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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nebelhorn Trophy 2012 - Day 3

The Nebelhorn Trophy is the first senior competition of the season, which will be followed by the Finlandia Trophy next week.

Day 1 included men's SP, pairs' SP and the short dance. Day 2 included ladies' SP, and pairs' and men's FP. Day 3 includes ladies' FP and free dance.

LADIES

Kaetlyn Osmond won the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy. Hardly anyone could imagine such an ending. Almost all agreed that the undisputed favorite was Russian Adelina Sotnikova. She was in second after the short program, but did a very good free landing five triples including two triple flips, a triple lutz and a beautiful double axel-triple toe combo. She fell on a triple toe, but performed a brilliant step sequence getting a level four.



Adelina Sotnikova got the second place with a tough performance: she landed a double axel-triple toe combo and some other nice triples but fell on her triple lutz and popped a flip.



Japanese Haruka Imai was able to rise from ninth to third place, thanks to an almost flawless free skate.



PAIRS

Madison Chock / Evan Bates won the free dance and the overall competition with a total score of 147.79 points. They impressed the audience with high level of difficulty of their program, skated to “Dr. Zhivago”.



Julia Zlobina / Alexei Sitnikov skated a very strong and lively performance earning 143.59 points overall.

The Germans Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi made some small mistakes in their very theatrical routine slipping to third with 142.00 points.





Sources: World Figure Skating here and here, The wrong edge of figure skating

Nebelhorn Trophy 2012 - Day 2


The Nebelhorn Trophy is the first senior competition of the season, which will be followed by the Finlandia Trophy next week.

Day 1 included men's SP, pairs' SP and the short dance. Day 2 includes ladies' SP, and pairs' and men's FP.

LADIES

Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova took lead in ladies short programs with a result of 58.48 points. Despite the fall on her triple toe-triple toe combination, she did well the other technical elements, she landed a good triple flip and double axel and received level 4 on all her spins.



Canadian skater Kaetlyn Osmond debuted in senior skating with a second place and 55.68 points. She had troubles with triple toe-triple toe too, then she executed a good triple flip and double axel.

Elena Glebova skated to the music of Rolando Tambin and scored 54.26 points. She did a triple lutz, a shaky triple toe-triple toe and a good double axel.

Polina Shelepen executed a triple lutz-triple toe, a triple loop and double axel, but lost some points on step sequence and spins that, with the exeption of a beautiful lay back, were judged a level two.



Caroline Zhang was one of the favourites for the podium, but got a tenth place caused by a struggle in jumping: she didn't complete the combo and struggled in the landing of triple loop and triple flip that was under rotated too.

PAIRS

Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov's program is dedicated to Japan and its tragic events of 2011. This story is made from personal experience of Tatiana and Maxim: the story of two young people who fell into that tragedy and trying to save each other. They opened with a trademark triple twist, triple salchow-double toe side by side, throw triple loop, triple toe side by side and throw triple salchow. Flawless and amazing performance which got standing ovations by the audience.



Caydee Denney / John Coughlin won silver skating to the “Phantom of the Opera”. They demonstrated high-quality elements, but to have still problems with components.

James/Cypres had a tough free skate in which they struggled with almost any jumping element, hardly landed. Anyway they saved the bronze medal with 96.52.

Mari Vartmann / Aaron van Cleave of Germany and Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov have withdrawn Friday from pair skating competition. Vartmann suffered an injury in the pairs short program, when she picked into her right foot with her blade and was unable to train this morning. Vera Bazarova is suffering from an injury to her hip joint according to the medical bulletin.

MEN

For the third consecutive year, the Nebelhorn Trophy goes to Japan. Nobunari Oda (233.33 points), who also won the last year’s tournament, for the first time executed a so-called Rippon Lutz (Rippon's signature move, a triple lutz that he executes with both arms on his head). He executed also a quad toe, not perfect, two triple axels, triple lutz-triple toe and three more triples.



The silver medalist Konstantin Menshov (212.94 points) was the only man to land clean and flawless quadruple toe loop. He performed the entire program with ease. He got all positive goes except for a singled axel (scheduled to be double).



Keegan Messing earned 142.22 points along with the bronze medal. He did a couple of triple axels successfully (one in combo with a triple toe in the second half of the program) but fell on attempted quad toe.



Tomas Verner and Michal Brezina had disappointing free skates and ranked sixth and fifth. Michal struggled a lot falling on three of his jumps (quad salchow, triple axel, triple loop).








Sources: World Figure Skating, The wrong edge of figure skating here, here and here.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Nebelhorn Trophy 2012 - Day 1

The Nebelhorn Trophy is the first senior competition of the season, which will be followed by the Finlandia Trophy next week.

But let's start this quick overview of the first day of competition, which includes the men's SP, the pairs' SP and the short dance.

MEN

The men’s competition were filled by many falls.

Japanese Nobunari Oda came back after few months of stop caused by a knee injury to place first after the short program. Despite the fall on a quad toe, he nailed a stunning triple axel from a difficult entry and triple flip-triple toe and leads with a score of 79.64 points.



Konstantin Menshov of Russia performed to the music of Pina Bausch. He has been the only one who landed a quad toe in the entire competition and then a spectacular triple Axel, earning 69.30 points and a second place, despite doubling his triple flip.



Keegan Messing is in third place with a triple axel, triple lutz-triple toe (fall on the triple toe) and triple flip with a wrong edge and 68.56 points.

Denis Ten of Kazakhstan performed to the music from the movie “The Artist.” Technically everything was well below his level but interesting choreography left a good impression. As a result, he scored 67.88 points and the fourth result.




DANCE

The German Nelli Zhiganshina / Alexander Gazsi took the lead with a result of 59.58 points.



The students of Igor Shilband American, Madison Chock / Evan Bates skated very well their Polka, earning 56.97 points and the second place.



Julia Zlobina / Alexei Sitnikov finished third with 56.95 points.



PAIRS

Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov (65.24 points) skated to music from the movie “The Godfather”. They nailed a beautiful triple twist, a solid throw triple loop, despite one minor mistake: the step-out of Tatiana on the triple Salchow.



Caydee Denney / John Coughlin hold the second place with 57.29 points. Skating to Concerto Aranjuez, they did a good triple twist and triple toe side by side but did a hand down on throw triple lutz.



James/Cypres are in third place just ahead Bazarova/Larionov who fell on the opening triple toe side by side.






Source: Word Figure Skating, The wrong edge of figure skating pairs & men reviews

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Musical on Ice in streaming


A breathtaking show will be brodcasted live by Idealweb.tv Saturday, September 29 at 20:30 GMT+1.

The Lugano Skating Club organizes for its 50th anniversary an Ice Show with special guest stars and international skaters.

And here is the cast for this unprecedented show.

Alexei Yagudin
Tatiana Totmianina e Maxim Marinin
Florent Amodio
Vladimir Besedin e Oleksiy Polischuk
Valentina Marchei
Stefania Berton e Ondrej Hotarek
Lorenza Alessandrini e Simone Vaturi
Elisa Angeli

And La Compagnia di Ghiaccio_Spettacolo, who will also organize the show.


Infos on the tickets to see the show in Lugano are here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Finlandia Trophy in streaming


On Sequins on Ice I've read a wonderful news for all figure skaters fans that, like me, are outside Finland: Finnish TV company Yle will stream the Finlandia Trophy on Saturday and Sunday and the stream will not be geoblocked!

The 17th edition of the annual event will be held from October 5–7, 2012 in Espoo, Finland.

Competitors in this edition of the Finlandia Trophy are:

MEN

Koppel Samuel
Lagus Julian
Versluis Matthias
Virtanen Valtter
Zubik Viktor
Hanyu Yuzuru
Nakamura Kento
Cieplucha Maciej
Bush Zhan
Javier Fernandez
Schultheiss Adrian
Redin Mikael
Dornbush Richard
Weir Johnny
Ge Misha

LADIES

Vannut Ira
Costa Jasmine
Korpi Kiira
Mikonsaari Alisa
Papp Beata
Turkkila Juulia
Maxwell Fleur
Lipnitskaya Yulia
Lafuente Sonia
Olsson Isabelle
Popova Natali
Nagasu Mira

ICE DANCE

Volodenkova Lesia-Vakunov Vitaly
Virtue Tessa-Moir Scott
Shtork Irina-Rand Taavi
Karmi Olesia-Lindholm Max
Lindholm Henna-Kanervo Ossi
Turoczi Dora-Major Balazs
Cappellini Anna-Lanotte Luca
Guignard Charlene-Fabbri Marco
Oi Bryna-Mizutani Taiyo
Plutowska Justyna-Gerber Peter
Bobrova Ekaterina-Soloviev Dmitri
Elsener Ramona-Roost Florian
Heekin-Canedy Siobhan-Dun Dmitri
Hubbel Madison-Donohue Zachary

In Helsinki it's .

On Saturday 6th October at 17:15 local time (16:15 GMT+1 )Yle will broadcast the ladies' SP and the short dance. The streaming is here: http://areena.yle.fi/tv/1683053

On Sunday 7th October at 17:50 local time (16:50 GMT+1) it will broadcast the ladies' free program and the free dance: http://areena.yle.fi/tv/1683057

 28/9: Yle added the caption "men" to Sunday broadcasting.
 28/9: Just recived an email from Yle. They say: "Sunday 7.10 we are broadcasting men's and ladies' Free Skating and Free Dance. Unfortunately we cannot provide men's skating live, but you can see the best parts of mens' programs on sunday."


I am hoping that they will also show the best of the men's competition... But, being prepared for the worst, there is always the trusted YouTube and some generous fans!

This is Johnny Weir's first international competition after he took a two year hiatus from competitive skating and recently announced that he was back for the 2012-2013 season, with the ultimate goal of representing the US at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. I'm really intrigued to see how he'll do!

Thanks again to Sequins on Ice for the good news!



Source: Finlandia Trophy

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cynthia Phaneuf to turn professional

La Presse Canadienne
World Figure Skating reported today that Canadian figure skater Cynthia Phaneuf is most likely to announce her retirement from competitive figure skating.

Last season, Phaneuf failed to be selected for Worlds. This July, Cynthia announced that she will not participate in the upcoming season at the Grand Prix to treat her back injury.

A press conference will be held on Wednesday and it will be attended by the President of Skate Canada Benoit Lavoie.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Japan considers Cup of China pullout

Bad news for all figure skating fans: Japan and China are caught up in an escalating political crisis over a disputed group of uninhabited islands and Japan's figure skaters will pull out of next month's Cup of China in Shanghai unless given safety guarantees.

"The safety of the athletes is the most important thing," JSF president Seiko Hashimoto told reporters after a meeting to discuss Japan's participation in the November 2-4 competition. "If they acknowledge this we will make every effort to send a team."

The Japan team includes Mao Asada, Miki Ando and Daisuke Takahashi.



"If the situation remains the same a week or 10 days before the event then we will have no choice but to pull out," Hashimoto said.

China withdrew its badminton players from last week's Japan Open. Japan pulled out of the second leg of the Asian Sevens Series in Shanghai over security fears, while a Japanese cycling team were booted out of a race in China.

Tempers are flaring, some protests turned violent and the relations between Asia's two biggest economies have continued to deteriorate.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Vote for the 2012-13 U.S. Figure Skating Member T-shirt!


Little contest on the U.S. Figure Skating Fb Page: you can vote for the 2012-13 U.S. Figure Skating Member T-shirt.

The shirt with the most likes by September 28th will be the official 2012-13 U.S. Figure Skating Member T-shirt. The winning shirt will be available for purchase beginning on Oct. 1 at www.shopusfigureskating.net for $15.

If you 'Like' the shirt that wins, you will be entered to win a shirt signed by all of the 2012 U.S. champions! Go here and click 'Like' on your favourite design! Don't forget to tell me which one is your favourite!





Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kevin Van der Perren to try pairs?


Yes, I've seen the look on your face! It's the same look I had when I read this amazing news on Sequins on Ice, a good Finnish figure skating blog I recommend you to visit.

It seems that Kevin Van Der Perren, 30 years old, wants to try pairs and is currently searching for a partner, but she'll not be Belgian, or his own wife.

It is a pretty surprising news if you think that was only last February, during Sheffield Euros that Kevin announced it would have been his last competition. Than, unfortunately, he had to withdraw due to a wrist injury and decided to postpone his farewell to competitive skating. So, in April, he participated to Nice Worlds and hang up his skates, turning professional.

And now what? I don't know, really. But I would't mind seeing him in this new adventure as a pair skater.



Source: Sporza

Friday, September 07, 2012

Surya Bonaly Interview


I'm posting a french interview to Surya Bonaly published  in this week magazine of the Reunion Island, "Belle Réunion". Clicking on the image or downloading it allows the expansion of the file and reading.

When I have some time I'll translate it in English for you.

Thanks to Surya Bonaly Official FB Page for sharing.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

US Figure Skating champions go Olympic (not what you may think!)

U.S. Figure Skating champions go Olympic in these videos. You'll be thinking at some sort of training with a view to Sochi 2014... Well, think again!
Russian tsarinas of rythmic gymnastics, Italian farfalle and Byelorussian team you'll have to watch out for new and promising contenders! The proof? Here the new routines with four different pieces of apparatus of the new stars of rythmic gymnastics at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Champs Camp.

Team Balls. Featuring John Coughlin, Marissa Castelli, Colin McManus, Johnny Weir, Meryl Davis, Alex Shibutani, Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, Caroline Zhang, Douglas Razzano. Set to "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira.



Team Ribbons. Featuring Jeremy Abbott, Evan Bates, Anastasia Cannuscio, Simon Shnapir, Alissa Czisny, Agnes Zawadzki, Caitlin Yankowskas, Don Bladwin, Mirai Nagasu, Richard Dornbush. Set to "Ghosts and Stuff" by deadmau5.



Team Hula Hoop. Featuring Charlie White, Mark Ladwig, Ross Miner, Gretchen Donlan, Lynn Kriengkrairut, Lindsay Davis, Josh Reagan, Christina Gao, Rachael Flatt. Set to "Ice, Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice.



Team Jump Rope. Featuring Ashley Wagner, Andrew Speroff, Maia Shibutani, Caydee Denney, Zach Donohue, Adam Rippon, Madison Chock, Tiffany Vise, Gracie Gold. Set to "Chariots of Fire." Team Jump Rope was selected as the winning team by an esteemed panel of judges.



But do you think figure skaters are the only crazy athlets? No, they aren't! We've already seen the USA Olympic swimming team performing 'Call Me Maybe' in London, during the Games (you can see them here, along with two performances directed by the Shibs). But serious ballet dancers can be funny too. The proof? The corps de ballet from La Scala of Milan, Italy, and the étoile Roberto Bolle have some fun in the ballet rehearsal hall. Set to "Tu mi porti su" by Giorgia.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Milan grieves over Martini and pronounces today mourning day


Waiting in line for all the weekend, thousands of men and women and kids have said their goodbyes to Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a rare liberal within the highly conservative Catholic Church hierarchy, who died friday after battling Parkinson's disease for years.

The funeral is today at 4:00 PM GMT+1. Goodbyes are never easy and always make my throat hurt, but if you want to share his memory with the people (religious or not, catholic or not) who loved and respected him so much, and with his City that is in mourning, you can join us on this blog.

Now in Italy it's



Sunday, September 02, 2012

2 September 2012 - Figure skating movies night!


For all (Italian) figure skating fans, the Italian network Italia 1 schedules a figure skating movies night!


At 7:25 PM GMT+1, you can watch The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold. The slightly arrogant hockey player Doug Dorsey and the snotty prima-donna ice skater Kate Moseley fell in love in The Cutting Edge. Now we meet the couple's teenage daughter, figure skater Jackie , who finds herself traveling in the footsteps of her mom, when an ankle injury on the ice forces her to take on a new partner: Alex Harrison, an adrenaline-junkie surfer and in-line skater. Soon, hints of romance between them fill the air. The Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Gold features a cameo by world-champion figure skater Oksana Baiul.


Then to follow, at 9:25 PM GMT+1, you can watch The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream. Zach Conroy and Celeste Mercier are the hottest pair on and off the ice until Celeste is decommissioned in a practice run. Alejandra "Alex" Delgado is a beautiful, tough-talking Latina hockey player who has never skated professionally. Former figure skating champ Jackie Dorsey try to coach them and keep them focused on practice and not on each other as they bicker and struggle with a growing attraction between them.

Now in Italy it's . Keep an eye on the time and tune in on Hot Blades, Hot Passion to watch The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold and The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold tonight!




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