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2010 World Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance Preview

While the pairs and men divisions will be without the Olympic gold medalists, the dance competition is returning both the gold and silver medalists for the competition in Torino.

Notable omissions from the roster include reigning World Champions and Olympic bronze medalists Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, 2006 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, and 2008 World Champions Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder. Even with such star power…

2010 World Figure Skating Championships: Men’s Preview

The 2010 ISU World Championships will take place in Torino, Italy, from March 20-29, 2010 at the Palavela. More than 200 skaters representing more than fifty member nations will skate in the competition.

The Palavela has played host to the 2005 European Championships, the 2006 Olympic Games, and the 2007-08 Grand Prix Final. Medalists from those events who will compete in this Championships include Brian Joubert  (2005 European silver medalist),…

Murakami captures gold

Kanako Murakami of Japan captured the gold in the Ladies event, while USA’s Agnes Zawadzki catapulted from eighth place to win the silver. Russia’s Polina Agafonova took the bronze.

Murakami delivered a strong performance to Swan Lake which featured five triple jumps, including a triple Salchow-double loop-double loop combination. The error was an edge call for use of the wrong take-off edge on her opening triple Lutz, and she doubled…

Ovcharova leads ladies after Short Program

Anna Ovcharova of Russia is currently first after the Short Program, while Japan’s Kanako Murakami is close on her heels by less than a point. Russia’s Polina Agafonova sits in third.

Ovcharova skated a clean and upbeat routine to a Jazz medley which featured a triple flip, triple Lutz-double loop, and a double Axel. The 13-year-old earned positive Grades of Execution (GoE) on all of her elements as well as…

Ilinykh and Katsalapov take gold

Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov easily won the title b more than 15 points, while Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam of Canada won silver.  Russia’s Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin maintained third overall to win the bronze.

Ilinykh and Katsalapov delivered a powerful routine to music from Schindler’s List and Fiddler on the Roof which featured difficult lifts and footwork.

“The theme of our free dance is actually very serious,”…

Ilinykh and Katsalapov maintain lead

Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov maintained their lead lead after the Original Dance (OD), while Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam of Canada pulled up from fifth to second overall.

Russia’s Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin moved up to third while teammates Ekaterina Pushkash and Jonathan Guerreiro fell to sixth.

USA’s  Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani slipped to fourth.

Ilinykh and Katsalapov produced a flowing performance to an Andean Folklore dance entitled…

Hanyu nabs Junior World title

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan catapulted to first place after the Long Program to win the title by nearly 11 points. China’s Nan Song also rose from fifth to second place overall to win silver, while Artur Gachinski of Russia rose from sixth to third overall for the bronze.

Hanyu delivered a strong routine to Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini which featured two triple Axels, a triple Salchow-triple toeloop combination…

Hochstein first after Men’s Short; Messing second

USA’s  Grant Hochstein placed first in the Men’s Short Program, followed by teammate  Keegan Messing and Japan’s  Yuzuru Hanyu.

Hochstein delivered a flawless program to Tchaikovski’s Sleeping Beauty which featured a triple Lutz-triple toeloop, a double Axel, and a triple flip. The 18-year-old also earned a level 4 on all of his spins and showed very good level 3 footwork to place first with a new personal best of 71.35…

Sui and Han win Junior World Pairs title

Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China won the Pairs event by more than 12 points, while   Japan’s Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran placed second. Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia maintained third place overall to win the bronze.

Sui and Han opened their City Lights routine with side-by-side double Axels followed by a quad throw Salchow, however, Sui two-footed the landing.

“The quad throw is hard to do and…

Ilinykh and Katsalapov lead after Compulsory Dance

Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov currently lead the dance teams after the  Westminster Waltz Compulsory Dance (CD), followed by USA’s Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani and Ekaterina Pushkash and Jonathan Guerreiro of Russia.

The teams which placed second through fifth are separated by less than one point.

Ilinykh and Katsalapov produced a confident dance, scoring a new personal best of 37.52 (20.24/17.28).

This came as a surprise to the team as…

China’s Sui and Han lead after Pairs Short Program

Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China currently lead the Pairs discipline, followed closely by  Japan’s Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia.

Sui and Han produced solid side-by-side double Axels and a high double  twist, however, Sui put her hand down on the  throw triple Salchow. The Junior Grand Prix Final Champions otherwise delivered a very good level 4 lift, pair combination spin,…

2010 World Junior Figure Skating Championships Preview

The 2010 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands from March 7-14, 2010 at the Ice rink De Uithof. More than 200 skaters representing more than fifty member nations will skate in the competition.

This marks the second time that The Hague plays host to this competition. Competition begins on Tuesday, March 9th with the Pairs short program, and culminates on Saturday, March…

Kim shatters yet another record; wins Olympic Gold

Yu-Na Kim of South Korea broke another world record in the Ladies Long Program, and combined with her Short Program score, became the first Korean skater to ever win Olympic Gold.

Japan’s Mao Asada also set a record for the first woman to ever land three triple Axels (Short and Long Program combined), and maintained second overall to win the silver.

Joannie Rochette of Canadian claimed the bronze, becoming the first…

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Kim breaks another record; leads Ladies Short Program

South Korea’s Yu-Na Kim currently sits in first after the Short Program, followed by Mao Asada of Japan and Canada’s Joannie Rochette.

Kim broke another Short Program record after scoring a new personal best 78.50 (44.70/33.80) points for first place in her flawless “James Bond” routine.

The 19-year-old phenom nailed a triple Lutz-triple toeloop, a triple flip, and a double Axel, all of which received high positive Grades of Execution (GoE)….

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Virtue and Moir capture historic Olympic gold

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir made history when they became the first Canadians, as well as North American team, to capture the Olympic Gold in Ice   Dance.

USA’s Meryl Davis and Charlie   White  claimed the silver medal, while the  bronze went to Russia’s Oksana   Domnina and Maxim Shabalin.

Virtue and Moir gave a spellbinding performance to Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 which featured exquisite level 4 lifts. Their level 4 twizzles were…

Virtue and Moir lead after Original Dance

Tessa Virtue Scott Moir of   Canada took the lead after the Original Dance (OD), while USA’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White also moved up one spot to second. Russia’s Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, who led after the Compulsory  Dance (CD), dropped to third.

Virtue and Moir delivered a technically complicated, but passionate Spanish Flamenco which had the crowd on its feet as soon as it ended.

“It felt amazing,” said…

Domnina and Shabalin take the lead in Ice Dance

Russia’s Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin took the lead in the Compulsory Dance, followed by Tessa Virtue and      Scott Moir of Canada and USA’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

The Tango Romantica was selected for the Compulsory Dance. The dance, which was invented by Ludmilla Pakhomova, Alexander Gorshkov and Elena Tchaikovskaya, was first performed in Moscow in 1974.

Domnina and Shabalin gave a commanding and expressive performance, showing excellent interpretation of…

Lysacek takes gold; Plushenko gets silver

USA’s Evan Lysacek edged out Russia’s defending Olympic Champion Evgeni Plushenko, becoming the   first U.S. man to win Olympic Gold since Brian Boitano in 1988. Daisuke Takahashi   claimed the bronze, the first Olympic medal in Men’s Figure Skating for Japan, while Stéphane Lambiel of Switzerland came in a close fourth.

Lysacek gave a solid performance which featured eight triple jumps, including two triple Axels, in his routine to Sheherazade. The…

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Plushenko leads men after short program

Evgeni Plushenko of Russia currently sits in first place after the men’s Short Program, followed closely by USA’s Evan Lysacek and Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi. All three men are separated by less than half a point.

Plushenko gave a demanding performance to Concierto de Aranjuez routine, nailing all his opening jumps:  a  quadruple toeloop-triple toeloop combination, a triple Axel and a triple Lutz. The defending champion also earned  level 3 on…

Shen and Zhao capture 2010 Olympic gold

In what turned out to be a nail-biting event, Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China won the 2010 Olympic gold medal, while teammates Qing Pang and Jian Tong captured the silver. Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy settled for the bronze.

Shen and Zhao opened their  emotional routine to Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor with solid side-by-side triple toeloops and a double Axel-double Axel sequence. However, during a Axel…

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