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    TEBC Virtual Program and Preview - Ladies

    This is a good ladies' field. Of course it is, with the Worlds' Champion Mao Asada appearing her. And a resurgent Joannie Rochette, fresh from her win at Skate Canada. And Caroline Zhang, trying to recover her amazing form after a growth spurt. Then there's the fight between the two unrelated French Didier girls, competing over France's one spot at Europeans and Worlds.

    And you have the attempted comeback of Emily Hughes, one of the most entertaining female skaters. And the self-choreographed Anastasia Gimazetdinova of Uzbekistan, a skater still learning and growing and improving at age 28.

    Of course all the ladies are skating like they have been nibbled to death by ducks with all the edge calls and underrotation calls. It's hard for me to get really engrossed in ladies' skating with all that going on.

    But in any case, this is the last preview for TEBC before the real show starts. The CD will be starting in just a few hours. So I'm getting ready.

    Enjoy!

    1 Joannie ROCHETTE CAN 1

    Note that all of Joannie's all time best scores occurred at Skate Canada this year! What a competition she had. I most respect Joannie for the two years' work she did reworking her lutz jump. Now it is really paying off.

    Coach: Manon Perron Former Coach: Josee Normand, Sebastien Britten, N. Riquier
    Choreographer: Shae-Lynn Bourne (SP), Lori Nichol (FS)

    Training town: Montreal

    SP: Summertime by George Gershwin
    LP: Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo

    Personal Best Total Score 188.89 Skate Canada 2008
    Personal Best Score Short Program 64.74 Skate Canada . 2008
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 124.15 Skate Canada 2008

    Third Alternate for the 2008 Grand Prix Final
    First Alternate for the 2007 Grand Prix Final
    First Alternate for the 2006 Grand Prix Final

    Competitive Results
    2008 Skate Canada 1 1 1 (188.89)
    2008 Quebec Summer Competion SP 1 (50.97)
    Skated only the SP - singled the axel, doubled the lutz, singled the flip-unclear how the score was that high)
    2008 World Championships 6 5 5 (174.12)
    2008 Four Continents Championships 3 2 2 (179.54)
    2008 Canadian National Championships 1 1 1 (175.76)
    2007 Cup of Russia 5 2 3 (169.91)
    2007 Skate Canada 5 3 3 (168.18)
    2007 Japan Open - 3 3 (Team)
    2007 World Championships 16 5 10 (158.98)
    2007 Four Continents Championships 1 3 3 (165.90)
    2007 Canadian National Championships 1 1 1 (170.65)
    2006 Trophée Eric Bompard 3 5 4 (151.52)
    2006 Skate Canada 5 1 1 (173.86)
    2006 World Championships 7 8 7 (189.41)
    2006 Olympic Games 9 5 5 (167.27)
    ....
    2001 World Junior Championships 8
    2001 Canadian Junior National Championships 1
    1999 Canadian Novice National Championships 15
    1999 Eastern Novice Divisionals 1

    Videos
    2008 4CC's SP Piano Concerto #1 Tchaikovsky (Country Canada-PJ Kwong) her former personal best
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBNkGE1mppQ
    2008 4CC's LP Korean TV (Also her former personal best)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUfWioX_1kk
    2008 Worlds EX Summertime (British Eurosport) She is using Summertime for her SP this year!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-IChB17gyI
    2006 Skate Canada LP Don Juan This LP finished first, leading her to finish first overall
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0shrsXnFmQ
    2005 Canadian Nationals program to Firebird
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17uTw...eature=related

    Articles
    Joannie going for it all at SC (Oct. 30 from Canoe by Shawn Ross of Sun media
    http://calsun.canoe.ca/Sports/OtherS...49031-sun.html
    Joannie writes about how she is working on her PCS, and about her new programs
    http://www.joannierochette.com/journalentry08.htm
    Rochette and Buttle on getting jumps consistent
    http://www.canada.com/montrealgazett...e-272e9aa68286
    Pre 2008 Canadians article by David Gross
    http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/...297e2d&k=80026
    MontrealGazette 2007 article about Joannie
    http://www.canada.com/montrealgazett...ff0e75&k=27642
    Her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100201&mode=I

    Website
    http://www.joannierochette.com/links.htm

    2 Binshu XU CHN 2

    Binshu is only about the fourth or fifth ranked lady in China these days, but she has been skating in international competition for a long time.

    Coach: Yazhuo Liu
    Choreographer: Lu Chen
    Training Town: Beijing

    SP: Carmen
    LP: Ashitaka Sekki

    Best Total Score 142.83 ISU JGPF 2006
    Best Score Short Program 51.61 World Jr Champs 2005
    Best Score Free Skating 93.88 Skate Canada 2006

    Eighth Qualifier for the 2006 Junior Grand Prix Final

    Competitive Results
    2008 Four Continents Championships 11 14 13 (128.39)
    2008 Chinese National Championships 6 4 5 (112.11)
    2007 Cup of China 9 10 10 (119.63)
    2007 Skate America 7 11 11 (112.46)
    2007 Four Continents Championships 10 8 8 (133.09)
    2007 Asian Winter Games 3 2 3 (159.02)
    2007 Winter Universiade 18 2 6 (124.50)
    2006 Cup of China 6 5 4 (136.31)
    2006 Skate Canada 7 8 8 (142.70)
    2006 Junior Grand Prix Final 3 3 3 (142.83)
    2005 SBC Cup [JGP] 3 2 2 (130.25)
    2005 Gdansk Cup [JGP] 1 6 3 (123.23)
    2005 World Junior Championships 4 7 7 (136.22)
    2004 Pokal der Blauen Schwerter [JGP] 2 6 5 (112.69)
    2004 JGP Harbin 7 5 6 (108.26)
    2004 World Junior Championships 7 9 9
    2003 World Junior Championships 6 8 7
    2002 JGP Canada 7 7 7
    2002 JGP USA 8 7 7

    Videos
    2007 Asian Winter Games LP She won the bronze medal (considering that Korea & Japan are represented, no mean feat)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTXiWXrrzOw
    2007 4C's LP This is a very pretty program until about the 3 minute mark
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvTEchvZDe8
    2006 Chinese Masters SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32QeQHmzdMY
    2006 Jr Grand Prix Final LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZig30g9_E0

    Articles
    Her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100223&mode=I

    4 Candice DIDIER FRA 4

    Coach: Katia Krier Beyer ; Former Coach: Carole Laguerre-Laplanche
    Choreographer: Katia Krier Beyer

    Training towns: Montpellier, La Roche sur Yon; Paris Bercy

    SP: Blues for Klook by Eddie Louis
    LP: 2007/2008 Beethoven's Last Night by Transiberian Orchestra

    Personal Best Total Score 116.37 MasterCard Skate Canada Int. 2003
    Personal Best Score Short Program 44.96 MasterCard Skate Canada Int. 2003
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 71.41 MasterCard Skate Canada Int. 2003

    Competitive Results
    2008 Coupe de Nice 1 6 4 (124.01)
    2008 Masters de Patinage 1 1 1 (144.94)
    2008 World Championships 38 38 (FNR)
    2008 French National Championships 9 1 4 (108.19)
    2007 Coupe Internationale de Nice 5 10 8 (95.69)
    2007 Masters de Patinage 1 5 2 (105.58)
    2007 French National Championships 1 5 2 (121.31)
    2006 Trophée Eric Bompard 10 11 11 (91.68)
    2006 French National Championships 5 (110.78)
    2005 Karl Schäfer Memorial 20 17 19 (90.90)
    2005 Masters de Patinage 3 1 1 (122.89)
    2005 World Championships 21 23 23 (129.68)
    2005 European Championships 20 22 21 (102.87)
    2004 Merano Cup 3 3 3
    2003 European Championships 25 - 25
    2004 French National Championships 1
    2003 Trophée Lalique 10 10 10
    2003 Skate Canada 11 11 11
    2003 World Junior Championships 15 16 14
    2003 French National Championships 1
    2002 JGP China 9 10 10
    2002 Top Jump - - 4
    2002 JGP Courchevel 10 11 11

    Videos
    2008 Masters de Patinage LP (she won the Gold here)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBFkg...eature=related
    2008 Stars sur Glace Exhibition Man, I feel like a woman by Shania Twain
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGXBmt6cIl4
    2008 Worlds SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdDr2...eature=related
    2007 Stars sur Glace Exhibition Le Foule, performed by Edith Piaf
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSjBA...eature=related
    2006 TEB SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5n9fpwva0s

    Articles
    A report on Candice's first place finish in the SP at Coupe de Nice (French)
    http://www.lequipe.fr/Ski/breves2008...-bien_Dev.html
    Ice Network report on 2008 French Nationals (Candice did not do well in the SP. She won the LP but only finished ninth)
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    The battle of the Didiers-The French held a test case to decide whether Candice or Gwendoline should represent France at Worlds last year. Gwendoline was the current French champion, Candice the former French champion. Candice landed 4 triples, Gwendoline only two. Candice went to Worlds. Gwendoline has sued the French Federation. Too messy.
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    A brief biography
    http://candice-didier.fr.gd/Biographie.htm
    A number of articles are reprinted at this website
    http://candicedidier.myblog.fr/Artic...iews_cat8.html
    Her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100364&mode=I


    Website
    Fan website 1
    http://candicedidier.myblog.fr/
    Fan website 2
    http://candice-didier.fr.gd/Accueil.htm
    Official Website (under construction)
    http://candice-didier.wifeo.com/

    5 Gwendoline DIDIER FRA 4

    Gwendoline and Candice Didier are not relatives of each other.

    Coach: Patrice Paillares Former Coach: Philippe Pelissier
    Choreographer: Stanick Jeannette
    Training towns: Montpellier, Font Romeu; Courbevoie

    SP: Paris-Texas by Ry Cooder; Spanish Caravan by The Doors; Tribute by Yanni
    LP: Itinéraire d'un Enfant Gaté by Francis Lai; Death Theme from The Untouchables (soundtrack) by Ennio Morricone;
    O Verona from Romeo and Juliet (soundtrack) by Craig Armstrong

    Personal Best Total Score 120.14 Trophee Eric Bompard 2007
    Personal Best Score Short Program 38.98 JGP Courchevel 2004
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 83.32 Trophee Eric Bompard 2007

    Competitive Results
    2008 Coupe de Nice 5 11 11 (104.54)
    2008 Masters de Patinage 3 2 3 (121.40)
    2008 European Championships 25 - 26 (FNR)
    2008 French National Championships 1 2 1 (117.68)
    2007 Trophée Eric Bompard 10 8 8 (120.14)
    2007 Coupe Internationale de Nice 9 3 5 (111.78)
    2007 Masters de Patinage 3 1 1 (108.16)
    2007 Winter Universiade 14 17 15 (102.56)
    2007 French National Championships 3 8 7 (112.03)
    2006 Karl Schäfer Memorial 6 10 7 (102.72)
    2006 Masters de Patinage 5 4 4 (89.54)
    2005 Masters de Patinage 5 5 5 (88.41)
    2005 French Junior National Championships 2
    2005 French National Championships 12 13
    2004 JGP Courchevel 12 21 20 (91.09)
    2004 World Junior Championships 24 18 20
    2004 French National Championships 3
    2003 Skate Bled 10 21 18
    2003 Skate Slovakia [JGP] 9 8 8
    2003 Gardena Spring Trophy 7 5 5
    2003 French National Championships 7
    2002 JGP Canada 10 11 10
    2002 Belgrade Sparrow [JGP] 13 13 13

    Videos:
    2008 Masters de Patinage LP (she won the bronze) This is her current LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otEqG...eature=related
    2008 Stars Sur Glace Exhibition Cabaret (Mein Herr)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFzZJfDNA18
    2007 Winter Universiade LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1yjG...eature=related
    2007 TEB EX Candyman by Christina Aguiliera
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFzZJfDNA18
    2007 TEB SP Her first senior GP appearance
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB_1h...eature=related
    2007 TEB LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FtC5...eature=related

    Articles
    Coupe de Nice Report. Gwendoline finished fifth in the SP
    http://www.lequipe.fr/Ski/breves2008...-bien_Dev.html
    Ice Network report on 2008 French Nationals (Gwendoline's first win there)
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    The battle of the Didiers-The French held a test case to decide whether Candice or Gwendoline should represent France at Worlds last year. Gwendoline was the current French champion, Candice the former French champion. Candice landed 4 triples, Gwendoline only two. Candice went to Worlds. Gwendoline has sued the French Federation. Too messy.
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    Her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100372&mode=I

    6 Elene GEDEVANISHVILI GEO 5
    Elene committed the penultimate skating sin. She grew tall. However, this year she seems to have adjusted to her new body and I hope she will skate very well here. She certainly had quite a solid performance at Finlandia, with a score only a couple points off her personal best. And she won Midatlantics, with a triple lutz triple toe in the SP. Don't miss her great Cabaret SP here at TEB.

    BTW, the ultimate sin? Developing curves.

    Coach: Roman Serov Former Coach: Galina Zmievskaia, Elena Buianova, T. Anjaparidze
    Choreographer: Nikolai Morozov
    Trainging Town: Hackensack

    SP: Cabaret (musical) by John Kander
    LP: Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by Santa Esmeralda; Besame Mucho by Perez Prado; Historia de un amor by Perez Prado

    Personal Best Total Score 153.27 European Championships 2006
    Personal Best Score Short Program 60.19 European Championships 2006
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 93.66 European Championships 2008

    Fifth Qualifier for the 2006 Junior Grand Prix Final

    Competitive Results
    2008 Finlandia Trophy 3 4 4 (151.54)
    2008 MidAtlantics SP 1st (54.36) LP 1st (81.94)
    2008 World Championships 23 18 20 (125.99)
    2008 European Championships 8 8 7 (147.09)
    2007 NHK Trophy 7 8 8 (136.54)
    2007 Skate America 11 6 6 (126.06)
    2007 World Championships 13 17 17 (144.40)
    2007 European Championships 3 9 8 (137.32)
    2006 Karl Schäfer Memorial 1 1 1 (131.88)
    2006 World Championships 8 17 14 (164.92)
    2006 Olympic Games 6 13 10 (151.46)
    2006 European Championships 4 6 5 (153.27)
    2006 Junior Grand Prix Final 8 6 7 (124.54)
    2005 Karl Schäfer Memorial 7 3 4 (120.34)
    2005 JGP Tallinn 1 2 1 (145.06)
    2005 JGP Slovakia 2 4 3 (141.28)
    2005 World Junior Championships 7 5 5 (139.11)
    2005 European Youth Olympic Festival 10 6 7
    2004 Junior Haabersti Cup I 2 3 3
    2004 Ukrainian Souvenir [JGP] 4 12 6 (110.83)
    2004 JGP Courchevel 9 19 17 (97.82)
    2004 World Junior Championships 11 15 12
    2003 Junior Grand Prix - Zagreb 9 8 7

    Videos
    2008 Finlandia SP Cabaret (WOW a great first combo spin and great F/W)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Wt9Yo475w
    2008 Finlandia LP Latin Medley
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeP01...eature=related
    2008 Home of Champions Show
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq3a3rfCa2Q
    2006 Europeans SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOHA6qg1Ro0
    2006 Europeans LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPkbYl33TTY
    2005 Jr Worlds SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqMOa...eature=related
    2005 Jr worlds LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqpTdppc4tI
    2004 Jr Worlds SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuNpz...eature=related

    Articles
    2007 Golden Skate interview with Elene by Tatjana Flade in 2007
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2006/040107.shtml
    Her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100407&mode=I
    There are a number of Russian articles about Elene linked here
    http://www.gedevanishvili.ru/english/press.php
    In 2006, Elene seemed posed for success, with a fifth place finish at Europeans
    http://www.geonoc.org.ge/eng/shownews.php?id=73
    However, the Russians deported her mother from Moscow where Elene was training. Elene followed her back to Georgia, where training facilities are limited.
    http://www.caucasus-images.com/?ID=UA2DDAD7TH
    Then she developed whooping cough (BTW, this is a nice Elene website):
    Elene has received the Order of Honor by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili for her achievements as an athlete and compensation for the way she had been treated in Russia.
    http://www.bookrags.com/wiki/Elene_Gedevanishvili
    Following which, she moved to train in New Jersey, where she has remained. (per this bio)
    http://www.gedevanishvili.ru/english/biography.php


    Websites
    Fan website
    http://www.gedevanishvili.ru/english/

    8 Mao ASADA JPN 7

    This is Mao's first GP appearance this year. Here she starts to defend her world title, leading up to the Olympics. She is the Japanese National Champ, the 4C's Champ, and the World Champ. Oddly enough, none of her personal bests
    are from the World Championships she won last year. However, she has gone to Tarasova for coaching and choreography. For some, Madame Tarasova has worked wonders. For others, she is the start of the road to skating oblivion.

    Coach: Tatiana Tarasova; Former Coach: Rafael Arutunian, Machiko Yamada, M. Higuchi, herself
    Choreographer: Tatiana Tarasova
    Training town: Toyota

    SP: Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
    LP: Masquerade by Aram Khatchaturian

    Personal Best Total Score 199.52 NHK Trophy 2006
    Personal Best Score Short Program 69.50 NHK Trophy 2006
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 133.13 World Championships 2007


    Mao's older sister is Mai Asada.

    Second Qualifier for the 2008 Grand Prix Final
    Third Qualifier for the 2007 Grand Prix Final
    Second Qualifier for the 2006 Grand Prix Final

    Competitive History
    2008 World Championships 2 2 1 (185.56)
    2008 Four Continents Championships 1 1 1 (193.25)
    2008 Japanese National Championships 1 2 1 (205.33)
    2008 Grand Prix Final 6 1 2 (191.59)
    2007 Trophée Eric Bompard 1 1 1 (179.80)
    2007 Skate Canada 3 1 1 (177.66)
    2007 International Counter Match 1 2 (Team)
    2007 Japan Open - 4 1 (Team)
    2007 World Championships 5 1 2 (194.45)
    2007 Japanese National Championships 1 1 1 (211.76)
    2007 Grand Prix Final 1 4 2 (172.52)
    2006 NHK Trophy 1 1 1 (199.52)
    2006 Skate America 1 4 3 (171.23)
    2006 Campbell's Cup N/A 1 1 (Team)
    2006 World Junior Championships 2 2 2 (153.35)
    2006 Japanese National Championships 3 3 2 (188.10)
    2006 Grand Prix Final 1 1 1 (189.62)
    2005 Trophée Eric Bompard 1 1 1 (182.42)
    2005 Cup of China 2 3 2 (176.60)
    2005 World Junior Championships 1 1 1 (179.24)
    2005 Japanese National Championships 4 2 2 (166.82)
    2005 Junior Grand Prix Final 1 1 1 (172.83)
    2005 Japanese Junior National Championships 1 1 1 (172.13)
    2004 Ukrainian Souvenir [JGP] 1 1 1 (142.99)
    2004 Skate Long Beach [JGP] 1 1 1 (138.02)
    2004 Japanese National Championships 6 8 8
    2004 Japanese Junior National Championships 4 4 4
    2003 Japanese National Championships 9 7 7
    2003 Japanese Junior National Championships 8 6 6

    Videos
    Pre 2008 TEB Mao fluff from Japan in Japanese
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxcUueUcFVI
    2008 Worlds LP (Gold medal) British Eurosport
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctK9USCWMuo
    2008 Worlds SP Fantasia for Violin (British Eurosport)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl4gy...eature=related
    2005 TEB Exhibition Wizard of Oz (French coverage)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M6pRS7fWAw
    2005 World Juniors Gala Pick Myself Up
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjIgs...eature=related

    Articles
    May 2008 Interview with Mao from Golden Skate
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2007/060708.shtml
    Mao wins Worlds and looks forward to 2010 Olympics
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    Mao wins 2008 4CC's
    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/...Continents.php
    An article on her move to train with Tarasova
    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/...a-Tarasova.php
    Her split with Coach Aruntunian, prior to moving to Tarasova
    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/...apan-Asada.php
    Her icenetwork bio (a video of her competing in US vs Japan is on the page)
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100180&mode=I
    Mao's older sister Mai skates. Barry Mittan did a GS article about her in 2004
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2003/060104.shtml

    Website
    Her official website (with her sister Mai)
    http://www.maomaiasada.com/indexe.html
    Fan website
    http://www.maoasadafanwebsite.com/links.html

    9 Emily HUGHES USA 8

    Emily is back with her previous coach, Bonnie Retzkin. She loves Harvard and was happy with her grades. But she also loves skating. Emily is one of the few ladies' skaters who always appears to be so enjoying performing that you forget she's in a competition. Her biggest problem, other than injuries, is a tendency to underrotate.

    She's using last year's SP, I Got Rhythm, which is a great one for her.

    Emily is tall. How tall is Emily? I don't know,but her height is not listed on her ISU bio. That's one problem. The second is that she's had a series of injuries since early 2007, and missed Worlds, Nationals and 4CC's. She's at the very start of a comeback trail.



    Coach: Bonni Retzkin; Former Coach: Mark Mitchell, Peter Johansson
    Choreographer: David Wilson
    Training Towns: Great Neck, NY; Cambridge, MA

    SP: I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin
    LP: Gone with the Wind (soundtrack) by Max Steiner

    Personal Best Total Score 166.60 4CC's 2007
    Personal Best Score Short Program 60.88 Worlds 2007
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 111.26 4CC's 2007

    Emily's sister is 2002 Olympic Champion Sarah Hughes (as if you didn't know)

    Competitive Results
    2007 Skate Canada 2 4 4 (162.42)
    2007 Skate America 4 5 4 (140.50)
    2007 World Championships 6 13 9 (159.06)
    2007 Four Continents Championships 2 2 2 (166.60)
    2007 U.S. National Championships 3 2 2 (180.86)
    2006 Cup of China 1 3 3 (151.12)
    2006 Skate America 5 6 5 (147.34)
    2006 Campbell's Cup N/A 4 2 (Team)
    2006 World Championships 10 7 8 (184.75)
    2006 Olympic Games 7 7 7 (160.87)
    2006 U.S. National Championships 2 3 3 (165.72)
    2005 Cup of Russia 4 7 5 (125.76)
    2005 Skate America 8 4 5 (126.78)
    2005 Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic N/A 6 6 (73.80)
    2005 Marshall's U.S. Figure Skating Challenge N/A 5 5
    2005 World Junior Championships 5 3 3 (147.89)
    2005 U.S. National Championships 9 6 6
    2005 U.S. Eastern Sectionals 1 2 2
    2005 U.S. North Atlantic Regionals 1 1 1
    2004 U.S. Junior Eastern Sectionals 7 4 5
    2004 U.S. North Atlantic Junior Regionals 2 1 1
    2003 U.S. Junior National Championships 12 11 11
    2003 U.S. Junior Eastern Sectionals 4 2 2
    2003 North Atlantic Junior Regionals 1 1 1
    2002 U.S. Junior National Championships 11 11 11
    2002 U.S. Eastern Junior Sectionals 5 4 4

    Videos
    Emily appears and skates on Good Morning America Oct 2008
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPbTueg0_gM
    Emily skates at Midatlantics. She is recovering from a sprained ankle here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtLYc...eature=related
    2007 4CC's LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZTDU1ZIUh4
    2007 4CC's Exhibiton Proud Mary (Great!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiJYa8al_24
    2007 US Nationals SP Carmen
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MYJm-snH0Q
    2006 Olympics SP Gershwin
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoeYM...eature=related

    Articles
    A September 2008 interview with Emily about going back to Harvard.
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

    "It's really important for me that I am in contact with Bonni, because she is my main coach," agreed Hughes. "[This fall] she'll come visit me for a few days, and I'll go home for a few days to work with her, back and forth. It will all work out in the end."

    On days in Boston when Retzkin is unavailable, Hughes will work with Elin Gardiner Schran, founder of Boston Ice Theater and daughter of 1956 Olympic champion Tenley Albright.
    ...

    Hughes debuted a new free skate at Middle Atlantics, choreographed by David Wilson to the theme from Gone with the Wind.
    ...

    "Bonni always wanted me to do [GWTW] and this year, she was like, "I really think you should do it," and I said no, because the only part of the music I ever heard what that part that's played over and over," explained Hughes.

    "Then David found this amazing version and I couldn't turn it down. I love it now. ...

    I saw David again in August for a follow-up, and I might visit him again."
    Her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100056&mode=I
    She had to withdraw from the 2007 US Nationals. The icenetwork article includes an interview.
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    Golden Skate interview with Emily from January 2008
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2007/011308.shtml
    Goldenskate report on the 2005 Jr Worlds, where Emily won the bronze
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2004/030505_l.shtml
    Emily Skates in Lots of Exhibitions, particularly for charity
    http://www.emilyhughes.com/pages/articles_news

    Website
    Official website
    http://www.emilyhughes.com/

    10 Beatrisa LIANG USA 8

    I love Bebe's power and height in her jumps. She didn't really land them at Skate Canada. I hope she does here.

    Coach: Ken Congemi, Frank Carroll Former Coach: Tiffany Chin, Christy Ness
    Choreographer: Braden Overett
    Training Town: El Segundo, CA

    SP: The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas
    LP: Memoirs of a Geisha (soundtrack) by John Williams

    Personal Best Total Score 159.91 4CC's 2006
    Personal Best Score Short Program 61.04 4CC's 2006
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 98.87 4CC's 2006

    Recent Results
    2008 Skate Canada 5 6 6 (142.12)
    2008 World Championships 10 13 10 (145.29)
    2008 Four Continents Championships 5 11 11 (144.25)
    2008 U.S. National Championships 6 5 5 (164.87)
    2007 Cup of Russia 7 8 8 (134.60)
    2007 Cup of China 7 6 6 (127.42)
    2007 International Counter Match 1 1 (Team)
    2007 U.S. National Championships 2 4 4 (167.15)
    2006 NHK Trophy 4 7 4 (129.32)
    2006 Cup of China 5 8 5 (134.99)
    2006 Nebelhorn Trophy 1 1 1 (150.76)
    2006 Four Continents Championships 1 3 3 (159.91)
    2006 U.S. National Championships 3 8 5 (151.41)
    ...
    2003 World Junior Championships 10 4 6
    2003 U.S. National Championships 8 7 7
    2003 Junior Grand Prix Final 1 4 4
    2003 U.S. Pacific Coast Sectionals 1 1 1
    2002 JGP China 5 2 2
    2002 JGP USA 3 2 2
    2002 World Junior Championships 5 6 4
    ...
    2000 U.S. Junior National Championships 6
    2000 Pacific Coast Junior Sectionals 3
    2000 Southwest Pacific Junior Regionals 1
    1999 North American Challenge Skate (Vancouver) 1
    1999 U.S. Novice Championships 3
    1999 Pacific Coast Novice Sectionals 2

    Videos
    2008 Worlds SP Sorcerer's Apprentice British Eurosport
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIht4VIOpuY
    2008 Worlds LP Yellow River Concerto British Eurosport
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCHi6fdz86w
    2007 US Nationals Exhibition Lullaby For A Stormy Night by Vienna Teng
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBU2Q...eature=related
    2003 Fluff on Bebe
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc2n___3unk
    2002 Jr Worlds LP Cirque de Soleil
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZUHA3iTH0w
    2001 US Senior Nationals LP Bebe skates at 12 years old
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2f9I...eature=related

    Articles
    Article about Skate Canada
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/spor...ce-follie.html
    Bebe answers fan Q&A's, partially about her first trip to Worlds
    http://www.figureskatersonline.com/b...g/q&a_set4.htm
    This has a snip of an interview with Bebe at the end
    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olymp...36970273_x.htm
    2001-a 13 year old Bebe was the little bitty skater of her day
    http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/...ckval=GooglePM
    Another article on the same subject
    http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-81588591.html

    Website
    http://www.figureskatersonline.com/beatrisaliang/

    11 Caroline ZHANG USA 8

    Coach: Mingzhu Li, Sandra Holmes
    Choreographer: Lori Nichol, Karen Kwan-Oppegard
    Training Town: Artesia, CA

    SP: La Bayadere by L. Minkus
    LP: Sleeping Beauty by P. I. Tchaikovski

    Personal Best Total Score 176.48 GPF 2008
    Personal Best Score Short Program 62.60 World Juniors 2008
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 114.66 GPF 2008

    Sixth Qualifier for the 2008 Grand Prix Final
    First Qualifier for the 2007 Junior Grand Prix Final

    Recent Results
    2008 Skate Canada 3 5 5 (150.80)
    2008 World Junior Championships 2 2 2 (171.84)
    2008 U.S. National Championships 7 4 4 (173.16)
    2008 Grand Prix Final 2 4 4 (176.48)
    2007 Cup of China 2 2 2 (156.34)
    2007 Skate America 3 3 3 (153.35)
    2007 International Counter Match 2 1 (Team)
    2007 World Junior Championships 1 1 1 (169.25)
    2007 U.S. Junior National Championships 2 2 2 (151.88)
    2007 Junior Grand Prix Final 1 1 1 (162.68)
    2006 Chinese Taipei Cup [JGP] 1 1 1 (162.42)
    2006 JGP Mexico 1 1 1 (162.43)
    2006 U.S. Junior National Championships 7 7 8 (122.19)
    2006 U.S. Pacific Coast Junior Sectionals 3 3 3 (117.78)
    2006 U.S. Southwest Pacific Junior Regionals 2 2 2
    2005 Junior North American Challenge Skate - Kansas City 2 4 4 (101.79)
    2005 U.S. Novice National Championships 4 4 4
    2005 U.S. Pacific Coast Novice Sectionals 4 4 4
    2005 U.S. Southwest Pacific Novice Regionals 5 2 2
    2004 North American Challenge Skate - Waterloo (Nov) 3 1 1

    Videos

    2008 A profile fluff of Caroline
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ardeq7-36S4
    2007 Grand Prix Final SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q4Cz25CsJg
    2007 Grand Prix Final LP Ave Maria
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLZr3...eature=related
    2006 JGP Exhibition You Raise Me Up
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSadv...eature=related

    Articles
    Article about Skate Canada
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/spor...ce-follie.html
    October 2008 Article interviews Caroline about her upcoming GP season
    http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2008/101908.shtml
    Interview after her win at 2007 World Juniors
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2006/030307_ll.shtml
    Zhang's coach used to coach Lu Chen and also coaches 3 of China's rising skaters
    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sports/...nt_7129155.htm
    USA Today interviewed Caroline last January
    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olymp...-skating_N.htm

    Website
    http://www.czweb.co.nr/

    12 Anastasia GIMAZETDINOVA UZB 9
    Anastasia quit competing in the 2004/2005 season, but returned for 2005/2006 to compete in the Olympics, and she's still competing today. And her skating is still improving.

    Anastasia choreographs her own programs. She typically does triple lutz (yes off a good edge) double toe and triple salchow in the SP. In the LP, she has 5 triples. With the crazy rules today, she might do better than you think. And she's been working on her F/w and spins. She is using the same programs as last year, so the 4CC's videos below show you what she's doing.

    Coach: Peter Kiprushev; Former Coach: Igor Ksenofontov
    Choreographer: Anastasia Gimazetdinova
    Training Towns: Tashkent, Omsk, RUS, Pervouralsk

    SP: Yes, I loved You by Vladimir Kuzmin (arranged by Vladimir Elzarov)
    LP: Selection of Oriental music

    Personal Best Total Score 150.07 4CC's 2008
    Personal Best Score Short Program 55.49 4CC's 2008
    Personal Best Score Free Skating 94.58 4CC's 2008

    Competitive History
    2008 World Championships 13 21 21 (124.92)
    2008 Four Continents Championships 4 10 9 (150.07)
    2007 Trophée Eric Bompard 11 12 12 (98.90)
    2007 World Championships 15 20 19 (130.44)
    2007 Asian Winter Games 5 8 6 (130.71)
    2007 Four Continents Championships 11 12 12 (123.39)
    2006 Cup of Russia 10 12 11 (114.12)
    2006 World Championships 13 22 21 (149.43)
    2006 Olympic Games 29 29 (38.44)
    2006 Four Continents Championships 19 - W
    2005 Cup of Russia 8 6 7 (121.96)
    2005 Karl Schäfer Memorial 5 7 7 (114.66)
    2005 Nebelhorn Trophy 14 12 12 (97.53)
    2005 Ondrej Nepela Memorial 15 14 15 (86.76)
    2004 Four Continents Championships 20 17 18
    2003 Cup of China 11 11 11
    2003 Skate Israel 3 4 4
    2003 World Championships 23 24 23
    2003 Four Continents Championships 11 9 9
    2003 Asian Winter Games 7 6 6
    2002 Golden Spin 12 8 10
    2002 Four Continents Championships 14 13 14
    2001 Helena Pajovic Cup 2 2 2
    2001 Ondrej Nepela Memorial 3 11 8

    Videos
    2008 4CC's SP Yes, I loved You by Alexander Kuzmin.(Anastasia was 4th after the SP) This is a very nice program, do watch it!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R77ajWqJzeM
    2008 4CC's LP Oriental Selections (her PB by 14 points)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvYy5...eature=related
    2007 Worlds SP From a Distance (Richard Clayderman)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHiiHR-2uEU
    2006 Worlds SP The Godfather
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3KAYz-FAdg

    Articles
    Golden Skate article on 2008 4CC's includes a good report on Anastasia's SP (scroll down)
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2007/4cc_2.shtml
    Golden Skate article on 2008 4CC's includes a short report on Anastasia's LP (scroll down)
    http://goldenskate.com/articles/2007/4cc_4.shtml
    Her icenetwork bio
    http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/de...=100431&mode=I

    Website
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    Thank you Doris for another comprehensive and interesting preview of a competition. By the way, if growing tall is the penultimate figure skating sin, what is the ultimate sin?

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    Thanks again, D!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulE View Post
    Thank you Doris for another comprehensive and interesting preview of a competition. By the way, if growing tall is the penultimate figure skating sin, what is the ultimate sin?

    Developing curves/getting fat, obviously

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    Thanks a million, as always.

    Coach: Tatiana Tarasova; Former Coach: Rafael Arutunian, Machiko Yamada, M. Higuchi, herself
    haha; I like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Developing curves/getting fat, obviously
    Someone tell me, WHY is developing curves a bad thing?? Better than being a stick figure out there, eh- maybe except if you're a pairs skater. Obviously you don't want the latter to happen, but that's also a fine line to walk (i.e. it's defined differently be different people). I think what people mean to say is "out of shape".

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    They look nice, but unfortunately the physics is against you:

    http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~vawter/Physic...ntInertia.html

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    Has there been many skaters that developed curves ? (as in "filled out" not necessarily gained weight)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleopatra20042004 View Post
    Has there been many skaters that developed curves ? (as in "filled out" not necessarily gained weight)
    E. Hughes comes to my mind.

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