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2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day Two

21 Jan

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2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Monday, January 21, 2013 | CenturyLink Center | Omaha, Neb.

Daily Schedule (All times Eastern)

Novice free dance: 10:20 a.m.

Novice ladies free skate: 12:30 p.m.

Novice men’s free skate: 3:20 p.m.

Novice pairs free skate: 5:15 p.m.

Junior ladies short program: 9:00 p.m.

The 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships continue today with the conclusion of the novice events and the junior ladies short program.

Today’s Headlines

Novice events conclude – Less than four points separate the top three novice competitors in each discipline heading into today’s final events. First to take the ice will be the ice dancers, where newly-partnered Tory Patsis and Joseph Johnson lead the field with 43.73 points following yesterday’s pattern dance competition. Right on their heels are veterans Chloe Lewis and Logan Bye, who finished fourth in novice at last year’s U.S. Championships. Lewis and Bye, in their third season together, sit in second place with 41.25 points. Rounding out the potential podium is the sibling duo of Gigi Becker and Luca Becker with 40.94 points.

Once the ice dancing medalists are determined, Tyler Pierce will attempt to once again edge out her challengers in the novice ladies free skate competition. Pierce executed flawless elements in yesterday’s short program, including a triple Lutz-double toe combination, a triple loop and the highest program components score of the event. She leads with 45.66 points. In second place is Pierce’s teammate, Amy Lin, who earned 44.86 points for her “Kung Fu Panda 2″ short program. Lin achieved a Level 4 on two of her spins and sits less than a point behind first place at her first U.S. Championships at the novice level. Less than a point behind Lin, Bradie Tennell has 43.22 points and heads into the free skate in third place.

As competition enters the afternoon hours, the novice men’s champion will be crowned. After the short program, Tomoki Hiwatashi leads the way with 52.05 points. Celebrating his 13th birthday in style, Hiwatashi received positive grades of execution of at least 0.64 on each of his six elements, including a triple Salchow-double toe combination. In second place, Nicholas Vrdolijak earned 49.53 points for his short program, which included a triple Lutz and a triple flip double toe combination. Vrdolijak finished seventh in the novice event at last year’s U.S. Championships. Finishing out the top three is Oleksiy Melnyk, who earned 49.27 points in yesterday’s short program.

Kaitlin Budd and Nikita Cheban hope to hold onto the top stop as the novice pairs free skate commences this afternoon. After beginning their partnership just seven months ago, Budd and Cheban lead the field with 36.42 points following an effortless short program to “Summertime” by Giovanni. Sitting in second are Christina Zaitsev and Ernie Utah Stevens, who come to the event fresh off their first international assignment in Croatia last fall. Zaitsev and Stevens, who are coached by Zaitsev’s parents, have 35.21 points heading into today’s free skate. In third place, Elise Middleton and Robert Hennings earned 33.74 points for their elegant “Skater’s Waltz” short program, highlighted by old fashioned choreography and the second highest program components score of the event.

High-Flying Ladies – The junior ladies will compete on championship ice for the first time this evening as they close out the day’s events with their short programs. Polina Edmunds and Karen Chen, both of whom completed triple-triple combinations in their short programs at the 2013 Pacific Coast Sectional Championships, will battle for the top spots, joining Eastern Sectional champion Maria Yang and Midwestern Sectional champion Barbie Long.

Live competition will be available on icenetwork.com for Season Pass subscribers.

2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Day 4

25 Jan

Wednesday, January 25th – HP Pavilion – San Jose, Calif.

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Tuesday Storylines

Chen is Champ: Twelve-year-old Nathan Chen overcame a .05 deficit to claim the junior men’s title.

From Second to First: Denney and Fraizer go from second to first in the junior pairs short after a scoring correction was made.

Motoring into First: Aldridge and Eaton, who skate for Detroit SC, dance their way to first in the junior short.

Wednesday Schedule

1:00 p.m.                   Junior Dance Free Dance (Session 10)

3:30 p.m.                   Junior Pairs Free Skate (Session 11)

9:00 p.m.                   Junior Ladies Free Skate (Session 12)


10:45 a.m. – Junior Men’s Top 3 Quotes

Nathan Chen –  1st place – 193.90 points

(On his performance)

It was really fun. I had a good time out there and I thought it was one of my better skates.

(on his ending pose)

I’ve been watching lots of old skating phenomenons the past two days and I just noticed how much power and emotion and energy they put into their performances and I just wanted to try to see if I could have that kind of energy, so I tried to do it out there.

(on training at Lake Arrowhead)

At Lake Arrowhead, the training facilities are really nice. It’s way high up so it’s really good for stamina and then everybody there is very seriously into training so I see people doing triples and quads all the time so it motivates me a little bit.

(on his music selection)

When I was much, much younger, I saw Evgeni Plushenko skate to The Godfather and I’ve always wanted to skate to that music so this year I figured I might was well give it a try.

Timothy Dolensky –2nd place – 187.84 points

(opening statement)

I really had a good time today. It was so much fun and I was so happy with my skate today.

(On if he saw Nathan’s performance)

I didn’t see Nathan’s performance because he was right after me. I was just glad with how I skated and however it went was however it went.

(on the possibility of being selected for the Junior World Championships)

That will be absolutely amazing if I get picked for Junior Worlds. I would be so excited to do that and I would look forward to that immensely.

(on writing his own music again)

I’ve thought about that. I don’t know we’ll see. I’ll have to see if I have any inspiration to write anything else because it did turn out really well and I’ll have to talk to my coaches and see for not next year. But if not next year, I probably will think about doing it again in the future.

Philip Warren– 3rd place – 182.17 points

(opening statement)

First, I’d like to thank the city of San Jose and everybody here for giving us this arena. It’s really nice. I had a great time showing my programs to all of you and I hope you all did [enjoy them].

(on if he watched Nathan’s program)

I watched Nathan’s program and he’s a strong skater. He’s very consistent, but all four of us skated probably one of our better performances this season, so I’m just happy for everybody.

(on who he performs for)

Mostly I skate for the audience. I skate for the judges, but I think I do it mostly for the fans. My first coach Adam Dewewy inspired me to actually love the sport and love what I do and have a great time doing it.

9:50 a.m.

Once again we’ll start off the day with another high-speed video of a novice champion. Courtesy of the U.S. Figure Skating High Performance department, here is a video from Karen Chen’s 2012 free skate at U.S. Championships. U.S. Figure Skating uses high-speed videos as one method of helping analyze a skaters performance. See the video below:


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