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2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic Tweet Seat

17 Sep

At the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, many of the skaters answered your questions from the Tweet Seat. See what your favorite athletes had to say and be sure to send in your questions for the next time!

Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus

Ryan Bradley

Timothy Dolensky

Ross Miner

Agnes Zawadzki

Gracie Gold

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig

Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay

Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt

Madison Chock and Evan Bates

Max Aaron

Armin Mahbanoozadeh

Jeremy Ten

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch

2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic Notes

11 Sep

Click on the image below to view the competition notes for the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic.

Senior skaters head to Salt Lake City to kick off the 2012 international season

10 Sep


Canadians, Americans among favorites at 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic

By Mimi Whetstone

The senior international season begins this week with the inaugural U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City, Sept. 12-16. More than 65 skaters representing 23 countries are expected to compete, including reigning Canadian champion Amelie Lacoste and two-time U.S. bronze medalist Ross Miner. The U.S. International Figure Skating Classic will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Challenge Skate, a U.S. Figure Skating invitational competition for intermediate, novice and junior athletes who have competed at the national level. Both events will stream live on icenetwork.com.

Ladies

Reigning U.S. junior champion Gracie Gold, who won the silver medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships, will begin her first full senior season. Gold captured the gold at JGP Estonia last year with a personal-best score of 172.69 points. Challenging Gold will be Lacoste of Canada, who competed at the World Championships in both 2011 and 2012. Also competing for medals are Elena Glebova of Estonia, who won silver at 2011 Finlandia Trophy, reigning U.S. bronze medalist Agnes Zawadzki and Clara Peters, the first skater to represent Ireland at an ISU event. Peters earned a personal-best score of 55.90 for her free skate at the 2012 World Championships, where she placed 11th.

Men

Battling for the top podium spot in the men’s event will be two-time reigning U.S. bronze medalist Ross Miner, who earned a personal-best score of 223.23 points at the 2012 Four Continents Championships, where he placed third and fellow American Armin Mahbanoozadeh, who earned a career best placement of fourth at the 2012 U.S. Championships. Also competing are Liam Firus of Canada, who finished in eighth place at the 2012 World Junior Championships with a personal-best score of 189.06, and Christopher Caluza of the Philippines, who represented the United States until December, 2011. Caluza competed for the Philippines at the 2012 World Championships and earned a personal-best score of 184.10 points.

Pairs

Looking to win the pairs event are 2011 Canadian champions Kristen Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, who earned two bronze medals in the 2011 Grand Prix series at Cup of China and Hilton HHonors Skate America in Ontario, Calif. Another team of Canadians, Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, will fight for the title after earning the bronze medal, ahead of Moore-Towers and Moscovich at the 2012 Four Continents Championships. Danielle Montalbano and Evgeni Krasnopolski of Israel will also make a run for the medals after winning bronze at 2011 Golden Spin in Zagreb, Croatia. The new U.S. team of Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig will make their competitive debut in Salt Lake City. Davis is the 2010 U.S. junior bronze medalist, while Ladwig is a two-time U.S. silver medalist (2010-11) and 2010 Olympian with former partner Amanda Evora. Joining Davis and Ladwig on Team USA are Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin, who earned a personal-best score of 155.42 points at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America, where they placed sixth.

Ice Dancing

Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates will try to capture ice dancing gold after earning bronze at 2011 Finlandia Trophy, their first international competition as a team. Chock and Bates missed the podium by one spot at 2011 Skate Canada and placed fifth at their first U.S. Championships last January. Challenging Chock and Bates will be reigning Canadian bronze medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier and their Canadian teammates Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam, who earned silver at the 2010 World Junior Championships. Ukrainians Siobhan Heekin-Canedy and Dmitri Dun, who earned bronze at 2011 Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria, will also compete for a medal. Joining Chock and Bates on Team USA are Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, who won the ice dancing title ahead of Heekin-Canedy and Dun at 2011 Ice Challenge and finished fourth at the 2012 U.S. Championships.

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U.S. Assignments Announced for 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series

21 May

The International Skating Union (ISU) announced today the athlete selections for the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. The Grand Prix begins Oct. 21-23 with 2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America from Seattle/Kent, Wash.

The Grand Prix Series, entering its 18th season, incorporates six international figure skating competitions as a unified point-scoring series that awards prize money to eligible skaters. At the conclusion of the series, athletes’ points are totaled, and the top six ladies, men, pairs and ice dancing teams are invited to compete at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. The Grand Prix Final is scheduled for Dec. 5-9, 2012, in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The event will run concurrently with the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

Skate America will feature the four reigning U.S. champions including Ashley Wagner (ladies), Jeremy Abbott (men’s), Caydee Denney and John Coughlin (pairs) and Meryl Davis and Charlie White (ice dancing). Other notable competitors include Russia’s Alena Leonova, the 2012 World ladies silver medalist and Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic, who is the 2011 Skate America champion. Pairs team Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, also of Russia, are two-time reigning World silver medalists.

Gracie Gold, the 2012 U.S. junior champion and World Junior silver medalist, will make her Grand Prix debut in the Series’ second event, Skate Canada. She will compete at Rostelecom Cup alongside Johnny Weir. Weir, a three-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian, is set to return to competition for the first time since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, when he takes the ice at Rostelecom Cup (Moscow) and Trophée Eric Bompard (Paris).

Two newly formed American pairs teams received one assignment each with Caitlin Yankowskas and Joshua Reagan competing at Cup of China (Shanghai) and Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig skating at NHK Trophy (Miyagi, Japan). With the exception Davis, each skater competed on the Grand Prix Series with their previous partners.

The full list of Team USA’s assignments, as well as the full international lineup for Skate America, are below (listed alphabetically). Visit www.isu.org for the full list of selections across the Grand Prix Series.

2012 Hilton HHonors Skate America — Seattle/Kent, Wash. — Oct. 19-21

Ladies:

Rachael Flatt – Will make her fourth Skate America appearance; earned the silver medal in 2009, ‘10

Christina Gao – Made Gran Prix Series debut in 2011, placing fifth at Cup of China and 10th at Rostelecom Cup

Ashley Wagner – Makes Skate America debut as reigning U.S. and Four Continents champion

Men’s

Jeremy Abbott – Begins sixth Grand Prix Series with first-ever appearance at Skate America

Douglas Razzano – Placed seventh at 2011 Skate America in Ontario, Calif.

Pairs

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin – Finished fourth at 2011 Skate America in their Grand Prix debut

Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff – Only other international completion included a fourth-place finish at 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy

Ice Dancing

Meryl Davis and Charlie White – Look for third consecutive Skate America gold; finished fourth in 2007

Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt – Return to Skate America after finishing sixth in 2010

Skate Canada International — Windsor, Ontario — Oct. 26-28

Ladies

Gracie Gold – Is the 2011 JGP Estonia gold medalist

Caroline Zhang – Makes third Skate Canada appearance; finished fifth in 2008, eighth in 2009

Men’s

Ross Miner – Looks to improve on sixth-place finish in 2011

Pairs

Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker – Debuted on Grand Prix in 2011 with seventh-place showing at Skate America

Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin – Also competed on Grand Prix for the first time at 2011 Skate America (6th)

Ice Dancing

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue – Begin second season together; are the 2012 U.S. bronze medalists, finished 10th at 2012 World Championships

Cup of China — Shanghai — Nov. 2-4

Ladies

Mirai Nagasu – Makes fourth straight Cup of China appearance; reigning silver medalist; owner of two Grand Prix Series medals

Men’s

Adam Rippon – Starts fifth Grand Prix season; has won two Series medals

Pairs

Caitlin Yankowskas and Joshua Reagan – First Grand Prix assignment as a partnership.

Ice Dancing

Madison Chock and Evan Bates – Begin second season; finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at 2011 Skate Canada and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard

Rostelecom Cup — Moscow — Nov. 9-11

Ladies

Gracie Gold

Agnes Zawadzki – Competes at third straight Rostelecom Cup (fourth in 2010, seventh in ’11)

Caroline Zhang – Has competed on Grand Prix circuit since 2007; first appearance in Russia

Men’s

Richard Dornbush – Starts second Grand Prix season after finishing fourth at 2011 Skate America, sixth at 2011 Cup of China

Johnny Weir – Has medaled in four of five entries at Rostelecom Cup

Pairs

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin

Ice Dancing: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani – Commence third Grand Prix season; have medaled at all four Grand Prix assignments, qualified for 2011 Grand Prix final and placed fifth

 

Trophée Eric Bompard — Paris — Nov. 16-18

Ladies

Ashley Wagner – Won bronze in only other appearance at this event (2007)

Men’s

Jeremy Abbott – Has won seven Grand Prix medals, including 2008 Grand Prix Final gold

Johnny Weir – Won 2004 Trophée Bompard title

Ice Dancing

Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue – Finished sixth at 2011 Skate America in only other Grand Prix experience

 

NHK Trophy — Miyagi, Japan — Nov. 23-25

Ladies

Alissa Czisny – 2012 marks ninth Grand Prix season; finished sixth at only other appearance at NHK Trophy (2007)

Agnes Zawadzki – Finished eighth at 2011 NHK Trophy

Men’s

Richard Dornbush

Ross Miner – Reigning NHK Trophy bronze medalist

Adam Rippon – Placed sixth at 2009 NHK Trophy

Pairs

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir – Placed seventh at 2011 NHK Trophy; have competed on Grand Prix since 2009

Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig – First Grand Prix assignment of their partnership.

Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker

Ice Dancing

Meryl Davis and Charlie White – Won this event in 2009, ’10; placed fourth in only other appearance (2006)

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani – Reigning NHK Trophy champions and 2010 bronze medalists

Team USA Nets Two Medals at 2011 NHK Trophy

12 Nov

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2011 NHK Trophy

Team USA enjoyed a strong show in Sapporo, Japan, which includes a gold medal win from Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani and a bronze medal finish for Ross Miner.

Men’s

Results Page

Ross Miner battled back from sixth place after the short program to earn the bronze medal, his first career Grand Prix Series medal. He was joined on the podium by a two representatives of the host country, gold medalist Daisuke Takahashi and silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka. After falling on his “Blues for Klook” program-opening attempt at a quad flip, Takahashi executed five triple jumps and two level four spins to net a season-high 169.32 points for the segment. He assured his spot in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final with his second medal of the season and netted 259.75 points overall. Kozuka, skating to “Nausicaa Princess of the Wind,” produced two triple Axels and a total of six triple jumps. His attempt at a quad toe was two-footed on the landing. He totaled 235.02 points for the weekend (155.25 for free skate). Miner skated to music from The Untouchablessoundtrack. The program was highlighted by two triple Axels earned 141.24 points. Though he was fourth in the free skate segment, his overall score of 212.36 moved him into third place. American Armin Mahbanoozadeh, the finished eighth. His teammate Brandon Mroz sat in third after the short program, thanks in part to a landed Quad Lutz. He suffered some errors in the free skate and went on to finish ninth.

Ice dancing

Results Page

A week after earning the silver medal at 2011 Cup of China, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani won their first ever ISU Grand Prix Series gold medal and did so by battling back from a third-place showing in the short dance to win the free dance and the competition. The outcome sees the Shibutanis and silver medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada book their tickets to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in December. Shibutani and Shibutani edged the Canadians by just 0.09 points for the gold medal. Russian’s Elene Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, who were in first after the short dance, took home bronze. Performing their free dance to “In the Mood” and “Moonlight Serenade,” Shibutani and Shibutani earned level fours for five out of seven elements. The reigning World bronze medalists posted a new season’s best of 92.83 points and totaled 151.85 overall. Weaver and Poje’s skate was highlighted by difficult level four lifts and twizzles. They earned the silver with 151.76 total points. Ilinykh and Katsalapov danced to an arrangement of “Ave Maria” and had level four lifts and twizzles. Their free dance score of 87.65 dropped the team to third place at 149.48 points. Americans Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt finished the weekend in sixth place.

Ladies

Results Page

Japan’s Akiko Suzuki captured the gold and a spot in the Grand Prix Final as teammate Mao Asada claimed the silver medal. The bronze went to Russia’s Alena Leonova, while Americans Ashley Wagner and Agnes Zawadzki finished fourth and eighth, respectively. Skating to “Die Fledermaus,” Suzuki, who won both segments of competition, performed a triple Lutz, double Axel-triple toe and triple loop. With 119.43 points she was ranked second in the free but was able to hold on to first place at 185.98 points. Asada’s “Liebestraum” free skate included five triple jumps and three level four spins. The 2010 Olympic silver medalist was the free skate winner with 125.77 points (184.19 points overall). Leonova landed a triple toe-triple toe combination and two triple flips in her program. She scored 108.92 points for the free and accumulated 170.68 total.

Pairs

Results Page

Russia’s Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov rebounded from a fifth-place showing in the short to win the pairs title followed by Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran of Japan and German’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy. Overcoming a rough short program, Kavaguti and Smirnov produced a triple toe, triple twist, triple throw loop and Salchow in their “Clair de Lune” free skate. They earned scored 122.49 points, setting a season’s best, and totaled 177.51 points. Takahashi and Tran’s program to “Concerto de Quebec” included a triple twist, level four spins and lifts as well as a throw triple Salchow. They maintained silver medal standing and earned 172.09 total points. Short program sinners Savchenko and Szolkowy opened their program to the Pina soundtrack with a throw triple flip, but they made errors on the side by side jumps and did not perform a planned lift. The reigning World Champions received 112.45 points for the free and 171.68 overall. Americans Caydee Denney and John Coughlin placed fifth (163.75 points) in their second outing of the season while teammates Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir finished seventh.

2011 NHK Trophy – Friday

11 Nov

Useful Links

icenetwork.com (LIVE stream of the NHK Trophy)

Starting Order/Results Page  Twitter

TV Schedule/Competition Notes (PDF)

2011 NHK Trophy

Remaining Events (all times Eastern):

Friday, Nov. 11
10 p.m.: Free dance

Saturday, Nov. 12
12:05 a.m.: Pairs free skate
2:30 a.m.: Men’s short program
5:00 a.m.: Ladies free skate
10:55 p.m.: Men’s free skate

NHK Trophy kicked off Friday with the short dance and pairs and ladies short programs. Results are below.

Ladies

Results Page

Japan’s Akiko Suzuki, who already won silver this season at Skate Canada International, leads after the short program with a season-high score of 66.55 points. Skating to “Hungarian Rhapsody,” Suzuki landed triple toe-triple toe combination, a triple Lutz and a double Axel. She is trailed by Russia’s Alena Leonova in second and teammate Mao Asada in third. Like Suzuki, Leonova executed triple toe-triple toe and achieved a season-high of 61.76 points. The 2011 Russian silver medalist placed fourth at Skate Canada. Asada made her season debut. Skating to “Sheherazade,” she completed a triple flip-double loop, but singled her planned triple Axel. She totaled 58.42 points. “ Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia sits in fourth (57.37 points) and American Ashley Wagner is ranked fifth (55.88) followed by teammate Agnes Zawadzki in sixth(53.84). Wagner won the bronze at Skate Canada while Zawadzki makes her season debut in Sapporo.

Pairs

Results Page

Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, who have dominated the international scene of late, lead after he short program. Skating their short program to the Angels and Demons soundtrack, the duo once again tried a throw triple Axel (an element they also attempted in their gold medal win at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America to open the season), but Savchenko fell. En route to 59.23 points, they did successfully complete a triple twist and level four footwork. In second place are home country representatives Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran with 57.89 points. Their program, to “Imagine,” featured a triple twist and throw triple Salchow. Italians Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek are third with 56.23 points. They put out a solid program to “Harlem Nocturne,” completing a side by side triple toe and a level-four death spiral. Americans Caydee Denney and John Coughlin are within striking distance of the podium and sit in fourth at 55.48 points. In what is perhaps a surprise to most, Russia’s Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov sit in fifth (55.02 points) after winning gold last weekend at Cup of China. The second American team, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, are in seventh going into the free skate.

Ice Dancing

Results Page

Looking for their second medal is as many weeks, Americans Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani sit in third place after the short dance. The Cup of China silver medalists set a season’s best with 59.02 points despite losing a point due to an extended lift. They are led by Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katasalapov who narrowly lead Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje. The Russian’s earned 61.83 points in their season debut thanks to level fours on their twizzles and lift. Weaver and Poje are also vying for their second medal of the season after taking silver in their home country. They totaled 60.07 points after experiencing problems in their twizzles and footwork sequences. Team USA’s Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt are in sixth place (50.81 points) after winning gold at Ice Challenge last weekend in Graz, Austria.

2011 NHK Trophy – Viewer’s Guide

10 Nov

Useful Links

icenetwork.com (LIVE stream of the NHK Trophy)

Starting Order/Results Page  Twitter

TV Schedule/Competition Notes (PDF)  Photo Gallery

2011 NHK Trophy

Schedule (all times Eastern):

Friday, Nov. 11
12:55 a.m.: Short dance
2:45 a.m.: Pairs short program
5:15 a.m.: Ladies short program
10 p.m.: Free dance

Saturday, Nov. 12
12:05 a.m.: Pairs free skate
2:30 a.m.: Men’s short program
5:00 a.m.: Ladies free skate
10:55 p.m.: Men’s free skate

1…2…3Ashley Wagner competes for the fourth consecutive year at NHK Trophy (4th in 2008, 3rd in 2009, 5th in 2010). She also looks for her second medal of the 2011 Grand Prix season after winning bronze at Skate Canada two weeks ago.

First TimerAgnes Zawadzki is the 2011 World Junior bronze medalist. She made her Grand Prix Series debut a year ago, fi nishing sixth at Skate Canada and fourth at Rostelecom Cup. NHK Trophy marks the fi rst time Zawadzki will compete in Japan.

Seasoned Vets - Armin Mahbanoozadeh and Ross Miner continue their seasons after already competing at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America and Skate Canada, respectively, to open the year.

Lutz SkateBrandon Mroz was recently credited by the ISU with executing the first ever quadruple Lutz in a sanctioned competition. He accomplished the feat Sept. 16, 2011, at the Colorado Springs Invitational. Mroz, who has competed on the Grand Prix since 2008, won a pair of medals in two Grand Prix assignments last year (silver at Cup of China; bronze at Trophée Bompard).

Third Time’s a Charm?Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir begin their third season on the Grand Prix circuit. The Boston-based duo enjoyed their strongest finish, fourth, at 2010 Skate Canada and are looking for their first international medal.

Sneaky, SneakyCaydee Denney & John Coughlin were within two points of sneaking onto the podium in their Grand Prix Series debut at 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America. They won bronze at 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy to begin their competitive careers together.

2-for-2 – Both American ice dancing teams take the ice for the second consecutive week with the hope of medaling once again. Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani were silver medalists at Cup of China last week in Shanghai, while Lynn Kriengkrairut & Logan Giulietti-Schmitt won gold at Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria. The Shibutanis were bronze medalists at this event in 2010.

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