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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.

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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