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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.

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.

Team USA Nets Eight Medals this Weekend

10 Nov

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Team USA earned three medals, including one silver and two bronze, at 2012 Rostelecom Cup and added five more, two gold, two silver and one bronze, at 2012 Ice Challenge to bring the weekend total to eight.

Rostelecom Cup, the fourth event of the Grand Prix Series, concluded Saturday in Moscow with four free skates.

Gracie Gold, earned her first career Grand Prix medal, the silver, while teammate Agnes Zawadzki took home bronze. Finland’s Kiira Korpi won her second career Grand Prix gold, with 177.19 points. Gold, who made her career Grand Prix debut two weeks ago at Skate Canada, earned led after the short program with 62.16 points, the fourth-highest short program score of the season. Gold on her way to 175.03 total points, earned 115.64 for her “Life is Beautiful” free skate that featured a triple Lutz-triple toe and three level 4 spins. Each of Gold’s scores represent international personal best marks. Zawadazki, who edged her teammate for the gold medal at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in September, earned 60.18 points for her “Sex and the City” short program. Her “Rhapsody in Blue” free skate, that earned 106.43 points, included three level 4 spins and a double Axel-double toe-double loop sequence worth 7.18 points. Her total for the week was 166.61 points. Caroline Zhang, in her third outing of the season, finished 10th and earned 138.21 points.

Richard Dornbush, in his Grand Prix season debut, placed sixth. The 2012 Finlandia Trophy silver medalist earned 210.89 points for the competition, including 143.45 for his free skate. Despite falling on his program-opening quad toe, Dornbush received huge points for his triple Lutz-triple toe combination (12.51) and triple Axel-double toe-double loop sequence (13.62). Dornbush’s U2 short program, worth 67.44 points, began with a beautiful quad toe that received a GOE of 1.29 and overall score of 11.59 points. Despite struggling on his other two jumping elements, Dornbush saw positive GOEs on his spins and step sequence. Standing atop the medals podium was Canada’s Patrick Chan, joined by silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka of Japan and bronze medalst Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic. Johnny Weir, who made his return to the Grand Prix circuit for the first time since 2010, withdrew due to injury prior to the free skate.

Caydee Denney & John Coughlin won their second bronze medal of the season, becoming the first U.S. pairs team to medal at two Grand Prix events since Keauna McLaughlin & Rockne Brubaker did so in 2008. Their “Phantom of the Opera” free skate, which received a season-high 120.19 points, earned positive GOEs on 11 of 12 elements. The programs highlights included two level 4 lifts and a throw triple flip. They finished behind home country representatives Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov and Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov. Denney and Coughlin are also the 2012 Skate America bronze medalists, while Volosozhar and Trankov won gold at the same event last month. Tiffany Vise & Don Baldwin finished sixth.

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani also kicked off their season in Moscow, finishing fourth with a total of score of 140.91 points. The duo had to restart their “Memoirs of a Geisha” free dance, and after getting into rhythm turned in a performance that featured two level 4 lifts and level 4 twizzles. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir earned their second gold of the season, followed by a pair of Russia teams, Elena Ilinyhk & Nikita Katsalapov and Victoria Sinitsina & Ruslan

In Graz, Austria, Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir won their first international gold medal, totaling 175.86 points for the competition. Their win came by 40 points over teammates and silver medalists Gretchen Donlan & Andrew Speroff. Castelli and Shnapir’s 18-point lead after the short program grew to the final margin after earning 114.42 points for their free skate. Their “Payadora” program featured side-by-side triple toes as well as a throw triple Salchow and a level 4 lift that earned 8.13 points. Donlan and Speroff, who nabbed their first international medal in Graz, earned 135.43 points for the competition and moved up from third place after the short program.

Douglas Razzano earned his second Ice Challenge silver medal (2010) with a total score of 204.62 points. He edged teammate Armin Mahbanoozadeh, who earned 200.01 points total. Gold went to Germany’s Peter Liebers. Razzano’s short program to Rachmaninoff’s music featured seven elements that received positives GOEs, including a triple Axel and level 3 and 4 spins and a level 4 step sequence. With 72.21 points, he led after the segment. Mahbanoozadeh also turned out a solid short worth 72.14 points. The program included a triple Lutz-triple toe combination that was the segment’s highest-scoring element at 11.27 points.

Ice dancers Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt earned their second consecutive Ice Challenge gold medal. They started the competition as the only team to break the 50-point mark in the short dance with 50.46 points. They went on to win Friday’s free dance by over 20 points, totaling 89.24 points for their program set to Adele’s music. The free featured four Level 4 lifts and a Level 4 step sequence. The duo was joined on the podium by the Czech Republic’s Lucie Mysliveckova & Neil Brown and Switzerland’s Ramona Elsener & Florian Roost. In their competitive debut, Anastasia Olson & Keiffer Hubbell finished 10th with 102.10 points.

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2012 Rostelecom Cup, 2012 Ice Challenge Under Way

9 Nov

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After earning three medals Friday at 2012 Ice Challenge, Team USA is poised to win several more Saturday at Rostelecom Cup and Ice Challenge.

From Moscow, 2012 Rostelecom Cup, the fourth event of the Grand Prix Series, began Friday.

Team USA is in first and third positions in the ladies event with Gracie Gold leading and Agnes Zawadzki not far behind. Gold, who made her career Grand Prix debut two weeks ago at Skate Canada, earned a short program score of 62.16 points, the fourth-highest short program score of the season. Her program included a triple flip-triple toe combination and three level 4 spins. Zawadazki, who edged her teammate for the gold medal at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in September, earned 60.18 points for her “Sex and the City” short program. She also executed a triple-triple combination, with hers featuring a pair of toe loops. Finland’s Kiira Korpi, the 2012 Cup of China bronze medalist, sits between the Americans with 61.55 points. Caroline Zhang, in her third outing of the season, is in 10th place with 46.15 points.

Richard Dornbush, in his Grand Prix season debut, is in seventh place, but sits just nine points out of bronze-medal position with 67.44 points. Dornbush’s U2 short program began with a beautiful quad toe that received a GOE of 1.29 and overall score of 11.59 points. Despite struggling on his other two jumping elements, Dornbush saw positive GOEs on his spins and step sequence. With 85.44 points, Patrick Chan of Canada holds a nine-point lead over Russia’s Konstantin Menshov and Japan’s Takahiko Kozuka, who are in a tight race for second. In his first Grand Prix since the 2010 season, Johnny Weir is in 10th place.

Caydee Denney & John Coughlin are poised to win their second medal of the season. With 59.02 points, they are in third place behind home country representatives Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov and Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov. Denney and Coughlin are the 2012 Skate America bronze medalists, while Volosozhar and Trankov won gold at the same event last month. Tiffany Vise & Don Baldwin sit in seventh place.

Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani also kicked off their season in Moscow. They are in fourth and earned 58.26 points for their short dance. They are less than two points behind the third place team of Victoria Sinitsina & Ruslan Zhiganzhin of Russia. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir lead with 70.65 points. They were gold medalists at Skate Canada. Shibutani and Shibutani debuted a short dance to music by The Incantations in Moscow.

Meanwhile, in Graz, Austria, Douglas Razzano earned his second Ice Challenge silver medal (2010) with a total score of 204.62 points. He edged teammate Armin Mahbanoozadeh, who earned 200.01 points total. Gold went to Germany’s Peter Liebers.

Razzano’s short program to Rachmaninoff’s music featured seven elements that received positives GOEs, including a triple Axel and level 3 and 4 spins and a level 4 step sequence. With 72.21 points, he led after the segment. Mahbanoozadeh also turned out a solid short worth 72.14 points. The program included a triple Lutz-triple toe combination that was the segment’s highest-scoring element at 11.27 points.

Ice dancers Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt earned their second consecutive Ice Challenge gold medal. They started the competition as the only team to break the 50-point mark in the short dance with 50.46 points. They went on to win Friday’s free dance by over 20 points, totaling 89.24 points for their program set to Adele’s music. The free featured three of Level 4 lifts and a Level 4 step sequence. The duo was joined on the podium by the Czech Republic’s Lucie Mysliveckova & Neil Brown and Switzerland’s Ramona Elsener & Florian Roost. In their competitive debut, Anastasia Olson & Keiffer Hubbell finished 10th with 102.10 points.

Going into Saturday’s free skate, Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir hold a significant lead in the pairs competition. Their short program score of 60.44 points is nearly 18 points higher than that of second place team Danielle Montalbano & Evgeni Krasnopolsky of Israel. Americans Gretchen Donlan & Andrew Speroff are in third place and trail place Montalbano & Krasnopolsky by just over a point.

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Saturday Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Rostelecom Cup

Ladies – 5 a.m.

Caroline Zhang – 5:07 a.m.

Agnes Zawadzki – 6:09 a.m.

Gracie Gold – 6:25 a.m.

Pairs – 6:50 a.m.

Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin – 6:57 a.m.

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin – 7:38 a.m.

Men’s – 8:30 a.m.

Johnny Weir – 8:37  a.m.

Richard Dornbush – 9:02 a.m.

Ice Dancing – 10:30 a.m.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani – 11:14 a.m.

Ice Challenge

Pairs – 9:30 a.m.

2012 Rostelecom Cup – Guide

8 Nov

Thursday, November 8, 2012 – Moscow

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The United States will send a large contingent of skaters to Moscow to take part in the fourth ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event of the season. Most notably will be the return to the circuit of 2010 Olympian Johnny Wier, who, along with Richard Dornbush, Agnes Zawadzki and Maia and Alex Shibutani will make their season Grand Prix debuts. Returning to action will be Gracie Gold, Caroline Zhang and Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin who will look to improve upon their skates from earlier this year to land on the podium. Finally, the pair of Caydee Denney and John Coughlin will aim for a second medal this season and a spot at the Grand Prix Final.

Friday Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

Ladies – 6 a.m.

Gracie Gold – 6:07 a.m.

Caroline Zhang – 6:14 a.m.

Agnes Zawadzki – 6:27 a.m.

Pairs – 7:40 a.m.

Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin – 8:00 a.m.

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin – 8:14 a.m.

Men’s – 10 a.m.

Johnny Weir – 10:07 a.m.

Richard Dornbush – 10:20 a.m.

Ice Dancing – 11:40 a.m.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani – 12:33 p.m.

Rostelecom Cup and Ice Challenge Notes

8 Nov

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Team USA Nets Three Medals at 2012 Cup of Nice; Skate Canada Concludes

28 Oct

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Team USA netted three medals, including two gold, at 2012 Cup of Nice.  Keegan Messing and Max Aaron maintained the momentum they gained from strong short programs Friday to earn the top two podium spots, while pairs team Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim won gold in their competitive debut.

Messing, who earlier this fall captured the bronze medal at 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy, successfully defended his 2011 Cup of Nice title as he posted a total score of 224.44 points. His free skate netted 144.33 points. The program featured several strong jump elements including an opening triple Axel and a triple Lutz-triple toe combination. Teammate Aaron earned 219.62 points overall as he won his second medal of the season. Aaron was also the 2012 U.S. International Challenge Skate champion.

Scimeca and Knierim, who teamed up in the spring, led after the short program with a score of 59.01 points. Their strong performance in that segment proved the difference as they maintained gold-medal standing despite placing second in the free skate. Their total score of 156.00 points edged that of silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia by less than a point.

North of the border, Skate Canada concluded with all four free skates. In the ice dancing event, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue recorded one of Team USA’s best finishes of the weekend, placing fifth with 135.16 points in their season opener. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada earned their first gold medal of the season while Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca LaNotte and Russia’s Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko also stood on the podium. Hubbell and Donohue are set to compete next at Trophee Bompard the weekend of Nov. 16.

Ross Miner also finished fifth after recording the fourth-best free skate of the competition. He was in eighth after the short program. Miner, who is also set to compete at NHK Trophy to close the Grand Prix season, totaled 213.60 points for the week, including 144.19 for the free skate. The title went to Spain’s Javier Fernandez, who earned his first Grand Prix gold medal. After opening up on his program-opening quad Salchow, Miner went on to execute an array high scoring elements including a triple Lutz-single loop-triple Salchow sequence that earned 12.77 points.

Gracie Gold, in her Grand Prix debut, and Caroline Zhang placed seventh and ninth, respectively. The ladies podium included Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond, winning gold in her Grand Prix debut, and Akiko Suzuki and Kanako Murakami of Japan. Gold and Zhang will compete head-to-head once again at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow next month.

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig also made their Grand Prix debut this weekend in Windsor and placed seventh. Teammates Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin finished sixth. No strangers to the top of the podium, Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won gold in the pairs event.

Complete event coverage of both Skate Canada and Cup of Nice is available on http://www.icenetwork.com.

2012 Skate Canada, 2012 Cup of Nice Under Way

26 Oct

Daily Recap – Friday, Oct. 26

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The second of six ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events, 2012 Skate Canada, began Friday with all four disciplines taking the ice. The event will end Saturday.

In the ice dancing competition, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are poised to earn their first Grand Prix medal. Their short dance score of 54.84 points has them less than one point out of bronze medal position. Reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada lead Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca LaNotte by 0.01 points with Russia’s Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko in third.

While Caroline Zhang and Gracie Gold, in her Grand Prix debut, sit in eighth and ninth, respectively, after the short program, both are within striking distance of the podium. Just over eight points separate Gold from leader Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia. Ross Miner is in eighth place going into Saturday’s free skate.

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig also made their Grand Prix debut today in Windsor and totaled 47.05 points for the short program. They sit in sixth, just in front of teammates Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin with 46.47 points.

Skate Canada Competition Schedule (ET)

Saturday

Ladies – 10:45 a.m.

Gold: 11 a.m.
Zhang: 11:08 a.m.

Pairs – 1:05 p.m.

Vise and Baldwin: 1:12 p.m.
Davis and Ladwig: 1:20 p.m.

Ice Dancing – 4:40 p.m.

Hubbell and Donohue: 5:24 p.m.

Men’s – 7:10 p.m.

Miner: 7:34 p.m.

After the first day of competition in Nice, all three American representatives are in medal position going into the free skate. Keegan Messing, who earlier this fall captured the bronze medal at 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy, posted a short program score of 80.11 points and leads going into the free skate. His program featured a triple Axel worth 10.50 points with a GOE of 2.00 and a triple Lutz-triple toe combination that netted 10.80. His technical mark was 42.36 points. Teammate Max Aaron trails by under five points with a score of 75.95 points. After falling on his program-opening quad Salchow, Aaron executed a strong triple Axel in the second half of his program that earned 10.68 points.

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim lead the pairs event in their competitive debut together. With a short program score of 59.01 points, they lead nearly nine points. Each of their program’s seven elements received positives GOEs as they were the only team to earn more than 30 points on their technical elements.

Cup of Nice Competition Schedule (ET)

Saturday

Men – 11 a.m.

Aaron: 2:21 p.m.
Messing: 2:28 pm.

Sunday

Pairs – 8:15 a.m.

Scimeca and Knierim: 9:14 a.m.

For complete event coverage from both Windsor and Nice, please visit http://www.icenetwork.com.

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