Figure skaters – Figuristka http://figuristka.org/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:54:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://figuristka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png Figure skaters – Figuristka http://figuristka.org/ 32 32 USA figure skaters aim for Grand Prix final berths; TV, live broadcast program https://figuristka.org/usa-figure-skaters-aim-for-grand-prix-final-berths-tv-live-broadcast-program/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:54:47 +0000 https://figuristka.org/usa-figure-skaters-aim-for-grand-prix-final-berths-tv-live-broadcast-program/ Madison Chock, Evan Bates This week’s NHK Trophy will be decisive for several American figure skaters who will be aiming for December’s Grand Prix Final, the most important competition of the fall and often a taste of the world championships in March. NHK Trophy, broadcast live on Peacock, features American women, a pair and ice […]]]>

Madison Chock, Evan Bates

This week’s NHK Trophy will be decisive for several American figure skaters who will be aiming for December’s Grand Prix Final, the most important competition of the fall and often a taste of the world championships in March.

NHK Trophy, broadcast live on Peacock, features American women, a pair and ice dancers vying for the final, which takes the best six per discipline in the Grand Prix series in six events. NHK in Japan is the fourth of six events, and skaters compete twice during the series, so some skaters have already qualified.

ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates lead the American contingent this week. The three-time world medalists won Skate America last month and will earn a spot in the Grand Prix Final by finishing third or higher at NHK.

They would be the first American skaters in any discipline to qualify for seven Grand Prix Finals (if last year is included, when the Final was canceled after the qualifying series ended) and the second to compete in six finals after the 2014 Olympic Ice Dance Champions. Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

Bates, 33, can break the record for oldest American to advance to a final currently held by a pair skater Todd Sable of the 1996-97 season. Bates is already the only American figure skater to have competed in four Winter Olympics and the oldest to win a medal (in the team event).

This season, Chock and Bates rank fifth in the world with the best total score (202.80). Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, which are not in the NHK field, have the best score of 215.70. None of the Olympic ice dance medalists will compete internationally this fall.

NHK Trophy Release Schedule

Day

Time (ET)

Event

Platform

Thursday

10:30 p.m.

pair shorts

Peacock

Friday

00:15

Women’s shorts

Peacock

2h15

rhythm dance

Peacock

5 a.m.

Men’s Shorts

Peacock

10 p.m.

Free Pairs

Peacock

11:50 p.m.

women free

Peacock

Saturday

2h50

free dance

Peacock

5:30

Free Men

Peacock

Sunday

4 p.m.

Strong points

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While Chock and Bates are regulars on the podium, the Americans Star Andrews and Amber Glenn enter the NHK after winning his first Grand Prix medals. Andrews, with her Skate Canada silver medal two weeks ago, became the first black American to step on the Grand Prix podium. Andrews and Glenn likely need to finish in the top three this week for any shot at the Grand Prix Final.

It’s a big challenge. NHK has arguably the best female field of the six Grand Prix events, including the world champion Kaori SakamotoSkate Canada winner Rinka Watanabeboth from Japan and South Korea Kim Ye Limsecond in the French Grand Prix.

Another American Isabelle Levito, the junior world champion, is not competing in the NHK but may earn her spot in the Grand Prix Final depending on the results of the other skaters this week. At 15, she would be the youngest American to make a Final in 15 years.

World champion Shoma Uno from Japan tops the men’s list. Uno, who won Skate Canada with 273.15 points, ranks third in the world this season for the highest total score. American Ilia Malininwho is not at NHK, leads with 280.37 points.

NHK also has the highest ranked pair team in the world consisting of Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara from Japan. The next highest ranked pair team in NHK is the American duo of Emily Chan and spencer howe. Chan and Howe, fourth at last season’s nationals, will clinch their first place in the Grand Prix Final if they repeat their Skate Canada second place finish.

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Sheffield Scenarios – Inline Figure Skaters https://figuristka.org/sheffield-scenarios-inline-figure-skaters/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 02:05:51 +0000 https://figuristka.org/sheffield-scenarios-inline-figure-skaters/ By Gina Capellazziadministrator of the FSO team website British Ice Skating held its first-ever Grand Prix, November 11-13, in Sheffield, Great Britain. The event was not only a first for Britain, but featured historic skates, season debuts and a return to competition after a 20-month absence. Gina Capellazzi of Figure Skaters Online spoke with some […]]]>

By Gina Capellazziadministrator of the FSO team website

British Ice Skating held its first-ever Grand Prix, November 11-13, in Sheffield, Great Britain. The event was not only a first for Britain, but featured historic skates, season debuts and a return to competition after a 20-month absence.

Gina Capellazzi of Figure Skaters Online spoke with some of these skaters who had other accomplishments and victories. She highlights them in what she came up with – “Storylines from Sheffield”.

The story made

When Italian Daniel Grassl won gold in Sheffield, he became the first Italian man to win an ISU Grand Prix title. Second after the short program, Grassl opened her free skate with a quadruple Lutz, but then fell to her quad flip. He landed seven triple jumps, including two triple Axels. He earned the season’s best score of 177.50 and an all-around score of 264.35 to win the event.

“After the six minutes (of warm-up) I felt very bad, I have never felt so bad,” Grassl revealed. “It was a very important competition for me, but I tried not to think about it and the six minutes wasn’t the best. I had planned to do three quads in my program, but after the six minutes I said, ‘you’re going with two, because I’m not feeling well at the moment’.

The only other Italian skater to win Grand Prix gold is Carolina Kostner, who won four Grand Prix medals – NHK Trophy (2007, 2010), Rostelecom Cup (2008), Cup of China (2011) – and the gold at the Grand Prix Finale du Prix in 2011. The Italian ice dance team, Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri, won two Grand Prix gold medals this season on the Grand Prix, one in France and the second at the MK John Wilson Trophy.

With his 9 points from his 4th place finish at Skate America and 15 points from his victory in Sheffield, Grassl has 24 points in total. He’ll have to wait and see if that’s enough to get him to the Grand Prix Final.

Grassl wasn’t the only one to make history on the men’s side – Latvian Deniss Vasijevs, third after the short program, won silver, his first Grand Prix medal. He also won the first Grand Prix medal for Latvia.

“I’m very happy to have won the first Latvian Grand Prix medal today, but it’s not the goal I feel most satisfied with,” he said. “It’s the feeling, the standing ovation, the people clapping, the applause. This energy is something far beyond, beyond what you get just by achieving something, it’s something to live for, to strive for – keep it going.

skate at home

As mentioned, the MK John Wilson Trophy in Sheffield was the first time Britain had hosted a Grand Prix event. With the exception of British ice dancers Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson, the event marked the Grand Prix debut for the rest of the British team.

At 27, Natasha McKay finished her first Grand Prix in 11th place.

“It was the most fun I’ve ever had on the ice with the home crowd here,” said the five-time British national champion. Inline figure skaters. “I felt so proud to be British. I loved every second of it. I never thought I would be able to compete in Britain so this is even more special for me. My first Grand Prix so I take that away from my list. And home, I’m taking that one (from the list) too,” she said.

Three-time British champion Graham Newberry finished his first Grand Prix in 11th place.

“It was stressful because I wanted to try and perform well for the home crowd, but I felt the energy and support from the crowd pushed me forward.”

Edward Appleby, the two-time British junior champion, also felt a bit of pressure. He finished behind Newberry in 12th place.

“At first I thought I was going to be under a lot of pressure, and I have to do well,” he said. “But after practice I realized everyone was there to support the skaters and watch the sport we love. It’s just an amazing experience.

Pair skaters Anastasia Vaipan-Law and Luke Digby also made their senior Grand Prix debuts in Sheffield. The 2022 British Pairs Champions finished in 7th place.

Late start to the season

Sheffield marked the start of the season for Katie McBeath and Nathan Bartholomay of Team USA. Bartholomay had to undergo unexpected elbow surgery this summer. They were supposed to compete at the Nebelhorn Trophy in September, but had to pull out. Then they hoped to compete at Skate Canada International in October – but had to pull out after Bartholomay suffered a sciatic nerve injury after taking a hard crash while adjusting to new skates and blades.

The MK John Wilson Trophy marked the team’s first competition of the season, a later than normal start for McBeath and Bartholomay

“It’s kind of weird because I know we’re doing our first event and I know we’re ready, but at the same time I’m like, ‘oh, yeah, like there’s two more (events) and then the final .’ It’s a bit strange in that regard,” Bartholomay said.

“I was anxious to start now, like knowing you’d like to have a few competitions under your belt before you come to a Grand Prix event,” McBeath explained. “But I’m so thankful that we were able to skate together with some of the challenges that we’ve been through for the past few months because it’s been really, really difficult. So I kind of put that off and our journey is ours, and it doesn’t match anyone else’s.

The MK John Wilson Trophy was also McBeath’s first Grand Prix.

“I’m very excited about this,” McBeath said. “I felt a little nervous and was really trying to love it, put it at bay and do whatever I could for the moment.”

McBeath and Bartholomay, who finished in 6th place, are hoping to secure a Challenger event ahead of the 2023 U.S. Championships in January.

The MK John Wilson Trophy was also the first competition of the season for Team USA ice dancers Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko and Japan’s Mai Mihara, Shun Sato and Tatsuya Tsuboi.

The first step

Two-time U.S. champion Bradie Tennell also made her season debut, but unlike the others, Tennell marked her return to competitive ice for the first time in 20 months.

Tennell, who last competed in the 2021 World Team Trophy, has been plagued with a foot injury and has missed the entire 2021-22 Olympic season. In August 2022, Tennell announced that she had changed coaches, moving to France, with her choreographer, Benoit Richaud, becoming her head coach, and Cedric Tour becoming her vault coach.

In Sheffield, two hours before her short program warm-up, Tennell had to move her blade on her skate as she felt she was in the wrong spot after finishing her practice.

“It was (The Blade) better, but I felt different. I think it was just a bit of a lack of confidence on the first jump and the nervousness of being back,” she said.

Tennell also revealed that she was suffering from an ankle injury. She said that one day she picked out some triple toes and all of a sudden she couldn’t press down on her ankle to bend her boot. She said she had to “give him time and allow him to calm down”. She only jumped five days before Sheffield.

Although she finished the event in 12th place, Tennell felt it was the first leg of her journey home.

“Overall, I’m actually extremely proud of what I’ve done here,” she said. “Because even just a week ago I was a little doubtful if I could even come. There have been a lot of mental and physical difficulties in the past month.

“I kind of feel very light,” she added of her comeback. “I feel like the weight on my chest has been lifted because now I’ve made my return to competition. I know it’s possible for me to come back. I know what I’m capable of with the right training.

Tennell will race the Espoo Grand Prix in two weeks.

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Vineyard figure skaters post strong results https://figuristka.org/vineyard-figure-skaters-post-strong-results/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 17:06:11 +0000 https://figuristka.org/vineyard-figure-skaters-post-strong-results/ From left to right, Payton Tennant, Allie Branca, Emma Braillard, Mackenzie Flanders, Adrian Carreno-Vogt and Rosalee Brescia were among the Vineyard medalists on Saturday. —Jane Elizabeth Taylor Fourteen members of the Martha’s Vineyard Figure Skating Club won medals in the Vineyard Figure Skating Open competition on Saturday. One hundred and fifteen figure skaters from across […]]]>

From left to right, Payton Tennant, Allie Branca, Emma Braillard, Mackenzie Flanders, Adrian Carreno-Vogt and Rosalee Brescia were among the Vineyard medalists on Saturday. —Jane Elizabeth Taylor

Fourteen members of the Martha’s Vineyard Figure Skating Club won medals in the Vineyard Figure Skating Open competition on Saturday. One hundred and fifteen figure skaters from across New England gathered at Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena in Oak Bluffs to compete. The competition started in 1992.

” It was great. We haven’t done one since 2019. For a lot of our skaters it was their first competition,” Beth O’Connor, coach of Martha’s Vineyard Figure Skating Club, told The Times. “For a first competition, it was great to have him on his home ice.

The club’s upper level skaters did not participate, but volunteered to help with the smooth running of the day of competition. Here are the medalists from the vineyard and the categories in which they won medals:

Rosalee Brescia won silver in both basic elements. Adrian Carreno-Vogt won gold in all three boys’ basic elements. Mackenzie Flanders won the gold medal in the girls’ 3 basic elements. Willow Rosbeck won the gold medal in the 5 basic elements. Payton Tennant won bronze in all 6 basics. Emma Braillard won the gold medal in the 6 basic elements. Allie Branca won the gold medal in the compulsory pre–free movements. Hannah Haynes won the gold medal in pre-preliminary skating skills. Sienna Crowell won the silver medal in the beginner jumping challenge. Clara Rabeni won the gold medal in preliminary skating. Hydee Turner won the silver medal in the preliminary character presentation. Alana Rosbeck won the silver medal in the preliminary emotional showcase. Ellie Pennington won gold in the pre-juvenile free skate. Kelly Pacheco won gold in the girls’ youth skating event.

Two skaters, Pennington and Pacheco, passed their skating tests over the weekend and advanced to the juvenile and intermediate levels respectively.

Skaters from the club’s freestyle and bridge program will perform a holiday demonstration on Sunday, December 18.

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Mississauga Memos – Inline Figure Skaters https://figuristka.org/mississauga-memos-inline-figure-skaters/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 17:24:26 +0000 https://figuristka.org/mississauga-memos-inline-figure-skaters/ By Gina Capellazziadministrator of the FSO team websiteSkating photos by Robin Ritoss; Photo of Nadiia, Molly and Yehor courtesy of the Cesanek family Beyond the headlines of Rinka Watanabe, Shoma Uno, Rika Miura and Ryuichi Kihara and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, Skate Canada 2022 marked the Grand Prix debut for a number of skaters. […]]]>

By Gina Capellazziadministrator of the FSO team website
Skating photos by Robin Ritoss; Photo of Nadiia, Molly and Yehor courtesy of the Cesanek family

Beyond the headlines of Rinka Watanabe, Shoma Uno, Rika Miura and Ryuichi Kihara and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, Skate Canada 2022 marked the Grand Prix debut for a number of skaters. There were a few other special stories that came out of the event.

Gina Capellazzi of Figure Skaters Online spoke with some of these skaters who have had other accomplishments and victories, beyond the podium. She highlights them in what she came up with – “Mississauga Memos”.

Last minute assignments and Grand Prix debut

Like Skate America, Skate Canada International marked the Senior Grand Prix debut for a number of athletes.

For Rinka Watanabe of Japan, she started her senior Grand Prix debut earlier than expected. When the assignments came out in July, Watanabe was only assigned to the NHK Trophy. Following the withdrawal of fellow Japanese Wakaba Higuchi, Watanabe was added to Skate Canada International on Oct. 11.

“I was told only a week ago that I was competing with Skate Canada, so it was very difficult for me to adjust my training, but I did my best,” she said.

Same goes for Team USA’s Ava Marie Ziegler, who only learned she would be heading to Skate Canada on October 22, just days before Skate Canada began. Ziegler had no further Grand Prix events, but found herself third after the short program and finished the event fourth overall.

Although she didn’t have the performance she was hoping for on her first senior Grand Prix debut, Team USA’s Lindsay Thorngren enjoyed the experience of her first Grand Prix.

“I was really excited to skate in front of a huge crowd and the arena is really nice. I loved this place and loved the crowd. I was so excited to skate my first Grand Prix with all the skaters,” Thorngren said after his free skate.

make history

When Starr Andrews won silver at Skate Canada International, she not only won her first Grand Prix medal of her career, but she also made history by becoming the first black American figure skater to win a Grand Prix medal.

During the Women’s Free Skating press conference, Team USA’s Lynn Rutherford asked Andrews about the feat.

“I think it’s amazing,” she said. “I think that’s huge, especially being one of the few people of color in this sport and being so proud to be able to represent them and to be able to bring home a medal is even more special.”

Training disrupted by Skate America

The Skating Club of Boston welcomed sold-out crowds for the first Grand Prix of the season, Skate America.

While it was great for the Skating Club of Boston to host this caliber event in only their second year at their new facility in Norwood, unfortunately it meant that skaters who trained at the Skating Club of Boston had to change their training. for the week. . The club’s main ice rink, the Tenley Albright Performance Center, was used for the event, and the west ice rink was melted down to create a media work room, press conference and mixed zone, accreditation and a warm-up area for the athletes. The loss of their two main practice rinks for the week was particularly difficult for Team USA’s Emily Chan and Spencer Howe and Jimmy Ma, who all competed at Skate Canada International this weekend. Both Chan and Howe, along with Ma, were able to practice at the club’s third rink, East Rink.

“It was a little harder to be outside of our normal schedule, but I felt like it was a blessing in disguise to be able to handle different circumstances because that’s how it was in competition,” said Chan.

“It (the East rink) was a bit smaller, but I think the hardest part was the session times, we didn’t have as much ice time throughout the day,” Spencer Howe explained. . “It was a blessing in disguise because when you have these competitions you don’t have an 80-minute session or an hour to start. You have to be fast on your feet to make it all go well.

“The Skating Club of Boston has always been very accommodating, which makes me very proud to be a part of their club,” Ma added.

Ma pointed out that the rink is more for hockey, as the ice is harder.

“So there were adjustments to be made, schedules had to be changed, so it definitely tested our adaptability,” Ma said. “I think we did pretty well overall.”

broken lace

The Japanese Kao Miura, leader after the short program, had an unfortunate situation during the six-minute warm-up of the free program. The lace on one of his skates broke, forcing him to leave the ice to tend to it. He was able to come back before the end of the warm-up, but lost quite a bit of warm-up time.

“My shoelace broke right in front of my skate,” he told the media. “Considering this, I give myself 100 percent on my performance today. I am very happy.”

Miura won the silver medal – his second Grand Prix Series silver this season.

Friends of the house

It’s always nice for skaters to have family and friends in the audience watching them skate. It was especially special for Team USA ice dancer Yehor Yehorov, originally from Ukraine, who had friends from back home both in the arena and on the ice with him.

Yehorov’s very good friends, Maria Nosovitskaya and Mikhail Nosovitskiy from Israel, were competing in the Skate Canada ice dance event. The twins were born in Kyiv.

“We grew up together in Ukraine at the ice rink every day,” he explained. “I was a junior and they were a rookie and right now look where we are – I’m representing Team USA and they’re representing Israel and we’re both at Skate Canada, Senior Grand Prix. It’s incredible. Figure skating really attracts people from all over the world.

On Friday, Yehorov also saw his good friend, ice dancer Nadiia Bashynska of Canada, a bronze medalist at the World Junior Championships. Bashynska also grew up with Yehorov in Kyiv.

“We spoke to each other because we haven’t seen each other in a while,” he said. “It’s a special feeling when you don’t see your friends for years and then you see each other and it’s like you’ve grown up together, you’ve been through a lot and you enjoy where you are now so much. and what we are doing now.

Late night at the library

Camden Pulkinen is in the middle of his first semester at Columbia University, while also preparing for another senior Grand Prix season.

After his short program, Pulkinen told Figure Skaters Online that he had mid-term exams for the past few weeks.

“Maybe I spent a little too much time in the library until midnight,” admitted Pulkinen. “I would have liked to train a little better before this competition, but I stayed in shape and did my job by training.

“It’s really about compartmentalizing now and school is really proving to be a challenge,” he added. “But I think as long as I’m young and as long as I’m at that age, I’d rather put as much on my plate and see how much I can conquer.”

Pulkinen’s second Grand Prix – Grand Prix Espoo – takes place during his Thanksgiving break from Columbia.

Baby announcement in the Kiss & Cry

After his short program on Friday, Canadian Keegan Messing held up a picture of his wife, Lane’s ultrasound, announcing they were expecting their second child. Keegan and Lane are already parents to 15-month-old son Wyatt.

Messing says Inline figure skaters that Lane is scheduled for January 2023.

“Right in the middle of the (Canadian) Nationals,” he laughed. “I can’t plan anything very well or do anything in a simple way.”

“I’m so happy to be alive right now. I couldn’t be higher,” he added.

The Messings don’t know if their second child is a boy or a girl.

“It’s a surprise. I’m hoping for a girl, but I’d be delighted with a boy too. Either way, I’ll be in tears regardless,” he said.

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Norwood Notes – Inline Figure Skaters https://figuristka.org/norwood-notes-inline-figure-skaters/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 16:24:48 +0000 https://figuristka.org/norwood-notes-inline-figure-skaters/ Story and photos by Gina Capellazziadministrator of the FSO team website Beyond the headlines of the quadruple Axel and the stories of the champions, Skate America 2022 marked the debut of the Grand Prix for many skaters. There were other special stories that came out of the event, from meeting other competitors to competing on […]]]>

Story and photos by Gina Capellazziadministrator of the FSO team website

Beyond the headlines of the quadruple Axel and the stories of the champions, Skate America 2022 marked the debut of the Grand Prix for many skaters. There were other special stories that came out of the event, from meeting other competitors to competing on home soil.

Gina Capellazzi of Figure Skaters Online spoke with some of these skaters who have had other accomplishments and victories, beyond the podium. She highlights them in what she came up with – “Norwood Notes”.

Meeting with Kaori Sakamoto

While many people inside the Skating Club of Boston were hoping to meet or take a photo with Kaori Sakamoto, one person in particular was hoping to take a selfie with the world champion. This person – Isabeau Levito.

At the short program press conference, the 15-year-old junior world champion was asked if there was anyone at Skate America she was looking forward to meeting, and Levito replied, very nervously, ” Kaori!”

“She’s so strong, so powerful,” she added, as Sakamoto sat down next to her, smiling. “I feel she’s so free on the ice, so I was really excited to see her here. Every time I was in the locker room, I was like, ‘Should I go ask her for a selfie with her?’ Yeah, I’m definitely very excited to see her here. It’s just cool.

After the press conference, Levito got his selfie with Sakamoto. The United States team Amber Glenn gave Levito his cell phone to take the photo as Levito’s photo was not readily available at the time.

Receive homework late

Team USA’s pair team Valentina Plazas and Maximilian Fernandez have competed extensively this season – US Classic, John Nicks Pairs Challenge, Finlandia Trophy, as well as national qualifying events. After Skate America, they will add another competition to their already busy fall schedule.

Plazas and Fernandez, who were the chosen hosts to compete at Skate America, learned just before leaving for Norwood that they would be competing at Skate Canada next week. The team, which is making its senior Grand Prix debut, now has two Grand Prix assignments.

“Before we got on our plane here, we found out we had Skate Canada,” Plazas said.

“We’ve competed so much (already) so it’s great to have a second Grand Prix,” added Fernandez. “We fought for this position. It’s just an honor to have a second Grand Prix.

Like Plazas and Fernandez, who received a late Grand Prix assignment, Team USA’s Maria Mokhova and Ivan Mokhov were added to Skate America’s roster on October 17 to replace Anastasiia Smirnova and Danil Siianytsia, and also received a second Grand Prix, Grand Prix de France on 20 October. Team USA’s Dinh Tran was also added to the Skate America roster for Eric Sjoberg on October 17th. Canadians Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac also found out after Skate America that they would be heading to Skate America. Canada will replace Miku Makita and Tyler Gunara.

Crowd Support

Although the venue was smaller, the athletes were very grateful to perform in front of a sold-out crowd at the Skating Club in Boston.

“I really liked the crowd cheering us on,” said Germany’s Letizia Roscher.

“It was so nice to skate in front of such a large audience again,” noted Team USA’s Liam Kapeikis.

“It’s wonderful to be at Skate America, we don’t take the opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd for granted, it doesn’t happen that often,” said Evan Bates of the USA.

“It was a fun crowd. It was really special to be in front of an American crowd, but we really felt the support from everyone,” added Kaitlin Hawayek of Team USA.

“The audience was great. They were so crazy and loud and supportive, it’s really touching,” said Gracie Gold from the USA. “Five stars for the crowd.”

Anniversary at Skate America

Korean Junhwan Cha had a lot to celebrate at Skate America. He won his fifth bronze medal of his career in the Grand Prix series and also celebrated his 21st birthday on October 21, the day of the men’s short program.

After the men’s short program press conference, Cha was surprised by his coach, Brian Orser, and his friend and fellow trainer Jason Brown with two cakes. Media in attendance joined Orser and Brown in singing happy birthday.

Cha seemed quite surprised at the gesture!

“I really wasn’t trying to think about my birthday. I just wanted to focus (on the competition),” Cha said, noting that his teammates wished him a happy birthday in training. noticed it was my birthday, so it was a great experience for me to compete on my birthday.

Compete on home ice

It’s one thing to compete in front of your home country or to compete on a rink where you’ve competed before. But it’s another thing to compete in a Grand Prix event at the rink where you train every day. This was the case of Italian Daniel Grassl, who recently moved to the United States to train with Alexei Letov and Olga Ganicheva at the Skating Club in Boston.

“It was great to compete here on home soil,” he said, noting that he has been training at Norwood for two months now. “It’s very difficult because I miss my family and everything, but when I went on the ice, I felt confident.

Hooked on the media

Jason Brown has participated in five Skate America events. He was at Norwood this weekend – not to compete – but as a member of the media.

Brown served as the social media host for Team USA. He could be found talking to Team USA athletes after their performances and conducting video interviews for social media. He also participated in press conferences, asking the skaters questions.

Some of his questions included:

“Alexa and Brandon, ‘Stranger Things’ themed short program, what song saves you from the curse of Vecna?’

“Alexa, I know you are an avid reader. The last Olympic cycle is coming to an end. As we begin this next chapter, what would your title be?”

brown said Inline figure skaters and Ice-Dance.com that he loved being on the other side. Follow Team USA on social media to see their video reports!

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Figure skaters blast RUSADA in Valieva case https://figuristka.org/figure-skaters-blast-rusada-in-valieva-case/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://figuristka.org/figure-skaters-blast-rusada-in-valieva-case/ Figure skaters on Sunday slammed the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) decision to treat Beijing Olympics Kamila Valieva’s doping case as confidential, with ice dancer Evan Bates calling the investigation’s secrecy “an injustice” for those who played. to clean. Valieva helped the Russian team win gold at the Winter Games in February before finding out she […]]]>

Figure skaters on Sunday slammed the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) decision to treat Beijing Olympics Kamila Valieva’s doping case as confidential, with ice dancer Evan Bates calling the investigation’s secrecy “an injustice” for those who played. to clean.

Valieva helped the Russian team win gold at the Winter Games in February before finding out she had tested positive for a banned substance in December last year. Valieva, then 15, appealed a provisional suspension and was cleared to skate in the women’s individual event, where she crashed several times and finished fourth.

The investigation lasted all summer and it was not until Friday that the Russian anti-doping body said it would not release the results of its investigation due to Valieva’s status as a protected person due to her age.

Photo: AP

“It’s so frustrating,” said Bates, who helped the United States win the silver medal, which would be elevated to gold if Valieva was found to have doped before the Olympics. ‘winter. “Extremely disappointing to be at this stage, eight months later, and to have it still shrouded in secrecy. And I feel like, you know, as a baseline, we should expect transparency, and not just for the public, but especially for the athletes involved. It just seems right.

The Japanese team could go from bronze to silver and the Canadians to bronze.

The International Olympic Committee refused to hold a medal ceremony for the team event in Beijing, which left Bates and partner Madison Chock along with their teammates and the Japanese team to go home without their awards.

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“It was hugely disappointing,” Bates said, “but it seems to grow and become exponentially more disappointing as the days and months pass and there’s no resolution, and RUSADA’s latest post about not going public makes the frustration quite a bit worse.”

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules state that public disclosure in cases involving a protected person is optional – publication of a verdict is mandatory in most cases – and that it “must be proportionate to the facts and circumstances of the case”.

“If she is exonerated, there is nothing to hide and it should be made public,” said Travis Tygart, CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency. “It is certain that keeping the decision and the facts secret makes a mockery of the whole process, and it is no wonder that athletes and the public do not trust WADA’s global anti-doping system.”

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Bates and partner Madison Chock, who got engaged in June, won ice dancing gold on Sunday at Skate America in Norwood, Massachusetts.

They scored 202.80 points, while Hawayak and Baker finished with 202.07. The Canadian duo of Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain le Gac was a distant third with 178.30 points.

On the women’s side, world champion Kaori Sakamoto of Japan held off brilliantly against 15-year-old American star Isabeau Levito, who made a sublime Grand Prix debut to finish second. Amber Glenn of the US, was third.

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Silver and bronze debut for Canadian figure skaters at ISU Grand Prix Series – Team Canada https://figuristka.org/silver-and-bronze-debut-for-canadian-figure-skaters-at-isu-grand-prix-series-team-canada/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://figuristka.org/silver-and-bronze-debut-for-canadian-figure-skaters-at-isu-grand-prix-series-team-canada/ (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) October 23, 2022 The Canadian figure skaters came away from their first stop at the ISU Grand Prix of the season with a silver medal and a pair of bronze medals. To watch in figure skating, speed skating, curling and women’s hockey in 2022-23 At Skate America in Norwood, USA, Deanna Stellato-Dudek […]]]>

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The Canadian figure skaters came away from their first stop at the ISU Grand Prix of the season with a silver medal and a pair of bronze medals.

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At Skate America in Norwood, USA, Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps won a silver medal in the pairs competition. They were accompanied on the podium by their teammates Kelly Ann Laurin and Loucas Éthier who won bronze. Then Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain le Gac added a bronze medal for Canada in the ice dance competition.

After the pairs short program, Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps were in second place with 73.05 points. They scored 124.85 points in their free skate to set an international personal best of 197.89 and win silver in their first ISU Grand Prix as a team. They finished within four points of winners Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier (201.39) of the United States.

“We are very happy with our first Grand Prix. Our goal is to go to each event and score a little bit more than our previous one and improve the levels,” commented Stellato-Dudek.

That result was also five points better than their score from last month when they won gold at the Nebelhorn Trophy ISU Challenger Series event. It was Stellato-Dudek’s first senior Grand Prix medal following her Grand Prix debut as a singles skater. Stellato-Dudek, who retired from singles skating at age 17 due to hip injuries, returned as a couple in 2016.

“We wanted to improve our score and also improve some of the levels from the previous event,” said Stellato-Dudek. “Right after Four Continents ended, we made a plan for the full six months until we competed again, and I think that’s the difference everyone is seeing.”

Laurin and Éthier, ISU Grand Prix debutants, were fourth after the short program with 52.59 points. An impressive free skate saw them post a personal best 104.34 and move up one spot. They won the bronze medal and an overall score of 156.94 points. In their free dance routine on “Carnival Row” and “In the End,” the Canadians landed a triple twist, side-to-side triple loop and throw triple loop.

“We’re super happy because we had no expectations here,” said Éthier. “We were motivated by our performance in the short program. We had an opportunity and we capitalized on it and showed our potential.”

In the ice dancing competition, Lauriault and the Gac also won a bronze medal. The Canadians were third with 72.12 points after Saturday’s rhythm dance. They then scored 106.18 in the free dance on Sunday to confirm their bronze medal with a total score of 178.30.

It was the first international medal for the married couple since deciding to skate for Canada on the international stage in June 2021.

The American skaters won gold and silver. Madison Chock and Evan Bates earned 202.80 points for gold and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker won silver with 202.07.

Skate America in Norwood, USA is the first of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.

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US figure skaters still await Beijing Games medals https://figuristka.org/us-figure-skaters-still-await-beijing-games-medals/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 17:19:41 +0000 https://figuristka.org/us-figure-skaters-still-await-beijing-games-medals/ (AP) – From time to time, Nathan Chen and the rest of the American figure skaters who finished second in the team event at the Beijing Olympics will chat as a group and catch up on everything that’s going on in their lives. Things that don’t happen either, like a medal ceremony for the Winter […]]]>

(AP) – From time to time, Nathan Chen and the rest of the American figure skaters who finished second in the team event at the Beijing Olympics will chat as a group and catch up on everything that’s going on in their lives.

Things that don’t happen either, like a medal ceremony for the Winter Games.

Eight months after finishing behind the Russians, the Team USA has yet to receive its medals or even whether they will be silver or gold. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency only recently completed its painfully slow investigation into Kamila Valieva, the 16-year-old wonderkid whose positive doping test that surfaced during the opening week of the Olympics led to her most great scandal for years.

RUSADA did not reveal the results of its investigation, although it said the next step would be to hold disciplinary hearings in September or early October. This deadline has passed without any updates.

“That’s probably the hardest part, having no knowledge of the situation,” Chen, who also won individual gold in Beijing, told The Associated Press. “We get updates and it’s always, ‘We have no idea what’s going on.’ It’s super boring.

The American Olympic and Paralympic Committee, which was outraged that there was no medal ceremony during the Beijing Games, continues to push the International Olympic Committee to find a solution to the case.

That probably won’t happen anytime soon, though. If Valieva was found to have breached anti-doping rules, she would likely appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. And if she is cleared, it would be the World Anti-Doping Agency or the International Skating Union who would likely appeal to the highest court of international sport.

It was the CAS that decided during the Olympics that Valieva, whose positive test for an angina drug came from a sample taken the previous December, could continue to compete in the women’s event in Beijing. The heavy favorite cracked under the scrutiny, falling several times during her free program and finishing on the podium.

USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland called the delay in awarding the medals an “outrageous situation.”

“I would like to tell you that I am less angry or less frustrated,” Hirshland said recently. “Our number one priority is to make sure our Team USA athletes, who are sitting without their medals, know that we haven’t forgotten about them.”

It’s a complex case, more so due to Valieva’s protected status due to her age. But if they are found to have doped and the decision is upheld by appeals, the entire Russian team could be stripped of the gold; Valieva had the highest scores in the short program and the free skate, giving her team maximum points in the event.

The American team could then be elevated to gold, Japan to silver and the Canadians, fourth, to the bronze medal.

“It’s always on our minds,” said Madison Chock, who along with partner Evan Bates performed her free dance in the team event. “That’s how it is. It’s not something in our control at the moment. We just take those little news we hear and absorb it and let it be.

For now, Chock and Bates must set aside their thoughts on Beijing. Much like the pair team of Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, Chock and Bates are focused on competing this weekend at Skate America near Boston. It’s the first event of the Grand Prix season, and both partnerships are heavily favored to win their events.

Chen is taking a year off, however. The same goes for Olympic teammates Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou, while longtime ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue retired after the Winter Games.

They may have a little more time to reflect on the fate of their Olympic team medals.

“I’m glad to have a really great team going through this together,” said Nathan Chen. “We support each other. »
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US figure skaters still waiting despite Russian doping probe https://figuristka.org/us-figure-skaters-still-waiting-despite-russian-doping-probe/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://figuristka.org/us-figure-skaters-still-waiting-despite-russian-doping-probe/ From time to time, Nathan Chen and the rest of the American figure skaters who finished second in the team event at the Beijing Olympics will chat as a group and catch up on everything that’s going on in their lives. Things that don’t happen either, like a medal ceremony for the Winter Games. Eight […]]]>

From time to time, Nathan Chen and the rest of the American figure skaters who finished second in the team event at the Beijing Olympics will chat as a group and catch up on everything that’s going on in their lives.

Things that don’t happen either, like a medal ceremony for the Winter Games.

Eight months after finishing behind the Russians, the American team still hasn’t received its medals, or even if they will be silver or gold. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency only recently completed its painfully slow investigation into Kamila Valieva, the 16-year-old wonderkid whose positive doping test that surfaced during the opening week of the Olympics led to her most great scandal for years.

RUSADA did not reveal the results of its investigation, although it said the next step would be to hold disciplinary hearings in September or early October. This period of time has passed without any updates.

“That’s probably the hardest part, having no knowledge of the situation,” Chen, who also won individual gold in Beijing, told The Associated Press. “We get updates, and it’s always, ‘We have no idea what’s going on.’ It’s super boring.”

The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, outraged that there was no medal ceremony during the Beijing Games, continues to push the International Olympic Committee to find a solution to the case.

That probably won’t happen anytime soon, though. If Valieva was found to have breached anti-doping rules, she would likely appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. And if she is cleared, it would be the World Anti-Doping Agency or the International Skating Union who would likely appeal to the highest court of international sport.

It was the CAS that decided during the Olympics that Valieva, whose positive test for an angina drug came from a sample taken the previous December, could continue to compete in the women’s event in Beijing. The heavy favorite cracked under the scrutiny, falling several times during her free program and finishing on the podium.

USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland called the delay in awarding the medals an “outrageous situation.”

“I would like to tell you that I am less angry or less frustrated,” Hirshland said recently. “Our number one priority is to make sure our Team USA athletes, who are sitting without their medals, know that we haven’t forgotten about them.”

It’s a complex case, more so due to Valieva’s protected status due to her age. But if they were found to have doped and the decision was upheld by appeals, the entire Russian team could be stripped of the gold; Valieva had the highest scores in the short program and the free skate, giving her team maximum points in the event.

The American team could then be elevated to gold, Japan to silver and the Canadians, fourth, to the bronze medal.

“It’s always on our minds,” said Madison Chock, who performed a free dance with partner Evan Bates in the team event. “It is what it is. It’s not something in our control at the moment. We just take this little news that we hear and absorb it and let it be.”

For now, Chock and Bates must set aside their thoughts on Beijing. Much like the pair team of Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, Chock and Bates are focused on competing this weekend at Skate America near Boston. It’s the first event of the Grand Prix season, and both partnerships are heavily favored to win their events.

Chen is taking a year off, however. The same goes for Olympic teammates Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou, and longtime ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue retired after the Winter Games.

They may have a little more time to reflect on the fate of their Olympic team medals.

“I’m glad to have a really great team going through this together,” said Nathan Chen. “We support each other.”

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NB Figure Skaters Win Medals from International Competition https://figuristka.org/nb-figure-skaters-win-medals-from-international-competition/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 23:37:00 +0000 https://figuristka.org/nb-figure-skaters-win-medals-from-international-competition/ Two figure skaters from Fredericton recently competed internationally and, at ages 51 and 65, won medals. Gaye Cail and Beth McCluskey-Pelletier figure skated as children, but their skates now have a second life as adults. “I did figure skating as a kid from nine to about 14, and when I turned 60, I decided it […]]]>

Two figure skaters from Fredericton recently competed internationally and, at ages 51 and 65, won medals.

Gaye Cail and Beth McCluskey-Pelletier figure skated as children, but their skates now have a second life as adults.

“I did figure skating as a kid from nine to about 14, and when I turned 60, I decided it was time for me,” Cail said. I needed to do something for myself and once back on the ice, I absolutely loved it.

Last month, they laced up their skates in Ottawa to compete in the ISU International Adult Figure Skating Competition.

“We didn’t know what to expect. We were a little nervous coming from little New Brunswick,” Cail said. “We had no idea, but once we got there it was amazing. ice by practicing our programs.

“When you’re younger, you compete against these other skaters and, you have to beat them, you have to do better than them,” said McCluskey-Pelletier. “But it’s not like that there. there for each other, they encourage everyone.

They spend between eight and ten hours on the ice each week and it has become a bit of a family affair.

“My husband is super proud, and I skate with my granddaughter and we really appreciate that, she’s a great skater,” Cail said.

“Both of my daughters have been in figure skating, one of them still does – she’s a beautiful figure skater,” McCluskey-Pelletier said. “But she wants me to spend my time.”

Both skaters say it’s important to do things for yourself.

“Just do it, try to take some time for yourself and find that one thing that brings happiness and that’s it,” McCluskey-Pelletier said.

“Even as you get older, you still have to have your mobility and mindset,” Cail said. “Figure skating does all of that for us, you have to think and focus on what you are doing on the ice.

“So I think anyone getting into the sport is a very good thing – or any sport!”

Both skaters hope to compete in the ISU Adult International competition next year in Nashville.

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