7 December 2014

2014 Grand Prix Final - Entries and where to watch


The 2014 Grand Prix Final is an international figure skating competition in the 2014–15 season, held together with the Junior Grand Prix Final. The competition will be held 11 to 14 December 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

Entries are as follows.

MEN

(In order of qualification)

1 Maxim KOVTUN RUS

2 Javier FERNANDEZ ESP

3 Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN

4 Takahito MURA JPN

5 Sergei VORONOV RUS

6 Yuzuru HANYU JPN

Substitutes

7 Jason BROWN USA

8 Denis TEN KAZ

9 Nam NGUYEN CAN

LADIES

(In order of qualification)

1 Elena RADIONOVA RUS

2 Elizaveta TUKTAMYSHEVA RUS

3 Anna POGORILAYA RUS

4 Gracie GOLD USA injured

5 Julia LIPNITSKAIA RUS

6 Ashley WAGNER USA

Substitutes

7 Rika HONGO JPN

8 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN

9 Kanako MURAKAMI JPN

PAIRS

(In order of qualification)

1 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS

2 Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD CAN

3 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS

4 Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG CHN

5 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN CHN

6 Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN CHN

Substitutes

7 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS

8 Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER USA

9 Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG CHN

DANCE

(In order of qualification)

1 Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES USA

2 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN

3 Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON FRA

4 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA

5 Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER CAN

6 Elena ILINYKH / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN RUS

Substitutes

7 Ksenia MONKO / Kirill KHALIAVIN RUS

8 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA

9 Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND GBR


The schedule SHOULD be as follow. Remember that times are GMT+1 and in this time zone now it is 

DECEMBER 11


20:15 - Pairs SP (live)
21:15 - Ladies SP (live)

Спорт

19:45 - Opening Ceremony (live)
20:15 - Pairs SP (live)
21:30 - Ladies SP (live)

Rai Sport 1

20:15 - Pairs SP (live) and Ladies SP (live)

DECEMBER 12


19:45 - SD (live)
20:45 - Men SP (live)

Спорт

19:45 - SD (live)
21:00 - Men SP (live)

Rai Sport 2

23:50 - SD and Men SP

DECEMBER 13


20:30 - Men FP (live)
21:45 - Pairs FP
22:30 - Ladies FP
23:15 - FD

Спорт

16:00 - Pairs FP (live)
17:25 - Ladies FP (live)
19:25 - FD (live)
20:45 - Men FP (live)

Rai Sport 2

16:00 - Pairs FP (live) and Ladies FP (live)
19:25 - FD (live)
20:45 - Men FP (live)

DECEMBER 14


16:00 - Gala


If you have any problem watching the competition, you can try:

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Please note: sometime live streams will be available approximately 30/60 minutes before start time. 

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27 November 2014

2014 NHK Trophy - Entries and where to watch


The 2014 NHK Trophy is the last of six events in the 2014–15 ISU Grand Prix, a series of senior-level invitational competitions.

The 2014 NHK Trophy is held in Osaka, Japan from November 28–30, 2014. Medals are awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters earns points toward qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.

Entries are as follows.

CountryMenLadiesPairsIce dancing
 CanadaElladj Balde
Jeremy Ten
Gabrielle DalemanMeagan Duhamel / Eric RadfordKaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje
 ChinaLi ZijunYu Xiaoyu / Jin Yang
 GeorgiaElene Gedevanishvili
 GermanyMari Vartmann / Aaron van CleaveNelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi
 United KingdomPenny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland
 ItalyIvan Righini
 JapanYuzuru Hanyu
Takahito Mura
Daisuke Murakami
Riona Kato
Satoko Miyahara
Kanako Murakami
Narumi Takahashi / Ryuichi KiharaEmi Hirai / Marien de la Asunicion
Cathy Reed / Chris Reed
 NorwayAnne Line Gjersem
 South KoreaKim Jin-seo
 RussiaSergei VoronovAlena LeonovaVera Bazarova / Andrei Deputat
Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov
Ksenia Monko / Kirill Khaliavin
Victoria Sinitsina / Nikita Katsalapov
  SwitzerlandAnna Ovcharova
 United StatesJeremy Abbott
Joshua Farris
Ross Miner
Polina Edmunds
Christina Gao
Gracie Gold
DeeDee Leng / Simon ShnapirKaitlin Hawayek / Jean-Luc Baker

The schedule SHOULD be as follow. Remember that times are GMT+1 and in this time zone now it is 

NOVEMBER 28


06:45 - Pairs SP (live)
08:15 - Ladies SP (live)
11:00 - Men SP (live)
16:30 - Men SP
17:15 - Ladies SP

Спорт

06:45 - Pairs SP (live)
08:15 - Ladies SP (live)
10:15 - Opening Ceremony (live)
11:00 - Men SP (live)
20:30 - Pairs SP
21:35 - Ladies SP

NOVEMBER 29
07:45 - Ladies FP
09:45 - Pairs FP
10:30 - Men FP (live)

Спорт

04:00 - SD (live)
05:45 - Pairs FP (live)
07:40 - Ladies FP
10:30 - Men FP (live)
14:55 - SD
17:45 - Pairs FP
21:15 - Ladies FP
22:50 - Men FP (live)

NOVEMBER 29

Eurosport 2

07:00 - Gala (live)
09:15 - Dance?

Спорт

04:00 - FD (live)
07:00 - Gala (live)
19:40 - FD
21:00 - Gala



Starting Order / Results

21 November 2014

2014 Warsaw Cup


The Warsaw Cup is an annual international figure skating competition. It became part of the ISU Challenger Series in the 2014–15 season. The event is held 21-23 November in Warsaw, Poland. 

The schedule SHOULD be as follow. Remember that times are GMT+1 and in this time zone now it is 

2014-11-21

12:00:00 Short Dance
13:45:00 Men Short Program
17:00:00 Pairs Short Program

2014-11-22

11:00:00 Ladies Short Program
14:15:00 Men Free Skating
17:45:00 Free Dance

2014-11-23

08:45:00 Pairs Free Skating
10:30:00 Ladies Free Skating




Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

20 November 2014

2014 Trophée Éric Bompard - Entries and where to watch


The 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard is the fifth of six events in the 2014–15 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The competition is held in Bordeaux, France from 21–23 November 2014. Medals will be awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters may also earn points toward qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.

Entries are as follows.

MEN

1 Han YAN CHN 1  
2 Florent AMODIO FRA 2  
3 Chafik BESSEGHIER FRA 2  
4 Tatsuki MACHIDA JPN 3  
5 Denis TEN KAZ 4  
6 Maxim KOVTUN RUS 5  
7 Konstantin MENSHOV RUS 5  
8 Adian PITKEEV RUS 5  
9 Richard DORNBUSH USA 6  
10 Douglas RAZZANO USA 6  
11 Adam RIPPON USA 6

LADIES

1 Veronik MALLET CAN 1  
2 Eliska BREZINOVA CZE 2  
3 Laurine LECAVELIER FRA 3  
4 Mae Berenice MEITE FRA 3  
5 Haruka IMAI JPN 4  
6 Maria ARTEMIEVA RUS 5  
7 Julia LIPNITSKAIA RUS 5  
8 Elena RADIONOVA RUS 5  
9 Anna OVCHAROVA SUI 6  
10 Samantha CESARIO USA 7  
11 Courtney HICKS USA 7  
12 Ashley WAGNER USA 7

PAIRS

1 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT 1  
2 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO CAN 2  
3 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN CHN 3  
4 Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG CHN 3  
5 Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES FRA 4  
6 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE ITA 5  
7 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 6  
8 Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM USA 7

DANCE

1 Piper GILLES / Paul POIRIER CAN 1  
2 Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM CAN 1  
3 Gabriella PAPADAKIS / Guillaume CIZERON FRA 2  
4 Charlene GUIGNARD / Marco FABBRI ITA 3  
5 Rebeka KIM / Kirill MINOV KOR 4  
6 Sara HURTADO / Adria DIAZ ESP 5  
7 Madison HUBBELL / Zachary DONOHUE USA 6


The schedule SHOULD be as follow. Remember that times are GMT+1 and in this time zone now it is 

NOVEMBER 21


15:30 - Pairs SP (live)
22:30 - Ladies SP
23:30 - Men SP


15:30 - Pairs SP (live)
17:00 - Ladies SP (live)
20:55 - Men SP (live)
22:50 - SD (live)

NOVEMBER 22


00:15 - SD
13:00 - Ladies FP (live)
15:00 - Pairs FP (live)
18:15 - FD (live)

Спорт

13:05 - Ladies FP (live)
16:45 - Pairs FP
18:30 - FD (live)
20:10 - Men FP (live)

NOVEMBER 23


14:00 - Men FP
14:30 - Galà (live)

Спорт

14:30 - Galà (live) 


Entries/Results here

12 November 2014

2014 Rostelecom Cup - Entries and streaming links


The 2014 Rostelecom Cup (also known as Cup of Russia) is the fourth of six events in the 2014–15 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, a series of senior-level invitational competitions.

The competition will be held in Moscow, Russia from 14–16 November 2014. Medals will be awarded in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. Skaters also earned points toward qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.

Entries are as follows.

MEN

1 Jeremy TEN CAN 1
2 Michal BREZINA CZE 2
3 Ivan RIGHINI ITA 3
4 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 4
5 Artur GACHINSKI RUS 5
6 Moris KVITELASHVILI RUS 5
7 Sergei VORONOV RUS 5
8 Javier FERNANDEZ ESP 6
9 Max AARON USA 7
10 Jason BROWN USA 7
11 Stephen CARRIERE USA 7
12 Misha GE UZB 8

LADIES

1 Alaine CHARTRAND CAN 1
2 Eliska BREZINOVA CZE 2
3 Rika HONGO JPN 3
4 Miyabi OBA JPN 3
5 So Youn PARK KOR 4
6 Maria ARTEMIEVA RUS 5
7 Anna POGORILAYA RUS 5
8 Maria STAVITSKAIA RUS 5
9 Joshi HELGESSON SWE 6
10 Ashley CAIN USA 7
11 Mirai NAGASU USA 7
12 Angela WANG USA 7

PAIRS

1 Annabelle PRÖLSS / Ruben BLOMMAERT GER 1
2 Narumi TAKAHASHI / Ryuichi KIHARA JPN 2
3 Kristina ASTAKHOVA / Alexei ROGONOV RUS 3
4 Ksenia STOLBOVA / Fedor KLIMOV RUS 3
5 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 3
6 Jessica CALALANG / Zack SIDHU USA 4
7 Haven DENNEY / Brandon FRAZIER USA 4
8 Dee Dee LENG / Simon SHNAPIR USA 4

ICE DANCE

1 Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND GBR 1
2 Rebeka KIM / Kirill MINOV KOR 2
3 Elena ILINYKH / Ruslan ZHIGANSHIN RUS 3
4 Victoria SINITSINA / Nikita KATSALAPOV RUS 3
5 Alexandra STEPANOVA / Ivan BUKIN RUS 3
6 Alexandra ALDRIDGE / Daniel EATON USA 4
7 Madison CHOCK / Evan BATES USA 4
8 Kaitlin HAWAYEK / Jean-Luc BAKER USA 4


The schedule SHOULD be as follow. Remember that times are GMT+1 and in this time zone now it is 

14 November

Eurosport 2

13:00-14:30 – Ladies SP (live)
14:45-16:00 – Pairs SP (live)
17:00-18:30 – Men SP (live)
18:45-20:00 – SD (live)

Спорт

13:00-14:30 – Ladies SP (live)
14:45-16:00 – Pairs SP (live)
19:00-20:00 – SD (live)
20:00-20:30 – Men SP

15 November

Eurosport 2

12:00-13:45 – Ladies FP (live)
14:00-15:30 – Pairs FP (live)
15:45-18:00 – Men FP (live)
18:00-19:30 – FD (live)

Спорт

12:00-14:00 – Ladies FP (live)
14:00-16:00 – Pairs FP (live)
16:00-18:00 – Men FP (live)
18:00-19:30 – FD (live)

16 November

Eurosport 2

14:00-15:30 – Gala (live)

Спорт

13:00-15:30 – Gala (live)



Entries/Results here

10 November 2014

Some news after the Cup of China events...

© Getty Images
All of us get very worried after seeing Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu and Chinese Han Yan colliding very hard during the warm up of the free skating at the Cup of China last week end. Both of them decided to go on with the competition, despite visibly suffering from the collision.

Hanyu got back to Japan as soon as he finished competing, where he was brought to the hospital for some examinations. In a TV interview, Orser said Yuzuru was examined by a doctor of the American team, to be sure he hadn't a concussion. Yan too was interviewed and he seemed to feel better.

Japanese Federation released a public statement concerning Hanyu conditions: in addition to the stitches applied on his head and chin, the Japanese champion sprained is right ankle and suffered some contusions. Doctors' prognosis consists in two or three weeks, putting in serious doubt Hanyu's participation to the NHK Trophy. The young skater is determined to respect all his sports engagements, but he will defer to doctors’ judgement.

© TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
The ISU has fined Russian skater Yulia Lipnitskaya after she failed to attend the award ceremony at the Cup of China. The forfeiture was due  to Lipnitskaya being angry with herself: she was leading after the short program, but made some mistakes during her free skate program and lost the gold medal in favor of her compatriot Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. According to the rules, the participation in the awarding ceremony is mandatory and a skater that fails to attend it is fined by cutting part of his or her prize money. Lipnitskaya earned $13,000 for her second place, however, ISU Vice President David Dore refused to name the exact amount of fine imposed on the 16-year-old Russian figure skater.

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Adelina Sotnikova have to renounce to both her Grand Prix assignments, the Rostelecom Cup and the NHK Trophy. The Olympic champion injured her ankle during a training session, after landing a triple flip. Doctors report an injury to the ankle's ligaments and a prognosis of three weeks.


9 November 2014

Interview with Italian skater Valentina Marchei

www.valentina-marchei.com
I'm sure many of you, like myself, are big fans of Italian champion Valentina Marchei. You'll be happy to know, than, that  A Voce Alta recently published an interview with the Italian figure skater. The original Italian version of the interview is accessible on their site. Or, if you prefer, you can read a translated English version below.

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Q: Sport and life: do they go on in parallel or they cross each other?

VM: Sport is a school of life experience, it teaches you to respect schedules, hard work, and your opponents. Besides, if it becomes a work for you, as it has been for me for quite some time now, you're able to travel the world and strike up true friendships, made of passion and common goals to achieve. In my future life, my life after figure skating, I'll make good use of the lessons this rigorous sport taught me, above all, being able to face challenges, being able to lose and get up again, even in hard times.

Q: Why did you choose single above pairs skating?

VM: I choose to skate alone and not in pair because I'm an individualist and ambitious person, and I like to win alone.

Q: Do you like to be the centre of attention? Are you an exhibitionist? During training you seems an ordinary and shy young girl, while during a competition you become a sexy and intriguing woman. So who is Valentina Marchei?

VM: Valentina isn't an exhibitionist, neither she want to be the centre of attention. She loves very much her sport, and, only when she skates, she loves to show off, that is interacting with the spectators. Skaters are actors on the ice. When I build my competitions programs, I look for music that told a story and trough which I can express my feelings. Valentina is a simple girl, who loves to be with her friends; it's only on the ice that I change, I play a role.

Q: Why did you go abroad to train?

VM: It came a moment when I realized I was at a point of no return, and, if I wanted to make progress, I had to find spurs elsewhere. I looked for a coach and a rink with skaters more skilled than me who would be able to help me raise the bar. 

Q: What do you think of figure skating in Italy and what would you suggest? Any ideas or comparison with other countries?

VM: Figure skating in Italy is in stalemate. The best athletes train abroad and the new generation would need breath of fresh air. I have some ideas, but I don't know if when I retire I'll be able to put them into practice. Anyway, I'd like to put my abroad experience in the service of the younger skaters, right here.

Q: What prospects and objectives do you have for your career?

VM: Since I've improved in the last years, I'd like to go on, till my body allows me, providing young skaters athletically better off won't turn me away from the rink. In addition to some other Italian title,  it's been long I've been dreaming to win an European medal. Last year it was really close.

Q: Is it winning really essential to feel satisfied? Which spurs do you find competing in a tight spot, for example knowing that your skills won't earn yo a medal?

VM: It is always the love and the passion for the sport you play that make you go on, even if you know your limits. Not only medals can give satisfaction. Also a well skated competition is a good reason for wanting to skate even better next time...

Q: When you'll turn professional, what you'll dedicate yourself to?

VM: I have many projects for the future. First of all, I want to graduate and than to take a master abroad. Then, I'd like to open a school, so as to pass to younger skaters the passion that brought me thus far.

Q: Would you advise young people to take up figure skating? If so, why?

VM: Gliding on the skates makes you feel free, like a butterfly that flies gently. Besides, if a girl loves music, with figure skating she will learn to perform it. It is a really elegant sport, that makes the body more harmonic.

Q: Does a skater live on this sport?

VM: Unfortunately not, even if you win a lot, you can't live on figure skating, unless you are the Korean Olympic champion...

Q: Last question of this interview, there's something you want to tell us?

VM: After the Team Event, in Sochi, I was contacted by the CH2, the composers of "Nyah", my long program's music. I daresay that they've been struck by how I performed that music on ice, insomuch as they asked me if I want to make a video with them. It's exciting! I've been invited to Sorrento  as well, after that people of the region have been struck by the fact I choose "Torna a Surriento" for my Olympic short program. I achieved to realize what I wish to happen on the ice, that is engage spectators, interact with those before me, and making them fall in love with my sport!


Interview with French skater Bruno Massot

Bruno Massot - Patinage artistique l'équipe de france
If you're a fan of Bruno Massot, you'd be glad to know that Patinage artistique l'équipe de france published an interesting interview with the French skater. You can read the original French version of the interview on their page. Or, if you prefer, you can read a translated English version below.
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Q: If you hadn't succeeded in figure skating, what would you have liked to do?

BM: If not figure skating... I play the piano, so maybe I'd have become pianist. But I'm an active type, so I'd have played another sport for sure. Or maybe I'd have become actor!

Q: When you're really tired, what do you prefer? A good film? Music? Or a massage?

BM: When I'm tired, I like to watch a good film or listen to good music, with a massage, of course!

Q: What's your cult book?

BM: A book? What's that? (he laugh)

Q: What's your cult film?

BM: Mmm... Inglorious bastards.

Q: What's your best journey?

BM: Up to now, it's Japan.

Q: What's utter happiness for you?

BM: A desert island, with a boat, my girlfriend and a Porsche!

Q: When is the last time you cried?

BM: This morning, when I waked up without my girlfriend, who's away...

Q: When is the last time you had the giggles?

BM: The last time I had the giggles... Mmm, I laugh every day, so I don't know, really.

Q: What's the main trait of your character?

BM: I never throw in the towel.

Q: And the trait of which you're the least proud of?

BM: Sometimes I get on edge a bit easily...

Q: What's you're greatest fear?

BM: Spiders. Or getting hurted.

Q: What's your favorite color?

BM: Night blue.

Q: What's your motto?

BM: I never had a motto.

Q: What's the song you whistle under the shower?

BM: Bah, I whistle what's on my cellphone.

Q: What's the object you take everywhere with you?

BM: My skates.

Q: Do you sponsor any association?

BM: No, I don't.

Q: What's your anti stress technique?

BM: To fight the stress, there's nothing better than listening to music for me.

Q: Do you have a model in figure skating?

BM: A model? I really never had one... There were skaters I loved, but I don't want to resemble anyone! I want to be stronger!

Q: To which skaters of team France you're closer?

BM: We're all close, no preferences.

Q: Do you have any odd habits, before a competition or a gala?

BM: Before going to skate or warming-up, I always take a coffee.

Q: Do you want to say something to your fans?

BM: To my fans, thank you very much for your support and encouragement. I work very hard and it's encouraging to have supporters.


Tomáš VERNER

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NameTomáš Verner
Place of birthPisek
Birthdate: June 03, 1986
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Height: 510 (1.80 m)
Hobbies: soccer, movies, reading
Country represented: Czech Republic

More news:
Verner started skating at the age of five. He also did athletics and played football before choosing to focus on skating. At the age of 12, he moved from Písek, where he was born, to Prague where his talent was spotted by coach Vlasta Kopřivová.

He won his first national title in the 2001–02 season. Over the next four years, Verner finished as high as 10th place at Europeans and 13th at Worlds. Verner became the first man from the Czech Republic to win Europeans in 16 years when he took the title in 2008. Petr Barna was European Champion in 1992. 

He missed much of the 2004–05 season after he twisted his ankle and tore part of the muscle from the bone. He trained in Prague and also traveled regularly to Oberstdorf, Germany to train with Michael Huth. Verner switched coaches and moved to Canada for training in summer 2010.

In August 2013, Verner announced that he would return to Oberstdorf full-time to work with Michael Huth as his coach.

In December 2014, Verner competed at the Czech Championships where he won his tenth title, twenty-eight points ahead of second-place finisher, Michal Brezina, securing himself a spot at his third Olympics. He finished 11th at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Although he initially intended to retire in February 2014, Verner decided to compete at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan, and finished tenth at the event. He then retired from competition.

Resultshere


Offcial site: http://www.tomasverner.com/