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Trophee Bompard Concludes Saturday from Bordeaux, France

22 Nov

Trophee Bompard concluded today from Bordeaux, France with Team USA taking home bronze medals in ladies and ice dance. Ashley Wagner won her second medal of the Grand Prix season, adding to the silver she earned at Skate Canada last month. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue became bronze medalists for the second time after also winning a medal at Skate Canada.

NBC will broadcast competition highlights from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Season Pass subscribers can watch the competition in its entirety on icenetwork.

Ladies:

Results

Ashley Wagner – 3rd place (61.35 + 116.39 = 177.74) FREE VIDEO from icenetwork
Courtney Hicks – 4th place (55.70 + 116.88 = 172.58)
Samantha Cesario – 7th (55.19 + 106.51 = 161.70)

WATCH: Elena Radionova’s short program for free

Men:

Results

Adam Rippon – 5th place (76.98 + 148.44 = 225.42)
Richard Dornbush – 7th place (80.24 + 139.03 = 219.27)
Douglas Razzano – 10th place (64.98 + 129.26 = 194.24)

WATCH Denis Ten’s short program for free

Pairs:

Results

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim – 4th place (59.04 + 120.28 = 179.42)

Ice dance:

Results

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue – 3rd place (60.19 + 91.92 = 152.11)

From France on Friday

21 Nov

The first day of competition has wrapped at Trophee Bompard as the 2014 Grand Prix Series rolls through its fifth week in Bordeaux, France. Americans sit in medal contention in both ladies and ice dance. Ashley Wagner, winner of a Skate Canada silver medal earlier this season, sits in third behind Russians Elena Radionova and Julia Lipnitskaia. Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, bronze medalists at Skate Canada, are also in third after their short dance. Free skates in all disciplines are set for Saturday.

Ladies short program:

Results

Ashley Wagner – 3rd place (61.35)
Courtney Hicks – 6th place (55.70)
Samantha Cesario – 7th place (55.19)

Men’s short program:

Results

Richard Dornbush – 4th place (80.24)
Adam Rippon – 7th place (76.98)
Douglas Razzano – 11th place (64.98)

Pairs short program:

Results

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim – 4th place (59.04)

Short dance:

Results

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue – 3rd place (60.19)

Saturday’s schedule (all times ET):

7:05 a.m. — Ladies free skate

7:51 a.m. – Cesario
8:07 a.m. – Hicks
8:30 a.m. – Wagner

9:20 a.m. — Pairs free skate

10:08 a.m. – Scimeca and Knierim

12:30 p.m. — Free dance

1:14 p.m. – Hubbell and Donohue

2:10 p.m. — Men’s free skate 

2:17 p.m. – Razzano
2:50 p.m. – Rippon
3:23 p.m. – Dornbush

2014 TROPHEE BOMPARD TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event Time (ET) Network
Friday, Nov. 21 Men’s and ladies short programs 7-9 p.m. Universal Sports
Saturday, Nov. 22 Pairs free and free dance 2-5 p.m. Universal Sports
Sunday, Nov. 23 Competition highlights 4-6 p.m. NBC

2014 TROPHEE BOMPARD ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date Event Time
Nov. 21 Pairs short (LIVE) 9:30 a.m.
Ladies short (LIVE) 11 a.m.
Men’s short (LIVE) 12:55 p.m.
Short dance (LIVE) 2:50 p.m.
Nov. 22 Ladies free (LIVE) 7:05 a.m.
Pairs free (LIVE) 9:20 a.m.
Free dance (LIVE) 12:30 p.m.
Men’s free (LIVE) 2:10 p.m.

Fifth Stop on the Grand Prix Series Hits Bordeaux, France

20 Nov

Trophee Eric Bompard

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series makes its fifth stop this week with Trophee Bompard, Nov. 20-Nov. 23, at Meriadeck Ice Rink in Bordeaux, France.

NBC will air competition coverage from 4-6 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Nov. 23. In addition, Universal Sports will air same-day coverage throughout the weekend. Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from both days of competition. To become a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com.

Tweet @USFigureSkating and use the hashtag #TEB2014 to join the conversation on social media.

Team USA will be represented by 10 athletes:

Ladies:

Samantha Cesario
Courtney Hicks
Ashley Wagner

Men:

Richard Dornbush
Douglas Razzano
Adam Rippon

Pairs:

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim

Ice dance:

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue

Event schedule (all times ET) | LIVE RESULTS

Friday, Nov. 21

9:30 a.m. — Pairs short program

10:24 a.m. – Scimeca and Knierim

11 a.m.  — Ladies short program

11:54 a.m. – Cesario
12:07 p.m. – Hicks
12:20 p.m. – Wagner

12:55 p.m. — Men’s short program

1:02 p.m. – Razzano
1:15 p.m. – Rippon
1:55 p.m. – Dornbush

2:50 p.m. — Short dance

3:29 p.m. – Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue

Saturday, Nov. 22

7:05 a.m. — Ladies free skate
9:20 a.m. — Pairs free skate
12:30 p.m. — Free dance
2:10 p.m. — Men’s free skate

2014 ROSTELECOM CUP TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event Time (ET) Network

Friday, Nov. 21

Men’s and ladies short programs 7-9 p.m. Universal Sports
Saturday, Nov. 22 Pairs free and free dance 2-5 p.m.

Universal Sports

Sunday, Nov. 23 Competition highlights 4-6 p.m.

NBC

2014 ROSTELECOM CUP ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event Time

Nov. 21

Pairs short (LIVE)

9:30 a.m.

Ladies short (LIVE)

11 a.m.

Men’s short (LIVE)

12:55 p.m.

Short dance (LIVE)

2:50 p.m.

Nov. 22 Ladies free (LIVE)

7:05 a.m.

Pairs free (LIVE)

9:20 a.m.

Free dance (LIVE)

12:30 p.m.

Men’s free (LIVE)

2:10 p.m.

2013 Trophee Bompard Recap

16 Nov

Useful Links

Twitter  #TEB2013  |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Live Results/Starting Orders  |  icenetwork Event Page

What a week for Team USA! The Americans hauled in three medals, including one in each discipline in which it was represented.

Ashley Wagner is now a two-time Trophee Bompard champion, and with the win, should cement her spot at the 2013 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Japan. Meryl Davis and Charlie White punched their ticket to the event last weekend.

Wagner’s total score of 194.37 points represented an ISU personal best. She finished second in the free skate behind silver medalist Adelina Sotnikova of Russia. Wagner’s Romeo and Juliet free skate, which she performed in a lovely new maroon dress, featured a triple flip-triple toe combination and two Level 4 spins. Wagner’s PCS mark of 65.81 was the highest of the event. The bronze medal went home with Russia’s Anna Pogorilaya.

Samantha Cesario, who finished fourth, set ISU personal bests all around. Her clean “Carmen” free skate earned 116.15 points as she finished with 172.70 overall. Christina Gao endured a tough free skate and finished eighth overall.

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin won the first American pairs medal of the Grand Prix season, taking home bronze behind China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong (193.86 total points) and Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (190.89 total points). The gold medal for Pang and Tong is their 10th on the Grand Prix Series.

Denney and Coughlin, who earned 184.01 points overall, produced a clean Phantom of the Opera free skate that featured the highest technical score of the competition. Their free skate score totaled 120.49, including 63.54 on the first mark. Highlights included three Level 4 lifts in the program’s second half and a huge triple twist worth 7.00 points (including 1.20 on GOE). The bronze-medal win is the third of Denney and Coughlin’s career.

Jason Brown, in this second career Grand Prix appearance also won the bronze medal behind perennial power houses Patrick Chan of Canada and Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan. Chan, the three-time World champion, posted world record scores in the free skate (196.75) and overall (295.27) as he sailed to victory. Hanyu was also superb as he earned 263.59 points overall.

And for Brown, while it may not have been perfect, his free skate was easily enough to put him in medal position when combined with his clean short program from the day before. In fact, Brown’s total score of 243.09 points was nearly 30 points more than that of fourth-place finisher Han Yan of China. Brown set personal superlatives throughout the week. His “Reel Around the Sun” free skate featured a triple Lutz-loop-triple Salchow combination worth 12.37 points and added triple flip-triple toe worth 10.54.

Team USA didn’t have any ice dancers compete in France. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada won the title followed by Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalpov and France’s Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat.

Next week, the Grand Prix Series will wrap up in Moscow with Rostelecom Cup. Team USA will also have a team competing at Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria.

2013 Trophee Eric Bompard – Day 1

15 Nov

Useful Links

Twitter  #TEB2013  |  Competition Notes (PDF)

Live Results/Starting Orders  |  icenetwork Event Page

What a day from Paris! The short programs featured great all-around competition, and going into Saturday’s free skates, Team USA is in medal contention in all three disciplines in which it is represented.

NBC will air coverage of the event from 4:30-6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 17, with additional broadcast coverage available on Universal Sports Network and throughout the weekend.

Icenetwork Season Pass subscribers will have access to live video from Trophee Bompard. To become a registered user or a Season Pass subscriber, please visit www.icenetwork.com. Event coverage, including results, news, recaps and photos, will be available on icenetwork to all users.

Ashey Wagner, who began her season with a second-place finish at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America, leads after the short program. She takes a six-point cushion into the free skate over Russia’s Anna Pogorilaya and Adelina Sotnikova, who are virtually tied at 60.03 and 60.01, respectively. En route to 66.75 points, Wagner’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” program featured a trio of Level 4 spins and Level 4 footwork, while she added two jumps, a triple loop and a double Axel, in the second half of the performance. Christina Gao and Samantha Cesario sit in fourth and fifth, respectively, and certainly in medal contention. Gao totaled 58.81 points and Cesario earned 56.55.

Friday started off strong as Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, the 2012 U.S. pairs champions, registered their best short program score of the season at 63.52 points. They are in fourth place, but less than four points out of first. The “Tosca” program featured seven elements that received positive GOEs, including side-by-side triple toes and a level 4 lift and pairs spin. China’s Qing Pang and Jian Tong, who have skated together internationally since 1997, hold the lead with 67.69 points. They are followed closely by Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov and Denney and Coughlin.

The top four men after the short program, Patrick Chan of Canada, Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, our own Jason Brown and China’s Han Yan, came to compete on Friday. Chan registered a personal best short program score with 98.52 points. Hanyu’s technical mark of 52.72 (overall 95.37) was the highest of the event. Brown, skating to “The Question of U” by Prince put out a perfectly clean performance. Six of the program’s seven elements earned a GOE of over 1.00 and his four non-jump elements (three spins and a step sequence) were all Level 4. His total score of 84.77 represented a personal best. Han, who won Cup of China by a landslide, narrowly trails Brown at 84.34 points.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the reigning Olympic champs, lead the dance event with 75.31 points. They are followed by Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France and Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov.

2013 TROPHEE BOMPARD ICENETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change)
Saturday, Nov. 16
8:10 a.m. – Pairs free
Denney/Coughlin – 8:58 a.m.

9:55 a.m. – Men’s free
Brown – 10:51 a.m.

12:45 p.m. – Free dance

2:15 p.m. – Ladies free
Cesario – 3:06 p.m.
Gao – 3:14 p.m.
Wagner – 3:37 p.m.

UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK 2013 TROPHEE BOMPARD BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change)
Saturday, Nov. 16
1 p.m. – Pairs free
2 p.m. – Free dance

Lineup Announced for 2012 JGP AUT

13 Aug

Lineup announced for 2012 JGP Austria

The ISU announced today the full lineups for the third ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) of Figure Skating Series event of the season to be held Sept. 12-16, Linz, Austria.

The 14-member Team USA will be led by reigning U.S. junior champion Nathan Chen. Competitors for the remaining events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ladies

Samantha Cesario

  • 2011 JGP Estonia bronze medalist
  • 2011 JGP Poland bronze medalist

Hannah Miller

  • 2012 U.S. junior bronze medalist
  • 2011 U.S. novice champion

Men’s

Nathan Chen

  • 2012 U.S. junior champion
  • 2010-11 U.S. novice champion

Jay Yostanto

  • 2008 U.S. intermediate bronze medalist
  • 2007 U.S. juvenile silver medalist

Ice Dancing

Whitney Miller and Kyle MacMillan

  • 2012 U.S. novice silver medalists

Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons

  • 2011 U.S. novice champions

Pairs

Jessica Noelle Calalang and Zack Sidhu

  • 2011 JGP Estonia bronze medalists

Brianna de la Mora and Taylor Wilson

  • 2010 U.S. intermediate champions

Britney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer

  • 2012 U.S. junior silver medalists

Click here to see the full list of entries.

Now in its 16th season, the JGP Series consists of seven international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the seven scheduled events (pairs can compete in two of four designated events). The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, Dec. 6-9 in Sochi, Russia.

2012 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating schedule

  • Courchevel, France (Aug. 22-26)
  • Lake Placid, N.Y. (Aug. 29 – Sept. 2)
  • Linz, Austria (Sept. 12 – 16)
  • Istanbul (Sept. 19 – 23)
  • Bled, Slovenia (Sept. 26 – 30)
  • Zagreb, Croatia (Oct. 3 – 7)
  • Dresden, Germany (Oct. 10 – 13)

Weir Back in PA at Holiday Dreams on Ice

29 Dec

By Lynn Rutherford

Old and new friends nearly 7,000 miles apart gathered in Philadelphia the night before Christmas Eve to watch Johnny Weir headline the second annual Holiday Dreams on Ice, held at University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1923 Arena.

The three-time U.S. champion and his parents, Patti and John, welcomed more than 60 well wishers from his hometown of Lancaster, PA, who bused into town especially for the show.  The Pennsylvanians met 20 of Weir’s Japanese fans visiting from Tokyo for a long holiday weekend in New York and Philadelphia, capped by front-row seats for the performances and a post-event party.

“I’m excited about this show; they literally ran out of printed tickets,” Weir said. “It’s my first time performing in Pennsylvania, my home state, in forever. I’m thrilled so many old friends are here.”

Weir gained standing ovations for an outrageous routine to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and his traditional holiday number “Ave Maria,” highlighted by special designs from Vincent DiGiorgio’s Digital Lighting, who created the Christmas lights for the White House this season.

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus kicked off the evening with a singing of “Sleigh Ride.”  More than 100 young local skaters hit the ice to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Former Israeli champion Tamar Katz, a student at Penn, skated to Adele’s “Someone Like You,” while 2010 U.S. silver medalist Brandon Mroz offered up two numbers: “Mack the Knife” and “Greased Lightening.”

Mroz is taking a short break from Colorado Springs to spend the holidays in his hometown of St. Louis.

“I can’t wait to see my grandmother,” he said.

Two-time U.S. bronze medalist Ashley Wagner shone in programs to Jessica Simpson’s “What Christmas Means to Me” and Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor.”

“I had the [“What Christmas Means to Me”] music before and I thought it was really cute,” she said. “I feel like a lot of Christmas stuff is kind of slow and I wanted something that was going to wake the audience up. I picked it a couple of years ago and then I just re-choreographed it [with Philip Mills]. I get bored with programs so if I have something new it’s much more fun to perform.”

Wagner took a short break from training under coaches John Nicks and Mills in California.

“I begged and pleaded Mr. Nicks, and then gave him no other option, but to let me go home for a week,” she said. “I am spending Christmas in Annapolis with my mom, my brother [Austin] and my boyfriend.”

“My dad is traveling right now for business, so it’s kind of a bummer not to have him home for the holidays, but I’m so excited to just slow down for a couple of days before getting back into training for nationals.”

Wagner, who hopes to win her first U.S. title next month at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, isn’t letting her guard down over the holidays.

“After Christmas I am going up and spending the rest of the trip in Philly, so I am training at University of Delaware for the rest of the week,” she said.

Armin Mahbanoozadeh, who is spending a quiet holiday with his parents in Virginia, performed “Summertime,” then unveiled a new Christmas number he choreographed just for the show to Michael Buble’s “Cold December Night.”

“I put it together quickly and had fun with it,” he said. “I had a great time. We had a long day full of practices and rehearsals but it was a great experience, it was a great crowd. There were a lot of enthusiastic kids who are just getting into skating. So it’s nice to see if we can kind of encourage some of the new skaters.”

For pictures, courtesy of Michele Mansoor, click here.

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