2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America – Saturday

22 Oct

Saturday, October 22nd – Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, Calif.

Useful Links

Twitter  Official Event Program

Event Page    icenetwork.com (LIVE video stream of Skate America)

Starting Order and Result Page       Photo Gallery

Television Alert

Live coverage of Skate America will air on NBC for three hours beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

Acclaimed film RISE will be shown on VERSUS at 7:30 p.m. ET and at 9 p.m. ET. Click here to learn more about RISE. Click here to order a copy of the DVD or Blue-ray.

10:45 p.m.

The pairs and ladies short programs have been completed at Skate America. Click below for the results pages for both events:

Pairs Result Page

Ladies Result Page

U.S. champion Alissa Czisny delivered a nearly flawless short program to take a four-point lead into Sunday afternoon’s free skate. Czisny, who last competed at Skate America in 2005, had the California audience in her corner from the start. “I was really nervous at the beginning, so I’m happy to get this first competition underneath me,” she said. Czisny, a silver medalist at 2005 Skate America, said he plans to attempt seven triple jumps in the free skate. Italy’s Carolina Kostner, the 2011 World bronze medalist, also skated well and is in second place. She fought injuries last year and got a late start to this season, she said. Caroline Zhang, a bronze medalist at Skate America in 2007, is attempting to rejuvenate her career and she took a step in that direction with a solid short program. Her score of 55.05 points puts her in third place heading into the free skate. Zhang’s love of skating, she said, has kept her in the sport and striving to improve.

The Chinese pairs team of Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang are on track to win their third Skate America title with a three-point lead heading into the free skate. The 2006 Olympic silver medalists won Skate America titles in 2004 and 2005. They didn’t compete last year due to a series of injuries to Hao, which included a crushed finger during practice. The newly formed team of Caydee Denney and John Coughlin and the Russian duo of Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov each scored 59.62 point in the short program but Denney and Coughlin are sitting in second place because of their higher technical mark.  Less than .17 points separates second and fifth place. The World champion German team is in that tight race. Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy attempted a throw triple Axel but was unsuccessful. They won’t try it in the free skate. The team of Mary Beth Marley and Rockney Brubaker enjoyed a successful short program with a score of 56.16, while Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin sit seventh with a score of 51.55 points.

The pairs free skate will begin the final day of competition on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT and the ladies free skate will start at 2:40 p.m.

4:15 p.m.

The men’s and ice dance competitions have been completed at Skate America. Click below for the results pages for both events:

Men’s Result Page

Ice Dance Result Page

The big story of the early session is that the streak for Meryl Davis and Charlie White continues. The Americans backed up their strong performance in Friday’s short dance with an equally as dazzling free dance to win gold by nearly 22 points. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France finished with the silver and credit should be given to Bourzat for his podium performance despite being quite visibly sick. The Lithuanian team of Isabella Tobias and Deividas Stagniunas, who were entered into Skate America two weeks ago, used their consistency to jump from fifth to third overall after the free dance.

Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue showed great promise with their performance in the free dance which garnered the third-best score.

In the men’s competition, despite noting that he could have skated a more clean program, Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic cruised to the gold medal, his first in the Grand Prix Series. Kevin van der Perren, a 29-year-old from Belgium, landed a quad toeloop en route to a silver medal.

For the Americans, Richard Dornbush worked the crowd with his western-themed skate and finished in fourth position, while Douglas Razzano finished fifth in the free skate and seventh overall.

Up next, the pairs short program and ladies short program beginning at 6:55 p.m. PT. Also, RISE, as noted above, will air on VERSUS at 7:30 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET.

11:15 a.m.

The warmups for both the men’s free skate and the free dance competition have been completed. The first session of the day will begin with the men’s free skate at 11:30 a.m.

The free skate will provide a big opportunity for Richard Dornbush who performed well in his short program. Dornbush, who has a number of fans on hand due to the event’s proximity to his hometown, was seen laying in the skaters lounge with his eyes closed in a very relaxed state. Despite his fifth place finish in the short program, Dornbush is less than one point away from second. The men’s free skate is setting up for a very exciting conclusion with four skaters closely positioned.

Americans Douglas Razzano and Armin Mahbanoozadeh are both looking forward to their free skate as an opportunity to improve their position from the short program. Razzano, who turns 23 today, vaulted up the leaderboard at the Finlandia Trophy to finish second as he won the free skate in that event and Mahbanoozadeh noted yesterday that he will incorporate a quad into his performance.

In the ice dancing competition, Davis and White are in prime position to continue their winning streak from last season as they are placed 10 points higher than their nearest competitors. The reigning World champions will skate their Die Fledermaus free dance which they performed well in the warmups and practices leading up to the competition.

Check the U.S. Figure Skating Twitter page for live updates and tune into NBC from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for live coverage of these two events.

After the conclusion of the men’s and the ice dance competitions, we’ll get situated for the session tonight which features the pairs and the ladies.

9 a.m.

Good morning from 2011 Skate America! Today there will be four sessions which include the conclusion of both the men’s and ice dancing competitions as well as the beginning of the ladies and pairs events. Here is a list of what is on tap for today:

(All times Pacific)

Men’s free skate: 11:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Free dance: 1:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Pairs short program: 6:50 p.m. – 8:10 p.m.

Ladies short program: 8:20 p.m. – 9:50 p.m.

For a recap of the action from Friday as well as links to the results, click here.

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