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)
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)
Men – 11 a.m.
Aaron: 2:21 p.m.
Messing: 2:28 pm.
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.