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Special icenetwork offer for U.S. Figure Skating Members Only

11 Sep

IN

Dear U.S. Figure Skating member,

Icenetwork has a new look and more free content and subscription video than ever for the 2013-14 figure skating season.

We are pleased to inform you that for the 2013-14 season, the icenetwork figure skating Season Pass is now available at a special discounted rate of $24.99 for all U.S. Figure Skating members.

The first live streaming subscription event – 2013 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic – is Sept. 11 – 15, so if you have not received your promo code and purchased the Season Pass, please do so today.

  • If you are already a subscriber to the icenetwork Season Pass, please enjoy all that the Season Pass has to offer (If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact icenetwork Customer Service at 1-866-464-8499 or by email at customerservice@website.icenetwork.com).
  •  If you already received your promotional code via email, just enter that code during the Season Pass purchase process to receive your special U.S. Figure Skating member promotional price of $24.99.
  •  If you have not received an email with a promotional code, don’t worry, with one simple call to U.S. Figure Skating Member Services at 719-635-5200 you can be assigned a one-time use code and be on your way to becoming a Season Pass subscriber.

With this year’s Season Pass, valid until Aug. 30, 2014, you will enjoy all the premier events you’ve experienced in the past and much more. Icenetwork, featuring a new enhanced video player, will deliver live and on-demand coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, World Figure Skating Championships, European Figure Skating Championships, Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, all the events comprising the Grand Prix Series and more!

The Season Pass will also give you access to live and on-demand coverage of the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, U.S. International Classic and U.S. Sectional Championships. On-demand coverage will be provided for U.S. Regional Championships, U.S. Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships and will feature several figure skating specials.

The price for this year’s Season Pass for U.S. Figure Skating members is $24.99 (regularly $49.99), but only through Oct. 22, 2013. Once this offer has expired the Season Pass will only be available at the full price.

Thanks for subscribing to icenetwork. Enjoy the upcoming season!

Sincerely,

U.S. Figure Skating

Click here to subscribe to the icenetwork Season Pass.

2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America Viewer’s Guide

16 Oct

This year fans will get to experience Skate America like they never have before. Read below to find out how the coverage for 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America will be the most expansive ever.

What you Need to Know

– The live event coverage on Saturday of Skate America will be FREE to all registered users. Registration is free, just follow this link and create an account and the live action will be free on Saturday. Enjoy the free preview, become a Season Pass subscriber!

– The icenetwork Season Pass is only $19.99 for U.S. Figure Skating members and only $39.99 for the general public for the entire year of live and on-demand video coverage of the sport. For U.S. Figure Skating members, watch this video and read the description below to learn how to redeem your discount! Offer expires on Oct. 22.

– There will be hours of extra live coverage and backstage video, more in-depth coverage of Skate America than ever before. Read below for details.

Icenetwork.com and NBC Live Coverage Times (All times Eastern)

Icenetwork.com

Talent: Mike Mancuso, Tonia Kwiatkowski and Tanith Belbin

Friday, Oct. 19 – Subscribers Only
10:00 p.m.: Pairs short program
11:30 p.m.: Men’s short program

Saturday, Oct. 20 – All Registered Users (Free! Just sign up with an email address here)
3:30 p.m.: Ladies short program
5:10 p.m.: Short dance
10:00 p.m.: Men’s free skate
Midnight: Pairs free skate

Sunday, Oct. 21 – Subscribers Only
2:45 p.m.: Free dance
4:15 p.m.: Ladies free skate (first group ONLY)*

*The second group of the ladies free skate on Sunday, Oct. 21, will not be shown live on icenetwork.com but rather will be broadcast live on NBC. Please check your local NBC affiliate for broadcast information.

NBC

Talent: Mike Emrick, Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic, Tracy Wilson and Andrea Joyce.

Sunday, Oct. 21

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Live Backstage Event Coverage (Free, all users)

– Icenetwork.com will host two AT&T Ice Desk Live segments, one prior to men’s free skate on Saturday at approximately 9:45 p.m. ET and one following the end of ladies free skate on Sunday at approximately 6:15 p.m. ET. These shows will be hosted by Olympic silver medalist and five-time U.S. champion Tanith Belbin as she will preview and recap the action as well as interview guests throughout the show.

– Tanith Belbin will also host Backstage Live with interviews after the competitors come off the ice during the competition on a separate stream. She will also be on icenetwork.com during the NBC coverage of the event on Sunday providing the same live backstage look while the action happens on television.

We hope that you’re able to enjoy the coverage of Skate America on icenetwork.com as well as the entire figure skating domestic and international season!

How to Follow the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

20 Jan

The 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will take place Jan. 22‒29 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The following is a comprehensive list of how to follow the event:

Television
The 2012 U.S. Championships will have seven hours of live, high-definition coverage of senior-level events, including two in prime-time, on NBC. NBC will also air the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, from 2‒4 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Feb. 4. NBC’s broadcast team will consist of Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Scott Hamilton (analyst), Sandra Bezic (analyst), Tracy Wilson (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter).

NBC Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern, subject to change, check local listing)

BROADCAST DATE EVENT

TIME (ET)

Saturday, Jan. 28 LIVE free dance

4-6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28 LIVE Ladies free skate

9-11 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 29 LIVE Men’s and Pairs free skate

3-6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4 Smucker’s Skating Spectacular

2-4 p.m.

Icenetwork.com
In addition to NBC’s coverage, live and on-demand coverage of the competition will be available to Season Pass subscribers on icenetwork.com. The icenetwork.com announce team, led by Mike Mancuso, features former Olympic, World and U.S. medalists. Returning to the broadcast booth are Tonia Kwiatkowski, a three-time U.S. medalist, and Peter Carruthers, the 1984 Olympic silver medalist. Joining the broadcast team in San Jose are Sarah Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion, Kim Navarro, a two-time U.S. ice dance medalist and Johnny Weir, a three-time U.S. champion who recently announced his intent to return to competitive figure skating. For a detailed schedule, click here.

In addition to the subscriber-based coverage on icenetwork.com there are an unprecedented number of new and different ways to use icenetwork.com to follow the U.S. Championships. In addition to live results, news stories and photo galleries and athlete bios, icenetwork.com will also provide a live look behind-the-scenes at the U.S. Championships and a way to interact with the skaters during the competition.

#TweetSeat
During senior-level competition, once selected skaters receive their marks and go through the Mixed Zone; they will enter the #TweetSeat which will provide viewers with the opportunity to interact with their favorite competitors. Fans will be able to tweet questions via Twitter using the hashtag #TweetSeat and hosts Sarah Hughes or Kim Navarro will ask your questions live. The TweetSeat video feed will be free on icenetwork.com.

AT&T Ice Desk Live
Ice Desk Live will allow fans to hear insights, reactions and commentary from icenetwork.com’s assortment of talent covering the Championships. Hosted by Peter Carruthers, this fast-paced live show will include immediate reactions following competition, previews of what is about to come and questions from fans watching at home. Weir, Hughes, Navarro and Kwiatkowski will all participate in the AT&T Ice Desk Live.

Live Press Conferences
Pull up a chair and settle in for live press conferences, free on icenetwork.com, from the 2012 U.S. Championships. During senior-level competition, the top three finishers in each discipline in the short program and short dance, as well as the top three overall finishers will participate in a press conference roughly 10 minutes after the conclusion of each competition.

In addition to the competitor press conferences, Michelle Kwan, the lone member of the 2012 Hall of Fame Class, will have a press conference on Friday, Jan. 27 beginning at 9:15 p.m. ET, which will also be available for free on icenetwork.com

Social Media

When something happens, and the fans of U.S. Figure Skating need to know about it, social media will provide the answer. Throughout the U.S. Championships, be sure to check the U.S. Figure Skating Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the icenetwork.com Twitter page for breaking news and to join the discussion.

SKATING magazine blog

Launched shortly before 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America, the SKATING magazine blog is the official home of SKATING magazine on the Internet. SKATING magazine blog will keep a live blog throughout each day of the U.S. Championships and provide updates, insight and useful links for everything going on in San Jose. SKATING magazine blog will also post a full digital copy of the official event program from the 2012 U.S. Championships. Visit www.SKATINGmagazineblog.com and join the more than 40,000 people who have already become readers of SKATING magazine blog.

Team USA Off to a Good Start in Quebec

10 Dec

icenetwork.com (LIVE streaming of the GP Final)

Starting Order/Results Page  Twitter

TV Schedule/Competition Notes (PDF)  Photo Gallery

Team USA earned its first medal of the week earlier today while many more skaters stand in medal contention. Britney Simpson & Matthew Blackmer, who formed their partnership over the summer, earned the junior pairs bronze medal. They enjoyed two clean skates and totaled 146.35 points. They were joined on the podium by China’s Wenjing Sui & Cong Han in first and Katherine Bobak & Ian Beharry of Canada in second.

Russia enjoyed a sweep of the junior ladies podium with Julia Lipnitskaia leading the way. Teammates Polina Shelepen and Polina Korobeynikova finished second and third, respectively. American Vanessa Lam, competing in her first JGP Final, finished fifth overall.

With the exception of the senior free dance, which goes final Sunday, the remainder of events will be decided Saturday. A rundown Team USA’s current ranks is below:
Junior Ice Dancing: Alexandra Aldridge & Daniel Eaton (5th after short)
Junior Men’s: Joshua Farris (1st); Jason Brown (2nd)
Ladies: Alissa Czisny (4th)
Men’s: Jeremy Abbott (2nd)
Ice Dancing: Meryl Davis & Charlie White (1st); Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani (5th)

Friday Quotes

Vanessa Lam (Bellflower, Calif./trains in Westminster, Calif./All Year FSC) – 5th overall (3 SP, 5 FS) – Total: 145.62; FS: 91.28; SP: 54.34 points (international PB)

(on free skate) “The beginning of the program, I was a little overcautious. That’s probably why I went down on the first element, the Lutz. I regained my footing on the second jump. But I felt my timing was off for the triple loop. The program didn’t feel like I had my footing under me. I didn’t feel as comfortable as I did yesterday.”

(on what she can take from this competition) “Training has a lot to do with it but I have to keep my focus for competition and fight through my programs. I’m going to have to train harder and push myself more. I need to put more pressure on myself when I’m doing my routines. I need to get used to putting on my performance when I have to.”

Britney Simpson (Golden, Colo./Broadmoor SC) & Matthew Blackmer (Detroit/Detroit SC) – (training town: Colorado Springs, Colo.)

3rd overall (3 SP, 5 FS) – Total: 146.35; FS: 94.44; SP: 50.91 points (all scores represent season-highs)

(on free skate) Simpson – “We are very excited. We did what we came here to do which is two season best scores and skate how we have been training at home with two clean programs. It was so amazing that the crowd kept us going and we got more into the program. We focused on components, which is what we do best.”

Blackmer – “My favorite is when we are in our last element, our pairs spin, there is a moment where we can look at each other and relax knowing we’ve done our job. Right before we went out, Dalilah (Sappenfield) said ‘It’s only you two out there, stay within you two.’ I feel like we did a really good job of that. We were focused on each other and our connection. That really showed in our marks.”

(on how this prepares them for U.S. Championships) Blackmer – “Anyone can attest that having international experience is a good ally going into a national championship. This will be my first nationals and I feel so ready and relaxed. Each competition has made me feel more that way.”

(on experience taken from this event) Simpson – “What we’re going to take away is knowing how to compete at a high level and how to enjoy skating and be prepared for our nationals and enjoy it.”

Blackmer – “We came into this competition without putting pressure on ourselves. I think it was a nice learning tool especially going into other competitions in the States.

(on what to watch in the senior pairs competition) Simpson – “For me personally, watching all of the senior teams that made it here is exciting. The best of the best make it here and it’s going to be fun to watch all of them.”

Blackmer – “It’s a cool experience to see all of these teams. I’m excited to see the Germans and the Russians battle it out and see elements like a throw triple Axel.”

Alissa Czisny (Auburn Hills, Mich./trains in Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit SC) – 4th place – 60.30 points

(on short program) “Besides the one jump, I felt like the program was good, but the loop didn’t happen today so I’m disappointed in that.”

(on how she approached the program) “I wanted to try to focus on each element. I feel like the fans here deserve a great performance.”

(on being the defending Grand Prix Final champion) “There is definitely pressure. It is good experience for me to go into a competition defending and learning how to defend a title.”

Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich./Arctic FSC) & Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit SC)

(training town: Canton, Mich.) – 1st place – 76.17 points (international PB)

(on season’s best score) Davis – “It was indeed our season’s best. We’ve been working on our short dance a lot since both Skate America and Cup of Russia. I think we’re feeling more solid and confident with the dance. We can really get our feet under us now. We’re really pleased with it.”

(on lead going into free dance) White – “A bigger lead is always nice. But I don’t think it’s going to affect our mind set very much. I must have said this a million times, sorry I don’t get more interesting, but we have the same idea going into every skate and that’s to skate how we practice. As long as we do that, we’re going to be happy.”

Davis – “Charlie and I were really pleased. This was our best program both with the season’s best score and our best program in competition so far this which is always nice when those line up. Charlie and I were talking a lot before we skated about keeping perspective. What’s happened with Mao’s mom is so sad and we all put so much into skating and it’s so important to all of us, but things like this really put into perspective what’s important. We wanted to go out there and have fun and that’s what we did.”

(on watching other skaters – specifically referencing Virtue and Moir’s fall) White – “We don’t usually watch anyone before us. We try to focus on ourselves. There’s a lot to focus on. We just want to think about that. But of course when you’re out there and the crowd is laughing really hard, we wonder what’s going on and figure it is Scott hamming it up.”

(on free dance) Davis – “Hopefully it will be an improvement over what we did at Cup of Russia. Charlie and I are pleased with both of the free dances we have done this season. We haven’t made any major changes. We’ve been focusing on the nuances of the dance. Hopefully it will be similar with a little bit of an elevated performance.”

Maia Shibutani (Ann Arbor, Mich./SC of New York) & Alex Shibutani (Ann Arbor, Mich./Arctic FSC)

(training town: Canton, Mich.) – 5th place – 65.53 points (season-high)

(on short dance) Alex – “It was our best performance of the year. Our best score. In terms of what we could control, we were really confident and relaxed. It was great warming up with Meryl and Charlie and Tessa and Scott, that helped for sure. We’re very happy with how we skated and it was a great start to our week. We’re so excited to be here.”

(on first Final experience) Maia – “We’re just so excited to be here. last year, we were first alternates, so to be here is really amazing. We keep trying to soak it all up because it’s only your first Grand Prix Final once. It’s such a lucky experience for us because we will have so many great memories from being here with Meryl and Charlie and Tessa and Scott.”

(on improvements throughout the season) Maia – “We were happy with our elements today. we saw a great increase in our score from every other competition we’ve done. That shows we’re moving in the right direction. We got some better levels and GOEs.”

Alex – “We practiced really well so far this week. We made a lot of changes to our short dance after NHK Trophy. We’ve been working very hard all year on improving our connection and the Latin movement. We’re getting more and more comfortable with that. It’s always been a lot of fun but now we are starting to get into a groove and I think that is showing in our performance and with the score.

“After our two competitions back to back, we weren’t able to make a lot of adjustments in between. We learned a lot over those two weeks. When we got home with Marina and Igor we changed our circular step sequence and side-by-side and a lot of the transitions toward the latter half of the program. All programs evolve and you go through changes to make sure you can perform them the best you can when you have to compete.”

Jeremy Abbott (Aspen, Colo./trains in Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit SC) – 2nd place – 82.66 points

(on short program) “That program was a lot of work. I stepped out of the first jump and then didn’t have the combo. I wasn’t sure if they would count the step out as an extra jump. The whole program, I was like ‘Do I do the triple Lutz-triple toe, do I do the plain triple Lutz?’ Going into the triple Axel I was thinking this, going into the spin, I’m thinking this. Finally, I’m like, ‘I have to make up my mind.’ So I decided to do the Lutz-toe, if they drop it, they drop it but I’m sticking to the plan that I make regardless of the consequence. In the end, it was for the better because if I had no combo, I would be five points less. I worked it after the Lutz-toe. I had a little fun. I think I was thinking so much through the whole program I forgot to change edge on the camel spin because at that point I was so tired of thinking that I just went. I totally missed the edge but still level three so it’s OK. I had fun and I’m happy to move on to tomorrow.”

(on returning to the Grand Prix Final after missing last season) “I’m very happy to be here. The Grand Prix Final is such a great competition. To qualify really means you’re one of the best in the world. I’m proud to be here and representing the U.S. To be the only man here representing the U.S., I feel like I have a lot on my shoulders. I’m proud to carry it.”

(on plan for free skate) “I want to do my program justice. I have a good program that I’m really proud of and I think is special. I have yet to skate it to a point that show cases it. I want to stay focused and perform the way it deserves to be performed.”

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