Sunday at 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America

26 Oct

Another successful Skate America is in the books! The Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, was an excellent host, and we’re excited to have kicked off the 2014 ISU Grand Prix season.

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Team USA Results | Full Results

Pairs Free Skate

2. Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier – 183.84
4. Alexa Scimeca & Chris Knierim – 168.62
5. Madeline Aaron & Max Settlage – 160.04

Ladies Free Skate

3. Gracie Gold – 179.38
4. Samantha Cesario – 174.58
6. Mirai Nagasu – 158.21


What Team USA had to say:

Brandon Frazier: “We came here to put out two really solid performances and that’s exactly what we did. I would say these programs took a lot of work in the off-season and it feels like it’s been a long, long off-season. It’s good to come out here and see all that hard work pay off.”

Alexa Scimeca: “I’m not really sure [what went wrong]. I don’t think we’ve ever been more prepared for a competition and to skate with errors was very discouraging. It kind of leaves us with what are we supposed to do because we were very prepared and we were in the right mindset going into it. It’s just frustrating.”

Madeline Aaron: “I think we’ve learned we’re ready to be in seniors, ready to take on the challenge. We talked about every time we go out it’s another experience and trying to be consistent and skate well so the U.S. can send us out more.”

Gracie Gold: “I was able to get the bronze medal at this Grand Prix, which I’m happy with. There were some mistakes in this program, that of course, I need to improve on for NHK and the competitions to come. But I think it was a good start to my season. In previous seasons I’ve also started with a silver or bronze medal on the Grand Prix circuit, so I’m looking forward to another metal NHK before I take on 2015.”

Samantha Cesario: “I had a little spin trouble; still suffering a little bit with that ankle and it was bothering me a little in practice but tried to fight through it. The jumps were pretty good. I felt pretty confident going out. It is definitely a good start for the season and I’m happy with it overall.”

Mirai Nagasu: “Obviously it was a better skate than yesterday. One-hundred and eight is an OK score, but I know that I can get a much higher score. I know I under-rotated a lot of those jumps out there today but this was a very stressful week because I was expecting so much more out of myself, especially in the short program.”


Next up in the Grand Prix Series:

Skate Canada: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, Kelowna, British Columbia
Cup of China: Nov. 7-9, ShanghaiRostelecom Cup: Nov. 14-16, Moscow
Trophee Bompard: Nov. 21-23, Bordeaux, France
NHK Trophy: Nov. 28-30, Osaka, Japan
ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final: Dec. 11-14, Barcelona, Spain

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