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2013 World Team Trophy Notes

9 Apr

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2013 World Championships: Day 3

15 Mar

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Friday, March 15, 2013

The first World champions were crowned Friday in the pairs and men’s events at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won their first pairs title by a landslide, beating 2012 champs and eventual silver medalists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy by 20 points. The Russians earned 225.71 points and they set world records for both free skate (149.87) and total scores. Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won bronze.

Both American pairs teams put out solid free skates to have an enjoyable conclusion to their first Worlds experience.

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim easily set new season’s best scores and achieved all of their levels as they recorded 117.78 points for the “Life is Beautiful” skate.

“We got everything (levels) we were going for so we are very happy,” Knierim said. “We didn’t know until we got off the ice. In the program, everything felt really good. Relaxed. It was like another day at the office. We’ve been focusing on making sure we get the levels and doing everything that’s needed so there’s no gray area.”

The total score of 173.51 points put them in ninth.

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir  were also “thrilled” with their outing. Despite not matching their best score of the season, the duo were satisfied with the energetic and clean skate.

“We’re thrilled. That was a great performance,” Shnapir said. “That was a great turnaround for both of us from the short. We really wanted to put out a strong program and we’re thrilled with what we were able to present today with our long. We’re happy with the outcome.”

Their free skate earned 108.32 points en route to 164.00 total. They finished 13th.

Once again, Canada’s Patrick Chan reigned supreme, winning his third straight World title with 267.68 total points. His flawless short program propelled him to a slim victory over unlikely hero and silver medalist Denis Ten of Kazakhstan. Ten bested his previous free skating personal best by 20 points to win the free skate with 174.92 points. His grand total equaled 266.48 points. Bronze went home with Spain’s Javier Fernandez. He had not finished above ninth in six previous Worlds.

Max Aaron once again brought the crowd to its feet after his West Side Story free skate. Aaron started strong with a quad Salchow-double Salchow combination. He made a few little mistakes, but was happy overall with his top 10 showing in his first Worlds. Joking with the media after the performance, Aaron explained he has a habit of running into the walls when he skates, as he did following his triple Axel tonight.

“I always want a bigger and bigger rink,” he said to lots of laughter. “I want a giant pond and I’ll bring everyone to the pond. I like to use the entire ice sheet. I have it, why not use it all? I paid for it, too. I don’t want to use half the sheet.”

He continued that even on his home ice rink, which is Olympic size, he runs (literally) into the same issue.

“I still run into the wall on the Olympic ice. I don’t really know how I do it, it just happens. I keep pushing things out more and more. Like I said, I have the ice, I want to use the whole thing. That’s my take on that. Sorry, it’s kind of silly.”

Aaron netted 238.36 points overall, including 160.16 for the free skate, to place seventh overall.

Ross Miner finished 14th with 211.90 points. His free skate totaled 141.66. Miner conceded after the free skate that he lost sight of some of what carried him through a very successful fall and U.S. Championships season.

“I’m a little disappointed,” he said simply. “Based on NHK and nationals, I think I had the capability to be competitive with the upper end of the top 10. I think top 6 would have been a reasonable goal for me. I got a little wrapped up in that and tried a little too hard instead of focusing on doing my job. I’m going to go home and try to find my mojo again, which is what got me here in the first place. That was focusing on what I can control.”

The stage is set for fantastic ice dance and ladies finals on Saturday. Meryl Davis and Charlie White began their quest for their second World title on Thursday, and they did so by producing the best short dance of the night to the tune of 77.12 points, which is the best short dance score ever.

The race is certainly a tight one from 1-9 going into the free dance. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the reigning World champs, are in second place with 73.87 points followed by Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev with 70.05.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates are competing at their first Worlds together (they each previously came to this event with former partners) and were extremely satisfied with the short dance result. They earned a personal-best 66.74 points for a seventh-place showing. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani also enjoyed their best performance of the season and narrowly trail their teammates with 66.14 points (8th).

The race for the podium is also a tight one in the ladies event. Ashley Wagner totaled 63.98 points for her “Red Violin” short program. She is in fifth.

Wagner is here with a clear goal: to help the U.S. earn three entries for the 2014 Olympics next February. To earn a third spot, Team USA needs to record a combined total finish of 13 or lower between Wagner and Gracie Gold (they have a combined placement of 14 after the short).

Gold made her World Championships debut to the tune of 58.85 points. Reigning Olympic champions Yu-na Kim leads with 69.97 points followed by current World champ Carolina Kostner of Italy with 66.86 and Japan’s Kanako Murakami with 66.64. Just 11 points separate Kim and Gold.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Free Dance – 2:30 p.m.

Shibutani and Shibutani: 4:38 p.m.

Chock and Bates: 4:46 p.m.

Davis and White: 5:24 p.m.

Ladies Free – 7 p.m.

Gold: 9:11 p.m.

Wagner: 10:06 p.m.

2013 World Figure Skating Championships – Day 2 Photos

14 Mar

Photos from the ladies short program and the ice dancing short dance courtesy of Peter Zapalo.

2013 World Championships: Day 2

14 Mar

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Competition continued Thursday from the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

The ladies short program, featuring 35 athletes, made for hours of entertainment for the excited fans. The U.S. ladies are in great position going into the short program, sitting fifth and ninth. Ashley Wagner totaled 63.98 points for her “Red Violin” short program. She opted for a triple-double combination, rather than a triple-triple jumping pass.

“I wanted to do that triple-triple combination but I decided to play it safe,” she said. “Mr. Nicks told me if it doesn’t feel right, don’t risk it. I would rather play it safe than sorry. The landing on the flip wasn’t exactly how I wanted it.”

Wagner is here with a clear goal: to help the U.S. earn three entries for the 2014 Olympics next February. To earn a third spot, Team USA needs to record a combined total finish of 13 or lower between Wagner and Gracie Gold (they have a combined placement of 14 after the short).

“At an event this huge and this important, my focus is to get the three spots back and I figured playing it safe with a triple-double of quality was the better way to go,” she explained. “The U.S. ladies team here is here to get that third spot back. It’s almost a personal agenda. I was the person most directly affected last Olympics and I want that third spot back. We’ve been trying for too long to get it back.”

Gold made her World Championships debut to the tune of 58.85 points. She hit all of her jumps, including a program-opening triple Lutz-triple toe. She did experience one bobble on her layback spin, saying she got too excited when the time came to changer her edge.

She explained, “I’m supposed to pull it up for an edge change. I think I got a little bit excited and as I was pulling it up, I went for the edge change immediately. I wasn’t able to get either of those features. Simple mistakes today. Easy things that I think I can fix with time and more competitions.”

Meryl Davis and Charlie White began their quest for their second World title, and they did so by producing the best short dance of the night to the tune of 77.12 points, which is the best short dance score ever. The veteran duo had a great time doing it, too.

“We felt as though it wasn’t only our season’s best in terms of result, but it was our season’s best skate,” Davis said. “To do that at the World Championships is really exciting. Charlie and I both got off the ice and the first thing we said was that it was a lot of fun to perform. The program went smoothly and we enjoyed every minute of it.”

Madison Chock and Evan Bates are competing at their first Worlds together (they each previously came to this event with former partners) and were extremely satisfied with the short dance result. They earned a personal-best 66.74 points and hope to emulate their performance quality in Saturday’s free dance.

“If we can have a similar performance to what we did today with a great feeling in the program and score a personal best, that would be great,” Bates said.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani: also enjoyed their best performance of the season and narrowly trail their teammates with 66.14 points. They looked very dapper in new royal blue and purple costumes, and were all smiles following the skate.

“We are really happy with our short dance. The audience is so great. It was a season’s best for us. We feel like this program has grown so well over the course of the season. We are looking forward to Saturday,” Maia said.

Chock and Bates sit in seventh, with Shibutani and Shibutani in eighth. The race is certainly a tight one from 1-9 going into the free dance. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in second place with 73.87 points followed by Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev with 70.05.

Friday will see the conclusion of the pairs and men’s events. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim and Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir  sit in 12th and 13th, respectively. Atop the pairs leaderboard are Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov with 75.84 points followed by Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford and reigning World champs Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of German.

Max Aaron, also in his Worlds debut, brought the crowd to its feet after a great Tron: Legacy short program. He is in eighth place after posting a score of 78.20 points. Ross Miner has some ground to make up after finishing 14th with a score of 70.24 points for the short program. Patrick Chan of Canada leads after posting a short program score of 98.37 points. He is followed by Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten and his teammate Kevin Reynolds, who won Four Continents last month.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pairs Free – 11:55 a.m.

Castelli and Shnapir: 12:02 p.m.

Scimeca and Knierim: 12:59 p.m.

Men’s Free – 5:45 p.m.

Miner: 6:58 p.m.

Aaron: 8:35 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Free Dance – 2:30 p.m.

Shibutani and Shibutani: 4:38 p.m.

Chock and Bates: 4:46 p.m.

Davis and White: 5:24 p.m.

Ladies Free – 7 p.m.

Gold: 9:11 p.m.

Wagner: 10:06 p.m.

2013 World Figure Skating Championships Photos

13 Mar

Click through the photos from competition and practice today in London, Ontario, Canada at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships. Photos courtesy of Peter Zapalo/U.S. Figure Skating and courtesy of Michael Kass.

 

2013 World Championships Viewers’ Guide

12 Mar

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2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships | London, Ontario, Canada

Competition at the 2013 World Championships begins Wednesday, March 13, with the pairs and men’s short programs. Team USA features several new faces to the World Championships, including both pairs teams led by 2013 U.S. champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, and newly crowned U.S. men’s champ Max Aaron. Meryl Davis and Charlie White, five-time reigning U.S. ice dancing champions, begin the quest for their second World title on Thursday. They won the 2011 World title to become the first American ice dance world champions. Ashley Wagner, who is now a time-time U.S. ladies champion, looks to improve upon her fourth-place finish at this event a year ago.

Team USA’s results at this World Championships will dictate the number of spots the U.S. can send in each discipline to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games next February in Sochi, Russia. For complete event coverage, visit www.icenetwork.com.

Daily Schedule (All times Eastern)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pairs Short – 11:45 a.m.

Castelli and Shnapir: 12:19 p.m.

Scimeca and Knierim: 1:01 p.m.

Men’s Short – 4:40 p.m.

Aaron: 7:40 p.m.

Miner: 9:41 p.m.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ladies Short – 10:40 a.m.

Short Dance – 5:20 p.m.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pairs Free – 11:55 a.m.

Men’s Free – 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Free Dance – 2:30 p.m.

Ladies Free – 7 p.m.

2013 Worlds Broadcast Schedule
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event (Network) Time
Wednesday, March 13 Pairs short (Universal) Noon-3 p.m.
Men’s short (Universal) 7-10 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 Ladies short (Universal) 1-4 p.m.
Short dance (Universal) 7-10 p.m.
Friday, March 15 Pairs free (Universal) 1:30-3 p.m.
Men’s free (Universal) 8:30-10 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 Free dance (Universal) 4:30-6 p.m.
Ladies free (Universal) 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 Worlds recap show (NBC0 Noon-2 p.m.

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.

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