6 November 2012

Cup of China - Day 2

The 2012 Cup of China is the third of six events in the 2012–13 ISU Grand Prix. The competition will be held in Shanghai, China from November 2 - 4, 2012. Skaters will earn points toward qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.

The competition concluded Saturday with the Free Dance, Ladies, Men's and Pairs Free Skating.

Free Dance

Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat of France danced to the gold medal. Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev claimed the silver and the bronze went to Kaitlyn Weaver/ Andrew Poje of Canada.

Pechalat/Bourzat delivered a strong performance to a Rolling Stones Medley and picked up a lavel four for six out of eight elements. The European Champions totaled 169.73 points.

Dancing to “Man with a Harmonica” and “Tosca”, Bobrova/Soloviev earned a level four for the lifts, twizzles and spin while the footwork was a level two. The Russian Champions pulled up from third to second at 159.46 points.

Weaver/Poje's program to “Humanity in Motion” featured level-four lifts and twizzles, but the spin and the diagonal were rated a level two. The Canadians slipped from second to third at 158.97 points overall.

Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) remained in fourth place at 149.54 points and Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri (ITA) placed fifth (137.58 points).

Ladies Free Program

Mao Asada of Japan struck gold in the Ladies event while Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia took the silver. Kiira Korpi of Finland claimed the bronze.

Asada completed two triple loops and a triple Salchow as well as three level-four spins in her routine set to “Swan Lake”. However, some other jumps were underrotated. The two-time World Champion  moved up to first at 181.78 points.

Skating to “Nutcracker”, Lipnitskaia produced four clean triples and beautiful spins, but almost fell on her double Axel-triple toe. The 14-year-old collected 177.92 overall.

Korpi's program to “Once Upon a Time in America” included a triple toe-triple toe combination and two more good triples but she popped a loop and a flip. The European silver medalist moved up one spot with 169.86 points.

Mirai Nagasu (USA) dropped from third to fourth at 163.46 points. Zijun Li (CHN) came fifth (160.06) and Amelie Lacoste (CAN) was sixth (135.45 points). Bingwa Geng (CHN) withdrew due to injury (sprained ankle) before the Free Skating.

Men Free Program

The Japanese men took gold and silver with Tatsuki Machida and Daisuke Takahashi. Sergei Voronov of Russia collected the bronze medal.

Performing to “Firebird” by Igor Stravinski, Machida nailed a triple Axel, a triple Lutz-triple toe as well as four more triples, but he fell on his quad toe. Two spins garnered a level four. The Japanese overtook overnight leader Takahashi with a total of 236.92 points.

Takahashi went for two quads in his routine to “I Pagliacci” but both were not clean and underrotated. The World silver medalist landed four clean triples and picked up a level four his footwork and spins. He slipped to second at 231.75 points.

Voronov opened his program to “Romeo and Juliet” with a somewhat shaky quad toe and followed up with six triple jumps and level-three spins and steps. He earned 217.61 points overall.

Adam Rippon (USA) came fourth with 205.48 points and Kevin Reynolds (CAN) finished fifth at 202.07 points. Nan Song (CHN) had to withdraw during the warm up after he hit his head and suffered a concussion when whe collided with Rippon. Brian Joubert (FRA) withdrew during the morning practice due to illness (abdominal pain and fever). It was reported he fainted twice on the flight back to Paris.

Pairs Free Program

China's Qing Pang/Jian Tong skated to victory in the Pairs event. Russia's Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov and Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov took silver and bronze.

Pang/Tong's program to Edgar Elgar's “Variations on an Original Theme Enigma” was highlighted by a triple twist, throw triple Salchow and difficult lifts, but he singled both Axels and they went for a double toeloop instead of a triple. The two-time World Champions were awarded 188.82 points overall.

Kavaguti/Smirnov produced a triple throw loop and Salchow as well as a level-four side by side spin their program to “February” by Leonid Levashkevich, but they had some issues with the triple toe-triple toe sequence with him doubling the first jump and stumbling on the second. The Russians totaled 183.53 points.

Stolbova/Klimov turned in solid performance to “The Addams Family”, completing at triple toe-double toe-double toe combination, a throw triple Salchow and a double Axel, but she fell on a throw triple Lutz. The European bronze medalists pulled up from fifth to third at 172.55 points.

Kirsten Moore-Towers/Dylan Moscovitch (CAN) were edged out of the podium by less than one point, dropping to fourth at 172.36 points. The new team of Cheng Peng/Hao Zhang (CHN) placed fifth with 163.87 points. They performed a level-three quadruple twist.

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating continues next week in Moscow with the Cup of Russia.

Source: ISU

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