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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.

Skate Canada and Cup of Nice Notes

24 Oct

Click below to read competition notes from Skate Canada and Cup of Nice.

2011 Skate Canada – Saturday

29 Oct

Saturday, October 29th – Hershey Centre – Mississauga, ON

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11:40 a.m.

Friday was an active day at 2011 Skate Canada, the second event in the ISU Grand Prix Series. Here are the results:

Ladies

Short Program Results

The three American ladies, Ashley Wagner, Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu are in the top five after the short program behind 14-year-old Russian Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who leads the pack with 59.57 points. As noted in yesterday’s blog, both Wagner and Flatt were happy with their short programs and they are looking forward to today. Nagasu has slightly more work to do to reach the podium, but can feed off her first place performance at the Nebelhorn Trophy from earlier this year. Today, the ladies will perform their free skate at 2:15 p.m.

Men

Short Program Results

After the men’s short program, there is a separation in the pack. Javier Fernandez of Spain shattered his personal best and received 84.71 points and is in first place. Diasuke Takahashi of Japan is in second with 84.66 and reigning World champion Patrick Chan of Canada was not flawless, but still received 83.28 points and is in third. American Adam Rippon is in fourth, more than ten points behind Chan with 72.89 and Ross Miner is in seventh with 60.83 points. The men will perform their free skate at 7:10 p.m.

Ice Dancing

Short Dance Results

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were superb as they skated to a more than eight-point lead over their teammates Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje. The performance by Virtue and Moir answered the questions asked by Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White when they went on to win Skate America last weekend. Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates finished in sixth with 50.43 points after a strong short dance ended with a late fall. The free dance will conclude Skate Canada on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Pairs

Short Program Results

There were no Americans entered in the pairs event at Skate Canada. Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia lead the competition with 70.42 points, a more than eight-point advantage over second place. The pairs free skate is at 4:15 p.m. today.

Cup of Nice

Results Page

In his senior international debut, American Keegan Messing posted an impressive 77.75 points in his short program to lead by nearly 10 points going into today’s free skate. The competition has started and they are 10 skaters through the 25 to compete. Messing will skate last, and when he finishes, we will post an update on Twitter.

In pairs, Ashley Cain and Joshua Reagan, also in their senior international debut, are in third with 53.04 points in their short program. Fellow Americans Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker are in fourth with 52.04 points. The competition is led by Italians Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek with 57.64 points.

Stay tuned to the U.S. Figure Skating Twitter page for updates throughout the day.

2011 Skate Canada – Friday

28 Oct

Friday, October 28th – Hershey Centre – Mississauga, ON

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3:25 p.m.

The ladies short program has ended at 2011 Skate Canada with Ashley Wagner finishing in second place with a score of 54.50  points. Rachael Flatt is in third with 54.23 points and Mirai Nagasu is fifth with 52.73 points. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia is in first with a score of 59.57.

Ashley Wagner on her short program:

“Today went very well and I was extremely pleased with my short program. It was a clean program; my triple Lutz was a little shaky and I would have preferred it to have been a lot more solid, but for the start of my Grand Prix season, I’m very pleased with it. I have to keep the same mentality I had today for tomorrow and I think I’ll be set for this competition.”

Rachael Flatt on her short program:

“I am incredibly excited about how things went today. It was a great performance and a great start to the season so I’m looking forward to the long program tomorrow.”

The pairs are completing their short program. There are no Americans in this event. Skate Canada continues tonight with the men and ice dancing events.

In France, Keegan Messing, in his senior international debut, posted a scored of 77.75 points, and leads the Cup of Nice by more than 10 points. His program included a triple-triple combination and a level four straightline step sequence.

 

8:47 a.m.

On Friday, the second ISU Grand Prix Series event, Skate Canada, will begin at 2:05 p.m. Eastern Time in Mississauga, ON. Here is a list of the members of Team USA that are participating:

Ladies

Rachael Flatt

Mirai Nagasu

Ashley Wagner

Men

Adam Rippon

Ross Miner

Ice Dancing

Madison Chock & Evan Bates

Friday’s Schedule (All times Eastern)

Ladies Short Program: 2:05 p.m.

Pairs Short Program: 3:45 p.m.

Men’s Short Program: 7:30 p.m.

Ice Dancing Short Dance: 9:10 p.m.

If you haven’t already, make sure you submit your picks for the U.S. Figure Skating Fantasy Challenge (Free) before 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

In addition to Skate Canada five Team USA athletes will compete in the Cup of Nice which will begin for senior skaters today. Here is a list of the members of Team USA that are participating:

Men

Keegan Messing (Making his senior international debut)
Pairs
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