5 November 2012

Skate Canada 2012 - Day 2

The 2012 Skate Canada International is the second of six events in the 2012–13 ISU Grand Prix. Organized by Skate Canada, the event was held in the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario from October 26–28, 2012.

The competition at Skate Canada International concluded Saturday in Windsor, Ontario, with the Ladies, Pairs, Men's Free Skating and the Free Dance. Skate Canada International was the second of six event in the 2012/2013 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.

Ladies  Free Program

Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada skated off with the gold medal in her first senior Grand Prix event. Japan's Akiko Suzuki pulled up from fifth to claim the silver and Kanako Murakami, also of Japan, took bronze.

Osmond delivered a solid skate to “Carmen” that included a triple flip-double toe, a double Axel-triple toe combination as well as three more triples and three level-four spins.

Suzuki produced six triples in her routine to “O” from “Cirque du Soleil” including a double Axel-triple toe combination as well as two level-four spins.

Murakami's Tango program featured four triple jumps, but three others were underrotated.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) placed fourth. Overnight leader Elene Gedevanishvili (GEO) slipped to fifth after some errors. Ksenia Makarova (RUS), who was ranked third in the Short Program, finished sixth.

Pairs Free Program

Germany's Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy claimed the Pairs gold. Canadians Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford took the silver and the bronze went to Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek of Italy.

Savchenko/Szolkowy completed a triple twist, throw triple Salchow and picked up a level four for six elements in their routine to “Flamenco Bolero” by Gustavo Montesano. There were two glitches, when Savchenko two-footed the throw triple flip and Szolkowy doubled the first jump in the triple toe-triple toe sequence.

Duhamel/Radford's routine to “Angel” featured a triple twist, side by side triple Lutz and a triple Salchow-double toe-double toe combination, but Duhamel stumbled on two throw jumps.

Performing to “Poeta en el viento”, Berton/Hotarek completed a triple twist, a throw triple loop and Salchow, but she fell on the side by side triple Salchow.

Paige Lawrence/Rudi Swiegers (CAN) remained in fourth place at 158.33 points and Daria Popova/Bruno Massot (FRA) finished fifth with 149.37 points.

Free Dance

Canada's Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir danced to victory while Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte of Italy earned the silver medal. Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko of Russia secured the bronze.

Virtue/Moir put out a passionate dance to “Carmen”, completing level four lifts and twizzles and a level-four spin.

Performing to “Carmen” as well, Cappellini/Lanotte picked up a level four for four elements and a level three for the combination spin. “We went out there and wanted to show our emotions. There are some things we can improve and we are looking forward to going home and prepare for our next Grand Prix event”, Cappellini said.

Riazanova/Tkachenko's dance to “The Godfather” was highlighted by interesting lifts and smooth step sequences. The lifts merited a level four while the spin and the twizzles got a level three.

Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN) moved up from fifth to fourthwith their dance to “The Gulag Orchestra”. Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) slipped to fifth, performing to a Flamenco.

Men Free Program

Javier Fernandez of Spain made history by taking the first Grand Prix gold medal for his country. Patrick Chan of Canada settled for second place and Nobunari Oda of Japan earned the bronze.

Overnight leader Fernandez overcame a shaky start into his “Charlie Chaplin” program when he tripled a planned quad toe and fell, but then he rallied back to nail a quad Salchow, triple Axel, quad toe-double toe combination as well as five more triple jumps and level-three spins.

Chan opened his routine to “La Boheme” with a quad toe-double toe combination and followed up with three triple jumps, but he tumbled on his triple Axel and stumbled on his second quad toe.

Skating to “The Sorcerer's Apprentice”, Oda completed a quadruple toeloop and six clean triples. His spins and footwork garnered a level four.

Florent Amodio (FRA) finished fourth and Ross Miner (USA) moved up from eighth to fifth. Denis Ten (KAZ) rounded up the top six.

Source: ISU

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