1st place (68.16)
Christina Gao – 6th place (54.86)
Polina Edmunds – 11th place (48.96)

Men’s short program:

Results

Jeremy Abbott – 2nd place (81.52)
Ross Miner – 10th place (63.36)
Joshua Farris – 11th place (58.35)

Pairs short program:

Results

DeeDee Leng & Simon Shnapir – 6th place (45.91)

Saturday’s schedule (all times ET):

10 p.m. — Short dance

10:39 p.m. – Hawayek & Baker

11:45 pm. — Pairs free skate

Midnight – Leng & Shnapir

1:50 a.m. — Ladies free skate

2:05 a.m. – Edmunds
2:52 a.m. – Gao
3:31 a.m. – Gold

5:40 am. — Men’s free skate

5:58 a.m. – Farris
6:06 a.m. – Miner
7:20 a.m. – Abbott

NHK Trophy Marks Grand Prix Series’ Sixth Stop

26 Nov

NHK Trophy 

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series makes its sixth and final stop before the Grand Prix Final this week with NHK Trophy, Nov. 27-Nov. 30 in Osaka, Japan.

NBC will air competition coverage from 4-6 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 30. In addition, Universal Sports will broadcast coverage throughout the weekend. Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from all three days of competition. To become a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com.

Tweet @USFigureSkating and use the hashtag #NHKTrophy to join the conversation on social media.

Team USA will be represented by 10 athletes:

Ladies:

Polina Edmunds
Christina Gao
Gracie Gold

Men:

Jeremy Abbott
Joshua Farris
Ross Miner

Pairs:

DeeDee Leng & Simon Shnapir

Ice dance:

Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker

Event schedule (all times ET) | LIVE RESULTS

Friday, Nov. 28

12:45 a.m. — Pairs short program

12:52 a.m. – Leng & Shnapir

2:15 a.m.  — Ladies short program

2:55 a.m. – Edmunds
3:09 a.m. – Gao
3:41 p.m. – Gold

5 a.m. — Men’s short program

5:52 a.m. – Miner
5:59 a.m. – Farris
6:05 a.m. – Abbott

10 p.m. — Short dance

10:39 p.m. – Hawayek & Baker

Saturday, Nov. 29

11:45 p.m. — Pairs free skate
1:50 a.m. — Ladies free skate
4:40 a.m. — Men’s free skate
10 p.m. — Free dance

2014 NHK TROPHY TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event Time (ET) Network
Nov. 29 Men’s and ladies short programs 7:30-9:30 a.m. Universal Sports
Pairs free 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Universal Sports
Nov. 30 Free dance 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Universal Sports
Competition highlights 4-6 p.m. NBC
NBC encore 7-9 p.m. Universal Sports

2014 NHK TROPHY ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event Time
Friday, Nov. 28 Pairs short (LIVE) 12:45 a.m.
Ladies short (LIVE) 2:15 a.m.
Men’s short (LIVE) 5 a.m.
Short dance (LIVE) 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29 Pairs free (LIVE) 11:45 p.m.
Ladies free (LIVE) 1:50 a.m.
Men’s free (LIVE) 4:40 a.m.
Free dance (LIVE) 10 p.m.

2013 Trophee Bompard Recap

16 Nov

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What a week for Team USA! The Americans hauled in three medals, including one in each discipline in which it was represented.

Ashley Wagner is now a two-time Trophee Bompard champion, and with the win, should cement her spot at the 2013 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Japan. Meryl Davis and Charlie White punched their ticket to the event last weekend.

Wagner’s total score of 194.37 points represented an ISU personal best. She finished second in the free skate behind silver medalist Adelina Sotnikova of Russia. Wagner’s Romeo and Juliet free skate, which she performed in a lovely new maroon dress, featured a triple flip-triple toe combination and two Level 4 spins. Wagner’s PCS mark of 65.81 was the highest of the event. The bronze medal went home with Russia’s Anna Pogorilaya.

Samantha Cesario, who finished fourth, set ISU personal bests all around. Her clean “Carmen” free skate earned 116.15 points as she finished with 172.70 overall. Christina Gao endured a tough free skate and finished eighth overall.

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin won the first American pairs medal of the Grand Prix season, taking home bronze behind China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong (193.86 total points) and Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (190.89 total points). The gold medal for Pang and Tong is their 10th on the Grand Prix Series.

Denney and Coughlin, who earned 184.01 points overall, produced a clean Phantom of the Opera free skate that featured the highest technical score of the competition. Their free skate score totaled 120.49, including 63.54 on the first mark. Highlights included three Level 4 lifts in the program’s second half and a huge triple twist worth 7.00 points (including 1.20 on GOE). The bronze-medal win is the third of Denney and Coughlin’s career.

Jason Brown, in this second career Grand Prix appearance also won the bronze medal behind perennial power houses Patrick Chan of Canada and Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan. Chan, the three-time World champion, posted world record scores in the free skate (196.75) and overall (295.27) as he sailed to victory. Hanyu was also superb as he earned 263.59 points overall.

And for Brown, while it may not have been perfect, his free skate was easily enough to put him in medal position when combined with his clean short program from the day before. In fact, Brown’s total score of 243.09 points was nearly 30 points more than that of fourth-place finisher Han Yan of China. Brown set personal superlatives throughout the week. His “Reel Around the Sun” free skate featured a triple Lutz-loop-triple Salchow combination worth 12.37 points and added triple flip-triple toe worth 10.54.

Team USA didn’t have any ice dancers compete in France. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada won the title followed by Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalpov and France’s Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat.

Next week, the Grand Prix Series will wrap up in Moscow with Rostelecom Cup. Team USA will also have a team competing at Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria.

2013 Trophee Eric Bompard – Day 1

15 Nov

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What a day from Paris! The short programs featured great all-around competition, and going into Saturday’s free skates, Team USA is in medal contention in all three disciplines in which it is represented.

NBC will air coverage of the event from 4:30-6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 17, with additional broadcast coverage available on Universal Sports Network and throughout the weekend.

Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from Trophee Bompard. To become a registered user or a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com. Event coverage, including results, news, recaps and photos, will be available on icenetwork to all users.

Ashey Wagner, who began her season with a second-place finish at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America, leads after the short program. She takes a six-point cushion into the free skate over Russia’s Anna Pogorilaya and Adelina Sotnikova, who are virtually tied at 60.03 and 60.01, respectively. En route to 66.75 points, Wagner’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” program featured a trio of Level 4 spins and Level 4 footwork, while she added two jumps, a triple loop and a double Axel, in the second half of the performance. Christina Gao and Samantha Cesario sit in fourth and fifth, respectively, and certainly in medal contention. Gao totaled 58.81 points and Cesario earned 56.55.

Friday started off strong as Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. pairs champions, registered their best short program score of the season at 63.52 points. They are in fourth place, but less than four points out of first. The “Tosca” program featured seven elements that received positive GOEs, including side-by-side triple toes and a level 4 lift and pairs spin. China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong, who have skated together internationally since 1997, hold the lead with 67.69 points. They are followed closely by Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov and Denney and Coughlin.

The top four men after the short program, Patrick Chan of Canada, Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, our own Jason Brown and China’s Han Yan, came to compete on Friday. Chan registered a personal best short program score with 98.52 points. Hanyu’s technical mark of 52.72 (overall 95.37) was the highest of the event. Brown, skating to “The Question of U” by Prince put out a perfectly clean performance. Six of the program’s seven elements earned a GOE of over 1.00 and his four non-jump elements (three spins and a step sequence) were all Level 4. His total score of 84.77 represented a personal best. Han, who won Cup of China by a landslide, narrowly trails Brown at 84.34 points.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the reigning Olympic champs, lead the dance event with 75.31 points. They are followed by Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France and Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov.

2013 TROPHEE BOMPARD ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change)
Saturday, Nov. 16
8:10 a.m. – Pairs free
Denney/Coughlin – 8:58 a.m.

9:55 a.m. – Men’s free
Brown – 10:51 a.m.

12:45 p.m. – Free dance

2:15 p.m. – Ladies free
Cesario – 3:06 p.m.
Gao – 3:14 p.m.
Wagner – 3:37 p.m.

UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK 2013 TROPHEE BOMPARD BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change)
Saturday, Nov. 16
1 p.m. – Pairs free
2 p.m. – Free dance

Team USA Nets Three Medals at 2013 Four Continents

10 Feb

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2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 | Osaka, Japan

The 2013 Four Continents Championships came to a close Sunday with Team USA winning three medals, including ice dance gold. After an exciting men’s event on Saturday night, the stage was set Sunday for great finales in pairs, ladies and ice dance.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time U.S. ice dance champions, delivered a stunning free dance and received their best marks of the season. Their total of 187.36 points was three more than that of Canada’s silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

“It was a really emotional skate. We gave it everything we had, literally, and that’s all we can ask of ourselves,” White said. “It’s difficult coming off nationals so to be able to go out and perform the way we did is a monument to our preparation and I’m really proud.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates, in their first Four Continents together, won the bronze medal with a season-high total of 160.42 points. Like many competitors at Four Continents, they now turn their focus to the 2013 World Championships next month.

“As the season has progressed, we have gotten stronger and stronger,” Bates explained. “Worlds is the culmination of the full season and all of our hard work. Our goal is to have the best two performances we have had all season and carry that momentum into the Olympic year.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani were edged by just a half a point to finish in fourth place. The outstanding Japanese crowd helped the team get through their performance as they were the final skaters of the event.

“We built our program on what the crowd gave us,” Alex said. “We felt the energy and excitement when we first walked into the building. I think we carried ourselves with a lot of poise and maturity, particularly tonight skating at the end of the event. We are very happy with our progress not only throughout the season but this week.”

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir maintained bronze medal position by executing a strong free skate. They totaled a season’s best 117.04 points for the segment and reached 170.10 for the week. The newly crowned U.S. pairs champs now look to the World Championships where they hope to incorporate more difficultly into their program.

“We have been working on the throw quad Salchow all season. We are looking for a good opportunity to put it in,” Shnapir said. “I think worlds is a great opportunity for us to put that out there and add it to our difficulty.”

Finishing three points behind their teammates were the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay with 170.30 points. The duo, in their first championship event, were clean with the exception of a fall on their throw triple Lutz. They will take the learning experiences of this championships into next season.

“It was a great experience,” Zhang said. “We’ve both learned a lot about how we travel, how we train in a different arena in a different country. It’s a good step.”

Two-time reigning Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford stood atop their first international podium. Their significant lead after the short program helped lift them to the first-place finish over teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, who won the free skate.

The third American team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim withdrew before the short program as Scimeca was experiencing pain in her right foot.

In the ladies event, Japan owned the podium. Mao Asada won her third Four Continents title with ease. Her total score of 205.45 points was 15 points higher than that of silver medalist Akiko Suzuki. Kanako Murakami rounded out the top three with 181.03 points.

Christina Gao finished fourth as she earned her best overall score of the season with 176.28 points. She suffered a fall on her triple Lutz but otherwise turned in a strong free skate.

Gracie Gold, in her ISU senior championships debut, placed sixth. She looks forward to taking some time to rest before diving into training for the world championships.

“I’m going to go home and take it easy for about a week to recover mentally and physically before I start my training for worlds.”

Agnes Zawadzki, who finished eighth with 158.99 points, expressed her disappointment in her experience at Four Continents following her free skate. However, she is ready to prepare for next season with the goal of becoming more consistent.

“I would like to put out stronger programs than what I did. It’s a good learning experience, I can always use it for next year,” she said simply.

Newly crowned U.S. champion Max Aaron, didn’t disappoint as skated a strong free featuring a pair of his signature quad Salchows. His free skate totaled 162.19 points, en route to 234.65 overall. He finished fourth overall and second in the segment.

“This is my first time at a championship event and I’m glad to be here,” Aaron said. “The fans were great, they really got me going. They get excited and cheer for everything in the program. It’s amazing. This is a good experience to get the chance to learn how championship events work at the senior level. It’s something special I can take toward worlds.”

Richard Dornbush also set a season’s best score in the free skate with a score of 151.03 points. He finished directly behind Aaron in fifth. His season now over, Dornbush will take some time to regroup with the plan of “training as hard as I can the whole way through” the upcoming Olympic year.  Ross Miner suffered some mistakes in his program and placed ninth. He looks forward to refocusing as he heads into worlds in March.

“I’m disappointed in myself,” he said simply. “That’s not the way I train. It’s been a long couple of weeks since the U.S. Championships. I’m excited to get home and have a few days to mentally recuperate and get ready for the world championships.”

Next up for Team USA are the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships set for March 10-17, in London, Ontario, Canada.

2013 Four Continents – Day 2

9 Feb

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2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 | Osaka, Japan

The first medals were awarded Saturday, with Canada’s Kevin Reynolds coming out as a surprise champion. The gold was his second international medal at the senior level (he won bronze at this event in 2010). Also Saturday, Team USA’s ladies turned in a trio of solid short programs.

Newly crowned U.S. champion Max Aaron, didn’t disappoint as skated a strong free featuring a pair of his signature quad Salchows. His free skate totaled 162.19 points, en route to 234.65 overall. He finished fourth overall and second in the segment.

“This is my first time at a championship event and I’m glad to be here,” Aaron said. “The fans were great, they really got me going. They get excited and cheer for everything in the program. It’s amazing. This is a good experience to get the chance to learn how championship events work at the senior level. It’s something special I can take toward worlds.”

Richard Dornbush also set a season’s best score in the free skate with a score of 151.03 points. He finished directly behind Aaron in fifth. His season now over, Dornbush will take some time to regroup with the plan of “training as hard as I can the whole way through” the upcoming Olympic year.  Ross Miner suffered some mistakes in his program and placed ninth. He looks forward to refocusing as he heads into worlds in March.

“I’m disappointed in myself,” he said simply. “That’s not the way I train. It’s been a long couple of weeks since the U.S. Championships. I’m excited to get home and have a few days to mentally recuperate and get ready for the world championships.”

The finals in pairs, ladies and ice dance are set for Sunday with Team USA in medal standing in all three events.

Christina Gao is the top-ranked American and sits in fourth place. Gao turned in her best short program of the season to earn 62.34 points. She is in fourth place behind Japan’s Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami. Asada’s lead is nearly nine points, but only eight points separate skaters two through eight.

“I trained hard this whole season so I hope that this competition, I can go out and show how I have been training,” Gao said. “It’s only been a week since nationals but I think I kept my momentum going.”

Gracie Gold is in fifth place with 60.36 points. As recent history shows, Gold is capable of putting up big numbers in the free skate.

“I have a lot of confidence in my free skate,” she explained. “After my second grand prix, we changed the jumps around so the program is more comfortable for me. I think this really works for me as nationals showed.”

Agnes Zawadzki, in seventh place with 57.35 points, fell on her double Axel, but noted her growing confidence in the triple-triple combination.

“I am starting to feel a lot more comfortable with the triple-triple,” Zawadzki said. “That was something I was lacking early in the season with the toe-toe.”

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time U.S. ice dance champions, sit in a close second place behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Less than half a point separate veteran teams. Virtue and Moir set a season best of 75.12 points, as did Davis and White who have 74.68 points. Virtue and Moir earned a slight technical edge, something White acknowledged after the short dance.

“It happens from competition to competition,” he said. “Of course when you are competing against Scott and Tessa, you pretty much have to be perfect and that’s what’s expected of both of us. With one little mistake, we’re a little bit behind. It will make for an exciting free dance.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates, in their first Four Continents together, are in third place, followed closely by teammates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are in third place behind a pair of Canadian teams in the pairs event. The newly crowned U.S. pairs champs recorded 53.06 points. They suffered a fall on their throw but otherwise turned in a strong skate.

“It wasn’t our best performance but it’s a lesson learned and we are ready to go again,” Castelli said. “We are satisfied with our side-by-side jumps and we did a good job getting back into the program after my fall (on the throw). Every skate is a lesson learned and experience.”

Right behind Castelli and Shnapir are the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay with 52.98 points. In the lead are two-time reigning Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who earned a big 70.44 points. Their teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch recorded the second-place score of 66.33 points. The third American team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim withdrew before the short program as Scimeca was experiencing pain in her right foot.

Sunday Schedule (All times Eastern)

Pairs Free Skate: 10:50 p.m. (Saturday, Feb. 9)
Zhang and Bartholomay: 11:38 p.m.
Castelli and Shnapir: 11:46 p.m.

Ladies Free Skate: 1:30 a.m.
Zawadzki: 3:41 a.m.
Gold: 4:12 a.m.
Gao: 4:28 a.m.

Free Dance: 6:15 a.m.
Davis and White: 7:52 a.m.
Chock and Bates: 8:15 a.m.
Shibutani and Shibutani: 8:23 a.m.

2013 Four Continents – Day 1

8 Feb

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2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 | Osaka, Japan

While you were sleeping, competition began in Osaka with the short dance and pairs and men’s short programs. Team USA is in medal standing in both the dance and pairs events, which are set for a Sunday finale. Richard Dornbush is in third place going into Saturday’s free skate.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time U.S. ice dance champions, sit in a close second place behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Less than half a point separate veteran teams. Virtue and Moir set a season best of 75.12 points, as did Davis and White who have 74.68 points. Virtue and Moir earned a slight technical edge, something White acknowledged after the short dance.

“It happens from competition to competition,” he said. “Of course when you are competing against Scott and Tessa, you pretty much have to be perfect and that’s what’s expected of both of us. With one little mistake, we’re a little bit behind. It will make for an exciting free dance.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates, in their first Four Continents together, are in third place, followed closely by teammates Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are in third place behind a pair of Canadian teams in the pairs event. The newly crowned U.S. pairs champs recorded 53.06 points. They suffered a fall on their throw but otherwise turned in a strong skate.

“It wasn’t our best performance but it’s a lesson learned and we are ready to go again,” Castelli said. “We are satisfied with our side-by-side jumps and we did a good job getting back into the program after my fall (on the throw). Every skate is a lesson learned and experience.”

Right behind Castelli and Shnapir are the 2013 U.S. bronze medalists Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay with 52.98 points. In the lead are two-time reigning Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who earned a big 70.44 points. Their teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch recorded the second-place score of 66.33 points. The third American team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim withdrew before the short program as Scimeca was experiencing pain in her right foot.

Richard Dornbush blew away his season’s and personal best international scores by 13 points and totaled 83.01 points for the segment. Short program leader and hometown hero Yuzuru Hanyu has a two-point lead over Han Yan of China. Japanese star Daisuke Takahashi is in fourth place. Five points separate Hanyu and Takahashi.

Dornbush was a late addition to the competition. His training as the first alternate came in handy when, on Sunday, he received word that Adam Rippon had withdrawn from the event.

“(Coach) Tammy (Gambill) always takes being alternate very seriously,” he explained. “I was on the ice every day. It’s hard to train as the alternate, because, in my case, you’re disappointed that you hadn’t gotten any assignments so it’s hard to have that self-motivation. I stayed fit enough and as soon as I got the call, there was a fire lit underneath me. I rose to the occasion.”

Ross Miner also set a season-high score of 74.01 points. He sits in ninth place. Max Aaron, with a score of 72.46 points, is right behind Miner in 10th. Aaron and Miner, who finished 1-2 at last month’s U.S. Championships, will represent Team USA at March’s world championships.

Coming late Friday into Saturday are the ladies short program and men’s free skate.

Saturday’s Schedule (All times Eastern)

Ladies Short Program: 11:40 p.m. (Friday, Feb. 8)
Gao: 1:29 a.m. (Saturday, Feb. 9)
Zawadzki: 1:48 a.m.
Gold: 2:02 a.m.

Men’s Free Skate: 3:55 a.m.

Miner: 6:10 a.m.
Aaron: 6:43 a.m.
Dornbush: 6:58 a.m.

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